Tonight’s too cold for concerts

Tonight’s too cold for concerts


norman lebrecht

January 30, 2019

The Buffalo Philharmonic has cancelled tonight’s show.

Anyone else?


  • Alan says:

    Hey – it’s 3 degrees F, with about 2-3 feet of snow forecast. Buffalo folks are a tough bunch, but sometimes discretion is the better part of valor.

    – From a BPO fan and former Buffalonian.

    • V.Lind says:

      That’s -19.4 C. That’s NOTHING in Buffalo. Here in Canada the – 30s don’t shut things down. (And we won’t even talk about Winnipeg).

      There is a Polar Vortex embracing a good deal of the midwest in the US — Chicago is experiencing -45 and worse, and the Dakotas even colder. It would not surprise me if Buffalo’s weather is worse than you say — it often is — and perhaps the local meteorologists know it, hence the closure.

      Otherwise, they are just SISSIES.

      • The View from America says:

        It’s likely more than the near-zero cold, because 2-3 feet of fresh snow on top of the cold is miserable business — even in Winnipeg or Thunder Bay or Sault Ste. Marie.

  • David K. Nelson says:

    Where I am (Milwaukee WI) the US Postal Service cancelled today due to cold, in particular the wind/chill index. That’s right, the folks with the motto “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.” I was out for ten minutes filling bird feeders. I was wearing leather gloves. Once I got back in I think I would have torn my fingertips to shreds had I attempted so much as a scale on the fiddle.

  • Cyril says:

    Well the CSO is in Tokyo tonight so presumably they’re still on. But other concerts at other locales in the city have been cancelled.

  • Michael says:

    The program is moving ahead in Minnesota on Thursday, which has had significantly colder weather this week than Buffalo has.

  • debusschubertussy says:

    Tonight’s concert involved a youth orchestra. I don’t think they wanted to make parents schlep kids around in these conditions.

  • Sharon says:

    Pray for the homeless