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For music lovers

Hear the Buffalo State Philharmonia Orchestra on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m., performing Gounod’s “Ballet Music” from Faust, Borodin’s “Polovetsian Dances” from “Prince Igor,” and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8 in F major in the Rockwell Hall, 1300 Elmwood Ave., on the Buffalo State Campus. The musicians of the Buffalo Philharmonia come from the campus community – music majors, non-majors who enjoy music, faculty and musicians from the community. Tuesday’s concert will be conducted by Philharmonia Director Paul Ferington, with saxophonist Sal Andolina in Steve Cohen’s Concertino for Soprano Saxophone and Orchestra. Tickets are $10 (free for Buffalo State students). Call 878-3005 or go to music.buffalostate.edu.

First Ward memories

Preservation Buffalo Niagara is beginning a new monthly series of public “Buffalo Talks,” starting with Timothy Bohen, author of “Against the Grain: The History of Buffalo’s First Ward.” Bohen will speak at 6 p.m. Thursday at at the Waterfront Memories and More museum, 41 Hamburg St. (Mutual Riverfront Park). Books will be available and a signing will follow the talk.

Bohen’s book was inspired by his family’s history in the Old First Ward, though he did not grow up there himself. According to Preservation Buffalo, “The First Ward was a geographically isolated area of Buffalo primarily inhabited by settlers from the south and west of Ireland, but was also home to Germans, Poles and Italians. This economically deprived area produced an abundance of historically important people.” They included “Wild Bill” Donovan, the founding father of what became the CIA; John Sheehan, one-time Tammany Hall boss; and Jimmy Slattery, the Light Heavyweight Champion of the World. Admission is $5. No reservations are needed but venue space is limited.