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Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra offers free tickets to furloughed federal employees, veterans, military families

Posted at 2:00 PM, Jan 14, 2019

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra is offering free tickets to furloughed federal workers, veterans and military families for their first concert of 2019, during the partial federal government shutdown.

This Thursday, Jan. 17 at 7 p.m., the BPO is presenting "Kurt Weill's Broadway," with special guests Lisa Vroman and the Hudson Shad vocal quartet.

2 complimentary tickets will be given to anyone that brings a federal government or military ID to the BPO Box Office at Kleinhans Music Hall. The tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis and will be available even if the government reopens prior to the concert.

"Since federal employees, veterans and military families have had their incomes sharply reduced in the face of the government shutdown, they've had to forego the pleasures of live music during a time when they may need it the most," said Patrick O'Herron, director of marketing for the orchestra. "Every time this orchestra has asked for the support of the community, they've delivered. We felt it was important to give back."