BPO kicks off its season on an unusual day with a familiar name, Buffalo News

The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra’s first concert this fall, which takes place Wednesday at Kleinhans Music Hall, hints at an unusual season ahead.

It’s rare to have a midweek opening gala. Adding to the novelty, the guest artist, superstar cellist Yo-Yo Ma, is joining the BPO and Music Director JoAnn Falletta not for a tried-and-true crowd favorite, but a contemporary piece by an Argentinian composer, Osvaldo Golijov. It is called “Azul,” which means “blue.”

Dan Hart, the BPO’s executive director, is an avid music listener and is looking forward to it.

“I think people will be blown away,” he said, adding: “There’s nothing Yo-Yo can do wrong, in my opinion.”

The audience seems to agree. Tickets to Wednesday’s opening gala are all but sold out. At last report, only a few standing-room-only single tickets were left.

The rest of the season is also full of surprises. Read More.