BPO’s ‘Symphonic Spooktacular’ kicks off kids series charmingly, Buffalo News

How is this for an unforgettable sight in Kleinhans Music Hall: a 6-foot-tall chicken, screaming yellow with an orange beak, strutting out on its big webbed feet to conduct the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.

It was Associate Conductor Matthew Kraemer, there to conduct Symphonic Spooktacular, Sunday’s kickoff for this year’s BPO Kids Series.

The hall was full of kids in costume. Giant characters, including Elmo and Mickey Mouse, roamed the lobby before the concert began, posing for pictures with kids and/or their parents. Hilariously, the BPO was also in costume. Associate Concertmaster Amy Glidden looked to be a Spanish dancer, and the second violins were all barnyard animals. A twinkly witch’s hat sat rakishly on the harp. Read the rest of the article.