BPOvations Creative Conversations

Presented as a FREE benefit exclusively for BPO subscribers and donors, BPOvations allows you to hear directly from BPO musicians, conductors, and staff on topics that take an intimate look inside the BPO while providing a basis of knowledge about the orchestral world.

Past BPOvations Recordings


A Day at the Office: Pandemic Edition

Recorded Thursday, February 18

Amy Glidden, associate concertmaster

Associate concertmaster, Amy Glidden, talks about the challenges and joys of performing music in a socially distanced manner, and how a “day at Kleinhans” now involves temperature checks and one-way arrows on the floor. She shares her background as a musician for a professional orchestra and how the pandemic has impacted the symphonic experience.

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Behind the Scenes of the BPO’s Streaming Concerts

Thursday, March 18, 7pm       

Travis Hendra, acting principal librarian

Get a behind-the-scenes look at music’s journey from the page to the stage as acting principal librarian Travis Hendra describes how productions are brought to life in the hands of musicians. He shares his insights on the life of an orchestral librarian and answers the questions about what a music librarian really does to prepare an orchestra for sharing music with the community. He also sheds light on what it takes to be able to virtually stream a concert and how he navigates the complex world of publishing and copyright.

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Music By, About, and For Women

Thursday, April 15, 7pm

Anna Mattix, English horn

Oboist and English hornist Anna Mattix presents on the creation of her Teaching Artist program, developed for Western New York audiences in honor of JoAnn Falletta’s 20th anniversary with the BPO. Her program incorporates music by women composers and music composed for women, showcasing the feminine contribution to art and community.

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Diversifying the Classical Music Field

Thursday, May 20, 7pm

Jaman E. Dunn, assistant conductor

BPO assistant conductor, Jaman Dunn, outlines the evolution of diversity in the orchestral world and how classical music is being shaped by the current climate. As both conductor and musician, he shares his insights on the diversification efforts of arts and culture organizations nationwide, and how each of us can support this important venture.

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