American history is rooted in the voices of many cultures. The musical traditions of these diverse cultures enrich our country as a nation of many peoples.
The Star Spangled Banner
written by John Stafford Smith
words by Francis Scott Key
Our nation’s anthem brought to life on stage. Sing along with your BPO!
Ellis Island: The Dream of America
by Peter Boyer
An intimate look at the experiences of Ellis Island immigrants coming to America.
West Side Stories: Coming to America
Hear from fellow students about their modern-day journey from far-away lands to the United States. Featuring accompaniment from cellist Levi Powe, winner of the 2018 Sphinx Competition performing Julie-O by Mark Summer.
This is a companion video to Ellis Island above.
Trigger warning: Some of the speakers in this video allude to violence in their home countries.
by PROJECT Trio
Beatboxing tutorial by Greg Pattillo
Beatbox with your BPO!
arr. by Lucas Richman
Sing along or play along with this beautiful Spanish folk song! Find beginning band and orchestra instrumental parts below. Featuring vocalist Alejandro Gómez.
by Gabriela Lena Frank
Escaramuza signifies “skirmish” in the Spanish language and is inspired by the kachampa music of Andean Peru.
The End of This Life
poem by Brandon Williamson
BPO poet-in-residence Brandon Williamson performs one of his original poems on stage at Kleinhans Music Hall.
Designed to be a flexible season concert pass for high school students to enjoy BPO performances at a discounted rate. Only $29 per student and free for Buffalo Public School students.