BUFFALO, NY — For the second year in a row, the Buffalo Philharmonic has been recognized for adventurous programming.
The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestrais one of 27 American orchestras to be honored with a 2013-2014 ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming at the League of American Orchestras National Conference, taking place June 4-6 in Seattle, Washington. The BPOwas took second place among its group for its programming. The League and ASCAP present the awards each year to orchestras of all sizes for programs that challenge the audience, build the repertoire, and increase interest in music of our time. Approximately $750,000 has been bestowed on orchestras since the awards were established in 1947.
The BPO added to the repertoire for solo cello and orchestra this season with their commission and world premiere of Miguel del Aguila’s Concierto en Tango, performed by BPO Principal Cellist Roman Mekinulov. The BPO also presented the New York State premiere of Zhao Jiping’s Concerto for Pipa and Orchestra, and the American premiere of Russell Platt’s “Eurydice.” Works by Osvaldo Golijov, Astor Piazzolla, Alberto Ginastera, Daron Hagen, Jerome Moross and Jennifer Higdon also appeared on BPO programs during the past season.
“The story of classical music is still being written,” said BPO music director JoAnn Falletta. “So much exciting music has been composed in the 20th and 21st century. The musicians and I love to showcase this music, and the audience has loved making these musical discoveries with us. It’s gratifying to be recognized for our commitment to the music of our time, and to be in the company of so many other orchestras that share this commitment.”
“We are proud to partner with ASCAP in recognizing the ever-growing commitment of America’s orchestras to the music of our time,” said League President and CEO Jesse Rosen.
About the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
As Buffalo’s cultural ambassador, the Grammy Award-winning Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra under the leadership of music director JoAnn Falletta presents more than 100 concerts each year. Since 1940, the orchestra’s home has been Kleinhans Music Hall, a National Historic Landmark with a reputation as one of the finest concert halls in the United States. During the tenure of JoAnn Falletta, the BPO has rekindled its history of radio broadcasts and recordings, including the release of 29 new recordings on the Naxos and Beau Fleuve labels. For more information about the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, visit www.bpo.org.
Established in 1914, ASCAP is the first and leading U.S. Performing Rights Organization (PRO) representing the world’s largest repertory totaling over 9 million copyrighted musical works of every style and genre from more than 500,000 songwriter, composer and music publisher members. ASCAP has representation arrangements with similar foreign organizations so that the ASCAP repertory is represented in nearly every country around the world where copyright law exists. ASCAP protects the rights of its members and foreign affiliates by licensing the public performances of their copyrighted works and distributing royalties based upon surveyed performances. ASCAP is the only American PRO owned and governed by its writer and publisher members. www.ascap.com
About the League of American Orchestras
The League of American Orchestras leads, supports, and champions America’s orchestras and the vitality of the music they perform. Its diverse membership of approximately 800 orchestras across North America runs the gamut from world-renowned symphonies to community groups, from summer festivals to student and youth ensembles. The only national organization dedicated solely to the orchestral experience, the League is a nexus of knowledge and innovation, advocacy, and leadership advancement for managers, musicians, volunteers, and boards. Its conferences and events, award-winning Symphony magazine, website, and other publications inform music lovers around the world about orchestral activity and developments. Founded in 1942 and chartered by Congress in 1962, the League links a national network of thousands of instrumentalists, conductors, managers and administrators, board members, volunteers, and business partners. Visit americanorchestras.org to learn more.
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