Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra earns ASCAP award for adventurous programming

The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra is one of 19 American orchestras to be honored with a 2012-2013 ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming today at the League of American Orchestras 68th National Conference in St. Louis, Missouri.  The BPO was selected for the Adventurous Programming of Contemporary Music award because it featured works of such contemporary composers as Michael Daugherty, Christos Papageorgiou, and Giya Kancheli in its 2012-2013 season, and because it presented two world premiere pieces: the Triple Trombone Concerto by Eric Ewazen and the Flute Concerto by Geoffrey Gordon. Both composers were on hand for the world premieres to speak to audiences about their works. The BPO won this award previously for its 2010-11 season.

 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 $725,000 has been bestowed on orchestras since the awards were established in 1947. 

“The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra has had a deep, longstanding commitment to new music, and it’s a commitment that the musicians and I share,” said music director JoAnn Falletta. “It’s a great joy to showcase modern composers and to help audiences understand that classical music is a living art form that continues to evolve. We’re honored that this commitment has received national recognition.”

About the BPO

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. The BPO performed at Carnegie Hall as a participant in the prestigious Spring for Music festival in 2013, one of only six orchestras nationwide chosen for this honor. During the tenure of JoAnn Falletta, the BPO has rekindled its history of radio broadcasts and recordings, including the release of 24 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 8.5 million copyrighted musical works of every style and genre from more than 450,000 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

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 more than 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.


# # #