Category: BPO in the News

Departure Day!

A little over an hour ago, two buses pulled out of the Kleinhans parking lot bound for Toronto’s Pearson Airport – the first leg in the lengthy journey from Buffalo to Wroclaw. Most of the musicians and staff were onboard, although some musicians opted to make their own way to Wroclaw. As I was putting… Read more »

A day in Krakow

After a long journey, Executive Director Dan Hart, Music Director JoAnn Falletta and husband Robert Alemany, and Poland Tour Ambassador Cindy Abbott Letro arrived in Krakow. They met several members of the wind octet there on Tuesday, and shared dinner and happy hour. Today was a free day in Krakow. Unfortunately, it was also a… Read more »

The tour is underway!

We had a great weekend, performing the tour program for our hometown audience. Mayor Byron Brown declared it Buffalo Philharmonic Day in the City of Buffalo Saturday night, and not to be outdone, County Executive Mark Poloncarz declared it Buffalo Philharmonic Day in Erie County.   Approximately 2600 people came to the concerts on Saturday… Read more »

Warsaw: the center of Poland

Maybe it’s not at the geographic center of Poland, but Warsaw is the nation’s capital, its largest and best-known city, and its cultural capital. Our stop here is also the centerpiece of our Poland tour. For the past 14 years, Warsaw has been home to the Beethoven Easter Festival, founded and directed by Elzbieta Penderecka…. Read more »

Wroclaw: A Lively Idyll

Visit the page for Wroclaw on The Lonely Planet, and you’ll see they call it “a lively idyll.” It’s easy to see why. Poland’s fourth-largest city is nestled on the banks of the River Oder, not far from the Sudeten Mountains. The city is nearly two millenia old, dating from 142-147 AD, and has rich… Read more »

Buffalo never fails!

During World War I, the phrase “Buffalo Never Fails” was coined. More than 100 years later, it still applies. Buffalo never fails to show its passion and its support. Buffalo never fails to answer a call for help. Whether it’s your neighbor, your charities, or your cultural organizations that need you, Buffalo always, ALWAYS sees… Read more »

Buffalo Philharmonic seeks to raise $30,000 in 30 days for first international tour in 30 years

Buffalo Philharmonic seeks to raise $30,000 in 30 days for first international tour in 30 years BUFFALO, NY – With less than seven weeks until the Buffalo Philharmonic departs for Poland, a fundraising challenge has been set. Longtime BPO friends and supporters Cindy and Francis Letro have challenged the BPO to raise $30,000 in 30… Read more »

Mathieu and Gershwin ClassicalSource Review

André Mathieu’s Piano Concerto No.3 & George Gershwin’s An American in Paris – Alain Lefèvre/Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra/JoAnn Falletta [Analekta] (Four stars) Reviewed by Colin Anderson The connection between these composers is that both were also concert-standard pianists and they died young. André Mathieu (1929-68) was born in Montreal and precociously gifted, earning the nickname the… Read more »

The Poland tour: a 4332-mile overview

As of this writing, it’s seven weeks until the BPO leaves for its tour of Poland! This is the first international tour that the BPO has embarked on in 30 years, and the first time a full American orchestra has been invited to perform at the Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival in Warsaw. The first… Read more »

Two musicians retire after a combined 102 years of service

This year’s Classical Christmas concerts brought some bittersweet news: the retirement of First Violin Marylouise Nanna and Principal Harp Suzanne Thomas. Nanna and Thomas began their orchestral careers on Oct. 3, 1966, under Lukas Foss. Since then, they have performed with the BPO in Europe and at Carnegie Hall, appeared on more than 50 recordings,… Read more »