Category: BPO in the News

Glière: Symphony No 3, ‘Ilya Muromets’, review, The Telegraph

Running to about 70 minutes and with an orchestral complement of vast proportions, Reinhold Glière’s Third Symphony has always remained on the fringes of the Russian repertoire. However, as JoAnn Falletta says in a booklet note, it enjoys cult status and her impressive new recording with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra brings it vividly centre-stage. Read More.

French virtuoso and BPO bring nonstop excitement to massive ‘Rach 3,’ Buffalo News

The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra is about to wake up those sleepy snowbirds down in Florida. This weekend, the orchestra and Music Director JoAnn Falletta, joined by pianist Philippe Bianconi, are giving Buffalo a preview of the concert they are taking on the road.

What a concert it is. Bianconi is playing Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3. In the right hands, the “Rach 3” brings the house down. And on Saturday, Bianconi showed he was the man for the job.

The first half of the concert is Dvorak’s extroverted, dramatic Symphony No. 6. Both pieces give the orchestra plenty to do. It amounts to nonstop excitement. Read More.

BPO’s dramatic new season celebrates everything from Beethoven to Buffalo, Buffalo News

Singing the national anthem at the Super Bowl isn’t enough for soprano Renee Fleming. Later this year, her rich, warm voice will be heard at another kickoff.

Fleming will be singing at the Sept. 13 opening gala of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra’s 2014-15 season. It is a coup considering that at the moment she is the world’s most-talked-about soprano.

“We’ve been trying for many years to get her,” said BPO Music Director JoAnn Falletta. “She has been trying to get back here, but it conflicts with her opera season, and once she gets involved with opera she has no time at all. We’ve managed to get her right before she starts her season.” Falletta said that Fleming has not yet decided what she will sing. “She’s mulling it over.”

Whatever music she chooses, Fleming’s appearance seems like the perfect start to the 2014-15 season. The announcement comes in the wake of good financial news from the BPO. The budget is in the black, and ticket revenues are at an all-time high. The next season is full of drama, in every sense of the word. Read more.

Cliffs notes to the BPO’s spring Classics season, Buffalo News

10:30 a.m. April 11, 8 p.m. April 12 and 2:30 p.m. April 13: Webern’s “Im Sommerwind”; Schumann’s “Rhenish” Symphony; and Korngold’s Violin Concerto, with BPO Concertmaster Michael Ludwig as soloist.

Why go? Ludwig is on a roll and should bring out the glamour of this gorgeous concerto.

8 p.m. April 26 and 2:30 p.m. April 27: Colin Currie is the soloist in Jennifer Higdon’s Percussion Concerto. Also, Jerome Moross’ Symphony No. 1 and Russell Platt’s “Euridice”; and dances from Bernstein’s “West Side Story.”

Why go? The symphony by Moross (1913-1983), an Oscar-winning film composer, especially sounds intriguing. Read More.

BPO revives 1898 drama ‘Mozart and Salieri’ – and casts new light on old rumors, Buffalo News

It is one of history’s most enduring questions, up there with the lost continent of Atlantis and the JFK assassination.

Was Mozart poisoned?

Specifically, was he poisoned by rival composer Antonio Salieri?

Old whispers resurfaced in the 1980s, with the success of Peter Shaffer’s “Amadeus” as a play and a movie about deadly envy. But Shaffer did not come up with the idea.

A century and a half earlier, only five years after Salieri died, the Russian poet Pushkin wrote a dramatic poem titled “Mozart and Salieri.” The poem was made into an opera by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. Rarely performed now, it premiered in Moscow in 1898.

Only 45 minutes long, the opera is a tight, intense psychological drama. It will be semi-staged in Kleinhans Music Hall on Friday and Saturday, along with Mozart’s haunting C Minor Piano Concerto, as the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and Music Director JoAnn Falletta present an early celebration of Mozart’s birthday. Read More.

Mozart, Always: The BPO innovatively celebrates Mozart’s birthday anniversary, Artvoice

The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra concerts on Friday, January 17 at 10:30am and on Saturday, January 18 at 8pm feature the return of the orchestra and its music director JoAnn Falletta to Kleinhans Music Hall after a well earned break following the busy Christmas music season. In the past, the musicians of the BPO presented an annual concert of chamber music in the Lancaster Opera House celebrating Mozart’s birthday anniversary on January 27, 1756. While that long-running tradition has alas, gone by the wayside, the BPO has in recent years stepped into the breach, offering a January concert highlighted by one or more of the most popular works of Mozart. Read more.

Gusto looks back at 2013: The year in classical music

In classical music, 2013 will go down as the year the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra returned to Carnegie Hall – and took the whole city along.

At least that is what it felt like. The concert, part of Carnegie Hall’s Spring For Music Festival, broke records for hometown attendance. Thousands more Buffalonians listened to the concert on the radio – a broadcast that was heard around the world. Buffalo celebrities made the trip to New York. And everyone, I think, felt proud.

As well we should. The orchestra pulled off a massive, complicated symphony by Russian composer Reinhold Gliere, an artistic achievement that drew worldwide notice. The Gliere Society got involved, and the late composer’s relatives in Russia tuned in. Read more.


BPO’s Ellington recording named to Best of 2013 list

The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra’s Naxos recording  of Duke Ellington’s orchestral works has been named to’s “Best of 2013” list.

David Hurwitz, a reviewer for, said of the recording: “The performances are just marvelous. JoAnn Falletta catches the music’s “swing” in vivid interpretations that challenge Peress in their vitality, color, and verve. The various instrumental soloists, especially Sal Andolina’s clarinet in Three Black Kings and Tony Di Lorenzo on trumpet in Take the ‘A’ Train (and elsewhere), are all brilliant, and captured by Naxos’ engineers in bright, natural, high-impact sound. This is a very necessary release, but one that should get a lot of play as well. It’s a joy.”

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BPO’s Classic Christmas serves up elegant treats with a twist, Buffalo News

The concert was like a chocolate box, with treats you expect and surprise treats, too. Among the anticipated bonbons were two choruses from Handel’s “Messiah”; the pretty Eastern shepherds’ dance from Menotti’s “Amahl and the Night Visitors” and the “Waltz of the Snowflakes,” from Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker.”

All that was fun to hear. But the novelties were even better.