Category: BPO in the News

BPO history keeper discovers Gustav Mahler conducted in Buffalo, WBFO

One of the “history keepers” of archived material for the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra uncovered some very interesting material as he prepared the program notes for this weekend’s performance. This weekend the Philharmonic will be saluting what would have marked the 200th birthday of opera composer Richard Wagner. WBFO’s Eileen Buckley met with the Orchestra’s historian Edward Yadzinski, a retired BPO musician, at his Amherst home, where he works on program guides and tracks the history of the orchestra. Listen to the interview.

BPO’s ‘Symphonic Spooktacular’ kicks off kids series charmingly, Buffalo News

How is this for an unforgettable sight in Kleinhans Music Hall: a 6-foot-tall chicken, screaming yellow with an orange beak, strutting out on its big webbed feet to conduct the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.

It was Associate Conductor Matthew Kraemer, there to conduct Symphonic Spooktacular, Sunday’s kickoff for this year’s BPO Kids Series.

The hall was full of kids in costume. Giant characters, including Elmo and Mickey Mouse, roamed the lobby before the concert began, posing for pictures with kids and/or their parents. Hilariously, the BPO was also in costume. Associate Concertmaster Amy Glidden looked to be a Spanish dancer, and the second violins were all barnyard animals. A twinkly witch’s hat sat rakishly on the harp. Read the rest of the article.

The Quotable Doc Severinsen, Buzz Blog

Doc Severinsen, at 86, still manages to eclipse expectations. No matter how sequinned you expect him to be, he will be more sequinned. No matter how loud you think he’ll be, he’ll be louder.

This morning’s Coffee Concert with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra — the concert repeats Saturday at 8 p.m. — were full of memorable moments, and many were just Severinsen talking. Read the rest of the article.

When a Buffalo cop stopped Doc Severinsen, Buzz blog

This is turning into Doc Severinsen Week here at The Buffalo News, what with Doc Severinsen breaking his silence on the book about Johnny Carson, and, today, recalling his days with the roustabout Tommy Dorsey.

In a couple of days Doc will be here, performing with his big band and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. But we still have time for more Doc stories. Here is a dandy.

A retired Buffalo police officer Buzz knows — he says we can call him Sal J. — says that years ago, he was pulling into the parking lot of the Towne Restaurant and spotted Doc Severinsen walking past. This would have been during Doc’s tenure as the Philharmonic’s principal pops conductor. Read the rest of the post.

WNED interviews Doc Severinsen

Did you know that trumpet was not Doc Severinsen’s first choice of instrument? But it is now! Doc and his big band join the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra for “Solid Gold Doc” at 10:30 a.m. Friday October 25th and 8 p.m. Saturday October 26th at Kleinhans Music Hall. The former Pops conductor for the BPO to WNED that he is really excited to be back for a visit. Listen to the interview.

BPO’s guest clarinetist gives glorious performance, Buffalo News

The first time the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra played Mozart’s bittersweet Clarinet Concerto, in 1939, the soloist was Benny Goodman. Swinging cat though he was, I can’t imagine Goodman playing the piece with any more soul than what we heard Saturday in Kleinhans Music Hall, with Ricardo Morales doing the honors.

There must be a million ways to approach this concerto, considering all the inflection and expression the clarinet is capable of, and the various moods of various instruments. Morales has what seems to me to be a unique style.

At least I have never heard anyone play the concerto quite the way he did. I have never heard such quiet in the piece. At times Morales sounded as if he were barely breathing, and yet the notes were there, pure and precise. It was a glorious thing to hear. Read the rest of the article.

Doc Severinsen blasts attorney’s book on Carson, Buffalo News

Doc Severinsen was never one to tone down either his wardrobe or his words when he was the longtime bandleader on “The Tonight Show” with Johnny Carson.

So when he was asked about a controversial tell-all book on Carson by Carson’s longtime attorney, Henry Bushkin, it should be no surprise that Severinsen didn’t hold back.

“I know Henry Bushkin and I knew Johnny Carson,” Severinsen said this week, choosing his words carefully and making what appear to be his first public remarks about the book. “And the idea that anybody would ask any single person to write a book about Johnny Carson and have it be Bushkin is beyond disgusting.” Read the rest of the article.