Category: BPO in the News

WNED interviews clarinetist Ricardo Morales

Puerto Rican born clarinetist Ricardo Morales has had a stellar career as both principle clarinet for the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra during the years when James Levine toured with that orchestra around the world and he’s now the principle clarinet of the world famous Philadelphia Orchestra. Mr. Morales visited WNED and spoke about the Mozart Clarinet Concerto with JoAnn Falletta conducting at Kleinhans this Saturday, October 19th at 8 and Sunday, October 20th at 2:30. Listen to the interview.

Buffalo Philharmonic offers free tickets to furloughed federal employees, veterans, military families

Buffalo, NY – In order to maintain access to arts during times of stress, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra is offering two free tickets to furloughed federal employees, veterans, and military families for this weekend’s concerts.

The concerts feature the BPO debut of Philadelphia Orchestra principal clarinet Ricardo Morales. Morales will perform Mozart’s clarinet concerto, which is being heard in the halls of Kleinhans for the first time in 20 years. Also on the program is Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite and Bartok’s Suite No. 1. Concerts take place at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19 and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20.

Two complimentary tickets will be provided to any employee with a federal government ID, veterans and military families. Present your ID at the BPO Box Office at Kleinhans Music Hall to claim your tickets. The free tickets will be available even if a deal is struck before the weekend.

“Since federal employees, veterans and military families have had their incomes sharply reduced in the face of the government shutdown, they’ve had to forego the pleasures of live music during a time when they may need it the most,” said Susan Schwartz, director of marketing and communications for the orchestra. “Every time this orchestra has asked for the support of the community, they’ve stepped up and delivered. We felt it was important to do something to give back.”

WNED interview Paul Ferington on “The Legacy of Legends.”

Be transported to ancient times and meet the Arthurian knight Parsifal on his quest for the Holy Grail, the famous lovers Tristan and Isolde, and explore legends from Spain and Eastern Europe through De Falla and Bartok. It’s BPOvations with Paul Ferington, this Wed. Oct. 16 at the Orchard Park library at 6:30 pm (and also next Wednesday Oct. 23 at the Amherst Audubon library at 7:00 PM). Listen to the interview.

BPO re-creates the magic of ABBA, Buffalo News

Never underestimate a Swedish poncho.

In case there weren’t enough incarnations of the ABBA brand, from stereo to stage to screen, a fleet of tribute robots can also cash in on the foolproof disco catalog with your local philharmonic orchestra. Who’s up for another round of Waterloo? Anyone?

It’s OK. You needn’t be shamed for your ABBA love. It’s quite all right. The Swedish foursome – two feathered ladies, two bearish songwriters, and between them, two ex-couples – figured out how to make a pop song work anywhere you are, and never leave your side. It always works. Cursed be they, says the tortured songbirds out there! They’ve cracked the code!

Give it up. A concert of the geniuses’ music, as performed by touring tribute band abbacadabra, supplemented by our own BPO, showed how versatile these tightly conceived, perfectly produced songs can be. “Waterloo” is beautiful with the viola. “Chiquitita” never sounded so Beatlesesque. And whoever thought to invite the horn section to the party: smart move.

Read the rest of the review.

Brett Shurtliffe talks “Know The Score” with Winging It Buffalo Style

BUFFALO, NY (CW23) – The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra provides audiences in Western New York with entertaining and enriching musical performances each season – and their “Know Your Score” series kicks off tonight with a special analysis of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet”.

Know Your Score was developed by the BPO after fans of classical music voiced their opinions on not fully understanding classical composition and feeling like they don’t take enough away from a performance. Enter Know Your Score – intended to give curious music lovers an in-depth discussion and analysis of the work through speaking, performances and various visuals.

Brett Shurtliffe joined us in the studio to talk about his involvement at the BPO and what the new series will bring to the Orchestra’s already outstanding reputation as a true cultural ambassador in WNY.

Watch the interivew.


WNED interviews Paul Ferington about Know The Score

Paul Ferington explores musical retellings of Shakespeare’s tragic love story, with help from the talented actors of Shakespeare in Delaware Park. “Know the Score: Romeo and Juliet” reveals the whole story behind well-known music in a relaxed setting at Kleinhans Music Hall Thursday, October 10th at 7:00pm. Stay after the concert to enjoy a party with desserts from Romeo and Juliet’s Caffe and mingle with the musicians. WNED found out more.

At the BPO, romance pours from a priceless violin

This weekend’s Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra is a trip back in time to the 19th century – in a glorious, glamorous way.

Music Director JoAnn Falletta is conducting Brahms’ expansive First Symphony. The Israeli violinist Vadim Gluzman is playing the heart-rending Violin Concerto No. 1 of the German Romantic composer Max Bruch.

To complete the sepia-toned picture, Gluzman is playing a Stradivarius that dates to 1690 and was once owned by Hungarian virtuoso Leopold Auer (1845-1930).

We have an awareness of priceless violins here in Buffalo. The three owned by Clement and Karen Arrison turn up from time to time at Kleinhans Music Hall in the hands of various young artists. That could explain why, even in the cold light of day at Friday’s Coffee Concert, I was swept away by the romance of it all. To think where this violin had been! Read more.

BPO, violinist Vadim Gluzman offer Brahms concert

The music of Johannes Brahms takes center stage this weekend at Kleinhans Music Hall. The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra is performing the great Romantic composer’s Symphony No. 1. Overflowing with noble melodies, this symphony has sometimes been credited with winning over people who never thought they would like classical music. It is that expansive and beautiful.

Adding to the concert’s appeal, Israeli violinist Vadim Gluzman is coming to town to perform the Violin Concerto No. 1 of Max Bruch, another German Romantic master. Like Brahms, Bruch was bearded and gruff looking, but wrote music of heart-stopping loveliness. Bring a Kleenex for the Adagio of this concerto. Read More.

From pops to rocks, BPO’s season is full of surprises

The birdsong is subsiding. The racket of the cicadas is fading. Even Buffalo’s signature summer sound, the pounding of boom cars, is dropping in volume every day.

But that doesn’t mean we have to have a silent autumn.

A new sound is rising to fill the vacuum. And it’s coming from Kleinhans Music Hall.

This fall, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra is at the center of an unusual lot of action. The orchestra’s classics season has already begun, and that’s only the beginning: A smorgasbord of other music has been laid out to last from now through Christmas.

The pops season begins Saturday with a concert featuring bombastic Broadway beauty Bernadette Peters.

Also on tap, like a rich Oktoberfest lager, are other events: a couple of kids’ concerts, a touch of ballet, a touch of theater, and even a freebie or two.

Let’s take a look at some of these offbeat offerings. Read More.

Queen, Fab Four, Chieftains music to BPO ears, Business First

If history is any indication than Freddie Mercury, John Lennon and the Chieftains may go a long way towards bringing music fans to Kleinhans Music Hall much in the same way that Mahler and Brahms do for the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.

In continuing a trend that it started a few seasons back, the BPO has booked a number of Pops series concerts that highlight the music of Queen, the Beatles and a March appearance by the Chieftains – all with the intent of luring more people to its performances.

“These aren’t traditional ‘Pops’ shows per se, but they have a huge following,” said Dan Hart, BPO executive director.

The series begins Saturday night when visiting conductor Brent Havens brings in a band and singers to work with the orchestra on a program devoted entirely to Queen music. It follows similar shows Havens has done in Buffalo that featured music by the Doors, Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin. Read more.