Category: BPO in the News

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 »

Beethoven’s Third & Emperor Piano Concertos – Norman Krieger/Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra/JoAnn Falletta [Decca], Classical Source

“This coupling has much to recommend it…There are no fads or fancies; rather we get the music straight from the hip.” [Three Stars] By Colin Anderson My understanding is that this release is currently only available in South Korea and also direct from the Buffalo Philharmonic. No doubt the artists involved hope for an international… Read more »

Bill Murray, Jan Vogler and Friends: New Worlds tour – on a cold Buffalo night, a perfect storm of actor, musicians, audience, and venue, Buffalo Rising

The tour started in California and on Monday it’s off to Carnegie Hall, but this Wednesday night, while outside the wind blew and the rain fell, inside Kleinhans Music Hall, for over two hours without a break, including five encore pieces, Bill Murray was all ours and we were all his. Looking up the word… Read more »