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Sixteen Jazz Composers’ Works to be Performed by Three Orchestras

Between May and September 2016, three different orchestras will give public readings of new works for symphony orchestra written by a total of sixteen jazz composers as part of the third Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute (JCOI) Readings, a program coordinated by EarShot, the National Orchestra Composition Discovery Network. In addition to the reading sessions, the activities at the three orchestras—the Naples Philharmonic (May 25 and 26), American Composers Orchestra (June 15 and 16), and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra (September 20 and 21)—will involve a variety of workshops and other opportunities for the participating composers.

The 2016 JCOI Readings are the culmination of a process that began in August 2015, when 36 jazz composers of all ages were selected from a national pool of applicants to attend the weeklong JCOI Intensive, a series of workshops and seminars devoted to orchestral composition held at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music in Los Angeles. After completing the Intensive, sixteen composers were given the opportunity to put what they learned into practice by composing a new symphonic work. The composers, working in jazz, improvised, and creative music, were chosen based on their musicianship, originality, and potential for future growth in orchestral composition. Each composer will receive coaching from mentor composers and a professional music engraver as they write their new works. Composers will also receive feedback from orchestra principal musicians, conductors, librarians, and mentor composers, throughout the readings. Each of the three orchestras will workshop and perform between four and seven composers’ new works.

The four composers participating in the Naples Philharmonic’s readings (pictured from left to right): Robin Holcomb (photo by Peter Gannushkin), Sonia Jacobsen, Yvette Jackson (photo by Ava Porter), and Nathan Parker Smith. (Photos courtesy Christina Jensen PR.)

The Naples Philharmonic readings will take place at Artis-Naples Hayes Hall, with mentor composers Vincent Mendoza (composer/arranger), James Newton (JCOI Director; University of California, Los Angeles), and Derek Bermel (Artistic Director, ACO). The featured composers’ works will be conducted by Naples Philharmonic Assistant Conductor Yaniv Segal. The participating composers are: Robin Holcomb (b. 1954), a Seattle-based composer and singer/songwriter whose music draws on both her childhood in Georgia and her stints working among avant-garde musicians in New York and California; Sonia Jacobsen (b. 1967), a much-awarded composer, jazz saxophonist, and founding director of the New York Symphonic Jazz Orchestra currently based in Chapin, South Carolina; Yvette Jackson (b. 1973), a composer, sound designer and installation artist focused on radio opera and narrative soundscape composition from La Solla, California; and Brooklyn-based performer and composer Nathan Parker Smith (b. 1983), who leads the Nathan Parker Smith Large Ensemble which performs throughout New York City.

The Readings will include an open, working rehearsal on Wednesday, May 25 at 2pm, and a run-through of the composers’ pieces on Thursday, May 26 at 7pm. Both events are free and open to the public.

he seven participating composers in the ACO Readings: (top row, left to right) Jonathan Finlayson (photo by Scott Benedict), Dawn Norfleet, and Ben Morris; (bottom row left to right) Ethan Helm, John La Barbara, Guy Mintus, and Brian Friedland. (Photos courtesy Christina Jensen PR.)

The American Composers Orchestra’s readings will take place at Columbia University’s Miller Theatre, with mentor composers Derek Bermel, Anthony Davis (University of California, San Diego), Gabriela Lena Frank (composer in residence, Houston Symphony), and James Newton. ACO Music Director George Manahan will conduct. The participating composers are New York-based Jonathan Finlayson (b. 1982), a disciple of the saxophonist/composer Steve Coleman who has performed alongside Mary Halvorson, Henry Threadgill, Von Freeman, Jason Moran, Dafnis Prieto, and Vijay Iyer; Boston-based Brian Friedland (b. 1982), whose music is rooted in jazz piano traditions but also shows his love of genres ranging from Balkan Folk to classical minimalism; New York-based saxophonist and composer Ethan Helm (b. 1990), who co-leads the jazz quintet Cowboys & Frenchmen; Israeli-born, New York-based jazz pianist and composer Guy Mintus (b. 1991), who has collaborated with master musicians from Turkey, Greece, Iran, Morocco, Azerbaijan, Cuba, India, and Mali; Ben Morris (b. 1993), a recipient of two Klezmer Company Orchestra Composers’ Prizes, three Festival Miami Composers’ Awards, and an ASCAP Morton Gould Award who is currently pursuing his masters’ at Rice University; John La Barbera (b. 1945), a composer/arranger whose music has been performed by Buddy Rich, Woody Herman, Count Basie, Dizzy Gillespie, Mel Torme, Chaka Khan, Harry James, Bill Watrous, and Phil Woods; and Dawn Norfleet (b. 1965), a jazz flutist, vocalist, and composer residing in Los Angeles who is on the faculty at the Performing Arts Center of Los Angeles County and the Colburn School of Performing Arts.

The Readings will include a private, working rehearsal on Wednesday, June 15, and a run-through of the composers’ pieces on Thursday, June 16 at 7:30pm, which is free and open to the public (reservations suggested).

The five composers participating in the Buffalo Philharmonic readings (pictured from left to right): Hitomi Oba, Gene Knific, Anthony Tidd, Emilio Solia, and Amina Figarova (photo by Zak Shelby-Szyszko). (Photos courtesy Christina Jensen PR.)

Finally, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra readings will take place at Kleinhans Music Hall, with mentor composers Derek Bermel, Anthony Cheung (composer, University of Chicago), and Nicole Mitchell (composer/flutist). All of the works will be conducted by Stefan Sanders, associate conductor of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.

The participating composers are: Amina Figarova (b. 1966), an Azerbaijan-born, New York-based pianist and composer who studied classical piano performance at the Baku Conservatory as well as jazz performance at the Rotterdam Conservatory, Netherlands, and attended the Thelonious Monk Institute’s summer jazz colony in Aspen; Gene Knific (b. 1992), a pianist, composer, and arranger based in Kalamazoo, Michigan who has won seven DownBeat awards for his performances and compositions; Los Angeles-based saxophonist and composer Hitomi Oba (b. 1984), who holds an MA from UCLA in Music Composition and whose album, Negai, received a Swing Journal jazz disc award; London-born, Philadelphia-based Anthony Tidd (b. 1972), who has performed with Steve Coleman, The Roots, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Wayne Krantz, Meshell Ndegeocello, Common, and Jill Scott, and has produced albums by The Roots, Macy Grey, Zap Mama, and The Black Eyed Peas; and Buenos Aires-born, Brooklyn-based Emilio Solla (b. 1962), who has recorded more than 40 albums performing with Paquito D’Rivera, Arturo O’Farrill, Cristina Pato, and Billy Hart, and whose latest album, Second Half (2014), was nominated for a 2015 Grammy Award for Best Latin Jazz Album. The Readings will include a private, working rehearsal on Tuesday, September 20, and a run-through of the composers’ pieces on Wednesday, September 21 at 7pm, which is free and open to the public.

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JCOI is a new development in the jazz field, led by ACO in partnership with the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music in Los Angeles and the Center for Jazz Studies at Columbia University in New York. While many jazz composers seek to write for the symphony orchestra, opportunities for hands-on experience are few. Since the first JCOI readings in 2011 and with these new sessions at three orchestras, nearly 100 jazz composers will have benefited from the program and so far 27 new jazz works for orchestra have been created and workshopped. EarShot, the National Orchestral Composition Discovery Network, initiates partnerships with orchestras around the country; provides consulting, production, and administrative support for orchestras to undertake readings, residencies, performances, and composer-development programs; identifies promising orchestral composers, increasing awareness and access to their music; supports orchestras’ commitment to today’s composers and enhances national visibility for their new music programs. EarShot is coordinated by American Composers Orchestra in collaboration with American Composers Forum, the League of American Orchestras, and New Music USA. It brings together the artistic, administrative, marketing, and production resources and experience of the nation’s leading organizations devoted to the support of new American orchestral music.

Announcing the 2016-2017 Pops Series

n his first season as Principal Pops Conductor, John Morris Russell has made a splash in Western New York. This coming season features more opportunities to see him on the podium, and a variety of exciting Pops concerts hand-picked by Russell from today’s best acts.

Russell is leading five shows with the BPO next season. He kicks off the Pops Series with the music of today’s most prolific and popular composer: John Willams. The concert features music from the Star Wars series, Superman, ET, Jurassic Park, and the Harry Potter series. On Oct. 22, Russell introduces New York Voices to Buffalo audiences in “Sweet Sounds of the 70s.” New York Voices have been performing together for 25 years and have won multiple Grammy awards. Known for their tight-knit harmonies and their broad range of influences, they will perform music by Queen, Paul Simon, Chicago and other top singer-songwriters of the era.

Broadway star Lisa Vroman joins Russell for a heart-stirring concert of the best love songs from Broadway and the American songbook on Feb. 10 and 11. Vroman has starred in some of the most romantic musicals of our time, including a run as Christine in

The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway. The Feb. 11 concert includes the Sweetheart Dance, an annual tradition at the BPO. Russell also leads The Midtown Men on March 31 and April 1. The original cast of the smash Broadway hit Jersey Boys continues to bring the greatest hits of the 1960s to life at concert halls around the world. This concert marks their BPO debut.

Two popular conductors return to the BPO. On January 28, Michael Krajewski leads Tony-nominated vocalist Liz Callaway in “Tapestry – The Carole King Songbook.” Callaway’s versatile vocal career has included her award-winning “Sibling Revelry” show with sister and 2014 BPO guest artist Ann Hampton Callaway; an Academy Award nomination for “Journey to the Past” in the animated feature Anastasia; and five solo recordings. Krajewski has led the BPO on many occasions, most recently in May 2015 for the “Bond and Beyond” show and November 2015 for “Sounds of Simon & Garfunkel.”

Matt Catingub returns on May 26 and 27 to pay tribute to the American spirit with “Swingin’ Stars and Stripes.” This patriotic concert has a 1940s twist, featuring the music that inspired the Allies to triumph over the Axis. Catingub brought his Big Band and his Gershwin shows to Kleinhans and the BPO in 2014.

As a young man, Sal Andolina had a life-changing experience in New York when a chance encounter led to him taking a master class from the legendary Benny Goodman. The experience has resonated through Andolina’s career not only as a clarinetist/saxophonist for the BPO, but as a bandleader. On Oct. 7 and 8, he is featured in his “Benny and Me” show, which he has performed with several symphony orchestras around the country. He is joined by the tight-knit, highly-skilled brass section of the BPO, and his team of area jazz artists augments their sound for a thrilling performance.


Classical Mystery Tour has earned fans the world over for their faithful portrayal of the music of The Beatles. The BPO adds an orchestral twist to music spanning The Beatles’ career, from their early breakout songs like “Twist and Shout” to the musically complex “A Day in the Life.” Rock concert lighting and the dynamic stage presence of the quartet make for a heady concert experience when the band returns to the BPO on Nov. 5.
Other series highlights include several concerts led by Stefan Sanders including a tribute to Nat King Cole with Toronto-based vocalist Denzal Sinclaire; top ABBA show band Arrival From Sweden and “Broadway Comedy Tonight,” featuring the Great White Way’s funniest music from shows like Wicked and Chicago.
“I’m thrilled to be sharing the stage with the fantastic musicians of the BPO as we celebrate the American musical experience in our Pops series,” said John Morris Russell. “The very best of Broadway, Hollywood, jazz and rock ‘n roll will keep Kleinhans hopping all season long!”


BPO Holiday Pops

John Morris Russell is known as “Mr. Christmas” for his love of holiday music. With a personal collection of more than 1000 holiday albums, he consistently creates holiday programs that sparkle and enchant. Last season, he impressed audiences at his Holiday Pops debut with witty banter and a spectacular musical program. For 2016’s Holiday Pops, he plans to feature the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus, in a program of stunningly arranged favorites. Four performances are slated for Dec. 16, 17 and 18.

 

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As Buffalo’s cultural ambassador, the Grammy Award-winning Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra under the leadership of music director JoAnn Falletta presents more than 100 concerts each year. Since 1940, the orchestra’s home has been Kleinhans Music Hall, a National Historic Landmark with a reputation as one of the finest concert halls in the United States. During the tenure of JoAnn Falletta, the BPO has rekindled its history of radio broadcasts and recordings, including the release of 36 new recordings on the Naxos and Beau Fleuve labels. For more information about the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, visit www.bpo.org.

Ekachai Jearakul brings guitar recital to Kleinhans

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Contact: Kate Jenkins
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Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
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BUFFALO, NY – Another JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition finalist returns to Buffalo in 2016.

Thai guitarist Ekachai Jearakul [Ehk-uh-chai Jehr-uh-kool] will perform a solo recital at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 22 in the Mary Seaton Room at Kleinhans Music Hall. Jearakul is a three-time semi-finalist and a two-time finalist at the Competition, placing second in 2014 and third in 2012.

The 29-year-old Jearakul is the first person from Asia to win the Guitar Foundation of America Competition, and his prize includes a 50-city recital tour. His Buffalo performance is co-sponsored by the Castellani Andriaccio Guitar Duo and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. Jearakul will perform a broad range of works, including a piece written for him by Steven Goss, a suite by King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand which Jearakul has brought to international stages as well as more traditional works by Brouwer and Turina.
His Naxos recording, “Ekachai Jearakul Guitar Recital,” takes listeners on a journey from the Baroque era through the nineteenth century to modern jazz-influenced works. Copies of this and his two previous discs will be available for purchase at the recital.

“Don’t miss Thailand’s monarch of the guitar! Audiences around the world marvel at his virtuosity and elegance and he is a favorite of our Buffalo audience,” said Michael Andriaccio, co-artistic director of the JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition.

His performance is part of the ramp-up to the 2016 JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition. Eight semi-finalists will be selected from a global talent pool to come to Buffalo. Semi-finals will take place on June 8 and 9 at the WNED Studios. Three finalists will be selected to perform on June 11 with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra at Kleinhans Music Hall under the baton of JoAnn Falletta. The audience will witness the selection of the winner and will get to vote for the Audience Favorite Award. Tickets for the finals are available now at bpo.org. The Competition is presented by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and WNED | WBFO.

Tickets for Jearakul’s recital are available at bpo.org or by calling (716) 885-5000, and are $10, or free with the purchase of a ticket to the Competition finals on June 11.

As Buffalo’s cultural ambassador, the Grammy Award-winning Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra under the leadership of music director JoAnn Falletta presents more than 100 concerts each year. Since 1940, the orchestra’s home has been Kleinhans Music Hall, a National Historic Landmark with a reputation as one of the finest concert halls in the United States. During the tenure of JoAnn Falletta, the BPO has rekindled its history of radio broadcasts and recordings, including the release of 36 new recordings on the Naxos and Beau Fleuve labels. For more information about the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, visit www.bpo.org.

BPO partners with The Catholic Diocese of Buffalo to bring music to Catholic school students

Buffalo Philharmonic partners with The Catholic Diocese of Buffalo to bring music to Catholic school students

BUFFALO, NY – Students from 17 Catholic schools will attend the BPO’s Feb. 3 Music For Youth program, in a special event called Catholic Schools Day at the BPO. This event occurs during the annual Catholic Schools Week celebrated by the Diocese each year. It is a reinvigoration of the partnership between the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo. The program begins at 10:15 a.m.

More than 1600 students are expected to attend this morning youth concert, from schools all over Western New York’s eight counties. Also in attendance will be the Bishop of Buffalo Richard J. Malone Th. D, the Catholic Schools Superintendent Sr. Carol Cimino and Secretary of Catholic Education Carol Kostyniak.

The program is designed for third through sixth grades and is titled “BPO Musical Passport.” Music from America, Europe, Africa, Asia and South America will introduce students to musical forms, instruments of the orchestra, rhythms and melodies from around the world. This interactive program encourages participation through movement and active engagement, and combines music, geography and world cultures.

“The BPO is proud to partner with the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo once again,” says Robin Parkinson, BPO director of education and community engagement. “This is a longstanding relationship that dates back over 20 years and we are pleased to continue this important connection to the Catholic Schools for many years to come.”

As Buffalo’s cultural ambassador, the Grammy Award-winning Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra under the leadership of music director JoAnn Falletta presents more than 100 concerts each year. Since 1940, the orchestra’s home has been Kleinhans Music Hall, a National Historic Landmark with a reputation as one of the finest concert halls in the United States. During the tenure of JoAnn Falletta, the BPO has rekindled its history of radio broadcasts and recordings, including the release of 36 new recordings on the Naxos and Beau Fleuve labels. For more information about the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, visit www.bpo.org.

“Stars of the Guitar” and “Classics for Kids” now available on Beau Fleuve label

Buffalo Philharmonic releases two discs for holiday season

“Stars of the Guitar” and “Classics for Kids” now available on Beau Fleuve label

BUFFALO, NY – The Buffalo Philharmonic’s newest discs highlight two of the orchestra’s most important endeavors: its outreach to children, and its commitment to advancing young classical guitarists.

 “Classics For Kids” continues the youth outreach that has been at the core of the BPO’s mission since its inception. Today, the BPO serves more than 40,000 students per academic year, with school-day programs aligned with the Common Core, an annual broadcast bringing a concert directly into classrooms, and the Sunday afternoon BlueCross BlueShield BPO Kids series which brings families together to experience music.

For this disc, the BPO teamed up with Buffalo native Robby Takac, bass player and co-founder of the Goo Goo Dolls. Takac narrates Paul Dukas’ “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” and Camille Saint-Saens “Carnival of the Animals.” Observant listeners will also notice his cameo as The Beast in “Conversations of Beauty and the Beast,” part of Ravel’s “Mother Goose Suite.”

Orion Weiss and Anna Polonsky are the featured pianists in the familiar “Carnival of the Animals,” and Falletta herself contributes narration to the disc. Each piece on it is a staple of classical repertoire, and has been used for decades to introduce children to classical music.

The double disc “Stars of the Guitar” features seven of the most important concertos for guitar ever composed. The set was recorded live at the biennial JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition over the course of 10 years. The Competition brings six guitarists to Buffalo from all over the world to compete. Three are chosen to advance to the final round and perform concertos with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. WNED| WBFO is a co-sponsor of the competition, taking place next in June 8-11, 2016.

The disc includes works by Leo Brouwer, Manuel Ponce, Roberto Sierra, and Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, as well as the iconic Hector Villa-Lobos and Joaquin Rodrigo concertos. Featured soloists are Marcin Dylla of Poland (2004 First Prize winner); Thai guitarist Ekachai Jearakul of Thailand (2014 Second Prize winner); Marko Topchii of Ukraine (2014 First Prize Winner); Celil Refik Kaya of Turkey (2012 First Prize winner); Petrit Ceku of Kosovo (2012 Second Prize winner); and Chad Ibison (Third Prize 2014) and Benjamin Beirs (Third Prize 2008) of the United States.

“The guitar was my first love, the enchanted vessel that transported a seven-year-old into a lifelong musical journey,” Falletta said in the disc’s liner notes. “The talent of the finalists is astonishing, the drama of the evening is palpable, and the passion and excitement of the audiences reflect the thrill of these great performances.” 

Both discs were released on the orchestra’s house label, Beau Fleuve, and are available at the Kleinhans Music Hall box office or online at bpo.org. During the holiday season, select CDs from the orchestra’s catalogue are on sale for $5 when you purchase one of these new releases.

Buffalo Philharmonic honors WNY veterans with concert at Riviera Theatre

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Contact: Kate Jenkins
Communications Coordinator
Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
(716) 242-7819
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Buffalo Philharmonic honors WNY veterans with concert at Riviera Theatre
All tickets free courtesy of Russell J. Salvatore

BUFFALO, NY — The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra is giving back to veterans, their families, and the community with a free concert at the Riviera Theatre. This free event is made possible thanks to the generosity of restauranteur and philanthropist Russell J. Salvatore. Media support is provided by The Buffalo News.

The concert will take place at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11 at the Riviera Theatre in North Tonawanda. The theater dates to 1926 and is known for its meticulously restored interior and Mighty Wurlitzer organ.

“We are very excited to host this special Veterans Day concert with the BPO on our historic stage, and look forward to working with the BPO in the future,”  Gary J. Rouleau, Riviera Theatre Director of Development said.

Salvatore bought out the entire house for the event, allowing the Buffalo Philharmonic to distribute tickets through selected area veterans’ organizations free of charge. A limited number of free tickets are also available at the box offices of Kleinhans Music Hall and the Riviera Theatre.

“My deep admiration of our veterans makes it an honor to make this wonderful BPO concert free to veterans and the community,” said Salvatore. “This makes a wonderful exclamation point to our three new additions to my Patriots and Heroes Park.” The iconic park is located on Transit Road in Depew outside Russell’s Steaks and Chops, and includes memorials to the victims of the September 11 attacks and to the victims of the Flight 3407 plane crash in Clarence, as well as the recently-unveiled “The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier,” “A Tribute to America” and “A Tribute to the Purple Heart.”

BPO Associate Conductor Stefan Sanders will lead the concert. The Fifth and Sixth Grade Chorus from Meadow Elementary School in North Tonawanda will perform, as will the Buffalo Suzuki Strings. Garrett Martin, organist and music director for Buffalo’s Westminster Presbyterian Church, will play the theater’s famous Mighty Wurlitzer.

“We are very excited to honor our veterans with this spectacular program of great patriotic music.  Along with favorites like Battle Hymn of the Republic, the Armed Forces Salute, and Sousa Marches, we are also excited to perform Aaron Copland’s Lincoln Portrait, narrated by North Tonawanda mayor Arthur Pappas. And, it just wouldn’t be right if we didn’t feature the Mighty Wurlitzer! This is going to be a really fun night of music honoring our veterans at such an historic venue,” Sanders said.

Tickets can be obtained at the box offices of Kleinhans Music Hall and the Riviera Theatre, at the Veterans One-stop Center of WNY, Inc., and at Niagara County Veterans’ Services. For additional information and tickets, call Ambrose Price, sales coordinator, at (716) 885-5001, the Riviera Theatre box office at (716) 692-2413, or visit http://bpo.org/tickets-and-events/events/event:salute-to-veterans/ .

 

Tickets available at:

Niagara County Veterans’ Service, Veterans’ Affairs Department: 111 Main St. Suite 200, Lockport, NY, 14094, (716) 438-4090

Veterans One-stop Center of WNY, Inc.: 1280 Main St., Suite 204, Buffalo, NY 14209, (716) 995-4312

Kleinhans Music Hall box office: 3 Symphony Circle, Buffalo, NY 14201, (716) 885-5001

Riviera Theatre box office: 67 Webster Street, North Tonawanda, NY 14120, (716) 692-2413

 

 

As Buffalo’s cultural ambassador, the Grammy Award-winning Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra under the leadership of music director JoAnn Falletta presents more than 100 concerts each year. Since 1940, the orchestra’s home has been Kleinhans Music Hall, a National Historic Landmark with a reputation as one of the finest concert halls in the United States. During the tenure of JoAnn Falletta, the BPO has rekindled its history of radio broadcasts and recordings, including the release of 33 new recordings on the Naxos and Beau Fleuve labels. For more information about the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, visit www.bpo.org

 

 

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Announcing BPO Kids for Exceptional Kids

BUFFALO, NY –The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra (BPO) in conjunction with Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo (WCHOB) has announced the addition of BPO Kids for Exceptional Kids, a subset of the BPO Kids classical concert series that focuses on children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs), cancer and other chronic physical or healthcare challenges. The program is supported through a generous sponsorship from Wegmans.

“Wegmans is proud to support this very special program,” said Michele Mehaffy, Consumer Affairs Manager, Buffalo Division of Wegmans. “BPO Kids for Exceptional Kids gives families the opportunity to enjoy a musical experience they may have never thought could be possible.” 

The goal of the BPO Kids for Exceptional Kids program is to make the concerts more accessible and comfortable to all children, specifically those with ASDs who face unique challenges. The BPO and WCHOB have worked together to provide families with pre-concert activities; sound muffling headphones; preferred seating near exits (if desired); access to a quiet space if a child needs a break; and awareness and education presentations to ushers, staff and volunteers to increase their understanding of ASDs and best practices to communicate and interact with these children and their families. 

“Many families with children with autism are hesitant to try new things because they do not know how their child may react given their sensory differences and preferences for familiarity and routine,” said Jana Mertz, MBA, Program Coordinator for the Autism Center at Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo.  “Since many children with autism do not have any visible physical differences, it can be difficult and uncomfortable for families to deal with the stares and reactions from those around them during times when the child is struggling to cope with new surroundings or manage his/her behavior.   The BPO Kids Exceptional Kids program strives to increase awareness and acceptance of all differences and provides families with comfort and confidence in a welcoming and supportive environment.”

Graduate student volunteers from the Exceptional Education program at Buffalo State College and the Occupational Therapy program at the University at Buffalo will coordinate the pre-concert, sensory friendly activities and are available to assist families if needed. 

“We often hesitate to bring our daughter, Larkin, to events because of her inconsistent, sometimes disruptive behavior,” said Kerrin Walling, the mother of a child with autism.  “At the BPO Kids concerts, we feel welcome and comfortable.  Larkin loves music and it’s a treat for her to watch live music being performed.  “As soon as the music starts, any agitation subsides and she calms right down. Her entire body relaxes throughout the concert.  We’ve enjoyed every minute of these concerts together as a family.”

Research shows that involving children in music programs contributes significantly to the development of critical thinking skills, creative thinking, problem solving and communication skills, as well as increases in self-esteem.

“We are honored to be partnering with the BPO once again to provide our families with a unique musical experience that caters specifically to their needs,” said Allegra C. Jaros, MBA, President, Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo.  “Music and the arts will be integral to the new John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital as tools for healing and respite, so it is wonderful to see the BPO supporting that vision.”

“The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra is proud to expand the BPOKids program with Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo and we are thrilled that Wegmans is supporting our efforts to make BPO concerts accessible to more families in Western New York,” said Robin Parkinson, Director of Education and Community Engagement.  “We have been putting a special focus on improving our facilities, staff training and helpful supports for families with unique needs and we couldn’t do it without WCHOB and Wegmans.” 

The 2015-2016 season kicks off at 2:30PM on October 18th at Kleinhans Music Hall with “Symphonic Spooktacular,” a Halloween-inspired concert complete with fun activities, a costume parade and a meet and greet with cartoon characters.  For a full list of upcoming BPO Kids concerts visit www.bpo.org.

Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, a Kaleida Health facility and teaching hospital for the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, is the regional center for comprehensive and state-of-the-art pediatric, neonatal, surgical, perinatal and obstetrical services in Western New York and beyond.  For more information, please go online at www.wchob.org.

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Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo,

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219 Bryant Street

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Know the Score series kicks off with three-day exploration of Aaron Copland’s life, influences

For Immediate Release
Contact:Kate Jenkins
Communications Coordinator
Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
716-242-7819
kmockler@bpo.org

 

Know the Score series kicks off with three-day exploration of Aaron Copland’s life, influences

Events to take place at Burchfield Penney Art Center, Albright-Knox Art Gallery and Kleinhans Music Hall

 

 

BUFFALO, NY – The Buffalo Philharmonic is taking a deeper look at Aaron Copland’s life and legacy this fall.

Today, Copland is celebrated for his melodic, accessible works such as his “Rodeo” ballet; “Fanfare For the Common Man,” and “Appalachian Spring.” This music belies a nomadic early adulthood that led to investigation by the House Un-American Activities Committee during the McCarthy years. Over a three-day period, the BPO and its partners will explore these aspects of Copland’s life through the Music Unwound Consortium program created by Joseph Horowitz and supported by a grant from the National Endowment for Humanities.

During the 1930s, Copland was involved in New York City’s Group Theater, working with such notables as Lee Strasburg and Elia Kazan. Dedicated to producing modern plays dealing with social issues, the company existed for 12 years. After World War II, most of those involved with Group Theater were investigated as Communists, including Copland. A program exploring Copland and the Cold War will take place at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14 at the Burchfield Penney Art Center. Admission is free.

Through music, a re-enactment of Copland’s Congressional testimony, and a talk by program creator Joseph Horowitz, the program explores external influences on Copland’s musical development. Pianist Matthew Marco will perform Copland’s 1920 piece “The Cat and the Mouse” and his 1930 “Piano Variations;” and will be joined by musicians from the Buffalo Chamber Players for his 1950 Piano Quartet. Choral director Suzanne Fatta has assembled Buffalo’s top vocalists for “Into The Streets May First.” Colleen Marcello, Jacqueline Quirk, Leah Schneider Wietig, John Clayton, and Valerian Ruminski will join Fatta in leading an audience sing-along of this Copland song.

Excerpts from the 1939 film “The City,” which Copland scored, will be shown. Victoria Perez, artistic director of Raices Theater Company, directs the re-enactment of Copland’s testimony. Horowitz serves as the host for the evening, and will illuminate the connections between the music, the testimony, and Copland’s life and times.

The investigation into Copland’s Communist ties focused on his activities in Latin America. During his Group Theater years, Copland spent a lot of time in Mexico, composing his early signature work “El Salon Mexico.” He also had a profound influence on Mexican composers Carlos Chavez and Silvestre Revueltas. University at Buffalo professor Bruce Jackson and the BPO will explore different facets of these relationships.

Among Revueltas’ major works was the score to the Paul Strand film “Redes,” about Mexican fishermen victimized by the monopolization of their market. At 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 15, Bruce Jackson, SUNY Distinguished Professor, James Agee Professor of American Culture, University at Buffalo, will present a free talk on Strand at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in the auditorium. In “Paul Strand: Genius of Form, and the Discovery of Context,” Jackson explores the ways in which Strand’s time in Mexico spurred his development as a photographer and cinematographer. Strand stands with Edward Weston and Alfred Stieglitz as a master of American modernist photography, and his work is preserved in some of the nation’s most influential galleries.

The three-day event culminates with the BPO concert at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16. “Copland in Mexico,” features works by Copland including Hoe Down from “Rodeo” and “El Salon Mexico,” and Revueltas, melded with film, photos and discussion. WNED-FM’s Peter Hall will be the evening’s host, and Rolando Gomez will do readings. “Redes” will be shown in its entirety as the BPO performs the score.

“Redes” has been fully restored by Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Foundation. About the film, Scorsese said, “A very special film . . . Strand brought his camera eye . . . Zinnemann brought his tremendous sensitivity to actors . .  . and with his score Revueltas gave the film a terrific majesty and grandeur.”

The audience is invited to stay after the concert for a discussion led by Joseph Horowitz and a party. General admission tickets are only $29.

Stefan Sanders conducts this concert, which serves as the kickoff to the 2015-16 Know The Score series. Designed to meet the public desire for musical knowledge, the three-concert series explores the stories behind iconic pieces of music, well-known composers, or musical trends. Concerts start earlier, have a low ticket price, and include post-concert parties where audience members can mingle with the musicians of the orchestra. The BPO will present “Orchestra Meets Jazz,” featuring the Colored Musicians Club to illustrate the important role Buffalo played in the birth of jazz in America, on Jan. 21. On April 29, “Holst’s Planets” will be complemented by visuals developed by Chicago’s Adler Planetarium and KV 265. Patrons may subscribe to the full series of three concerts with reserved seats for $99.

Since 2011, the BPO has been part of the nationwide “Music Unwound” orchestral consortium supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The consortium funds contextualized symphonic programs in collaboration with colleges and universities. Its goal is to develop a new concert experience to attract 21st-century audiences to classical music. Music Unwound brought “Charles Ives’ America” to Buffalo in April 2015, and “Dvorak and America” in April 2012.

Horowitz has written all Music Unwound programs. He began his work in creating interdisciplinary classical programs during his tenure as executive director of the Brooklyn Philharmonic, and continues this work with the PostClassical Ensemble in Washington DC, which he founded. Peter Bogdanoff is the videographer for all Music Unwound programs and is also digital media specialist in the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture.

Schedule of events:

  • Wednesday, Oct. 14, 7 PM, Burchfield Penney Art Center, 1300 Elmwood Ave: “Copland and the Cold War.” Free presentation by Joseph Horowitz including music, film and discussion.
  • Thursday, Oct. 15, 5:30 PM, Albright-Knox Art Gallery Auditorium, 1285 Elmwood Ave: “Paul Strand: Genius of Form and Discovery of Context.” Free talk by Bruce Jackson, SUNY Distinguished Professor, James Agee Professor of American Culture, University at Buffalo.
  • Friday, Oct. 16, 7 PM, Kleinhans Music Hall, 3 Symphony Circle: “Copland in Mexico.” Buffalo Philharmonic Know The Score concert featuring discussion, music and film. Tickets are $29 and are available at bpo.org or by calling (716) 885-5000.
 

As Buffalo’s cultural ambassador, the Grammy Award-winning Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra under the leadership of music director JoAnn Falletta presents more than 100 concerts each year. Since 1940, the orchestra’s home has been Kleinhans Music Hall, a National Historic Landmark with a reputation as one of the finest concert halls in the United States. During the tenure of JoAnn Falletta, the BPO has rekindled its history of radio broadcasts and recordings, including the release of 32 new recordings on the Naxos and Beau Fleuve labels. For more information about the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, visit www.bpo.org

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Crescendo Campaign announced at BPO opening night

For Immediate Release
Contact:Kate Jenkins
Communications Coordinator
Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
716-242-7819
kmockler@bpo.org

BUFFALO, NY – At the BPO’s Opening Night Gala concert, Board of Trustees Chair Louis P. Ciminelli announced the Crescendo Campaign, a comprehensive fundraising initiative designed to provide financial stability for the BPO for years to come.

The campaign aims to raise $30 million, which will push the endowment past the $50 million mark, address current operational needs and secure new planned gift commitments. A silent phase of the campaign has already brought in more than $17 million. Ciminelli and BPO Board of Trustees Vice-Chair Angelo Fatta are co-chairs of the Crescendo Campaign Committee.

In celebration of his 60th birthday on September 17, Ciminelli has made a $1 million gift to the campaign in honor of BPO Executive Director Daniel Hart.

“It is our privilege to receive Louis Ciminelli’s tremendous and transformative gift. His generosity is paving the way for our campaign,” said Hart. “An increased, secured endowment will not only allow the BPO to expand its reach to the broader community, but allow us to approach our projects from a place of financial strength.”

Ciminelli said, “The position of Executive Director, and Dan Hart in particular, is crucial to the health and well-being of this organization. Sound fiscal management is critical to the BPO, and I know that with Dan in charge, the organization will be stable for many generations to come, for which I am forever grateful.”

Additionally as part of the Crescendo Campaign, the BPO looks to designate $10 million of the endowment funds raised to establish the Next Generation Education Fund. These funds will support key growth strategies for the BPO’s award-winning education programs, including expanding the Music For Youth series, bringing more BPO musicians into classrooms, and assisting school districts with transportation to concerts.

“Having a successful campaign will increase our endowment to a level that will allow us to continue to provide the people of Western New York with world-class concert music and to extend our educational outreach to over 50,000 students each year,” said Fatta.

“I am especially pleased that our Crescendo Campaign will help us increase our commitment to education, and will build upon our musicians’ dedication to the young people of our region,” said BPO Music Director JoAnn Falletta. “This endowment will help us share the beauty of music in a broader and more significant way, and help students learn about their environment- and about themselves- through the Buffalo Philharmonic.”

To jump-start this fund, the Tower Family Fund, Inc. has challenged the BPO to a dollar-to-dollar match opportunity. They have pledged a $1 million gift if the BPO can secure another $1 million in contributions.

To make a gift or learn more information about the campaign, please contact Katie Bates Johnson, Crescendo Campaign Coordinator, at 716-242-7828 or kbates@bpo.org, or visit http://bpo.org/support-the-bpo/endowment/. For answers to frequently asked questions, click here.

 

As Buffalo’s cultural ambassador, the Grammy Award-winning Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra under the leadership of music director JoAnn Falletta presents more than 100 concerts each year. Since 1940, the orchestra’s home has been Kleinhans Music Hall, a National Historic Landmark with a reputation as one of the finest concert halls in the United States. During the tenure of JoAnn Falletta, the BPO has rekindled its history of radio broadcasts and recordings, including the release of 32 new recordings on the Naxos and Beau Fleuve labels. For more information about the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, visit www.bpo.org

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Buffalo Philharmonic Season Begins Sept. 16

For Immediate Release
Contact:Kate Jenkins
Communications Coordinator
Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
716-242-7819
kmockler@bpo.org

BUFFALO PHILHARMONIC SEASON BEGINS SEPT. 16

Lang Lang, Cheyenne Jackson, Sibelius and Beethoven
among early highlights

BUFFALO, NY – The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra begins its 2015-16 season on Sept. 16. The season celebrates the 75th anniversary of Kleinhans Music Hall, with masterworks like Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony and Elgar’s Enigma Variations, guest artists including Jason Alexander and Celtic Woman, and innovative programming such as a three-day festival exploring Aaron Copland’s artistic development and concerts blending rock and symphonic music.

Gala Season Opening with Lang Lang to support Educational Programs

The season starts with a gala and concert featuring piano superstar Lang Lang on Wednesday, Sept. 16. Lang Lang holds status as an international classical phenomenon, with legions of fans around the globe, major endorsement deals and musical awards. He performs Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in an evening of works by Russian composers, with BPO Music Director JoAnn Falletta on the podium. The BPO’s annual Opening Night Gala, sponsored by the Louis P. Ciminelli Family Foundation, includes a pre-concert dinner catered by Oliver’s, priority seating for gala guests, and a post-concert celebration with desserts and drinks. Proceeds from the gala support the BPO’s educational programming, including the First Niagara Music for Youth concert series, free master classes with BPO musicians and guest artists, and the BPO Connect Program which brings musicians into classrooms.

New Artists Perform with BPO for New Audiences

The BPO Rocks series presented by Key Private Bank opens on Friday, Sept. 18 with “Faithfully: A Tribute to Journey.” Journey’s hits “Don’t Stop Believing” and “Any Way You Want It” still excite audiences decades after their release, and “Faithfully” set the standard for power ballads. A Las Vegas-based band fronted by a female lead singer lights up the stage with this tribute, joining the BPO for the first time.

On Thursday, Sept. 24, Buffalo’s top musicians join forces in a groundbreaking collaboration. Soundwave blends indie rock by Buffalo’s own The Albrights and gypsy jazz by a reunited Babik with works by contemporary rock and EDM-inspired composers and songwriters Mason Bates, Adam Schoenberg, and Sufjan Stevens. BPO Associate Conductor Stefan Sanders will be on the podium. Tickets are $20 general admission and $10 for students. An after-party features Verve Studios dancers and a DJ. Admission includes a complimentary slice of pizza and a beverage.

Cheyenne Jackson has earned critical acclaim for his roles on “30 Rock” and “Glee,” in films like “United 93” and “Love Is Strange,” and in many Broadway and off-Broadway shows. The multitalented entertainer will be one of the leads in “American Horror Story: Hotel,” but is coming to Buffalo less than two weeks before the show’s premiere to perform “Music of the Mad Men Era” to open the Bank of America Pops season on Saturday, Sept. 26.

FinnFest USA comes to Buffalo – Kleinhans Music Hall and Music of Sibelius Major Draw

JoAnn Falletta will take the podium for the first two concerts of the M&T Bank Classics Series, which celebrate Kleinhans Music Hall’s Finnish lineage and the 150th anniversary of the birth of Jean Sibelius, Finland’s best-known composer. The recent renovations at Kleinhans Music Hall, designed by the Finnish father-and-son architect team of Eliel and Eero Saarinen, will be on full display. On Oct. 3 and 4, the orchestra will perform Sibelius’ Symphony No. 5 on a program that also features Sebastian Fagerlund’s “Isola,” and Finnish pianist Juho Pohjonen performing Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A minor. On Oct. 9 and 10, the BPO performs Sibelius’ Symphony No. 1 and explores the works of other Finnish composers. Violinist Elina Vahala will join the BPO for the United States premiere of Jaako Kuussisto’s Violin Concerto; the orchestra will also perform Einojuhani Rautavaara’s Symphony No. 1. These events will complement FinnFest USA, an exploration of Finnish heritage and culture taking place in Buffalo from Oct. 9-13. Hundreds of guests from around the world are expected to visit Buffalo for this festival. For further information and registration, visit finnfestusa.org.

Know the Score opens with Exploration of Copland’s influence in Mexico

One of America’s most respected composers, Aaron Copland championed the American populist movement and played a formative role in shaping our nation’s musical identity; he also served as the first Slee Lecturer in Music at the University at Buffalo. This fall, a three-day event explores two key events in his life: his experiences in Mexico and his blacklisting during the McCarthy Era. On Oct. 14, “Copland and the Cold War,” combines Copland’s music, a re-enactment of his Congressional testimony, and a talk by Joseph Horowitz, director of the National Endowment for the Humanities’ Music Unwound consortium. On Oct. 15, professor and artist Bruce Jackson gives a talk at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery titled “Paul Strand: Genius of form, and the discovery of context.” The festival culminates with the opening of the BPO’s Know The Score series on Oct. 16. Titled “Copland in Mexico,” the concert explores the composer’s influence on a generation of Mexican composers, and features a screening of the Paul Strand film “Redes,” with a live performance of the Silvestre Revueltas score by the BPO. Stefan Sanders conducts, and the BPO hosts a party after the performance to keep the conversation going.

The series continues in the second half of the year when the Colored Musicians Club joins the BPO to present “Orchestra Meets Jazz.” Rounding out the three-concert series, an in-depth exploration of our solar system will employ Holst’s The Planets suite and visuals culled from recent space explorations.

Bank of America Pops Series Highlights

Jason Alexander is best known for his portrayal of the shifty, luckless George Costanza on “Seinfeld.” Before his long-running role on the show, he won a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his role in “Jerome Robbins’ Broadway.” Since “Seinfeld,” he has established a vibrant theater career, serving as artistic director of the Reprise Theatre Company in Los Angeles, and directs film, television and commercials. He joins the BPO on Oct. 17 for an entertaining variety show.

The BPO will offer a Halloween experience for the grown-ups this year. Oct. 31 offers the chance to see “Psycho” on the big screen as the BPO performs Bernard Herrman’s chilling score. The fun continues at a post-concert Halloween party complete with a costume contest and live band, open to all ticketholders.

The Sounds of Simon and Garfunkel is among the most eagerly anticipated concerts on the first half of the BPO’s season. Vocalists A.J Swearingen and Jonathan Beedle are in perfect harmony in this tribute to the duo whose music provided the soundtrack to 1960s America. Michael Krajewski leads this concert on Nov. 13 and 14.

Audiences will also have three opportunities to watch Principal Pops Conductor John Morris Russell in action: at Holiday Pops on Dec. 18-20; at Great Ladies of Swing with Dee Daniels on Jan. 23; and at A Symphonic Tribute to John Denver on Feb. 27.Other series highlights includethe return of jazz trumpeter Chris Botti on Feb. 13; the BPO debut of Pink Martini on March 12; Cirque Mechanics to delight audiences of all ages on April 9; and Williamsville East graduate Eric Jordan Young in “Celebrating Sammy: Broadway to Vegas” on April 30.

M&T Classics offers Monumental Musical Moments

On Oct. 24 and 25, the orchestra will perform Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3, “Eroica,” a mainstay of the repertoire which has been performed consistently throughout the orchestra’s history, most recently in 2013 on the Know The Score series. The concert also features composer/pianist Conrad Tao making his BPO debut performing John Adams’ “Century Rolls.”

Jake Shimabukuro has changed the way the world views the ukulele, performing rock, pop, and jazz on the instrument and inspiring the acclaimed documentary “Life on Four Strings.” He turns his talents to classical music on Nov. 7 and 8, performing Byron Yasui’s Ukulele Concerto. Written expressly for him, the concerto received its world premiere with the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra under JoAnn Falletta’s baton in June 2015. He and Falletta team up again to bring this concerto to Buffalo.

Whether violinist Jennifer Koh is making music in classrooms with students or filming her online video series “Off Stage, On Record,” she breaks down the barriers that separate audience and artist. On Nov. 20 and 21, she joins the BPO to perform Nielsen’s Concerto for Violin. Elgar’s “Enigma Variations” is also on the program. Each variation on the original theme represents a friend of Elgar’s, never publicly named by the composer.

Other season highlights include André Watts performing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 on Feb. 20 and 21; esteemed conductor Carl St. Clair leading the BPO in Brahms’ Symphony No. 3 on May 14 and 15 in a concert that includes selections from “Porgy and Bess” sung by Kevin Deas and Angela Brown; Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto on Jan. 30 and 31; chances to hear Mozart’s music in January, March and May; and Strauss’ Alpine Symphony with visuals by Tobias Melle to close the season on June 4 and 5.

One hour prior to all Saturday and Sunday M&T Bank Classics concerts, audience will have a chance to hear from the musicians and conductor in Musically Speaking, sponsored by Uniland Development. These pre-concert talks are free to ticketholders and usually include a question-and-answer session.

BPO Kids – A great introduction to the BPO

BlueCross BlueShield BPO Kids returns on Oct. 18 with Symphonic Spooktacular. Beginning at 1:30 p.m., young concertgoers can make disguises to wear and meet costumed characters. The concert begins at 2:30 p.m. and features some of the spookiest music ever written. The orchestra and conductor will be in costume, and the audience is encouraged to dress up and participate in the costume parade across the Kleinhans stage.

The BPO Kids series also includes a holiday-themed concert; “Frozen Fairytales” with music from the smash-hit film and beyond; an audio tour of the region we call home in “Let’s Go Buffalo;” a chance to meet all of the instruments in the orchestra in “Peter and the Wolf;” and a showcase of student talent in “Kids Take The Stage.”

Each concert is interactive and features pre-concert crafts, games and stories. Tickets are budget-friendly at $13 for adults and $8 for children. Subscriptions to the full BPO Kids season of 6 concerts, including the popular Jingle Bell Jam in December, are available for just $60 for adults and $40 for children.

Make holiday memories with your BPO

The holiday season is always a special time at the BPO, and this year is no exception. On Nov. 28 and 29, the orchestra partners with Neglia Ballet Artists to present “The Nutcracker” in the splendor of Shea’s Performing Arts Center. On Dec. 9, Celtic Woman performs at Kleinhans with your BPO in “Home For Christmas: The Symphony Tour.” On Dec. 11 and 12, experience a holiday celebration featuring music by the history’s greatest composers, hand-selected by JoAnn Falletta, in “JoAnn’s Classical Christmas.” The whole family can get in the spirit of the season on Dec. 13 with Jingle Bell Jam, an interactive twist on the traditional holiday show. Children can sing along to holiday favorites, meet Santa and his elves, and make cards to send to military personnel stationed far from home. Western New York’s top holiday tradition returns on Dec. 18, 19 and 20 with four shows of Holiday Pops – an all-new show programmed especially for Buffalo by John Morris Russell. The BPO will also participate as a Toys for Tots drop-off location again this year.

Tickets on Sale NOW!

Tickets for all BPO events are now on sale. Subscription packages in all sizes are still available. New subscribers save up to 50 percent off the single event price. Subscriber benefits include significant savings, a flexible ticket exchange program, and access to subscriber appreciation events. FLEX passes give customers maximum flexibility. Student passes are available for just $29, and allow students to attend Classics, Pops and Know the Score concerts as often as they want.To learn more, or to purchase, call (716) 885-5000, visit bpo.org, or go to the Kleinhans Music Hall box office at 3 Symphony Circle, Buffalo.

As Buffalo’s cultural ambassador, the Grammy Award-winning Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra under the leadership of music director JoAnn Falletta presents more than 100 concerts each year. Since 1940, the orchestra’s home has been Kleinhans Music Hall, a National Historic Landmark with a reputation as one of the finest concert halls in the United States. During the tenure of JoAnn Falletta, the BPO has rekindled its history of radio broadcasts and recordings, including the release of 32 new recordings on the Naxos and Beau Fleuve labels. For more information about the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, visit www.bpo.org.