The BPO launches its new Classic series season at its home in Kleinhans Music Hall on a rather unusual day, with superstar cellist Yo-Yo Ma as soloist for one performance only, on Wednesday, September 18 at 8pm. Music director JoAnn Falletta will be on the podium to lead the orchestra in Stravinsky’s 1911 version of his Firebird Suite, and Yo-Yo Ma will be the soloist in Argentine composer Osvaldo Golijov’s recent work Azul, a concerto for cello and orchestra composed for him, that will be making its Buffalo premiere. A gala dinner package is also available for this event.
Falletta will conduct a pair of concerts on October 4 and 5, featuring the Ukrainian-born Israeli violinist Vadim Gluzman in Bruch’s beloved Concerto No. 1 for Violin. American composer Samuel Barber’s Medea’s Meditation and Dance of Vengeance and Brahms’s Symphony No. 1 are also on the program.