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Baroque Fireworks

This performance replaces Winter Dreams, originally scheduled for Saturday, December 5, and Sunday, December 6.

Baroque is front and center as JoAnn Falletta conducts Handel’s Water Music Suite No. 2Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 6, and Marcello’s Oboe Concerto in C minor played by principal oboist Henry Ward, which echoes the lyricism of an aria. Your BPO Brass plays an exciting work by the influential 16th century organist Giovanni Gabrieli, and soloists Alex Jokipii and Geoff Hardcastle perform on a Vivaldi Trumpet Concerto rare for the early 18th century. Respighi’s Ancient Airs and Dances Suite No. 3, influenced by Baroque-era Italian works, completes the program.

This performance is part of our BPOnDemand video-streamed series. There will be no live audience at Kleinhans Music Hall for this performance. For more information on BPOnDemand, please visit our 2020-21 season FAQ page.

All 2020-21 subscribers receive FREE access to BPOnDemand performances, but must register in advance. Please contact the Box Office at (716) 885-5000 or boxoffice@bpo.org to register for this event.


JoAnn Falletta, conductor
Henry Ward, oboe
Caroline Gilbert, viola
Anna Shemetyeva, viola
Alex Jokipii, trumpet
Geoffrey Hardcastle, trumpet

GABRIELI/ed. King  Canzon septimi toni No. 1
MARCELLO  Oboe Concerto in C minor
RESPIGHI/Voss  Ancient Airs and Dances, Suite No. 3
VIVALDI  Concerto in C major for Two Trumpets and Orchestra
BACH  Brandenburg Concerto No. 6
HANDEL  Water Music Suite No. 2

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About Henry Ward

A native of the Philadelphia area, oboist Henry Ward joined the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra as Principal Oboe in 2016, and previously served as Acting Associate Principal Oboe of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra for two seasons. He has performed with the Boston Pops Orchestra, the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra (New Zealand), and was a fellow with the New World Symphony. He made his solo debut performing Mozart’s Oboe Concerto in C Major with the Carnegie Mellon Chamber Orchestra in April 2012. He has been featured as a soloist with the BPO in concertos by Bach and Handel, and Mozart in January 2019.

Henry received fellowships to the Tanglewood Music Center and the Music Academy of the West and has participated in the Marlboro Music, Oregon Bach, and the Lakes Area Music Festivals. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree from the New England Conservatory where he studied with Boston Symphony oboists Mark McEwen and John Ferrillo followed by graduate studies with Eugene Izotov at Roosevelt University.

About Caroline Gilbert

Born in Bloomington, IN, Caroline grew up playing the violin in the pre-college program at Indiana University. After a little soul searching at Vanderbilt University, where she double majored in music and pre-med, she transferred to Indiana University where she completed her Bachelor of Music degree with Atar Arad. While at the University, she won the concerto competition and performed Hindemith’s Der Schwanendreher as a soloist with the Indiana University chamber orchestra. She was then asked to represent the school at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., performing in the “Conservatory Project” concert series.

For her Master of Music degree she attended The Juilliard School, where she studied with Samuel Rhodes and Rodger Tapping. After participating in the Keshet Elion summer mastercourse in Israel, where her performance was broadcast on the radio in New York, she went on to play with the New York String Orchestra at Carnegie Hall; worked with Michael Tilson Thomas as a member of the YouTube Symphony Orchestra in Sydney, Australia; toured Turkey, Spain, and Germany with the Schleswig-Holstien Festival Orchestra; played alongside the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood Music Festival; and spent the last three summers in Switzerland playing with the Verbier Festival Orchestra. After completing her degrees, she moved to Miami Beach to join the New World Symphony until winning the Principal Viola position with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra in 2017.

About Anna Shemetyeva

Anna Shemetyeva received her early training at the Central Music School and the Moscow Conservatory, after which she came to the United States and received both a Master’s Degree and Artist Diploma from the Longy School of Music of Bard College. She has performed as a soloist and chamber musician throughout Russia, Europe, and the United States. Her European tours were under the auspices of the Spivakov Foundation. In the U.S., she has collaborated with distinguished artists such as Bayla Keyes, Peter Zazofsky, and Zuill Bailey, and has performed in chamber concerts at Tanglewood with members of the BSO. She has appeared as well at festivals such as the Heifetz International Festival, the Perlman Chamber Music Workshop, and the San Diego Chamber Music Festival. She has served as principal violist with the Cape Cod Symphony and as a member of the Rhode Island Philharmonic. Additionally, she has played regularly with the Portland and New Hampshire Symphonies. In the autumn of 2019 she assumed her position as Associate Principal Viola with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.

About Geoffrey Hardcastle

Geoffrey Hardcastle has been Second Trumpet of the Buffalo Philharmonic since 2006. A native of Southern California, he began his studies with the legendary teacher James Stamp. Geoff received his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studied with Bernard Adelstein, David Zauder, and James Darling. Geoff was also a member for several seasons with the Cleveland Orchestra, and he has also performed with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. He was a founding member of the Burning River Brass Ensemble and is currently a member of the Center City Brass Quintet and Proteus 7. He has toured worldwide with these groups as well as recorded numerous albums on the Chandos and Dorian record labels.

About Alex Jokipii

Alex Jokipii has held the position of Principal Trumpet with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra since 1998. A native of Escanaba, Michigan, Jokipii’s earliest training in music began at the age of 11 when he took his first lessons on the B-flat trumpet his mother had kept from her days in the high school band. Alex began his advanced musical studies at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan, majoring in trumpet and music education. As part of his undergraduate curriculum Alex enrolled at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland, where he studied for a year with Timofei Dokschitzer, the celebrated Principal Trumpet of the Bolshoi Theater Orchestra.

After returning from his European study and travel, Mr. Jokipii completed his studies at WMU with a bachelor’s degree in music education. Jokipii was awarded a Master of Music degree in trumpet performance from the Juilliard School of Music and began to pursue his Doctor of Musical Arts degree. Prior to being awarded his DMA, he won the position of Principal Trumpet with the Charleston (South Carolina) Symphony Orchestra. During that time, he also performed with the Spoleto Festival Brass Quintet and the Charleston Brass Quintet and served on the performance faculty of Charleston Southern University as adjunct professor of trumpet.

Mr. Jokipii has appeared as a soloist and the 1992 and 1994 International Trumpet Guild Conferences. He also has appeared on numerous occasions as a soloist with the Buffalo Philharmonic performing Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 2, Arutunian’s Concerto, Haydn’s Concerto, the Concerto for Trumpet, Piano, and Strings by Shostakovich, and Copland’s Quiet City. Away from the BPO, Alex has appeared as a soloist with the Ars Nova Chamber Musicians, the Amherst Symphony, and the SUNY Fredonia Wind Ensemble. Mr. Jokipii recorded the Jerzy Sapieyevski Mercury Concerto for Trumpet and Wind Orchestra with the SUNY Fredonia Wind Ensemble and this recording is available on Albany records. In November 2017 Mr. Jokipii performed the world premiere of Finnish composer Jaakko Kuusisto’s Trumpet Concerto. The new addition to the solo trumpet repertoire was commissioned by John and Pauline Kiltinen and written for Mr. Jokipii. The concerto was performed and recorded by the Buffalo Philharmonic in May of 2018.

Internationally, Mr. Jokipii has appeared in master classes and recitals in Krakow, Bydgoszcz, and Walbrzych, Poland with fellow BPO brass principals Jacek Muzyk and Jonathan Lombardo. Alex was also the featured soloist with the West Bend (Wisconsin) Orchestra on their tour of Scotland in the spring of 2009.

Additionally, Jokipii has performed as a guest Principal Trumpet with the Dallas Symphony, the Florida Orchestra, and the Aspen Festival Orchestra. He has also performed with the New York Philharmonic, the Helsinki Philharmonic, the Savannah Symphony, and the Rochester Philharmonic. After a nation-wide search in 1998, Jokipii was awarded the position of Principal Trumpet with the Buffalo Philharmonic. In addition to playing with the BPO and teaching privately, Jokipii is also on the performance faculty at the State University of New York at Fredonia. In his spare time Alex enjoys playing golf, attending Buffalo Sabres hockey games, and traveling with his wife Shari.


Tuesday, December 8, 2020
7:00 pm
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Kleinhans Music Hall
3 Symphony Circle
Buffalo, NY 14201 United States
(716) 885-5000

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