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The Lukas Foss Legacy

In commemoration of his 100th birthday, we celebrate the life and works of Lukas Foss, music director of the BPO from 1963 to 1970, and a transformative force in the Buffalo arts scene. His early tonal works, like Ode for Orchestra, Symphony No. 1, and Three American Pieces, were sublime, while his later works, such as Renaissance Concerto, which will feature flutist Amy Porter, explored an exciting avant-garde sound for which he became well-known. Rounding out the program is a nod to Foss’ great friend, Leonard Bernstein, with his Three Dances from On the Town, telling the tale of a trio of sailors and their amorous adventures while on leave in New York City.

This concert is presented in collaboration with the University at Buffalo Department of Music.

Program

JoAnn Falletta, conductor
Nikki Chooi, violin
Amy Porter, flute

FOSS  Ode for Orchestra
FOSS  Three American Pieces
FOSS  Renaissance Concerto
BERNSTEIN  Three Dances from On the Town
FOSS
 Symphony No. 1

About Amy Porter
Flute

Flutist Amy Porter has been praised by critics for her exceptional musical talent and passion for scholarship. In a versatile and distinguished career as a concert performer, she has become one of the most skillful and creative muses for composers of our time. Ms. Porter has been hailed for her “strength, beauty, a captivating and seductive force, sensitivity, perfection, and a sense of humor.”

Her performances of American flute concerti have won critical acclaim. When she performed her commissioned concerto Trail of Tears by Michael Daugherty with the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra in January 2020, one reviewer wrote, “Porter’s appearance with a modern piece in which such embedding of the guest artist with the vehicle shone so brightly seems to me a high point in the ICO’s recent history.” American Record Guide has lauded her playing for having “an innocent American lyricism…” and a reviewer for annarbor.com noted that “Amy Porter deeply imbues her performance with a sense of narrative and of speech and, yes, drama.”

Winner of the 3rd Kobe International Flute Competition and the Paris/Ville d’Avray International Flute Competition, Ms. Porter has served on international juries around the world, including the 6th Kobe International Flute Competition. She has been heard in recital on National Public Radio; highlighted on PBS’s Live From Lincoln Center, and featured on the covers and as a writer for the magazines Flute Talk in the USA and The Flute in Japan.

Formerly a member of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Ms. Porter is Principal Flute of North Carolina’s Brevard Music Center, where she performs as soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player. Amy Porter has been Professor of Flute at the University of Michigan School of Music Theatre and Dance since 1999. She is host of the podcast PorterFlute Pod.

Born in Wilmington, DE, Ms. Porter graduated from The Juilliard School and pursued further studies at the Mozarteum Academy in Salzburg. She plays a 14K white gold flute with rose gold engraved keys made for her by the Wm. S. Haynes Co.

Details

Date:
Saturday, October 1, 2022
Time:
7:30 pm
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Venue

Kleinhans Music Hall
3 Symphony Circle
Buffalo, NY 14201 United States
Phone:
(716) 885-5000

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