Exploring the Eroica, Artvoice

Matt Kraemer leads the BPO in an exploration of Beethoven’s masterpiece

Several years ago, a professional woman in her 30s, just transferred to Buffalo by her large, international corporation, asked a group of her new co-workers about the cultural scene in Buffalo. Among the many possibilities that were brought up, someone mentioned the wonderful season of classical music concerts offered every year by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra under its internationally acclaimed music director, JoAnn Falletta. The new Buffalo resident, a holder of several advanced engineering degrees from a Big 10 university, replied roughly as follows: “Oh, I don’t know anything about classical music. I never studied music in any way, in either high school or college, and I just feel intimidated by the idea of going to a classical music concert. Why can’t symphony orchestras offer programs that explain classical music to adults like me, who know nothing about it?”

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