Message from BPO Leadership

A Message from BPO Leadership

Dear Friends,

We hope this message finds you both safe and healthy. At the BPO, we are finding solace in the things that truly matter — our families, our friends, our community and music.

As you may know, the BPO has suspended several events as part of our commitment to the health and safety of our community. We would like to extend our sincere gratitude for your ongoing patience, understanding, and support as we try to navigate this new world, especially with regard to the performance schedule. We are trying to reschedule as many concerts as possible, so bear with us in the meantime, but we already know this interruption of business will have a profound effect on the BPO finances. We will pursue all avenues of assistance from the government, but here are the ways you can help now:

  • Donate. Every donation of any size at this incredibly difficult time is so important for the survival and future health of all cultural institutions.
  • Turn in your unused tickets for a tax credit. Part of the federal stimulus package creates a tax deduction for up to $300 even for those that do not itemize.
  • Subscribe. Our 2020–2021 season kicks off in September with the extraordinary Renee Fleming and looks to be our best season yet. Subscribers help sustain our concert seasons for generations to come.
  • Share. Help us share music and education resources created by the BPO with friends, family members, aspiring musicians, parents, educators, and community leaders to ensure that programs and resources reach those in need.

Music is essential for the healing of the mind and spirit, and though we can’t have a shared concert experience at the moment, we want to stay connected. Here are a few ways:

  • Join us in listening to free broadcasts of archived live BPO concert recordings on WNED, Tuesday nights at 7pm.
  • Download the BPO coloring book, which can be enjoyed by the whole family!
  • Get to know our BPO musicians better on social media as they produce short videos of themselves playing along with a message of hope tied together with #PlayOnBuffalo.

The BPO has been providing musical experiences for the entire WNY community since 1935. The orchestra has served over 1 million students, reaches 200,000 concertgoers annually, and is heard by millions nationally and internationally each day thanks to our broadcasts and prolific recordings. The BPO is truly ingrained in the WNY arts community and our 73 musicians from all over the world are honored to call Buffalo home. Together, we will weather this storm and help keep all our cultural institutions strong.

In closing, from the bottom of our hearts, all of us at the BPO would like to say a special thank you to you, our donors and patrons. You have stood side-by-side with us over the past 85 years in the best and worst of times, and we are so grateful. We are so proud to be a part of such an amazing community. Wishing you peace, good health, and lots of beautiful music in the coming weeks.

Our best,

JoAnn Falletta,
Music Director

John Yurtchuk,
Board Chair

Daniel Hart,
Executive Director