BPO Out of the Box is a traveling music video series that highlights the beauty of Western New York, features its architectural gems and showcases the talent of our musicians. Click to watch each video in the series below. Check back for new releases!
One of Western New York’s historic gems glistens in the warmth of the setting sun as musicians from the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra perform in the majestic architecture of Graycliff, the Lake Erie summer home of Buffalonian Darwin D. Martin and his wife, Isabelle. Amy Glidden (violin), Kate Holzemer (viola), Eva Herer (cello), and Henry Ward (oboe), perform Mozart’s Oboe Quartet in F major as the summer solstice envelops the landmark designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.
Buffalo’s Grain Elevators and Silos
Industrial and entrepreneurial acumen were hallmarks of Buffalo’s claim to fame throughout the 19th century. One remaining vestige of industrial achievement are the downtown grain elevators on the Buffalo River, a fitting location for a performance of Dvorak’s String Quartet No. 12 in F major, “American.” BPO musicians Nikki Chooi (violin), Antoine Lefebvre (violin), Caroline Gilbert (viola), and Roman Mekinulov (cello), undertake the vibrant and poetic piece symbolic of the times.
Frank Lloyd Wright’s Martin House
Buffalo is fortunate to have one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s iconic designs right in the heart of our city. The Martin House is an artistic masterpiece, much like the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. Join us for the melding of art and music when BPO musicians Sheryl Hadeka (horn), Geoffrey Hardcastle (trumpet), and Tim Smith (trombone) celebrate the restoration of this internationally-renowned, early 20th-century architecture with a performance of Poulenc’s Sonata for horn, trumpet, and trombone.
The powerful grandeur of Niagara Falls is a counterpoint to the Trio Sonata for Two Oboes and Bassoon in D minor by George Frideric Handel. Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra members Joshua Lauretig (oboe), Anna Mattix (oboe), and Glenn Einschlag (bassoon) perform the quintessential chamber work from high above the rushing torrent, in stark contrast to the light, lyrical cadence of Handel’s Baroque masterpiece.
This special episode of BPO Out of the Box video premiered during Mayor Byron Brown’s State of the City address on March 5, 2021, highlighting the majesty of Buffalo’s City Hall. BPO cellists Amelie Fradette and David Schmude perform the first and third movements of Friedrich August Kummer’s Duet Opus 22. Special thanks to the Mayor’s office for inviting the BPO to participate.
Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens
BPO violinist Xiaofan Liu and principal harpist Madeline Olson perform Saint-Saëns’ charming and virtuosic Fantaisie for Violin & Harp in the magnificent Palm Dome at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, known for its beautiful and diverse collection of palms and tropical plants native to areas throughout the world.
North Park Theatre
The North Park Theatre opened on November 21, 1920. Original owner, theatre magnate Michael Shea, believed a movie theatre should capture the imaginations of filmgoers as soon as they enter the building and that the theatre should lift the “common man” out of his daily routine and place him in a setting so grandiose, so richly detailed, that he should think it the most natural thing in the world to watch his dreams come to life on the silver screen. Visitors praised the North Park’s elegant neoclassical foyer and auditorium, designed by Buffalo architect Henry Spann, as well as its murals by famed 1901 Pan-American Exposition painter Raphael Beck. Yet, as the years passed, subsequent owners chose to sacrifice the North Park’s original splendor for the sake of the bottom line. With each year, the auditorium grew darker as managers did their best to hide the crumbling plaster that had spoilt Henry Spann’s elegant design. Still, despite years of architectural neglect, the local community never stopped showing their love for the North Park Theatre. The theatre was closed for nearly a year; when it reopened in 2014, it has been restored to its 1920s glory.
This episode features a trio of BPO musicians: oboist Joshua Lauretig, violinist Clement Luu, and principal cellist Roman Mekinulov in a performance of J.S. Bach’s Adagio from his Concerto for Oboe and Violin, as well as Roman Mekinulov’s solo performance of Ennio Morricone’s Love Theme from the 1988 Italian drama film Cinema Paradiso.
Whitworth Ferguson Planetarium
The Whitworth Ferguson Planetarium, located on the Buffalo State campus, offers spectacular viewings of stars, constellations, nebulae, galaxies, planets, and much more. The newly opened, state-of-the-art planetarium continues the tradition of bringing astronomy education to the Buffalo State and Western New York communities since 1964. The state-of-the-art projection systems and 360-degree immersive environment provides seating for up to 48 visitors under its 35-foot diameter dome, and includes several projection, lighting, and audio systems. The planetarium also offers programs for school groups, scout groups, and the general public where audiences view the night sky and are transported across our solar system and out into the universe.
This episode of BPO Out of the Box features BPO musicians Amy Licata (violin), Andrea Cone (violin), Janz Castelo (viola), and Eva Herer (cello) performing Manuel Ponce’s Estrellita, Dvořák’s Song to the Moon from Rusalka, and Mozart’s Adagio-Allegro from String Quartet in C Major, K. 465.
Kleinhans Music Hall
While the BPO loves traveling our musicians all over Western New York there really is no place like home. Kleinhans Music Hall has an international reputation as one of the world’s finest concert halls. Orchestra musicians, conductors, and soloists have long admired Kleinhans, including Jascha Heifetz (“It’s a joy to play in this hall”); Artur Rubenstein (“Any artist gives his best in a hall such as this”); and Serge Koussevitzsky (“Kleinhans Music Hall is a dream of a lifetime – perfect and complete.”) Kleinhans is considered one of the most acoustically perfect halls in the world, and that perfection has not diminished through the years. Designed by the famous Finnish father-and-son team of Eliel and Eero Saarinen, along with architects F.J. and W.A Kidd, Kleinhans is known for its combination of graceful structural beauty and extraordinary acoustics. Eliel Saarinen’s aim was to create “an architectural atmosphere…so as to tune the performers and the public alike into a proper mood of performance and receptiveness, respectively.” In 1989, the hall was designated a National Historic Landmark, the highest designation of significance a site or structure can receive.
This episode features BPO musicians Amy Licata (violin) and Brett Shurtliffe (double bass) performing their own arrangement of the traditional Irish song “The Star of the Lake,” set to views of Kleinhans’ iconic architecture.