BPO Out of the Box

BPO Out of the Box: Virtual Version is a traveling music video series that highlights the beauty of WNY, showcases the talent of our musicians, recognizes the inspirational and healing power of music, and celebrates the resilient spirit of the City of Good Neighbors. Click to watch each video in the series below. Check back for new releases!

If you are interested in financially supporting a virtual performance, please contact BPO’s Director of Special Projects, Wendy Diina, at wdiina@bpo.org.


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.

Niagara Falls

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.

City Hall

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.