Swan Song for BPO Associate Director, Business First

Matthew Kraemer, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra associate director for the past four seasons, will be leaving the organization next summer.

The decision, Kraemer, said was a bittersweet one.

“It is with very mixed emotions,” he said. “My son was born here. I’ve had a great time here. It is tough to leave Buffalo and the orchestra.”

As associate conductor, Kraemer worked a diverse schedule ranging from working with the orchestra on traditional classical programs as well as its Pops series. Kraemer also oversaw the BPO’s educational outreach initiative that helped the orchestra connect with high school and elementary school students from around the region.

Kraemer said demands on his own schedule prompted his decision to leave the orchestra after it finishes its summer 2014 schedule. He will be based out of Cleveland, his wife’s hometown. Read More.