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Tue, Aug 11th 2020 05:55 pm

Revised ‘M&T Financial institution Classics’ and ‘BPO Pops’ packages to be broadcast from Kleinhans Music Corridor on Saturday evenings, September by December

As Buffalonians be a part of the remainder of the world in adjusting to the “new regular” introduced by the pandemic, so, too, should the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.

Dedicated to the mission of presenting symphonic music for the whole Western New York group, regardless of the circumstances, the BPO introduced new plans for video-streamed concert events in lieu of reside concert events – since audiences should not but allowed in Kleinhans Music Corridor per “New York Ahead” tips.

The brand new video-streamed efficiency sequence, “BPOnDemand,” will use state-of-the-art audio and video recording know-how bringing the magical acoustics of Kleinhans into the lounge of patrons through their residence laptop or cell system. The sequence might be broadcast on Saturdays at eight p.m. and obtainable on-demand for a restricted time thereafter. “BPOnDemand” performances might be made obtainable to all present subscribers at no cost, in addition to these patrons close to and much who want to buy a digital ticket on a concert-by-concert foundation.

Revisions to the 2020-21 season repertoire introduced this previous January have been obligatory as a way to accommodate an orchestra of socially distanced dimension. Beforehand introduced visitor artists might be reengaged later within the 2020-21 season or in future seasons. “M&T Financial institution Classics” sequence headliner Renee Fleming has expressed honest disappointment that she won’t be able to carry out for Buffalo audiences this season, however has graciously dedicated to a efficiency on the 2021-22 season.

The “BPOnDemand” video-streamed efficiency sequence serves not solely as an outlet for lovers of symphonic music to as soon as once more benefit from the live performance expertise in a brand new and ingenious method, but in addition helps to make sure the 73 full-time musicians of the BPO stay employed.

“Working with our audio and video specialists, we’re sure that we will current the following greatest choice to reside performances – streamed video performances that make use of the magical acoustics of Kleinhans and in addition present a not often seen, up-close-and-personal perspective on the live performance expertise with our unimaginable musicians,” commented JoAnn Falletta, music director. “However the musicians and I nonetheless maintain hope that we will carry out for reside audiences quickly.”


The revised schedule for the BPO’s 2020-21 “M&T Financial institution Classics” fall and vacation live performance programming with Falletta is as follows:

A Celebration of the Seasons”: Streaming Sept. 26

A theme of joyful rebirth takes middle stage as Falletta conducts the opening of the BPO season. Copland’s Appalachian Spring, an everlasting portrait of the American panorama, and Vivaldi’s The 4 Seasons, an beautiful musical narrative of nature’s seasons performed by concertmaster Nikki Chooi and set to a visible show of Vivaldi’s poetry, are paired with a recent work, Starburst by Jessie Montgomery, a previous finalist of the nationwide Sphinx Competitors for younger Black and Latinx classical string gamers.

Love & Longing”: Streaming Oct. 10

Two works initially composed for keyboard and later transcribed for orchestra, Bach’s Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in D is a virtuosic show of approach and interpretation performed by principal pianist for the New York Philharmonic, Eric Huebner, whereas Grieg’s Holberg Suite invokes dancing rhythms. Dvořák’s Serenade for Winds, Op. 44 in D, was composed in solely two weeks, capturing the lyrical and vigorous taste of his native Bohemia.

Falletta conducts.

Tartan & Tango”: Streaming Oct. 24

Intoxicating Spanish rhythms spotlight the efficiency by hometown favourite, guitarist Jason Vieaux, on this program carried out by Falletta that includes two tangos from Argentinean grasp Astor Piazzolla: Las Cuatro Estaciones Porteñas (The 4 Seasons of Buenos Aires) and Libertango. Mixed with Puccini’s Crisantemi, a poignant and dramatic elegy for a fallen buddy, and the sweetness and craving for the Highlands in Bantock’s Celtic Symphony, this program expresses a full vary of emotion.

A String Serenade”: Streaming Nov. 7

As the primary African American to be awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Music (1996), it’s becoming that George Walker’s Lyric for Strings is included on a program of works brimming with inspiration. Mozart’s Wind Serenade No. 11 Ok. 375 is pleasingly playful but heartfelt; Handel’s Harp Concerto No. 6, performed by principal harpist Madeline Olson, lends the harp a fragile magic; and Bach’s Air is celestial with the immediately recognizable second motion of his Baroque masterpiece.

Falletta conducts.

Bach, Beethoven & Past”: Streaming Nov. 21

Two early 20th century composers have grand masters to thank on this traditional program carried out by Falletta. Beethoven’s Septet led to elevated early fame for the younger composer. The extraordinary and acquainted Brandenburg Concerto No. Three by J.S. Bach was an inspiration for Stravinsky’s Dumbarton Oaks, and Respighi’s Historic Airs and Dances Suite No. Three was influenced by Baroque-era Italian works.

Baroque Fireworks”: Streaming Dec. 5

Baroque takes middle stage as Falletta conducts Handel’s Music for the Royal Fireworks with its iconic and lavish rating; Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 6; and Marcello’s Oboe Concerto in C minor performed by principal oboist Henry Ward, which echoes the lyricism of an aria. The BPO brass performs an thrilling work by the influential 16th century organist Giovanni Gabrieli, whereas Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll, a fragile musical love letter to his new spouse on her Christmas birthday, completes this Baroque program.

JoAnn’s Classical Christmas”: Streaming Dec. 12

BPO musicians spotlight the annual providing when Sal Andolina presents a particular saxophone rendition of vacation favorites, and the BPO brass shine in Darin Kelly’s “Of Nights and Lights,” a glowing Hanukkah composition. Perennial classics together with alternatives from Menotti’s Amahl and the Evening Guests, Respighi’s “The Adoration of the Magi,” Vaughan-Williams Fantasia on Greensleeves, and extra carry the spirit of the season to life.


The revised schedule for the 2020-21 “BPO Pops” fall and vacation live performance programming with Principal Pops Conductor John Morris Russell is as follows:

Bravo Broadway”: Streaming Oct. 3

The pops season opens with the brand new era of Broadway stars together with Buffalo’s Second Technology Theatre Co., as Russell conducts beloved musical theater favorites together with classics from Rogers and Hammerstein, Bernstein and Andrew Lloyd Webber to Kander and Ebb, Schwartz and Miranda. A night of music and celebration!

That Studio Sound: Jazz Classics for Lovers”: Streaming Oct. 17

From the famed recording studios at Capitol Data in Los Angeles, arranger Nelson Riddle and the most important singing sensations of the period created a physique of labor that defines the cool sophistication of fashionable jazz within the 1950s and ’60s. The BPO brings preparations of classics by Gershwin, Porter and Jobim, recorded by the likes of Frank, Nat and Ella, again to life in all their unique splendor with Buffalo crooners Katy Miner and Chris Vasquez. A romantic night of sultry swing.

Merely Bewitching”: Streaming Oct. 31

From Hollywood horror, chilling orchestral classics and creepy musical tales, audiences be spellbound by the magic of the BPO. Music from “Psycho,” “The Legend of Sleepy Hole” and autumnal favorites weave collectively an enchanted evening of thrills and chills.

A Brass Act”: Streaming Nov. 14

Thrill to the ability and majesty of the BPO brass as they carry out fashionable classics, from splendid fanfares and marches, to ragtime and jazz. A jamboree of musical kinds from the world over that might be superb, tuneful, irreverent, and enjoyable.

John Morris Russell’s Vacation Pops”: Streaming Dec. 19

Rejoice the vacations with “Mr. Christmas” himself, maestro Russell, with festive pops favorites from the BPO. It’s Western New York’s most celebrated vacation custom with an eclectic number of seasonal music from fashionable music, movie, musical theater, gospel and jazz. As heartwarming as it’s enjoyable, it’s a live performance for everybody, that includes visitor appearances by soulful Buffalo singers Zoe Scruggs and George Brown and perhaps even the “man with the bag” himself … in the event you’re good!

All artists and repertoire are topic to alter. Additional particulars about all packages on the 2020-21 live performance season could be discovered at

Performances scheduled January by June of 2021 stay as scheduled in the meanwhile, although Falletta, Russell, and the BPO management crew are intently monitoring the ever-evolving pandemic state of affairs and are actively engaged on various packages that may meet social distancing tips.

Present subscribers to the 2020-21 season who’ve tickets for concert events that fall throughout the September by December timeframe will routinely have their tickets transformed to a “FLEX” move, to be redeemed on the subscriber’s leisure for a live performance later within the season when the BPO hopes to as soon as once more be capable to host reside audiences. All subscribers might be contacted by the field workplace workers over the approaching weeks to debate their most popular BPO expertise this season. Subscribers are inspired to await contact from the BPO, however these with pressing questions could name the field workplace at 716-885-5000.

Subscriptions for the 2020-21 live performance season are nonetheless on sale now together with the versatile “FLEX” pack choice, which permits patrons to safe the advantages of a subscription now and select live performance preferences later. Every subscription offers entry to the “BPOnDemand” video-streamed efficiency sequence, plus tickets for reside concert events after they resume, and different subscriber advantages – together with simple ticket exchanges. 

Single tickets for the “BPOnDemand” sequence might be obtainable for buy starting Sept. 1. Tickets for reside performances later within the season might be made obtainable at a later date. Patrons are inspired to enroll at to obtain the most recent updates through the BPO e-mail listing, and to name the field workplace at 716-885-5000 with any questions. Notice the field workplace is working remotely throughout this time, from 10 a.m. to five p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays.

Main company assist for the BPO is supplied by M&T Financial institution, BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York, Calspan, Elderwood and KeyBank. Authorities assist is supplied by Erie County, the New York State Council on the Arts, and the Nationwide Endowment for the Arts.

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