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“Pride of Buffalo” Celebrates 75 Years

Buffalo’s cultural ambassador (see this May 6 review in the Toronto Star), celebrates its 75th Anniversary Season in 2010-2011.  Since 1940, the Grammy Award-winning Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra’s permanent home has been Kleinhans Music Hall, a National Historic Site with an international reputation as one of the finest concert halls in the United States.  While orchestras in many cities are under financial stress (see this recent story by Mary Kunz Goldman on the Syracuse orchestra’s folding) the Philharmonic is on relatively sound financial footing.  Community support, and ticket sales, are key.  The orchestra has a busy second half of May.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011 
BPOvation Concert Preview Lecture: Choral Masterpieces
In Partnership with the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library
12:10pm Downtown Central Library/6:30pm Orchard Park Library
Paul Ferington, conductor
The joy of singing and celebration of life catapults upward in the Requiem settings of Berlioz, Faure, Brahms, and Verdi, each uniquely magnificent and moving. Concerts Previewed:  Verdi’s Requiem (Jun 4-5)
 
bpo75.pngSunday, May 22, 2011, 2pm
BPO 75th Birthday Bash
Kleinhans Music Hall, Mary Seaton Room
Featuring Guest Artists:
Augustin Hadelich, violin
Alex Boissonnault, violin
Henri Muhammad, violin
Robert Koenig , piano
Buffalo Suzuki Strings
Muhammad School students
Members of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
Please join us as we sing “Happy Birthday” to the BPO immediately following the concert.  Refreshments and birthday cake will be served. Event is free, but reservations are required.  Call (716) 242-7890
 
Sunday, May 22, 2011 6pm dinner, 7:30 concert
BPO 75th Anniversary Party: Hosted by Clement and Karen Arrison
Augustin Hadelich, violin (performing on the 1723 Kiesewetter Stradivarius)
Alex Boissonnault, violin
Robert Koenig, piano
Members of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
To purchase tickets or more information contact Wendy Diina, wdiina@bpo.org
 
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 
BPOvation Concert Preview Lecture: Choral Masterpieces
In Partnership with the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library
Amherst Audubon Library
Paul Ferington, conductor
The joy of singing and celebration of life catapults upward in the Requiem settings of Berlioz, Faure, Brahms, and Verdi, each uniquely magnificent and moving. Concerts Previewed:  Verdi’s Requiem (Jun 4-5)
 
Friday, May 27, 2011, 10:30 am (Free coffee and donuts!) 
Saturday, May 28, 2011, 8pm
BlueCross BlueShield of WNY Pops Series: Star Spangled Spectacular
Concert Sponsor: Jaeckle Fleischmann & Mugel, LLP
Kleinhans Music Hall, Buffalo NY
Matthew Kraemer, conductor
Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus
Doreen Rao, Music Director
Marc Webster, baritone
Joseph Mohan, piano  
 
Tuesday, May 31, 2011, 7:30pm
Donor Appreciation Concert
Kleinhans Music Hall, Buffalo, NY
JoAnn Falletta, music director
Matthew Kraemer, associate conductor
Paul Ferington, staff conductor
Scott Bean, apprentice conductor
Jonathan Lombardo, principal trombone
Drew Cone, cello (son of BPO violinists)
Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
Doors open at 6:30 for more information call 716-242-7830
 
To purchase tickets or more information about all our concerts and events please visit http://www.bpo.org/.

Entry image by Nickel City Studios.

Written by Sarah Maurer

Sarah Maurer

I moved to Buffalo to attend Canisius College in 2007 and began writing for Buffalo Rising as a journalism intern in 2010. Working with Newell and meeting numerous entrepreneurs, activists and everyday folks who were working to make their city better made a huge impact on my decision to stay here. After witnessing all the positive development and grassroots initiatives happening in neighborhoods throughout the city, I was inspired to pursue a term of service in AmeriCorps and a career in Buffalo's non-profit sector. I currently work in the housing department at the Lt. Col. Matt Urban Human Services Center of WNY and am excited to be a part of their ongoing efforts to revitalize the Broadway Fillmore neighborhood. I also volunteer as the project coordinator for Artfarms Buffalo. I continue to write for Buffalo Rising because I love having the opportunity to stay connected to those working toward positive changes for the Queen City.

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