If you are looking for a little arts and culture in upstate New York, the award-winning Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra is a great weekend option.
Under the direction of music director JoAnn Falletta, the BPO offers 120 Classics, Pops and Youth Concerts each year and reaches 40,000 students across all eight counties of Western New York. The orchestra calls Kleinhans Music Hall (3 Symphony Circle, Buffalo NY) its home, which has received status as a National Historic Site with a reputation for being one of the best concert halls in the United States.
There is a Canadian connection to the Buffalo Philharmonic as well as it has toured both the U.S. and Canada extensively. These tours included the Florida Friends Tour in 2010 which was the group’s first multi-city tour since its 1988 European trek. The BPO also performed at Carnegie Hall’s Spring for Music Festival earlier this year and this performance marked its 24th appearance at the prestigious music venue.
Under the guidance of Falletta, the BPO has released 21 new CDs on the NAXOS and Beau Fleuve labels. Their recording of John Corigliano’s “Mr. Tambourine Man: Seven Poems of Bob Dylan” (featuring soprano Hila Plitmann, won Grammys for Classical Vocal Performance and Classical Contemporary Composition.
For more information about the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, visit BPO.org