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 over 100 concerts each year, and reaches 40,000 students across all eight counties of Western New York. The orchestra calls the historic Kleinhans Music Hall (3 Symphony Circle, Buffalo NY) home, and with a reputation for being one of the best concert halls in the United States, it’s a both an auditory and visual delight.
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. Under the guidance of Falletta, the BPO has released over 20 albums 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, even won Grammys for Classical Vocal Performance and Classical Contemporary Composition.
For more information about the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, visit BPO.org