BPO and JoAnn Falletta’s 20th Anniversary - Oct 18
On October 18, the Botanical Gardens will offer buy one, get one free admission for current BPO subscribers. Visitors can enjoy a free and fun BPO inspired self-guided scavenger hunt throughout the Botanical Gardens, previously recorded BPO music played throughout the Botanical Gardens all day and free docent led tours will be held at 11am, 1pm, and 3pm.
To find out more about the 20th Anniversary celebrations go to bpo.org or read more below.
BPO Press Release about the 20th Anniversary:
BPO honors Maestro JoAnn Falletta’s 20th anniversary with a daylong cultural celebration
Notable speakers and a celebrity performer to pay tribute at black-tie evening affair at Hotel Henry
BUFFALO, NY - In the 20 years since JoAnn Falletta first stepped on to the BPO podium as music director, Buffalo has undergone a renaissance. The Darwin Martin House, Richardson Olmsted Campus, and Canalside have been redeveloped and are now enjoyed by thousands of visitors from all over the world. A new Burchfield Penney Art Gallery has risen on Elmwood Avenue, transforming the museum from a small college gallery into a major cultural institution. Across the street, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery is about to undertake a remarkable 30,000 square foot expansion. The once shuttered Studio Arena Theatre space has been reborn into Shea’s 710 Theatre, a new home for touring productions and hometown theatre collaborations. With the construction of the Buffalo-Niagara Medical Campus, Main Street, Allentown and Downtown have thrived. And the Buffalo Philharmonic has also been transformed through the vision of its music director, JoAnn Falletta, with a strong donor and subscriber base that has allowed for tours to Florida, Carnegie Hall, and Poland, a revitalized recording program, commissioning projects, world premiers, and exciting seasons of music at Kleinhans Music Hall.
Hailed as a “leading force for the music of our time” for her work as a conductor, communicator, recording artist, audience builder, champion of American composers, and distinguished musical citizen, JoAnn Falletta has served as music director of the BPO since 1999. On Friday, October 18, the Buffalo Philharmonic will lead a very special daylong celebration in honor of JoAnn Falletta’s 20 years on the podium. The day will kick off with Classical 94.5 WNED, which will play one of Falletta’s 47-plus recordings with the BPO each hour on the hour from 6 a.m. until midnight. A Coffee Concert performance featuring the newest violin concerto of the great film scorist Danny Elfman, best known for his collaborations on such Tim Burton films as “Edward Scissorhands” and “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” will be presented at Kleinhans at 10:30 a.m., conducted by Falletta. The wildly popular pre-concert free coffee and doughnuts, beginning at 8:30 a.m., will feature a signature doughnut in her honor. Kleinhans Music Hall will be open for free tours by reservation following the Coffee Concert performance.
Throughout the day, BPO friends and cultural partners, including the Burchfield Penney, Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, Buffalo Museum of Science, Darwin Martin House, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo Zoo, Buffalo History Museum, and Explore and More Children’s Museum, will join the celebration in various ways, to include playing BPO recordings, displaying tributes to JoAnn Falletta and the BPO, and some organizations offering discounted admission in Falletta’s honor. A full list of the day’s events will be available at bpo.org/joann20.
At 6 p.m., JoAnn Falletta’s 20th anniversary dinner affair will begin. This black-tie event will be held at Hotel Henry on the Richardson Olmsted Campus, chosen both as a venue devoted to the arts and a landmark property symbolic of the transformation of the City of Buffalo over the past 20 years. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be available on the third floor with live music representing the varied offerings of the BPO, along with an exclusive art and memorabilia exhibit celebrating the past 20 years in Buffalo and at the BPO. At 7 p.m., dinner catered by the hotel will begin in the fourth floor banquet room. A video piece, produced by WNED | WBFO, and guest speakers will pay tribute to Falletta throughout the evening. After dinner, guests will be treated to a musical performance by a special celebrity performer whose identity will remain secret until that night.
“JoAnn Falletta has forever altered the destiny of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra,” said Daniel Hart, Executive Director of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. “Under her direction, we’ve earned an international reputation as a force to be reckoned with. She’s gotten the orchestra broadcasting, recording and touring again. She’s helped to establish the International Guitar Concerto Competition, which has launched so many careers. The orchestra is on a solid financial footing and has a loyal following. We serve more than 50,000 students per year through our educational programs. There’s been so much to celebrate over the past 20 years. This gala will be truly special, unlike any the orchestra has presented before. We invite all of Western New York to come out and celebrate with us.”
Individual tickets to the Hotel Henry evening affair, a BPO fundraising event, are $1,000 and go on sale Wednesday, May 15, 2019. Proceeds support the BPO’s community initiatives and education programs. A portion of your ticket purchase is tax deductible. For more information, visit bpo.org/joann20.
ABOUT BUFFALO PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Society, Inc. provides a resident, professional, major symphony orchestra of artistic excellence and integrity to enrich the quality of life in Western New York through the presentation of live symphonic music and other musical events which educate and entertain the broadest possible audiences within and beyond the Western New York region. Since 1940, the orchestra’s permanent home has been Kleinhans Music Hall, a National Historic Landmark designed by Eliel and Eero Saarinen with an international reputation as one of the finest concert halls in the United States. Since its inception in 1935, the BPO has served as Buffalo’s cultural ambassador. JoAnn Falletta is the Music Director of the Grammy Award-winning orchestra, which presents more than 120 Classics, Pops, Rock, Kids and Youth concerts each year. For more information, visit bpo.org.
ABOUT JOANN FALLETTA JoAnn Falletta is internationally celebrated as a vibrant ambassador for music, an inspiring artistic leader, and a champion of American symphonic music. Upon her appointment as Music Director of the Buffalo Philharmonic, Falletta became the first woman to lead a major American ensemble. She has since been credited with bringing the Philharmonic to a new level of national and international prominence. The orchestra has become one of the leading recording orchestras for Naxos and returned twice to Carnegie Hall in 2004 and again in 2013. In 2018, the BPO made their first international tour in three decades, to perform at Warsaw’s prestigious Beethoven Easter Festival where Falletta made history as the first American woman to conduct an orchestra at the Festival. She and the BPO have been honored with numerous ASCAP awards, including the top award for Adventurous Programming. Other accomplishments include the establishment of the orchestra’s Beau Fleuve label, the founding of the JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition in partnership with WNED, and the national and international broadcast of concerts on NPR’s Performance Today, SymphonyCast, and the European Broadcasting Union. With a discography of 112 titles, JoAnn is a leading recording artist for Naxos. Her discs have won three GRAMMY® Awards and received eleven nominations. Ms. Falletta is the artistic advisor to the Hawaii Symphony and has held the positions of principal conductor of the Ulster Orchestra, principal guest conductor of the Phoenix Symphony, music director of the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra, associate conductor of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, and music director of the Denver Chamber Orchestra. For more information, visit www.joannfalletta.com.