Buffalo Philharmonic Announces 2014-15 Season - Matthew Morrison, Ben Vereen & More!

Beethoven and Rachmaninoff showcases, collaborations with the Irish Classical Theater Company and the University at Buffalo, and the energy of Broadway and The Cotton Club are just a few aspects of the Buffalo Philharmonic's 2014-15 season.

Gala Season Opening

The season opens on Saturday, Sept. 13 with a performance by America's most beloved soprano, Renée Fleming, returning to the Kleinhans stage for the first time in eight years. Fleming is a favorite of the opera stage and concert hall, and has performed at the 2006 Nobel Prize ceremony, the 2008 Olympic Games, and the 2014 Super Bowl. A gala evening, including dinner and a post-concert reception, will surround the concert. Sponsored by the Louis P. Ciminelli Family Foundation, the funds raised benefit the Buffalo Philharmonic's educational programs.

M&T Bank Classics Series

The full Classics season is available here.

The classical season opens with a two-week Rachmaninoff Festival including "The Sea and the Seagull," "The Bells," and "The Isle of the Dead." Venezuelan pianist and Van Cliburn semifinalist Gabriela Martinez joins the BPO to perform Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 1. Buffalo favorite Fabio Bidini, who joined the BPO for their most recent recording of Marcel Tyberg's work, is performing the Piano Concerto No. 2.

A celebration of Beethoven in the spring features blockbusters including the beloved Symphony No. 9, "Choral" with the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus and "Emperor" piano concerto, performed by Norman Krieger. JoAnn Falletta will be on the podium for both festivals.

Each year, the BPO seeks out exciting new talent to bring to Western New York. This season, the orchestra welcomes violinist Tai Murray, Israeli cellist Amit Peled, rising star pianist Natasha Paremsky and celebrated tenor William Sharpto the Kleinhans stage for the first time.

Returning audience favorites include firebrand Canadian pianist Alain Lefèvre,leading solo harpist Yolanda Kondonassis performing with Cleveland Orchestra Principal Flutist, Joshua Smith, and pianist Yoonie Han. Violinist Tim Fainperformed his groundbreaking "Portals" project at the University at Buffalo last year to critical acclaim, and returns to the region to perform with the BPO. When the scheduled performer fell ill at the close of the BPO's 2012-13 season, violinistRachel Lee Priday stepped in to save the day. She returns to perform Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No. 1.

Guest conductors include former BPO music director Maximiano Valdés; Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus music director Erin Freeman who will lead the Orchestra and the Buffalo Philharmonic in Handel's "Messiah" for Classical Christmas;Albany Symphony Orchestra conductor David Alan Miller; and American Symphony Orchestra music director and Bard College president Leon Botstein.

The Buffalo Philharmonic will highlight two of its own. Concertmaster Michael Ludwig's annual concerto performance has become a much-anticipated tradition. This season, he will play Sibelius' Violin Concerto in D minor on a concert that also features Sibelius' "The Swan of Tuonela." Principal French horn Jacek Muzyk will celebrate the Polish roots of Buffalo as well as his own Polish background. He will perform Penderecki's Horn Concerto on a program featuring works by Polish composers.

This season features collaborations with area arts organizations. The Irish Classical Theatre and LehrerDance will join the BPO for a semi-staged performance of Moliere's "Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme (The Would-Be Gentleman)." The orchestra will be performing the incidental music composed by Richard Strauss.

Charles Ives is considered to be the first famous American composer. He was influenced by the Transendentalist movement, by American popular music movements like ragtime and Tin Pan Alley, and by the European Modernist movement. His work has challenged and polarized audiences, but no one can deny its vital creativity. The BPO will explore his works with the "Charles Ives: An American Maverick" concerts, which includes a multimedia presentation. The Burchfield Penney Art Gallery, the Buffalo and Erie County Libraries, and the University at Buffalo are creating events around this concert exploring the work and legacy of Ives.

The Classics season ends with Mahler's monumental Symphony No. 1 in D Major, "Titan."

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