Schedule Announced for Buffalo Philharmonic Season; Tickets On Sale, 8/9
BUFFALO, NY -- Saturday, August 9 marks the first opportunity to obtain individual tickets to all concerts in the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra's 2014-15 season. Highlights include superstar Renee Fleming; Broadway sensations Matthew Morrison, Ben Vereen and Megan Hilty; Bartok's dark and thrilling opera"Bluebeard's Castle" with a set by glass artist Dale Chihuly; Celtic Thunder; Rachmaninoff and Beethoven festivals; and BPO Rocks shows, including the Music of Led Zeppelin. Tickets range from $29-$83 and are available by visitingbpo.org, calling (716) 885-5000, or visiting the BPO Box Office at Kleinhans Music Hall, 3 Symphony Circle, Buffalo.
Season Opening Gala
The season kicks off with a gala and performance by soprano Renee Fleming on Sept. 13, conducted by JoAnn Falletta. This year, she became the first classical singer to perform the national anthem before the Super Bowl. A native of Rochester, she is a National Medal of Arts recipient and a four-time Grammy winner. Surrounding Fleming's performance will be the BPO's annual gala, sponsored by the Louis P. Ciminelli Family Foundation. The gala includes a pre-concert dinner catered by Oliver's, premium concert seating, and a post-concert dessert reception. Proceeds benefit the BPO's educational programming.
BPO Pops Highlights
The Pops Series opens on Sept. 27 with the BPO debut of Broadway and television star Matthew Morrison. Morrison is best-known for playing the eternally optimistic teacher Will Schuester on "Glee," but has also thrilled Broadway audiences in shows like "Hairspray" and "The Light in the Piazza." On the heels of his successful June PBS special "Where It All Began," he presents his own spin on Broadway.
Featuring former stars of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, The Hit Men are songwriters and vocalists who've worked with everyone from Elton John to Cat Stevens and Carly Simon. With songs like "Sherry," "Peace Train" and "Oh What a Night," this show is a tour of rock and roll's glory days. They take the BPO stage onFriday, Oct. 24 at 10:30 a.m. and Saturday, Oct. 25 at 8 p.m. Complimentary coffee and donuts will be available before the Friday morning concert.
BlueCross BlueShield Holiday Pops swings this season, as James Torme, son of "The Velvet Fog" Mel Torme, joins the orchestra in celebrating the spirit of the holidays. BPO clarinetist Sal Andolina and his Big Band add extra pizzazz to an already sparkling concert. This program will be presented at 10:30 a.m. and 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19; at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20; and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21. Complimentary coffee and donuts will be available before the Friday morning concert.
The BPO returns after a holiday break with one of the most celebrated performers of the 20th century: Ben Vereen. Emmy and Tony Award winner Vereen has performed a broad spectrum of roles, from Chicken George in "Roots" to the Leading Player in the Broadway premiere of "Pippin." He has dazzled audiences in "Chicago," "Wicked" and "Fosse," and in the movies "Sweet Charity" and "All That Jazz." Vereen makes his BPO debut at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31.
Other Pops highlights include Jay White's tribute to Neil Diamond on Nov. 22; the BPO debut of Megan Hilty on Saturday, March 14; the return of the Glenn Miller Orchestra on April 17 and 18; and Broadway star Debbie Gravitte in a tribute to the music from the James Bond films on May 2.
Dark Secrets: Bluebeard and Chihuly
Bela Bartok's psychological thriller opera "Bluebeard's Castle" comes to life with a set designed by glass artist Dale Chihuly. On Oct. 1, the BPO will become only the third American orchestra to stage this version of "Bluebeard's Castle." PerformersMichelle DeYoung and Charles Robert Austin are specialists in their roles as the naïve Judith and the mysterious Duke Bluebeard. JoAnn Falletta leads the orchestra in this opening of the Know the Score series. A $75 VIP package provides patrons with an intimate look at the set, reserved seating for the concert, a drink ticket for the post-concert reception, and a book on the works of Chihuly. Dark Secrets: Bluebeard and Chihuly is made possible in part by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. WNED is the media sponsor for this event.