The Buffalo Philharmonic Announces Summer Season - SUMMER NIGHTS @ THE BPO and More
The BPO has planned a multifaceted summer that sees the orchestraperforming at the Erie County Fair, Canalside and Old Fort Niagara; traveling to Princeton University; working with the Doctors of the World Orchestra to raise funds for the new John R. Oishei Children's Hospital; and bringing rare instruments to Western New York.
Summer Nights @ The BPO
The BPO presents a three-concert series in its historic West Side neighborhood. Tickets for Summer Nights @ The BPO concerts start at just $19. Prior to each concert, guests are invited to sample the wares of Buffalo's food trucks or pack a picnic to enjoy on the grounds of the hall.
JoAnn Falletta will lead violinists Augustin Hadelich and Mayuko Kamio at 7 p.m. Friday, July 18 in the "Rising Stars of the Stradivari Society" concert. The Stradivari Society of Chicago connects talented musicians with the owners of top-quality instruments.
Buffalo residents Clement and Karen Arrison are the owners of Hadelich's violin, the 1723 "Ex-Kiesewetter" Stradivarius. The tones of the violin echoed through Kleinhans when Hadelich made his debut with the BPO in April 2013. Kamio plays the 1735 "Sennhauser" Guarneri del Gesu, on loan from an anonymous owner. The concert showcasing these extraordinary instruments will include music by Sarasate, Bach and Vaughan Williams.
Kleinhans will be lit green for the Garden Walk Celebration concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 26
, but the concert will take place at a neighboring building. While the hall's balcony is being recarpeted, the BPO performs at First Presbyterian Church, located at 1 Symphony Circle. At 4 p.m., Buffalo's best folk acts will provide free entertainment on the grounds of Kleinhans. Patrons can get dinner at a food truck rodeo starting at 5 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church. Bradley Thachuk, conductor of Symphony Niagara, leads a concert of music inspired by nature in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Buffalo Garden Walk.
Legendary saxophonist and Buffalo Music Hall of Fame member Bobby Militello joins the BPO at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1 at First Presbyterian Church for a concert of jazz, featuring many favorites from Militello's days as part of Dave Brubeck's band. Stuart Chafetz, a fixture at the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra who has led orchestras all over the nation, will conduct.
Individual tickets are $49 for gold-level seating, $29 for silver-level seating and $19 for bronze-level seating. The BPO is offering a three-concert gold-level package for $79 - a discount of more than 40 percent.
Welcoming Doctors of the World
A collaboration unlike any other will take place during the week of July 19, as 40 doctors from nine countries come to Western New York to perform a side-by-side concert with the BPO. The doctors are talented amateur musicians who enjoy putting their talents to use for a good cause. This will mark the first time that the Doctors of the World Orchestra will perform side-by-side with a professional orchestra. During the week, they will rehearse with the BPO and receive coaching from the orchestra's section leaders and from JoAnn Falletta. At 8 p.m. on July 19, they will present a concert alongside BPO colleagues to benefit the brand-new John R. Oishei Women and Children's Hospital, uniting two leading community assets. Falletta leads the orchestra in this program, which will include Holst's "The Planets," Bernstein's Overture to "Candide," and Respighi's "Pines of Rome." Tickets are $25. A VIP package is available for $150 and includes premium seating and a post-concert reception. Food trucks will also be onsite at Kleinhans prior to this concert.
Traveling through Western New York
A free performance kicks off the summer season at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 1 at Knox Farm State Park in East Aurora. Associate Conductor Matthew Kraemer will lead the orchestra in a concert featuring light classics by Leroy Anderson, Dvorak, and Strauss. Music by John Williams, Henry Mancini and tributes to Duke Ellington and Irving Berlin will round out the program. The concert also features Friends of the BPO scholarship winner and cellist Alexander Cousins. Cousins is a member of the Grand Island High School Class of 2014, and a student of BPO principal cellist Roman Mekinulov. Friends of the Knox Farm will host a garden party at Knox Farm's Main House to benefit its continued restoration. Tickets are $100, and can be obtained by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Two nights later, the BPO is downtown for the area's number one Independence Eve celebration at Coca-Cola Field. After the Bisons game, the BPO performs a variety of popular music and patriotic favorites under the direction of Paul Ferington. A fireworks show lights up the night sky at the end of the evening.