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TABLE OF CONTENTS | SEPTEMBER 26 – OCTOBER 17 BPO Board of Trustees/BPO Foundation Board Directors


BPO Musician Roster


A Celebration of the Seasons


M&T Bank Classics Series September 26

Broadway to Buffalo


BPO Pops Series October 3

Love and Longing


M&T Bank Classics Series October 10

That Studio Sound: Jazz Classics For Lovers


BPO Pops Series October 17

Spotlight on Sponsors


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MESSAGE FROM THE BOARD CHAIR Greetings from the virtual world! I would like to extend my sincere gratitude for your ongoing patience as we navigate this unique and challenging time. The BPO is excited to embark on a virtual concert season this Fall through BPOnDemand. The musicians are thrilled to resume the music once again in Kleinhans – albeit virtually with you! We look forward with anticipation to a new chapter in BPO history that will expand our reach and provide a rarely-seen perspective on the concert experience. JoAnn Falletta and John Morris Russell have worked diligently to develop new programming and establish a process to safely return to Kleinhans Music Hall. With the introduction of our new video-streamed performance series, BPOnDemand, we have the opportunity to bring that magical experience in our historic venue to audiences near and far. As the BPO launches this ground-breaking venture using a smaller ensemble, it is exciting to recognize the benefits offered by this unusual situation; repertoire not previously undertaken by the orchestra, the introduction of lesser-known works and rising composers, and the expanded ability to highlight individually the talents of our incredible musicians. This has been an extraordinary year with extraordinary circumstances and we have managed to pursue our mission against all odds. Like all performing arts institutions across the country, not being able to have concerts in our hall  has completely devastated our budget. Thanks to the community’s incredible generosity over the years, the BPO has not only been able to keep the musicians and staff employed during this uncertain time, but also develop new content that can be presented in a safe manner for the entire community. To help offset the losses due to Covid-19, during the 20/21 season, we are launching the Resilience Fund. This special fund will help guarantee the BPO can create beautiful music today and into the future. The staff and musicians have given $1 million in wages, and the Board of Trustees have stepped up to an unprecedented level of giving. However, we can’t do it alone! More than ever, fundraising is vital to the BPO’s future and we ask you to join us in helping the BPO weather this unprecedented time in history. Thank you for your consideration of a gift and for all that you do to support your BPO. My wife, Carolyn, and I want to take this opportunity to wish you good health and safety as you travel the digital highway. We look forward to the time when we can all gather together again and rejoice in attending a BPO concert within the halls of Kleinhans. Sincerely,

John R. Yurtchuk Chair, Board of Trustees Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Society, Inc.


BUFFALO PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA BOARD OF TRUSTEES OFFICERS John R. Yurtchuk, Chair Scott Stenclik, Vice Chair — Chair-Elect

Angelo Fatta, Treasurer Peter Eliopoulos, Secretary

BOARD OF TRUSTEES Cindy Abbott Letro Douglas Bean Jonathan Borden † Janz Castelo † Anne Conable Stephen B. Edge, MD* JoAnn Falletta* Otis N. Glover Amy Habib Rittling Daniel Hart* Jim Hettich Mark Hodges †

Monte Hoffman † Kate Holzemer † James Iglewski William Keefer Ronald Luczak William Maggio Anna Mattix † Alex Montante Douglas Moreland Allan C. Ripley* Casimiro D. Rodriguez, Sr. Rev. Melody I. Rutherford

Diana Sachs† Robin G. Schulze, Ph.D Joseph Sedita Karen Sperrazza Christine Standish Stephen T. Swift John Zak*

*ex-officio † musician representatives

LIFE MEMBERS Anthony Cassetta Randall Odza Edwin Polokoff

John N. Walsh, III Robert G. Weber



John J. Zak, Chair Holly Hejmowski, Treasurer Alexs Spellman, Secretary Michael Munschauer, Special Advisor

Karen Arrison Michael Wurst John Yurtchuk


JOANN FALLETTA MUSIC DIRECTOR Angelo and Carol Fatta Endowed Chair Grammy-winning conductor JoAnn Falletta serves as Music Director of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Connie and Marc Jacobson Music Director Laureate of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Principal Guest Conductor of the Brevard Music Center and Artistic Adviser to the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra and the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra. She is hailed for her work as a conductor, recording artist, audience builder, and champion of American composers. Her recent and upcoming North American guest conducting includes the National Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Nashville Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, and Milwaukee Symphony; and further north, the Toronto Symphony and Orchestre metropolitain. Internationally, she has conducted many of the most prominent orchestras in Europe, Asia, and South America. As Music Director of the Buffalo Philharmonic, Falletta became the first woman to lead a major American ensemble. Celebrating her 20th anniversary with the Buffalo Philharmonic this past season, she is credited with bringing the orchestra to a new level of national and international prominence. With a discography of almost 120 titles, Falletta is a leading recording artist for Naxos. In 2019, she won her first individual Grammy Award as conductor of the London Symphony in the Best Classical Compendium category for Spiritualist, her fifth world premiere recording of the music of Kenneth Fuchs. Her Naxos recording of John Corigliano’s Mr. Tambourine Man: Seven Poems of Bob Dylan with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra received two Grammys in 2008. Falletta is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, has served by presidential appointment as a Member of the National Council on the Arts during the Bush and Obama administrations, and is the recipient of many of the most prestigious conducting awards. She has introduced over 500 works by American composers, including well over 100 world premieres. In March 2019, JoAnn was named Performance Today’s Classical Woman of the Year. She received her undergraduate degree from the Mannes School of Music, and her master’s and doctorate degrees from The Juilliard School. When not on the podium, JoAnn enjoys playing classical guitar, writing, cycling, yoga, and is an avid reader.


JOHN MORRIS RUSSELL PRINCIPAL POPS CONDUCTOR A master of American musical style, John Morris Russell has devoted himself to redefining the American orchestral experience. Now in his fourth year as Principal Pops Conductor of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, he follows in the footsteps of Marvin Hamlisch and Doc Severinsen. The wide-range and diversity of his work as a conductor, collaborator and educator continues to reinvigorate the musical scene throughout Buffalo and across the continent. Maestro Russell also serves as conductor of the Cincinnati Pops, one of the world’s most iconic and beloved pops orchestras, with which he has toured both domestically and internationally. His six recordings with The Pops include “American Originals: 1918” which earned a 2020 GRAMMY® Award nomination for Best Classical Compendium. As Music Director of the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra in South Carolina, he leads the classical subscription series as well as the prestigious Hilton Head International Piano Competition. As a guest conductor, Mr. Russell has worked with many of the most distinguished orchestras in North America, including The Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic as well as the Toronto and Vancouver Symphony Orchestras.



Jaman E. Dunn is an African American orchestral conductor of classical and film music. He currently holds the positions of Assistant Conductor with the Buffalo Philharmonic, and Interim Music Director of the Buffalo Master Chorale. A native of Chicago, IL, he attended The Ohio State University for his undergraduate studies, earning a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance under the study of Dr. C. Andrew Blosser. During his time at Ohio State, Mr. Dunn founded and conducted the Buckeye Philharmonic Orchestra, which is the university’s only completely student run orchestra. Mr. Dunn also earned his Master of Music in Orchestral Conducting, under the instruction of Maestro Bruce Hangen at The Boston Conservatory at Berklee. While at the Boston Conservatory, he led the Conductor’s Orchestra, assisted the Boston Conservatory Orchestra, and conducted the Boston Conservatory Orchestra in Copland’s Billy the Kid. Other conducting activities included forming an ad-hoc orchestra and performing three concerts, premiering pieces on student composer recitals, and conducting the Berklee Boston Conservatory Recording Orchestra. Vocally, Mr. Dunn has performed throughout the Midwest and Northeast in both oratorio and operatic repertoire, including works of Handel, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Verdi, and Orff, among others. In a professional capacity, he hopes to raise awareness for African-American performers in classical music at all levels and in all mediums.


HISTORY OF THE BUFFALO PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA As Buffalo’s cultural ambassador, the Grammy Award-winning Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra under Music Director JoAnn Falletta presents more than 120 Classics, Pops, Rock, Family and Youth concerts each year. After the rise and fall of several forerunners, the BPO was founded in 1935, performing most often at the Elmwood Music Hall, which was located at Elmwood Ave. and Virginia St., and demolished in 1938 as its permanent home, Kleinhans Music Hall, was constructed. During the Great Depression, the orchestra was initially supported by funds from the Works Progress Administration and the Emergency Relief Bureau. Over the decades, the orchestra has matured in stature under outstanding conductors including William Steinberg, Josef Krips, Lukas Foss, Michael Tilson Thomas, Maximiano Valdes, Semyon Bychkov and Julius Rudel. The orchestra has welcomed many distinguished guest performers, such as Isaac Stern, Aaron Copland, Van Cliburn, Igor Stravinsky, Renee Fleming and Yo-Yo Ma. During the tenure of JoAnn Falletta, who has served as music director since 1998, the BPO has rekindled its history of radio broadcasts and recordings, including the release of 49 new CDs. The BPO’s Naxos recording of composer John Corigliano’s “Mr. Tambourine Man: Seven Poems of Bob Dylan,” won two Grammys. Our recordings are heard on classical radio worldwide.

HISTORY OF KLEINHANS MUSIC HALL Since 1940, the orchestra’s home has been Kleinhans Music Hall, which enjoys an international reputation as one of the finest concert halls in the world due to its superb acoustics. Kleinhans Music Hall was built thanks to the generosity and vision of Edward and Mary Seaton Kleinhans and the stewardship of their charitable dreams by the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, and the support of the federal government. The Community Foundation was bequeathed the estates of Mr. and Mrs. Kleinhans, who made their fortune from the clothing store that bore their name, and who died within three months of each other in 1934. The Public Works Administration, an agency of the New Deal, provided crucial funding that made it possible to complete the hall. The Kleinhans, who were music lovers, specified their money was to be used “to erect a suitable music hall…for the use, enjoyment and benefit of the people of the City of Buffalo.” The BPO performed at Kleinhans Music Hall’s official opening on Oct. 12, 1940, under the baton of Franco Autori. Kleinhans Music Hall was designed by the Finnish father-and-son team of Eliel and Eero Saarinen, along with architects F.J. and W.A. Kidd. Kleinhans is known for its combination of graceful structural beauty and extraordinary acoustics. Eliel Saarinen’s aim was to create “an architectural atmosphere…so as to tune the performers and the public alike into a proper mood of performance and receptiveness, respectively.” In 1989, the hall was designated a National Historic Landmark, the highest designation of significance a site or structure can receive. Kleinhans is owned by the City of Buffalo but operated by a separate 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. Its Board of Directors is Jeremy Oczek, chair; Stephanie Simeon, secretary and treasurer; Karen Arrison; Cindy Abbott Letro; Tania Werbizky; and city officials including Byron Brown, Mayor of the City of Buffalo, and David Rivera, Niagara District Councilmember.


BUFFALO PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA DIVERSITY COUNCIL The BPO formed the Diversity Council in May 2016, formalizing its longstanding commitment to present diverse programming, to support artists of color, and to engage with every part of the Western New York community in a meaningful way. Comprised of community leaders, BPO staff, and musicians, the Council is helping the BPO to take its place at the vanguard of a national movement to foster greater diversity in the classical music world. As an inaugural step, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra was the first cultural organization to sign Mayor Byron Brown’s Opportunity Pledge in July 2016, affirming our commitment to foster, cultivate, and preserve a culture of diversity, inclusion, fairness, and equality. Since then, the Council has been involved in numerous projects aimed at increasing authentic community connection and access to the BPO for all of Buffalo. This is accomplished through partnerships including the African-American Cultural Center, the Hispanic Heritage Council of WNY, the International Institute, the Buffalo Public Schools, and many others. The BPO is also a proud partner to the nationally-acclaimed Sphinx Organization, founded in 1997 to address the under-representation of people of color in classical music.

CO-CHAIRS Otis N. Glover Buffalo Employment and Training Center Rev. Melody I. Rutherford Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center

MEMBERS: Michele Agosto Buffalo Public Schools, Hispanic Heritage Council

Mary Ruth Kapsiak Buffalo Public School Board (emeritus)

Sheila Brown WUFO Radio

Cindy Abbott Letro Letro Law

Janz Castelo BPO violist

Martha Malkiewicz BPO bassoonist

Jaman E. Dunn BPO Assistant Conductor

Robin Parkinson BPO Education and Community Engagement Director

Tammy Curry African-American Cultural Center Don Gibson Curbell Medical, Inc. Dan Hart BPO Executive Director Robbie Hausmann BPO cellist

Ella Robinson New Beginning Choral Ensemble Casimiro Rodriguez Hispanic Heritage Council Rev. Jonathan Staples First Shiloh Baptist Church Stephen Swift HealthNow New York



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Daniel Pendley principal Garman Family Foundation Endowed Chair Brett Shurtliffe assoc. principal Michael Nigrin Edmond Gnekow Jonathan Borden Nicholas Jones Gary Matz


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Mark Hodges principal Dinesh Joseph

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William Amsel principal Patti DiLutis Salvatore Andolina


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Richard George Master Property Person IATSE Local 10 Charles Gill Assistant Property Person IATSE Local 10

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Jacek Muzyk principal Kay Koessler Endowed Chair Daniel Kerdelewicz assoc. principal Sheryl Hadeka

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Classics Series


JoAnn Falletta, conductor Nikki Chooi, violin


Appalachian Spring: Suite for Orchestra

JESSIE Starburst MONTGOMERY VIVALDI The Four Seasons for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 8 I. Spring II. Summer III. Autumn IV. Winter Nikki Chooi, violin

You can learn more about this program from JoAnn Falletta’s introduction at


NIKKI CHOOI, BPO CONCERTMASTER Canadian violinist Nikki Chooi, praised for his passionate and poetic performances, has established himself as an artist of rare versatility. Described as “vigorous, colorful” by the New York Times, he has received critical acclaim in recent engagements at the Harris Theatre in Chicago, Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, Carnegie Hall and Kauffman Center in New York, Koerner Hall in Toronto, Place des Arts and Salle Bourgie in Montreal, as well as appearing as soloist with orchestras across Canada including the Montréal Symphony, Winnipeg Symphony, Calgary Philharmonic, Edmonton Symphony, and internationally with the St. Petersburg State Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Wallonie, National Orchestra of Belgium, Auckland Philharmonia, Malaysian Philharmonic, and Hong Kong Philharmonic. He has been featured at many international festivals with performances at the Marlboro Festival, Ravinia Festival, La Jolla Summerfest, Vancouver Recital Series, Moritzburg Festival, Kammermusik Utrecht, Dresden Music Festival, Olympus Festival in Russia, and Fundación Beethoven in Chile. Nikki has also delved into the orchestral repertoire, having served as Concertmaster of New York’s Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in 2016/2017 while working closely with singers and conductors including Renee Fleming, Elīna Garanča, Eric Owens, Fabio Luisi, and Esa-Pekka Salonen. His solos can be heard through The Met: Live in HD broadcasts in productions of Verdi’s La Traviata, Janacek’s Jenufa, and the Grammy-nominated recording of Strauss’ Rosenkavalier released on the Decca Label. He has also appeared as Guest Concertmaster with the Pittsburgh Symphony, Sydney Symphony, and Houston Symphony. A passionate educator, Nikki has presented masterclasses at the San Francisco Conservatory, Morningside Music Program at the New England Conservatory, Sphinx Academy at the Curtis Institute of Music, Hong Kong Cultural Center, and the University of Auckland. A recipient of prizes at the Queen Elizabeth and Tchaikovsky Competitions, Nikki was the 1st Prize Winner of the Montreal Symphony’s Standard Life Competition, the Klein International Strings Competition, and the Michael Hill International Violin Competition. He released his debut album of works by Prokofiev, Ravel, and Gershwin on the Atoll Label.


PROGRAM OVERVIEW Dear friends, What a happy day it is for all of us to be able to make music for you again! We have really missed you and are so glad to bring you programs we have designed especially for you this fall. There could not be a more joyful way to open our season than with one of the most beloved works in our repertoir–Vivaldi’s Four Seasons–especially with the artistry of our superstar concertmaster, Nikki Chooi.  The piece is as fresh and vibrant as it was in 1723, and as you listen, you will actually be able to read the poetry written by Vivaldi himself to explain the images of this beautiful piece. Copland’s evocative Appalachian Spring paints a beloved portrait of the landscape of rural America, in music that has come to symbolize hope and renewal.  Jessie Montgomery’s Starburst is her 2012 musical depiction of the “rapid formation of new stars in our galaxy”–a joyous addition to our program. Our orchestra members will be wearing masks for safety and health, but please know that we are smiling with great happiness underneath to be able to play for you again. Warmest Wishes,


Aaron Copland

American composer, pianist and conductor born: 14 November 1900, Brooklyn died: 2 December 1990, North Tarrytown

Appalachian Spring - Suite for Orchestra First Classics performance: March 5, 1946, conducted by William Steinberg; most recent performance: February 5, 2017, conducted by JoAnn Falletta; duration 23 minutes ‘Americana in Music’ is a fine logo for the style of composer Aaron Copland. His catalog contains an abundance of work based on motifs endemic to our national panorama. A few highlights include the ballets Billy the Kid, and Rodeo; Twelve Poems of Emily Dickinson and Lincoln Portrait. Even Copland’s Symphony No.3 is consistent with American ideals, scored as an elegant tribute to the

involvement of the United States in World War II. Moreover, during the course of his long and distinguished career, Copland was often referred to as the ‘Dean of American composers.’ He often went to bat for American music in general, and in an effort to make his point, he often drew parallels to the other fine arts. For example, in addressing the reluctance of audiences around the world to warm-up to music of this century he wrote: “The literary world does not expect Andre Gide or Thomas Mann or T.S. Eliot to emote with the accents of Victor Hugo or Walter Scott. Why, then, should the music of Béla Bartók or Darius Milhaud be expected to sing with the voice of Schumann or Tchaikovsky?” With irony we note that Copland’s own music found ready acceptance among audiences and serious performers


alike. A superb example of his vibrant and colorful style is readily apparent in the current suite he extracted in 1945 from his ballet Appalachian Spring, originally for chamber orchestra. The title (derived from a work by American poet, Hart Crane, 1899-1932), was suggested by Martha Graham, who also appeared in the ballet’s premiere at the Library of Congress in 1944. Performed without pause, the suite comprises eight sections which tonepaint the storyline, here summarized by Copland: 1. (Very Slowly) Introduction of the characters, one by one, in a suffused light. 2. (Fast) Sudden burst of unison strings in A-major arpeggios starts the action. A sentiment both elated and religious gives the keynote to this scene. 3. (Moderato) Duo for the Bride and her Intended - scene of tenderness and passion. 4. (Quite fast) The Revivalist and his flock. Folksy feelings - suggestions of square dances and country fiddlers. 5. (Still faster) Solo dance of the Bride - presentiment of motherhood. Extremes of joy and fear and wonder. 6. (Very slowly - as at first) Transition scene to music reminiscent of the introduction. 7. (Calm and flowing) Scenes of daily activity for the Bride and her Farmerhusband. There are five variations on a Shaker theme. The theme, sung by a solo clarinet, was taken from a collection of Shaker melodies compiled by Edward D. Andrews, and published under the title


The Gift To Be Simple. Called Simple Gifts, I borrowed and used the melody almost literally. It has this text:

‘Tis the gift to be simple, ‘Tis the gift to be free ‘Tis the gift to come down Where we ought to be. And when we find ourselves In the place just right ‘Twill be in the valley Of love and delight.

Jessie Montgomery

American violinist, composer born: 1981, New York City

Starburst Lively These are the first performances of this work on the Classics series; duration 4 minutes. Ms. Montgomery began her life in music with violin studies at the renowned Third Street Music School Settlement in Manhattan. Her exceptional progress led to degrees from the Juilliard School of Music and New York University. She is currently enrolled as a Graduate Fellow in Composition at Princeton University. Among Jessie’s formative teachers and mentors are Sally Thomas, Ann Setzer, Alice Kanack, Joan Tower, Derek Bermel, Mark Suozzo, Ira Newborn, and Laura Kaminsky. As a performer she is a founder of the PUBLIQuartet and is currently a member of the Catalyst Quartet. She also performs with the Silkroad Ensemble and The Sphinx Virtuosi of Detroit. With regard to composition she is the recipient of the Leonard Bernstein Award from the ASCAP Foundation,

with additional grants from Chamber Music America, the American Composers Orchestra, the Joyce Foundation, and the Sorel Organization. Her expanding catalog of original music includes solo, chamber, vocal, and orchestral works. Highlights include Five Slave Songs (2018) commissioned for soprano Julia Bullock by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Records from a Vanishing City (2016) for the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and Caught by the Wind (2016) for the Albany Symphony. About the music for Starburst, Ms. Montgomery writes: “This brief one-movement work for string orchestra is a play on the imagery of rapidly changing musical colors. Exploding gestures are juxtaposed with gentle fleeting melodies in an attempt to create a multidimensional soundscape. A common definition of a starburst ‘the rapid formation of large numbers of new stars in a galaxy at a rate high enough to alter the structure of the galaxy significantly’ - lends itself almost literally to the nature of the performing ensemble which premiered the work, The Sphinx Virtuosi. I wrote the piece with their dynamic in mind.” Composed in 2012 for a chamber orchestra of strings, Ms. Montgomery’s Starburst offers a sonic kaleidoscope sparkled with fiery comets of rhythm, pitch, and frenzied accents. As a fine violinist, the composer knew well how to derive the desired effects through a savvy notation of bowing techniques and effects. And along the way the players get to have what sounds like a lot of spontaneous fun. In physics and astronomy across the world the phenomenon of an associated comet shower is very well known, spawning a host of scientific research and astrological

mythology about reality and the human experience. Such starburst activity has spawned religious fervor, wars, and even tales of ‘star-crossed lovers.’ Our modern era recognizes starburst events as a natural phenomenon in the evolution of the universe.

Antonio Vivaldi

Italian composer born: 4 March 1678, Venice died: 28 July 1741, Vienna, Austria

The Four Seasons Spring Summer Autumn Winter First Classics performance: 11 November 1973, with violinist Henryk Szeryng, conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas; most recent complete performance: 16 September 2006, with violinist Sarah Chang, conducted by JoAnn Falletta; duration 43 minutes Antonio Vivaldi is celebrated among the greatest composers of the Late Renaissance. As a child, Antonio was precocious and enjoyed the benefit of early lessons with his father, a violinist in the orchestra of Saint Mark’s Cathedral in Venice. Continuing his studies as a seminarian, Vivaldi was ordained as a priest in 1703. Although he had an immense musical gift, his worldly nature prevented his appointment to a parish church. Instead, in 1709 the church prelates assigned him to the post of violin teacher and conductor at the Ospedale della Pieta, a Venetian school for abandoned or orphaned girls. It was there that Vivaldi picked up his famous nick-name - il prete rosso - “the red priest” - because of his fiery red hair and personal flamboyance. Under


Vivaldi’s direction the school orchestra and choir both flourished and became known around Europe for their regular Sunday concerts. None other than Jean Jacques Rousseau noted in his famous Confessions:

silent the birds once again take up their harmonious song.

“Music of a kind that is very superior in my opinion and that has no equal throughout Italy or perhaps the world is that of the school for girls in Venice. Every Sunday at church during Vespers music which is composed and directed by the greatest masters in Italy is performed in the side galleries solely by girls, of whom the eldest is not even twenty years of age. Nothing is more voluptuous nor more moving than this music.”

Allegro: To the festive dance of the rustic bagpipe, nymphs and shepherds dance to the brilliant appearance of Spring.

It was during the flourishing years at Ospedale that Vivaldi composed his most important scores, including the now very famous set of violin concertos titled The Four Seasons. The work comprises a set of four ‘tone poems’ which Vivaldi scored in a very specific text-to-music context. Each of the concertos is crafted on the familiar fast-slow-fast schematic, and each represents a season of the year, complete with a sonnet that Vivaldi authored himself. The score is one of the repertory’s earliest examples of tone poetry and ‘word painting’ (e.g. a technique that placed words like ‘sky’ on a high melody note, ‘darkness’ on a low pitch, ‘birds’ on trills, etc.). Vivaldi’s text for each concerto is provided in translation from the original Italian. Concerto No.1 in E Major, RV269 Spring La primavera

Allegro: Spring has come and joyfully the birds welcome it with happy song, while the streams flow gently, murmuring to the breathing of the breezes. Thunder and lightning cloak the sky with black, heralding a storm. Then when they are


Largo: And here, in a pleasant flowery meadow, the leaves and the plants murmuring gently, the goatherd sleeps, his faithful dog by his side.

Concerto No.2 in G Minor, RV315 Summer L’estate

Allegro non molto: Under the merciless summer sun man and flock languish, and even the evergreen is burning. The cuckoo is heard, and soon, too, the turtledove and the goldfinch sing. A gentle breeze blows but suddenly the north wind unexpectedly moves against his neighbor. And the shepherd weeps because he fears the impending storm and his fate. Adagio: His tired limbs are robbed of their rest by his fear of the lightning and heavy thunder and by the furious swarm of flies and hornets. Presto: Alas, his fears are well founded, thunder and lightning fill the sky and hail cuts down the fruit and proud grain. Concerto No.3 in F Major, RV293 Autumn L’autunno

Allegro: The peasants celebrate with dances and songs the sweet joy of a rich harvest and fill themselves with the liquors of Bacchus, soon to end their merrymaking in sleep. Adagio molto: In the cool air, the songs and dances have blended into the joyful savors of tender sleep. Allegro: The hunters at dawn with

horns, guns and dogs sally forth to the hunt. The beast flees and they follow his tracks. Already terrified and tired by the loud noise of the guns and the dogs, wounded, threatened and weakened by its flight, it dies of exhaustion. Concerto No.4 in F Minor, RV297 Winter L’inverno

Allegro non molto: Trembling frozen in the icy snow in the strong blast of a terrible wind, running and stamping feet all the time, and teeth chattering through the intense cold.

Allegro: Walking on the ice with slow steps going carefully for fear of falling; going fast, sliding, and falling down, going on the ice again and running hard until the ice breaks and parts. Hearing the south wind, the north wind, and all the winds unloosed in battle from their iron gates; this is winter but what joy it brings. program notes by Edward Yadzinski

Largo: Spending days of quiet contentment by the fire while the rain outside soaks everyone.


Saturday, October 3, 2020 at 8:00 PM

BPO Pops Series


Bradley Thachuk, conductor Blaine Alden Krauss, vocalist Carole J. Bufford, vocalist Arin Lee Dandes, vocalist Brian Brown, vocalist John Fischer, piano


The New Moon-Selection for Orchestra

KANDER & EBB / Cabaret from Cabaret Shirar LEIGH / Shirar

The Impossible Dream from Man of La Mancha


I Have Dreamed from The King and I


Embraceable You from Girl Crazy

RODGERS / McKenzie Edelweiss from The Sound of Music KANDER & EBB / Ricketts



What I Did That I Don’t Have from On A Clear Day You Can See Forever

RODGERS / McKenzie Climb Ev’ry Mountain from The Sound of Music STYNE / Shirar

Don’t Rain on My Parade from Funny Girl


Defying Gravity from Wicked

RODGERS / Amy You’ll Never Walk Alone from Carousel Blaine Krauss, vocals Carole Bufford. vocals Arin Dandes, vocals Brian Brown, vocals


CAROLE J. BUFFORD, VOCALS Carole J. Bufford has become one of the most sought after young performers in the New York cabaret & jazz scene and in 2020 was awarded the prestigious American Traditions Vocal Competition Gold Medal. Her recent shows, Speak Easy, (featuring the Grammy Award-winning Vince Giordano & The Nighthawks) and Body & Soul earned her rave reviews across the board, including The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. Carole is the recipient of a Nightlife, Bistro and BroadwayWorld Award for Outstanding Vocalist. She has traveled all over the US and recently made her London Debut to great critical acclaim. She was featured in Michael Feinstein’s Great American Songbook series at Jazz @ Lincoln Center and has been spotlighted in numerous Broadway By The Year concerts at NY’s The Town Hall and in California. Carole starred in Scott Siegel’s 11 O’Clock Numbers at 11 O’Clock at Feinstein’s at The Loew’s Regency along with Christina Bianco and Scott Coulter for an incredible eight-month run, one of the longest in Feinstein’s history.  Carole originally hails from Lincolnton, GA where she grew up on healthy doses of Liza Minnelli, Judy Garland, Patsy Cline, Dinah Washington, & Bessie Smith. She attended Ithaca College where she majored in Musical Theater. She is a firm believer in honoring, celebrating, & teaching the Great American Songbook, both material written yesterday and today. She’d also like someone playing a nasty slide trombone to follow her around punctuating her daily activities.

BLAINE ALDEN KRAUSS, VOCALS Blaine Alden Krauss is currently appearing in the National Tour of Hamilton as the standby for both Hamilton and Burr. He was thrilled to be part of the second season of Pose which he filmed while appearing in The Cher Show on Broadway. He starred as ‘Lola’ in Kinky Boots shortly after making his Broadway debut in the smash hit Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812. Blaine traveled the world as ‘Simba’ in The Lion King and starred in the Radio City Summer Spectacular. Blaine regularly performs with symphonies around the globe and is a regular performer at Feinstein’s/54 Below. His talents led him in 2011 to be a feature performer for the largest Commemoration of 9/11 outside of the U.S at the Trocadero in Paris, France. In 2010 he was selected to be 1 of 20 Presidential Scholars in the Arts by the White House and Presidential Scholar Commission. This venture led to having met President Obama and concluded with a performance at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. He was selected to be the Feature Vocalist at the 2010 July 4th Celebration at the US National Archives; was a selected participant at the International Fringe Festival in Edinburgh Scotland. His theatrical credits include Godspell and Spelling Bee at the West Virginia Public Theatre, Evita, Into the Woods, Civil War, Make Me A Song, Chess and Jean Valjean in CCM’s Les Miserables. Blaine is a mentor on the faculty of Spot-On Arts Academy ( and a proud graduate of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.


ARIN LEE DANDES, VOCALS Arin Lee Dandes is thrilled to be performing with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra! She previously sang as a holiday soloist with the BPO under the direction of Maestro Paul Ferington. Arin is a co-founder of Second Generation Theatre and received an Artie Award for Supporting Actress in their inaugural musical, INTO THE WOODS (Little Red Riding Hood). Credits include roles with SGT, the Kavinoky Theatre, Theatre of Youth, MusicalFare, Irish Classical Theatre Company, Jewish Repertory Theatre, Shakespeare in Delaware Park, and more. Loving gratitude to Dad. Much love to Adam. For Mom and Grandma, always.

BRIAN BROWN, VOCALS Brian Brown is a graduate of SUNY Fredonia with a BA in Business Administration with a concentration in Music Business. After finding his passion for music and later theatre in middle/high school (Buffalo Academy for the Visual and Performing Arts), Brian has cultivated and grown with various theatres in his native Buffalo community. His past credits include, Hairspray (Seaweed)–Kavinoky Theatre, The Trial of Trayvon Martin (Trayvon)–Subversive Theatre, Smokey Joe’s Cafe (Ensemble)–MusicalFare, and Passing Strange (The Youth)–Ujima Theatre Co (2020 Artie Award Nomination for Best Actor in a Musical). He is currently a company member of Ujima and an original member of national recording gospel choir, God’s Purchase.

JOHN FISCHER, PIANO John has been a music director and pianist in NYC for the past 19 years. Most recently, he music directed the sold out run at Feinstein’s/54 Below for Tony Award winner Alice Ripley and Tony nominee Emily Skinner’s cabaret show, UNATTACHED, in addition to the live CD recording of the show. This summer marked his sixth season as the music director for the highly-acclaimed musical theatre program at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in the Berkshires. For the past eight years, John has served as music director for the BROADWAY’S RISING STARS and BROADWAY ORIGINALS concerts at Town Hall. He is also a regular fixture at Feinstein’s/54 Below, music directing everything from Sondheim to Schwartz, in addition to the award-winning 54 SINGS series (APPLAUSE, MACK 7 MABEL, KISS OF THE SPIDERWOMAN). Other NY credits include pianist for the recent Broadway revival of WEST SIDE STORY, pianist/conductor for TALK OF THE TOWN Bank Street Theatre, TAKE ME ALONG Irish Rep, NAKED BOYS SINGING New World Stages. Associate MD: AFRICA AND PLUMBRIDGE and ESPRESSO TRASHO NY Fringe Festival, BROADWAY BACKWARDS II & III American Airlines Theatre. Regional Music Director credits include HELLO DOLLY, FUNNY GIRL, THE KING AND I, GYPSY, NO NO NANETTE, THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE, PETER PAN, OLIVER, among others. He has been on staff as a music director or accompanist for Applause NY, AMDA, HB Studios, The New School, The Growing Studio, and the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute.


SECOND GENERATION THEATRE COMPANY Second Generation Theatre is a 501(c)3 nonprofit theatre company based in Buffalo, NY. Founded in 2013 by Kelly Copps, Kristin Bentley, and Arin Lee Dandes, SGT creates quality theatrical experiences that appeal to an emerging generation of theatre goers. By building on Buffalo’s strong theatrical roots, we strive to continue the area’s tradition of great theatre for generations to come. At SGT, our mission is to create powerful theatrical experiences that speak to and unite a community of diverse backgrounds, and to continually cultivate appreciation and understanding in audiences of all generations through arts education and engagement. For more information, visit  Second Generation Theatre (716) 508-SGT0

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Saturday, October 10, 2020 at 8:00 PM

Classics Series

LOVE AND LONGING JoAnn Falletta, conductor Eric Huebner, piano

DVOŘÁK Serenade for Winds, Cello and Bass in D minor, Op.44 I. Moderato quasi Marcia II. Menuetto, Tempo di Menuetto III. Andante con moto IV. Finale: Allegro molto J.S. BACH Concerto No. 1 in D minor for Clavier and String Orchestra, BWV 1052 I. Allegro II. Adagio III. Allegro

Eric Huebner, piano

GRIEG Holberg Suite, Op. 40 I. Prelude: Allegro vivace II. Sarabande: Andante III. Gavotte: Allegretto IV. Air: Andante religioso V. Rigaudon: Allegro con brio

You can learn more about this program from JoAnn Falletta’s introduction at


ERIC HUEBNER, PIANO Pianist Eric Huebner has drawn worldwide acclaim for his performances of new and traditional music since making his debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at age 17. In January 2012, he was appointed pianist of the New York Philharmonic and currently holds the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Piano Chair. He has been featured in orchestral works by Lindberg, Stravinsky, Ives, Milhaud, Carter, and R. Strauss among others and regularly appears in chamber music performances with musicians from the Philharmonic at New York City’s Merkin Hall and elsewhere. In March 2016, he was featured in recital as part of the New York Philharmonic’s “Messiaen Week” - a series of concerts featuring the work of the late French composer. Huebner has collaborated with the conductor David Robertson in performances of György Ligeti’s Piano Concerto, Olivier Messiaen’s Oiseaux Exotiques and on the American premiere with percussionist Colin Currie of Elliott Carter’s Two Controversies and a Conversation for piano, percussion and chamber ensemble. A passionate interpreter of the music of our time, Huebner has premiered countless new works, including a recent set of piano études by Pulitzer Prize winning composer Roger Reynolds. Huebner has been involved with the New York Philharmonic’s  CONTACT! series since its inception and is a member of the orchestra’s Contemporary Music Ensemble Committee. A regular visitor to the west coast, Huebner’s many recital appearances include Zipper Hall, Villa Aurora and the Italian Consulate. In New York City, he has appeared as soloist and chamber musician in Carnegie’s Zankel and Weill Recital Hall, Miller Theatre, Merkin Hall, (le) Poisson Rouge, Roulette and Subculture, and with numerous NYC-based contemporary music ensembles. A devoted teacher as well as performer, Mr. Huebner is an Associate Professor of Music at the University at Buffalo (SUNY) where he maintains a studio of graduate and undergraduate piano majors and minors and teaches courses in 20th century piano music and piano literature. In the fall of 2014, he joined the adjunct faculty of The Juilliard School where he teaches a course in orchestral keyboard performance. Mr. Huebner holds a B.M. and M.M. from The Juilliard School where he studied with Jerome Lowenthal. He lives in Buffalo and New York City and is married to composer Caroline Mallonee.


PROGRAM OVERVIEW We are hoping that our programs this fall might hold new gems for you to discoverlike this beautiful Serenade. Antonin Dvořák is one of my favorite composers, partly because his love of his country and his people shine through all of his works. This Serenade is a beauty- with a mixed group of winds and strings, Dvořák creates a piece filled with warmth, life and Bohemian charm- impossible to resist!  Edvard Grieg wrote his Holberg Suite in honor of the great Norwegian writer Ludvig Holberg, and set it in the style of music of Holberg’s own 18th century, creating a Baroque-inspired work of sweetness and nostalgia. The centerpiece of the program is an authentic Baroque masterpiece - the greatest of Bach’s keyboard concertos, it is a crisp, bold, dramatic work showcasing the composer’s brilliant keyboard style.  We welcome our dear friend, extraordinary pianist Eric Huebner, to our stage.


Antonin Dvořák

Bohemian composer born: 8 September 1841, Nelahozeves, Bohemia; died: 1 May 1904, Prague, Czechoslovakia

Serenade for Winds, Cello and Bass in D minor, Op.44 Moderato quasi Marcia Menuetto: Tempo di Menuetto Andante con moto Finale: Allegro molto These are the first performances of this work on the Classics series; duration 26 minutes From his formative days, Antonin Dvořák received a thorough grounding in the styles and practice of the early masters, from the Renaissance to Beethoven. Moreover, he was no less interested in ‘modern’ trends than in his own developing style. For example, he signed on early as an admirer of Richard Wagner without compromising his enthusiasm for Brahms and Tchaikovsky. In fact, the latter were very encouraging and helpful to the young Czech

Romantic as his creative spark began to flare. Dvořák also visited the United States, residing for a time in New York City, during which time he took time to venture into the heartland as far west as Iowa. He readily absorbed American styles and motifs at every step, and devoted special attention to the nuance and color of indigenous folk songs, dances, and ethnic spirituals. As a result, for his time, Dvořák’s palette was perhaps the most colorful and informed in all of Europe. Best known are his exciting symphonies (including From the New World, No.9), virtuoso concertos for the violin and cello, and the graceful settings of his ever-popular Slavonic Dances. But his catalog is otherwise replete with pearls lesser known, including an assembly of overtures and tone poems like The Wood Dove and The Golden Spinning Wheel (for Dvořák the distinction about whether a piece was a tone poem or not was rhetorical * just about everything he ever scored contained a program of one kind or another). He also composed a large


variety of songs and chamber music, some for uncommon combinations like the current work, Op.44 of 1878, for two oboes, two clarinets, two bassoons, an optional contrabassoon, three French horns, cello, and bass. The manner and mode for wind serenades of this kind was established by Mozart, and ever since the works are intended as light and bright divertissements - quite literally intended for performance during an outdoor soirée where guests are permitted to chat and sip champagne at liberty. And of course, in case the conversation became boring, listening was always an option. Dvořák crafted the Serenade as a suite of four movements, full of contrast and lovely charm.

Johann Sebastian Bach

German composer and organist born: 1685, Eisenach died: 1750, Leipzig

Concerto for Piano, No.1, in D minor, BWV 1052 Allegro Adagio Allegro First Classics performance: December 5, 1940, conducted by Franco Autori with pianist Lily Dymont; most recent performance: March 25, 2017 with conductor/pianist Angela Hewitt; duration 23 minutes When it comes to spiritual expression and the blend of science and art, the music of Johann Sebastian Bach is without parallel. Bach’s lofty themes and searching harmonies are at once unearthly and human (he used many folk tunes, even in his liturgical scores), with counterpoint guided by heavenly geometry, and rhythms calibrated to a mystical clock.


Bach’s ‘all-for-glory’ manner flourished during the Late Baroque, a period marked by ornateness of style. The term Baroque derives from the Italian word ‘barocco’, used by philosophers during the Middle Ages to denote any expressive idea - often intricate, at times bizarre - which departed from the normal rules of logic and proportion. In fact, the Late Baroque coincided with the Enlightenment, an era marked by a tremendous change in religion, politics, and especially science. And after Copernicus, Galileo, and Newton came the realization that both science and religion were in pursuit of infinite ideas, all more alike than different. As for J.S. Bach, the composer had a double identity - one of faith and theology, the other of logic and theory. He was truly a musical scientist who introduced the ‘well-tempered scale’ and the essential rules of harmony and modulation from one key center to any other. Moreover, Johann Sebastian was a recreational mathematician, and he took frequent delight in using melodies and harmonies which contained numerical or letter-name codes like B-A-C-H (the letter H in German stands for Bb). He was a descendant of the Pythagoreans from Greek antiquity, who applied numerology and geometric symbols to represent scale tones and chords, all as symbols of human experience. Today, Bach is best known for the power of his sacred oratorios and cantatas. But his catalog otherwise contains a wealth of secular music - concertos, sonatas, partitas, etc., of which his Concerto for Piano in D minor is exemplary. The work was composed originally for harpsichord and strings in about 1730 at Leipzig, most likely for Bach’s own use as a soloist. As a man of science and discovery, the composer would have

doubtless welcomed the sonorities of our modern grand pianos, balanced by the fact that all of the string instruments of the Baroque period (yes - all those made by Stradivarius, Guarnerius, etc.) have been ‘upgraded’ with new finger boards and heavier strings to add greater resonance to the sound of the instrument. Overall, Bach’s concerto follows the Italian scheme of three movements, fastslow-fast, the use of singular themes, a harmonic flow with brief but cryptic modulations, and a virtuoso role for the soloist. The outer movements in D minor are a showcase of great tunes on the wing, with florid developments replete with verve and eternal spin. But for all the Baroque formality of BWV 1052, listeners often perceive a decidedly romantic touch, in particular in the poetic reverie of the central Adagio in G minor.

The while let music wander round my ears, And as it reaches each delicious ending, Let me write down a line of glorious tone, And full of many wonders of the spheres. --- John Keats As an aside, we note that Johann Sebastian was a great ‘borrower’ of themes from everywhere, including himself. Traces from his Piano Concerto in D minor can also be found in the instrumental interludes of his Cantata No.146 (Wir müssen durch viel Trübsal) and Cantata No.188 (Ich habe meine Zuversicht), as well as in a variety of other pieces, some by other composers. Musicologists have long made a sport of finding the many threads and links. And as for the art of

shoplifting tunes, the practice continues even today. Igor Stravinsky noted: “A great composer never borrows - he steals..!”

Edvard Grieg

Norwegian composer born: 15 June 1843, Bergen died: 4 September 1907, Bergen

From Holberg’s Time - Suite for Strings Prelude: Allegro vivace Sarabande: Andante Gavotte: Allegretto Air: Andante religioso Rigaudon: Allegro con brio The first and only performance of this work on the Classics series was on November 15, 1936, conducted by Franco Autori; duration 20 minutes Grieg noted that ‘Romantic nationalism’ was the source behind his music. Typically picturesque and always tonalpoetic, his scores reflect a lifetime devotion to indigenous motifs and Nordic song and dance. True to form, even his purely instrumental works including the well-known Piano Concerto are derived from those ideals. Perhaps the most familiar example of his national muse are the tone poems Grieg set to Henrick Ibsen’s dramatic saga Peer Gynt, which are veritable travelogs of Norwegian legend. About the lyrical, song-like heritage behind his pen, Grieg explained:

How does it happen that song plays such an important part in my music? Quite simply owing to the circumstances that, like other mortals, ‘I was for once in my life endowed with genius’ - to quote Goethe. And for me the flash of genius was love.


These are surely the words of an exalted romantic - and there was no shortage of those in the 19th century. For his instrumental pieces, Grieg was also influenced by the orchestrations Wagner employed for some of his intimate scenes, as in Lohengrin and Die Walküre (Grieg attended the premier of the Ring at Bayreuth). He was also lured by the lyrical elegance of Chopin and the virtuosity of Liszt. For its time a rare mix indeed, as much of the musical world was for one camp or another, i.e. Wagner’s ‘music of the future’ or the more traditional offerings of Brahms and Verdi. Surprise..! The future of music turned out to be far different than anyone could have imagined - thank you Stravinsky, Schönberg, Ravel, Gershwin, jazz, and even minimalism. Grieg likewise held keen admiration for Norwegian literature. From the Scandinavian Enlightenment, the most outstanding literary figure was Ludwig Holberg (1684-1754). Orphaned as a child, his education began in his native Bergen. But when the Norwegian capitol was destroyed by fire in 1702, Holberg was dispatched to the University of Copenhagen where his interest in literature sparked a desire to travel and study abroad. He later journeyed to England and attended Oxford for two years during which time he worked as a French tutor and gave lessons on the flute and violin. In 1717, Holberg returned to Copenhagen and launched his career as a writer with the serious-comedy titled Peder Paars, the earliest classic of the Danish language. Thereafter Holberg produced a series of comedies including The Political Tinker and The Fidget. For his sassy lampoons on the vanities of high-born society, Holberg became known as the Molière of the North.


The Holberg Suite was completed in 1884, originally written for piano and set for strings a year later. Intended as musical souvenirs from a time long past, each movement is scored in the general manner of the marvelous Baroque offerings of the early decades of the 18th century. In addition to crafting the melodic and rhythmic schemes, Grieg brings the mode up to date with the nuance of his own harmonic gift. Three of the movements recall familiar dance titles from the Baroque era: Sarabande - a Spanish court dance in stately triple time, regal in tone and gesture; Gavotte - a French peasant dance in quick quadruple time, from the Brittany region of northern France; Rigaudon from southern France, a popular folk dance in quick duple time, marked by gaiety and tip-toed accents. program notes by Edward Yadzinski

Saturday, October 17, 2020 at 8:00 PM

BPO Pops Series


John Morris Russell, conductor Sal Andolina, saxophone Katy Miner, vocalist Chris Vasquez, vocalist EUROPE / arr. Schuller Castle House Rag PORTER / arr. Carroll What Is This Thing Called Love Sal Andolina, saxophone BERLIN Let Yourself Go Katy Miner, vocals PETKERE / arr. Devol Close Your Eyes Katy Miner, vocals JOBIM / arr. Ogerman Wave Chris Vasquez, vocals PORTER / arr. Stordahl Night and Day Chris Vasquez, vocals GERSHWIN / Summertime arr. Carroll Sal Andolina, saxophone JOPLIN / arr. Schuller Maple Leaf Rag GERSHWIN / Oh! Lady, Be Good arr. Riddle Katy Miner, vocals ARLEN / arr. May This Time The Dream’s On Me Katy Miner, vocals Sal Andolina, saxophone JOBIM / arr. Ogerman Águas de Março (Waters of March) Katy Miner, vocals Chris Vasquez, vocals TRENET Beyond The Sea Chris Vasquez, vocals GORDON / arr. Riddle Unforgettable Chris Vasquez, vocals PORTER / arr. Mundy Easy To Love Sal Andolina, saxophone EUROPE / arr. Schuller Castle Walk


KATY MINER, VOCALS As one of Buffalo’s favorite jazz vocalists, Katy Miner brings a diverse and rich repertoire in jazz, musical theatre, pop, and the Great American Songbook, establishing herself on the jazz club scene in Western New York at clubs like the Roycroft Inn, Pausa Art House, Hotel Henry, Sportsmen’s Tavern, Kleinhans’ Mary Seaton Room, as well as the CMCJazzFest (The Historic Colored Musicians Club of Buffalo), the East Aurora Music Festival, the Lewiston Jazz Festival, and the Olcott Jazz festival. Ms. Miner has performed several times with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. She was the featured vocalist for both the 2018 holiday community concerts and 2017’s John Morris Russell’s Holiday Pops concert, and also performed in concert versions of 2010’s The Music Man (Alma Hix) and 2007’s West Side Story  (Rosalia). Ms. Miner was a professional singer with the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus in both soprano and alto sections from 2004-2007, and was the mezzo soloist for Handel’s Messiah in 2007. Ms. Miner has performed in numerous WNY theaters, including Nickel City Opera’s 2016 world premiere production of SHOT! by Persis Vehar at Shea’s Buffalo Theatre. Ms. Miner’s voice can be heard in commercials and on several pop, rock and jazz recordings of her own and others.

CHRIS VASQUEZ, VOCALS Winner of the BPO’s “Buffalo Sings” competition, Williamsville native, Chris Vasquez is a singer, actor, producer, teacher and international tango artist. As a tango singer, Mr. Vasquez performed at the Medellín International Tango Festival in Colombia and received the “Best Singer” award from the NYC Argentine Consulate. He has sung tango under the baton of Maestro David Wiley with the Long Island Symphony, and the tango shows he has written have played at many reputable places, including here in Buffalo at the Mary Seaton Room and The Montante Cultural Center. Mr. Vasquez continues his congenial association with Buffalo Tango Orkestra, performing tangos, as well as various boleros, American standards and other international favorites in and around Buffalo. As an actor, Vasquez has acted on numerous stages, including Madison Square Garden, Goodman Theatre, and Chicago’s Shakespeare Repertory. He has worked in commercials and can be seen in the film version of The Producers. In addition, Mr. Vasquez is an English as a Second Language instructor for the Buffalo Public Schools, Adult Education Division. He has degrees from Tufts University and New England Conservatory of Music, a MA in Teaching English to speakers of Other Languages, and he is currently pursuing a PhD at UB’s Graduate School of Education. A special thank you to my always loving and supportive family.


SAL ANDOLINA, SAXOPHONE In the worlds of classical music and jazz, crossover versatility is rarely found in a single individual. Over the past decade, however, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra has witnessed the keen achievements of one of Buffalo’s native sons in the person of Salvatore Andolina, who is now the BPO’s hottest switchhitter in his permanent position of clarinetist, bass clarinetist and saxophonist. While Andolina has been a full-time member of the BPO for the past 21 seasons, his association with the orchestra began in the late 1970s when he was a standout performance major at the University at Buffalo as a full-scholarship student on the clarinet. Upon completion of his degree at UB under former BPO clarinetist James Pyne, Andolina pursued advanced clarinet studies with Stanley Hasty at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester and coaching with the legendary Benny Goodman in New York City. In addition to appearing as a soloist with the BPO, Andolina has been featured with the Rochester Philharmonic, the Grand Rapids Symphony, the Fresno Philharmonic, the Ars Nova Chamber Orchestra and the North American New Music Festival. More significantly, Andolina has been featured on at least 15 studio recordings, including his prized CD: “Like Benny to Me,” a tribute to Goodman..



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Anonymous (3) Mrs. Vanda Albera James and Linda Beardi James M. Beardsley & Ellen M. Gibson Mr. Joseph F. Casey Donald F. & Barbara L. Newman Family Foundation Jennifer Dowdell, in memory of Charles and Nancy Dowdell Sally and Don Dussing Lynne Marie Finn Mrs. John B. Fisher Edward N Giannino, Jr. Joe & Lynne Giroux Ms. Sarah C. Goodyear Ms. Constance A. Greco Dr. Elisabeth Zausmer and Dr. Angel A. Gutierrez Daniel & Barbara Hart David and Eva Herer Mr. Jim Hettich John J. and Maureen O. Hurley Drs. Clement and Margot Ip Linda Johnson Michael & Marilee Keller Mr. and Mrs.* Philip Kadet The Linton Foundation Lorinda McAndrew Voelkle Foundation Charles & Judith Manzella Sandra and Dennis McCarthy Frances L. Morrison Mrs. Sheila M. Nancollas Douglas & Laurette* Oak Oliver G. & Sarah Sloan Bauman Fund for the Arts Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Polokoff Mr. Dennis P. Quinn Robert and Nancy Warner Memorial Fund at the FJP Adam Rome and Robin Schulze Joseph & Carole Sedita Lowell and Ellen Shaw Sara Gregg Skerker

$50,000-$149,999 Anonymous (1) Clement & Karen Arrison Mr. Brent Baird Mr. and Mrs. Brian D. Baird Mark Chason & Mariana Botero Chason Louis P. Ciminelli Family Foundation Cullen Foundation The Walter Schmid Family Foundation Charitable Trust

$25,000-$49,999 Cindy Abbott Letro & Francis Letro Mr. Bruce C. Baird & Mrs. Susan O’Connor-Baird The Robert and Patricia Colby Foundation First Niagara Bank Foundation Montgomery Family Foundation Svetla and Doug Moreland Mulroy Family Foundation Christine Standish & Chris Wilk Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Legacy Funds at CFGB


Stephen and Monica Spaulding Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Sperrazza Gary and Katharina Szakmary The Frank G. Raichle Foundation Martha and John Welte Robert and Judith Wetter

Mrs. Susan A. Potter Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Priselac, Jr. Ms. Georgeann W. Redman Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Renner David & Joan Rogers Dr. Annie Schapiro Ken Schmieder and Nancy Julian* Ronald Frank & Anne Schneider Dr. Gilbert Schulenberg Ms. Betty J. Schultz Dr. Maxine Seller Dr. Joyce E. Siriann Ronald L Struzik Dr. Joseph R. Takats, III Garin Tomaszewski Nicholas & Nicole Tzetzo Barry & Donna Winnick Gregory and Donna Yungbluth John and Deanna Zak

Dr. and Mrs. Michael E. Cohen Elizabeth B. Conant* and Camille Cox Peter S. and Elizabeth H. Curtis Beverly Davies Adrian F. Dedecker III and Clotilde Perez-Bode Dedecker James & Mary Frances Derby Tony & Kathy Diina Encore Circle Wendy Diina $2,500-$4,999 Duane and Nancy DiPirro Joan M. Doerr Anonymous (7) Richard and Cornelia Dopkins Dr. and Mrs. Fred and Bonnie Ellen & Victor* Doyno Albrecht Edward G Eberl Monica Angle & Samuel D. Elsie P. & Lucius B. McCowan Private Magavern III Charitable Foundation Douglas Bean and Elisa Kreiner Ms. Mary A. Ferguson Joanne Castellani & Michael Mr. and Mrs. Kim A. Ferullo Andriaccio Joyce E. Fink Ms. Elizabeth G. Clark Dr. Mildred J. Fischle Ms. Anne E. Conable Thomas & Grace Flanagan Michael D’Ambrosio Bravo Circle Ilene and Peter Fleischmann Alan Dozoretz $1,000-$2,499 Mrs. Beth Fleming Ms. Ruth Irene Dwigans Robert and Ruth Fleming Cynthia Swain and Stephen Edge Anonymous (5) Ms. Margaret A. Frainier Marion S. Fay Morton & Natalie Abramson Eileen & Laurence Franz Mrs. Marta Fernandez Kenneth & Maura Africano Sue Gardner Frederick S. & Phyllis W. Pierce Family JoAnne Alderfer Garrison Wealth Management Fund Liz & John Angelbeck Dr. Samuel Goodloe, Jr. Ann Holland Cohn Endowment Fund Gerald and Jody Lippes Ms. Dolores S. Gernatt Drs. James Grunebaum & Penelope at the FJP Mr. and Ms. James G. Hanley Prentice Arts Services Initiative of Western Golden and Goldman Dave & Katie Hayes New York Inc. Philanthropic Fund Dr. Barbara W. Henderson Rita Argen Auerbach Ms. Carol A. Golder Philip M. and Marion Henderson Reverend James M. Augustyn Dr. Susan Graham and Dr. Jon C. Martha & Tom Hyde Mary L. and Ronald E* Banks Kucera Mr. James and Mrs. Diana Iglewski Mr. Steve Earnhart and Mrs. Jennifer Mr. and Mrs. Robert M. Greene Robert and Hana Jacobi Barbee Mr. and Mrs. William A. Greenman Joseph & Anna Gartner Foundation Drs. Kevin and Elizabeth Barlog Adrienne Tworek-Gryta and Matt Mr. William P. Keefer Patricia S. Beagle Gryta Dwight King & Leslie Duggleby Thomas R Beecher Jr Mr. and Mrs. Van N. Harwood, Jr. Susan B. Lee Ann N. Bonte Michele O. Heffernan & John J. Steve & Sandy Levinthal The Reverend* and Mrs. Peter Cordes Sr. Beatrice Manzella Bridgford Richard and Lynn Hirsch William and Jane Mathias Gary & Willow Brost Monte Hoffman and Niscah Koessler Mr.* and Mrs. Sheldon E. Merritt John & Diane Burkholder Mr. Paul A. Hojnacki Denise and Ron* Rezabek Dr. and Mrs. John L. Butsch Mr. and Mrs. John K. Howell Michael and Lorrie Munschauer Cheryl I. Christie Mr. and Mrs. Peter Hunt Mr. and Mrs. Sanford M. Nobel Ms. Rosemary Christoff Dolan in Mrs. Alice Jacobs Dr. Thomas Nochajski memory of Gerald Christoff, Mrs. Pamela R. Jacobs Mrs. Michelle Parrish composer and pianist Mary Jane and Walter Pawlowski Dr. Sebastian and Mrs. Marilyn Ciancio Thomas and Deborah Jasinski Mr. Paul J. Polokoff Nan & Will* Clarkson Craig & Deborah Johnston


Edwin M. Johnston, Jr. Benoy and Suzanne Joseph Mr. Charles J. Kaars Dr. and Mrs. Kenneth R. Kahn Ms. Jennifer Kartychak Dr. Kathleen Keenan-Takagi Joseph M. Kelly Ms. Shirley Keppel Rosalind & Michael Kochmanski Carol & John* Kociela Mr. and Mrs. Jean Pierre A. Koenig Ken & Paula Koessler Bob & Liz Kolken Kenneth A. and Gretchen P. Krackow Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Kresse RisĂŠ & Kevin* Kulick Dr.* and Mrs. C. Frederick Kurtz Dr. John Leddy and Dr. Carmen Alvarez Catherine & Matt Lincoln Mr. Warren Lippa Ronald H. Luczak and Michael Boland James* and Linda Mabry Judy Marine Ms. Linda Marsh Randy and Diana Martinusek Ms. Elaine Mackensen May Mr. George L. Mayers Stephen McCabe and Gretchen Wylegala McLain Foundation Ms. Barbara Mellerski-Farkas David and Gail Miller Ms. Pennie C. Hoage Mitchell Family Philanthropic Fund at the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo Michael and Alex Montante Robert Moskowitz and Mary McGorray Anne Moot Ms. Susan Morgenstern Ms. Sharon F. Mortin Murak & Associates, LLC Dr. Michael F. Noe Mr. and Mrs. Randall M. Odza Judith Parkinson Lois & Tom Pause Dr. & Mrs. Philip Penepent, Jr. Richard & Karen Penfold Erin Peradotto Mr. Mark J. Peszko & Mr. David Schopp Gregory Photiadis and Sandy Chelnov


Mr. and Mrs. Robert W. Plyler Henry & Patty Porter Katherine Powell and Ann K. Wittowsky Dr. Igor and Dr. Martina Puzanov Ted and Mary Ann Pyrak Peter & Nancy Rabinowitz Ms. Elaine Ragusa Corinne & Victor Rice Foundation Al & Cindy Ripley Mary Anne Rokitka Thomas J. Rolle and Deborah A. Henning Rose H. and Leonard H. Frank Community Endowment Fund Mr. Philip Rumore Maureen W. & Dr. Richard J. Saab William and Elizabeth Savino Susan and Jeffrey Schwartz Mr. Michael B. Sexton and Dr. Sandra Sexton Mr. and Mrs. Robert Shappee Dr. Mary Ellen Shaughnessy Mr. and Mrs. John W. Sherman Charles E. and Penelope R. Shuman Philanthropic Fund Mr. Gerould R. Stange Ruth & Ted Steegmann Alma and Malcolm Strachan Mr. and Mrs. David G. Strachan Dr. Donald G. Symer, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Thomas W. Symons Susan & John Thomas Mr. Jeffrey J. Thompson Mr. and Ms John C. Thompson Ann M. Bisantz and Albert H. Titus Hon. and Mrs. Paul A. Tokasz Mark Travers Dr. & Mrs. Raymond C. Vaughan Ms. Therese M. Vita Ms. Suzanne J. Voltz Nellie B. Warner Endowment Fund Mr. William Weiss Dr. and Mrs. Richard A. Wiesen William & Ida Christie Fund for Music Wayne* and Janet Wisbaum Paul M. Wos Arden and Julie Wrisley Mr. Paul Zarembka Ms. Barbara M. Ziegler Dr. Gregory Castiglia & Dr. Valerie Zingapan Drs. Bill Ziter & Cathy Gogan C. Richard and Joyce T. Zobel

Crescendo $500-$999 Anonymous (1) Mr. and Mrs. Teo Balbach Bradford Banks Mr. Donald M. Behr Benjamin and Lila Obletz Endowment Fund Ms. Elizabeth S. Bennett and Ms. Marietta T. Lorenzo Peg Beyer Alice F. Bird Mr. James A. Brophy, Jr. Bruce and Jill Brown Mr. & Mrs. William Brucker Ms. Bette J. Brunish R. R. Bujnicki Dr. Barbara B. Bunker Tim and Belle Butler Janet M. Casagrande Jerry* & Barbara Castiglia Miss Victoria A. Christopher Ruth C. Cisek Collins Charitable Foundation Bob and Susan Conklin John and Patricia Connolly Mrs. Donanne S. Coovert Dr. and Mrs. Harold G. Corwin, Jr. Thomas and Elizabeth Cowley Dr. and Mrs. John Coyne Ian Danic Mr. and Mrs. Walter Dannhauser Roger and Roberta Dayer Dr. Juan F. de Rosas Jonathan Dewald Julie Klotzbach and Gary Diamond Mrs. Carol Donley Mr. David T. Duff Mr. Edward Eardley Amy P. Early M.D. Dr. Marla Eglowstein Dr. Sanford H. Eisen Mr. and Mrs. Warren E. Emblidge, Jr. Joan Michael Eschner Mr. Francis E. Evans Mrs. Judith Ferrentino Michael R. Fiels & Mary T. Ricotta Edward J. Fine Dawn & John Fischer The Honorable Leslie G. Foschio Howard and Laurie Foster John Fudyma Rev. David M. Gallivan

Theodore & Joan Geier Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth T. Glaser Mr. Otis Glover George and Cecelia Grasser Mark and Lora Grinder Marjorie K Hamilton Martha Haseley David Hays Dr. and Mrs. Reid R. Heffner, Jr. Carla J. Hengerer Dr. Theodore Herman and Ms. Judith Ann Cohen Ms. Olive Marie Hewett Nancy Higgins Dr. & Mrs. Ralph W. Hinds, III James & Eileen Hoffman Mr. Raymond and Mrs. Virginia Hohl Mr. and Mrs. Charles P. Jacobs William & Genevieve James Mrs. Cathleen Jeffers David & Joan Kernan Mr. and Mrs. William Johnson Drs. Richard and Barbara Jurasek Dr. Faye Justicia-Linde Theresa Kazmierczak Kathie A. Keller Milton Kicklighter Verna & Richard Kieffer Mr. and Mrs. Scott King Douglas and Nancy Kirkpatrick Juliet E. Kline Robert and Barbara Klocke Mr. and Mrs. Paul C. Koppmann Deborah Raiken & Charles Korn Leslie and Jim Kramer Joan Kuhn Drs. Jeffery Lackner and Ann Marie Carosella Mr. and Dr. John M. Laping Fern & Joel Levin Dr. and Mrs. Harold J. Levy Dorothy M. Lien

Drs. David B. and Madeline A. Lillie Howard and Lorna Lippes Joel & Andree Lippes Dr. Thomas & Donna Lombardo Mr. and Mrs. Donald C. Lubick Ms. Donna J. Ludwig Ms. Maria Malaniak Mr. and Mrs. John R. McClester Claire Miller McGowan Louise McGrath Michael and Lucille Melton Dr. and Mrs. Franklin H. Meyer Dr. and Mrs. Donald E. Miller Mr. John E. Milner Dr. and Mrs. Herman S. Mogavero, Jr. Robert and Nancy Morey Sandra G. Morrison Gary and Carolyn Mucci Russell A. Newbert Mr. and Mrs. Franklin Nice Christa* and Jim Nolan Howard & Karen Noonan Susan D. Nusbaum Tim O’Brien Fund at the FJC Bernard & Linda O’Donnell Ann C. Pappalardo Laurence & Sylvia Paul Mr. Robert S. Petersen Keith & Beth Podgorny James and Nancy Poole John & Betty Preble Charles and Joanne Privitera Ms. Carol Dean Privitera Scott Propeack and Heidi Freedman Martha J. Reddout Randolph & Cathy Ritz Mrs. Susan C. Robinson Revs. Melody and Rodney Rutherford Mr. and Mrs. W. Scott Schaefer Dr William Scheider Mr. and Mrs. Roger L. Schintzius Mr. and Mrs. John H. Schlegel

Paul & Peggy Schulz Eleanor Scott Miss Louise E. Seereiter Mary Anne Seifert Henry & Tricia Semmelhack Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence D. Seymour Alexander Shrader Mr. and Mrs. Roger T. Sieracki Edward & Elizabeth Simmons Lynne G. Smith Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Sodaro Mr. Brad Stahlka Dr. Rabie N. Stephan and Dr. Eugena B. Stephan James and Karen Stephenson Stephen Still Mr. Edwin F. Stohrer, Jr. Marilyn & Irving Sultz Mr and Mrs. Dennis Szymkowiak Mr. Ronald G. and Mrs. Margaret N. Talboys Dr. & Mrs. Thomas B. Tomasi Mr. Guido A. Tomassi Lyle & Phil Toohey Sheila Trossman John H. Twist, D.D.S. Mary K. Twist Chris and Kathy Tzetzo Charitable Fund Susan & Ron Uba Mr. and Mrs. Thomas H. Van Nortwick Mr. William Vosteen Ms. Marlene A. Werner Pierre Williot MD Quinn & Jewell Wright Ms. Kelly Ann Wright The Yadzinski Family Mr.* and Mrs. James C. Yuhnke Cynthia Zane & Stephen Mazurak

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We are pleased to list the current members herein because they have realized the importance of “the gift that keeps giving.” Each of these individuals or couples have made provisions for a contribution to the BPO in their estate plans and while there are many different methods, the most common is by adding the BPO as a beneficiary in one’s will. Anonymous (4) Jeanne C. Eaton* Rev. Russell A. Newbert Charlotte C. Acer Angelo & Carol Fatta Drs. Howard & Karen Noonan Elizabeth & John Angelbeck Marion Fay Robert & Marion North Fund Rita Argen Auerbach Dr. Mildred J. Fischle George F. Phillips, Jr.* Charles Balbach Judith & John* Fisher Mrs. Frederick S. Pierce Jennifer Barbee Marjorie* and William Gardner Edwin Polokoff Donald M. Behr & Samuel E. Lolinger* Richard E. Garman* Susan Potter The Reverend and Edward N. Giannino, Jr. Dennis Quinn Mrs. Peter W. Bridgford Mr. George Eagan Ginther Virginia Ann Quinn James A. Brophy & Fraser B. Drew* Mr. & Mrs. Byron R. Goldman Evelyn Joyce Ramsdell Daniel R. Burch Ms. Constance A. Greco Sally Rohrdanz* Anthony J. Cassetta Susan J. Grelick Sylvia L. Rosen The Joanne Castellani and Gordon & Gretchen Gross John and Susan Rowles Michael Andriaccio Charitable Trust Peter Hall & M.E. O'Leary Nancy E. Ryther* Barbara & Jerry* Castiglia Marion Hanson Paul and Gerda Sanio Gerard and Rachel Catalano Margaret W. Henry Kenneth Schmieder, Cheryl I. Christie Mr. & Mrs. George G. Herbert In memory of Nancy L. Julian Ida Christie* Monte & Cheryl* Hoffman Glibert Schulenberg Victoria A. Christopher Mrs. L. Nelson Hopkins, Jr.* Betty J. Schultz In honor of JoAnn Falletta and Philip H. Hubbell Catherine F. Schweitzer Donald McCrorey in memory of Jayne T. Hubbell Joseph and Carole Sedita Dr. Sebastian and Mrs. Marilyn Ciancio Paul A. Imbert Roger & Joan Simon Louis & Ann Louise Ciminelli Bruce and Gail Johnstone Mr. & Mrs. Robert B. Skerker Ms. Elizabeth G. Clark Theresa Kazmierczak Dennis M. Smolarek Mr.* & Mrs. William M. Clarkson Dr. & Mrs. Kenneth R. Kahn Jane Snowden* Mary E. Clemesha* Kathleen Keenan-Takagi Monica and Steve Spaulding Ruth Cohan* The Herbert & Ella Knight Harriet Stewart* Mrs. George Cohn Family Charitable Fund David D. Stout & Anne Conable Rosalind and Michael Kochmanski Janet E. Popp Stout Dr. Elizabeth Conant Dr. Merrily Kuhn and Gerald R. Strauss Ellen Todd Cooper Mr. James Kulwicki Sue W. Strauss Rev. Raymond G. Corbin Norma Jean Lamb Cecelia Tachok* Marilyn R. Cornelius Eric E. & Ruth F. Lansing Nancy B. Thomas Dr. Sharon F. Cramer and Mr. & Mrs.* Wilfred J. Larson Therese M. Vita Mr. Leslie R. Morris* Kalista S. Lehrer* Jim and Michal Wadsworth, in honor of the BPO Viola Section Steve & Sandy Levinthal as trustees of the Mulroy, Sandra B. Cumming Bradford Lewis, PhD Heath and Colby Foundations Beverly Davies Gerald & Barbara Lipa Dr. Bernard D. Wakefield* Mrs. Roberta Dayer Francie D. & Joel N. Lippman Mrs. Robert Warner* Tim DiCarlo Marie Marshall* Marjorie W. Watson Mr. and Mrs. Anthony N. Diina Mr.* & Mrs. J. A. Mattern Dorothy Westhafer Charles* & Nancy* Dowdell Sandra and Dennis McCarthy Wayne* & Janet Wisbaum Ellen & Victor* Doyno Michael and Lorrie Munschauer Elizabeth Ann Withrow Sarah & Donald Dussing Donna & Leo Nalbach Mr.* and Mrs.* J. Milton Zeckhauser *deceased


Anonymous AJL Fund Lawrence M. Appleby Fund at the CFGB Cameron Baird Fund Benderson BPO Endowment Fund Virgil A. and Margaret L. Black Memorial Fund Philip & Joyce Celniker Fund Irwin H. Cheskin Fund at the CFGB Mildred Bork Conners & Joseph E. Conners Fund Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Society Inc. Endowment Fund Grace Neff Daniels Memorial Anne Catt Filer Fund at the CFGB

Howard F. Gondree Fund Joan Hetzelt Hanifin Memorial Fund D. Bruce and Gail Johnstone Fund at the CFGB The Herbert & Ella Knight Family Charitable Fund John and Carol Kociela Fund at the CFGB Janet K. Larkin & John D. Larkin III Fund Albert H. Laub Bequest Donald I. MacDavid Charitable Trust Marie A. Marshall Fund MPZ Endowment Fund Benjamin and Lila Obletz Endowment Fund Mary Louise Olmsted Fund

Susan Harvey Prentis Fund Margaret Frank Rofot Charitable Lead Trust Natalie Kubera Roth Fund Martin and Barbara Schechtman Charitable Remainder Unitrust William Kenneth Schmitt Fund Dr. & Mrs. Roy E. Seibel Philanthropic Fund Joseph and Loretta Swart Fund Nellie B. Warner Endowment Fund Charlotte Potter Whitcher Trust

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