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TABLE OF CONTENTS | SEPTEMBER 17 – OCTOBER 16 BPO Board of Trustees/BPO Foundation Board Directors
BPO Musician Roster
Glenn Miller Orchestra 15 BPO Pops Series September 17 and 18
Beethoven’s Fifth 19 BPO Classics Series September 24 and 25
Music of Motown – Dancing in the Streets
Mahler & Saint-Saëns
Spotlight on Sponsors
Sponsor a Musician
BPO Pops Series October 2
BPO Classics Series October 9 and 10 BPO Pops Series October 16
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MESSAGE FROM THE BOARD CHAIR We’re ready for our close up! The opportunity to return to our community parks this past summer (amid the occasional rain postponement), was a feast for our eyes and ears, as we were able to see so many friendly faces and hear your excitement as we once again performed in your neighborhoods. Now, we can hardly contain our own excitement at introducing a full 2021-22 season, and welcoming all of Western New York back to inperson performances at our world-class music hall. My wife, Carolyn, and I are grateful to be a part of the BPO’s re-emergence, and to help the BPO get back on track, we’re issuing a $100,000 matching challenge to the community for donations received by December 31. The Pops and Classics seasons kick off with legends in their respective realms; the Glenn Miller Orchestra, and Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, and we never look back. JoAnn Falletta conducts an unprecedented four world premieres by American composers this season, intermingled with the masterworks of Grieg, Gershwin, Mahler, Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, and more, while John Morris Russell has programmed Motown, Broadway, sizzling salsa, Country, Gospel, and out-of-thisworld sci-fi favorites. The BPO plays host to a series of stellar one-night-only performances including Kenny G, Vanessa Williams, Leslie Odom, Jr., and the superb Renée Fleming, perform the scores for live to film presentations of Elf and Star Wars, and rocks out with a visit from Stewart Copeland: Police Deranged, and tributes to David Bowie and Def Leppard. The past year has been one of many firsts: our first foray into virtual broadcasts, our first venture to televise individual musician performances, our first efforts at interfacing with several architectural gems in our community. Let me be one of the first to welcome you back to the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra’s new season. We’ve been waiting for you!
John R. Yurtchuk Chair, Board of Trustees Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Society, Inc.
BUFFALO PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA BOARD OF TRUSTEES AS OF SEPTEMBER 1, 2021 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* Amy Habib Rittling Daniel Hart* Jim Hettich Mark Hodges †
James Iglewski William Keefer Ronald Luczak Alex Montante Allan C. Ripley* Casimiro D. Rodriguez, Sr. Rev. Melody I. Rutherford Diana Sachs † Robin G. Schulze, Ph.D Joseph Sedita Brett Shurtliffe †
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
BUFFALO PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA FOUNDATION
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
John J. Zak, Chair Holly Hejmowski, Treasurer Alexs Spellman, Secretary Michael Munschauer
Karen Arrison John Yurtchuk
JOANN FALLETTA MUSIC DIRECTOR Multiple Grammy Award-winning conductor JoAnn Falletta serves as Music Director of the Buffalo Philharmonic, Music Director Laureate of the Virginia Symphony, Principal Guest Conductor of the Brevard Music Center, and Artistic Adviser of both the Hawaii Symphony and the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra. Recently named as one of the 50 great conductors of all time by Gramophone Magazine, she is hailed for her work as a conductor, recording artist, audience builder and champion of American composers. As Music Director of the Buffalo Philharmonic, Falletta became the first woman to lead a major American ensemble. She has guest conducted over a hundred orchestras in North America, and many of the most prominent orchestras in Europe, Asia, South America and Africa. She has won two individual Grammy Awards, including the 2021 Grammy Award for Best Choral Performance as Conductor of the Buffalo Philharmonic in the world premiere Naxos recording, Richard Danielpour’s “The Passion of Yeshua.” 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 Mr. Tambourine Man: Seven Poems of Bob Dylan with the BPO received two Grammys in 2008, and her 2020 Naxos recording with the BPO of orchestral music of Florent Schmitt recently received the Diapason d’Or Award. Upcoming releases for Naxos include the complete William Walton Façade, with narrators Kevin Deas, Hila Plitmann, and Minnesota Public Radio Host Fred Child, and the Virginia Arts Festival Chamber Players and Scriabin’s Poem of Ecstasy with the BPO. Falletta is a member of the esteemed 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. ASCAP has honored her as “a leading force for music of our time.” In 2019, JoAnn was named Performance Today’s Classical Woman of The Year. Falletta is a strong advocate and mentor for young professional and student musicians. She has led seminars for women conductors for the League of American Orchestras, and established a unique collaboration between the Buffalo Philharmonic and the Mannes College of Music to give up-and-coming conductors professional experience with a leading American orchestra. She 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 and The Women’s Philharmonic. After earning her bachelor’s degree at Mannes, Falletta received master’s and doctoral degrees from The Juilliard School. When not on the podium, JoAnn enjoys playing classical guitar, writing, cycling, yoga and is an avid reader. For more information, visit www.joannfalletta.com.
JOHN MORRIS RUSSELL PRINCIPAL POPS CONDUCTOR A master of American musical style, John Morris Russell has devoted himself to redefining the American orchestral experience. He is in his fifth season as Principal Pops Conductor of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. Mr. Russell made his debut with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra in the fall of 2014, and later that season was named the third conductor to hold the position following in the footsteps of Doc Severinsen and Marvin Hamlisch. Mr. Russell’s concerts at the BPO reflect the diversity of American musical styles: from Classics to Jazz, Hollywood to Broadway, Country&Western to Rhythm&Blues. This season, Mr. Russell conducts Motown, Broadway, Holiday concerts, and Star Wars. Maestro Russell is also Conductor of the renowned Cincinnati Pops, one of the world’s most iconic and beloved pops orchestras. With his position at The Pops, Mr. Russell leads sold-out performances at Cincinnati Music Hall, the Taft Theater, and Riverbend Music Center; additionally, he conducts the orchestra in concerts throughout the Greater Cincinnati region as well as domestic and international tours. Creator of the orchestra’s Classical Roots series, he also conducts the Pops family concert series and the annual USO Tribute Cincinnati Gala. The Cincinnati Pops recorded legacy continues under Mr. Russell’s leadership. He led the Cincinnati Pops on their first-ever Florida tour, and in 2017 he led the orchestra’s sixth tour to Asia including performances in Shanghai and Taipei. For the last nine seasons, Mr. Russell has served as Music Director of the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra in South Carolina, and conductor of the prestigious Hilton Head International Piano Competition. Under his leadership, the HHSO has enjoyed unprecedented artistic growth. Mr. Russell leads the orchestra in masterwork subscription concerts annually. Between 2001-2012 Maestro Russell served as Music Director of the Windsor Symphony Orchestra in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, where he fostered a decade of unprecedented artistic growth. He led the WSO in seventeen national broadcasts on CBC Radio 2, and the orchestra’s first nationally televised production for the CBC series Opening Night, which received the orchestra’s first Gemini Award Nomination. Maestro Russell was named Conductor Laureate of the Windsor Symphony Orchestra in 2012. As a guest conductor, John Morris Russell has worked with many of North America’s most distinguished ensembles. He has served as Associate Conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony, Associate Conductor of the Savannah Symphony Orchestra, Director of the Orchestral Program at Vanderbilt University, and Music Director with the College Light Opera Company in Falmouth, Massachusetts. He received a Master of Music degree in conducting from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in music from Williams College in Massachusetts. He has also studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, the Cleveland Institute of Music, the Aspen Music Festival in Colorado, and the Pierre Monteux School for Conductors in Hancock, Maine.
JAMAN E. DUNN
ASSISTANT CONDUCTOR Jaman E. Dunn is currently the Assistant Conductor with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Artistic Director of the Buffalo Master Chorale, and the Founder and Music Director of the Polaris Orchestra. 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. Mr. Dunn earned his Master of Music in Orchestral Conducting under the instruction of Maestro Bruce Hangen at The Boston Conservatory at Berklee.
In addition to his orchestral activities, Mr. Dunn has also maintained a vocal career which began during his time in central Ohio. With a strong focus on oratorio and sacred music, Mr. Dunn has been Bass Soloist for performances of the Requiems of Mozart and Verdi, Handel’s Messiah, Gounod’s St Cecilia Mass, Schubert’s Mass in E ; Jesus in Bach’s St. John Passion; and Baritone Soloist in Carmina Burana. He has also been a part of opera productions including Falstaff, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, La Bohème, La Traviata, Cavalleria Rusticana, and Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor. In a professional capacity, it is Mr. Dunn’s continued goal to raise awareness of 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 51 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; Karen Arrison, vice chair; Stephanie Simeon, secretary and treasurer; Cindy Abbott Letro; Peter Eliopoulos; 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.
JOANN FALLETTA, MUSIC DIRECTOR
Angelo and Carol Fatta Endowed Chair
JOHN MORRIS RUSSELL, PRINCIPAL POPS CONDUCTOR JAMAN E. DUNN, ASSISTANT CONDUCTOR
Nikki Chooi concertmaster Amy Glidden assoc. concertmaster Louis P. Ciminelli Family Foundation Endowed Chair Ansgarius Aylward asst. concertmaster Clement Luu** 2nd asst. concertmaster Douglas Cone Deborah Greitzer Diana Sachs Alan Ross Melanie Haas Andrea Blanchard-Cone Loren Silvertrust Hee Sagong
Antoine Lefebvre principal Jacqueline Galluzzo assoc. principal Richard Kay Robert Prokes Frances Morgante Amy Licata Dmitry Gerikh Shieh-Jian Tsai Xiaofan Liu Iain Crampton*
Caroline Gilbert principal Anna Shemetyeva assoc. principal Matthew Phillips Kate Holzemer Natalie Piskorsky Janz Castelo Maria Hardcastle*
Roman Mekinulov principal Jane D. Baird Endowed Chair Feng Hew assoc. principal Nancy Anderson Robert Hausmann David Schmude
Amelie Fradette Eva Herer*
Daniel Pendley principal Garman Family Foundation Endowed Chair Brett Shurtliffe assoc. principal Michael Nigrin Edmond Gnekow Jonathan Borden Nicholas Jones Gary Matz
Christine Bailey Davis principal Linda Greene Natalie Debikey Scanio
Natalie Debikey Scanio
Henry Ward principal Joshua Lauretig Anna Mattix
Daniel Kerdelewicz assoc. principal Sheryl Hadeka Jay Matthews Daniel Sweeley
Alex Jokipii principal Geoffrey Hardcastle Philip Christner
Jonathan Lombardo1 principal Timothy Smith
Matthew Bassett principal Dinesh Joseph assistant principal
Mark Hodges principal Dinesh Joseph
Madeline Olson principal
William Amsel principal Patti DiLutis Salvatore Andolina Patti DiLutis
BASS CLARINET AND SAXOPHONE
Glenn Einschlag principal Hunter Gordon*
Jacek Muzyk principal Kay Koessler Endowed Chair
Travis Hendra acting principal librarian
Charles Gill Assistant Property Person IATSE Local 10 Chair dedicated to the memory of Scott Parkinson
* One Year Appointment
** Temporary Appointment
Friday, September 17, 2021 at 10:30 AM Saturday, September 18, 2021 at 7:30 PM
BPO Pops Series
GLENN MILLER ORCHESTRA Jaman E. Dunn, conductor Erik Stabnau, music director Jenny Swoish, vocalist
Opening Theme: Moonlight Serenade Cherokee Chattanooga Choo Choo Now I Know A String Of Pearls Ding Dong! The Witch is Dead Get Me To The Church On Time Tuxedo Junction Speak Low Caribbean Clipper In the Gloaming Don't Sit Under The Apple Tree Yesterdays The American Patrol INTERMISSION I Sustain The Wings Over There Long Ago and Far Away Little Brown Jug I Know Why (And So Do You) Love Me or Leave Me Pennsylvania 6-5000 Begin The Beguine Poinciana In The Mood Moonlight Serenade Program selections are subject to change.
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THE WORLD FAMOUS GLENN MILLER ORCHESTRA® A Legend Lives On … The first Glenn Miller Orchestra did not make it at all. It was a total and absolute economic failure. But Glenn knew what he wanted, held to that dedication and relentlessly worked to succeed. He launched his second band – the one that lives on today – in March of 1938. The Glenn Miller Orchestra has been a “hit” ever since. The legendary Glenn Miller was one of the most successful of all dance bandleaders back in the Swing Era of the 1930’s and 40’s. A matchless string of hit records, the constant impact of radio broadcasts and the drawing power at theatres, hotels and dance pavilions, built and sustained the momentum of popularity. Glenn disbanded his musical organization in 1942 at the height of its popularity to volunteer for the Army. There, he organized and led the famous Glenn Miller Army Air Force Band. It went to Europe to entertain servicemen performing numerous live and radio shows. On December 15, 1944, Major Miller took off in a single engine plane from Europe to precede his band to France, disappearing over the English Channel, never to be seen again. The army declared him officially dead a year later. With the release of the major motion movie The Glenn Miller Story featuring Jimmy Stewart and June Allyson in 1954, interest and popular demand led the Miller Estate to authorize the formation of the present Glenn Miller Orchestra. On June 6, 1956, and under the direction of drummer Ray McKinley who had become the unofficial leader of the Army Air Force Band after Glenn’s disappearance, the reformed Glenn Miller Orchestra performed its first concert and has been on the road ever since. Other leaders have followed Ray including clarinetists Buddy DeFranco and Peanuts Hucko, trombonists Buddy Morrow, Jimmy Henderson, Larry O’Brien and Gary Tole, and tenor saxophonist Dick Gerhart. Since January 2012, vocalist Nick Hilscher leads the band. Today, the 18 member ensemble continues to play many of the original Miller arrangements both from the civilian band and the AAFB libraries. Additionally, it also plays some more modern selections arranged and performed in the Miller style and sound. Just as it was in Glenn’s day, the Glenn Miller Orchestra today is still the most sought after big band in the world. www.glennmillerorchestra.com MUSIC DIRECTOR: Erik Stabnau VOCALIST: Jenny Swoish * SAXOPHONES: Lead Alto/Clarinet Kevin Sheehan * Alto 2/Clarinet Tammy Danielsson Tenor 1/Clarinet Erik Stabnau * Tenor 2/Clarinet John Orsini Bari/Alto/Clarinet Saul Dautch Bass Clarinet TRUMPETS: Lead Ashley Hall Split Lead Jeff Wilfore Jazz 3 Joe Young IV * Jazz 4 Christopher Stein *
TROMBONES: Lead George Reinert III 2 Bryant Scott 3 Hayden Mapel Bass Trombone Jason Bennett DRUMS: Dean Schweizer PIANO: Ron Mills BASS: Wayne Moose * The Moonlight Serenaders - vocal group
ERIK STABNAU, MUSIC DIRECTOR/ SAXOPHONIST Tenor saxophonist Erik Stabnau brings his lifelong enthusiasm for big band music to each performance of the Glenn Miller Orchestra. Having grown up with a love for the music of the swing era, Erik naturally gravitated toward Glenn Miller, drawn to his recognizable melodies and the distinctive sound of his reed section. A Western New York native, Erik learned to play the saxophone, flute, and clarinet in a variety of disciplines before developing an interest in the large ensembles of Ellington, Basie, Dorsey, Miller and others. Excited to pursue a future in music, he attended college at the Eastman School of Music in his hometown of Rochester, earning a bachelor's of music in Jazz and Contemporary Media. Intent on broadening his education, Erik went on to study music business and recording with a masters degree in Audio Arts from Syracuse University. Prior to his time with the Glenn Miller Orchestra, Erik performed and recorded as a bandleader and sideman throughout the Northeast, adding to his credentials experience as an educator, clinician, writer, and arranger. He was thrilled with the opportunity to join the orchestra in June 2017 on tenor saxophone, playing the music and solos that Tex Beneke first made famous in the 1930’s and 40’s. As a member of the band, Erik has performed across the US in 48 states and abroad in Canada and Japan and now is honored to step in front of the orchestra as its music director.
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Friday, September 24, 2021 at 10:30 AM Saturday, September 25, 2021 at 7:30 PM
BPO Classics Series
BEETHOVEN'S FIFTH JoAnn Falletta, conductor Fabio Bidini, piano
O Canada The Star Spangled Banner
Concerto in G major for Piano and Orchestra I. Allegramente II. Adagio assai III. Presto Fabio Bidini, piano INTERMISSION
Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67 I. Allegro con Brio II. Andante con moto III. Scherzo: Allegro IV. Finale: Allegro
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FABIO BIDINI, PIANO Italian pianist Fabio Bidini is one of this generation’s topflight pianists. His appearances have included performances with The London Symphony Orchestra at The Barbican, The Philharmonia Orchestra of London at Royal Festival Hall, the San Francisco Symphony, New World Symphony, Dallas Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Forth Worth Symphony, Philharmonia Orchestra Prague at the Rudolphinum, and the Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra at Liszt Academy Hall. He has collaborated with conductors including Michael Tilson Thomas, Carlos Prieto, Max Valdes, Dimitry Sitkovetsky, Ivan Fisher, Jesus Lopez Cobos, JoAnn Falletta, Zoltan Kocsis, Michael Christie, and Gianandrea Noseda. Bidini’s schedule for the 2021-22 season includes orchestral appearances with the Buffalo Philharmonic, where he has performed close to a dozen times, and with the Fresno Philharmonic. Fabio Bidini is also in great demand as a chamber music partner. He is the pianist of the highly acclaimed ensemble Los Angeles Piano Trio, and has enjoyed artistic collaboration with many ensembles and artists including Trio Solisti, the Modigliani Quartet, American String Quartet, Janacek Quartet, Brodsky Quartet, Szymanowski Quartet, Zoltan Kocsis, Alexis Pia Gerlach, Maria Bachmann, Eva Urbanova, Nina Kotova, Dimitri Ashkenazy, and Sabrina-Vivian Höpcker. Mr. Bidini has repeatedly performed at the prestigious festivals of Europe, including the Tuscan Sun Festival Cortona/Napa, Festival Radio France Montpellier Languedoc-Roussillon, La Roque d’Anthéron International Piano Festival, Stern Grove Festival, Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli International Piano Festival, Festival dei due Mondi and most recently, Grant Park Festival. Fabio Bidini began his piano studies at the age of five. He graduated magna cum laude from the Cecilia Conservatory in Rome and studied composition at the Florence Conservatory. He has been awarded first prize in eleven of Italy’s most prestigious national piano competitions and has been the recipient of the top prizes awarded in eight international competitions Terni, Köln, Busoni 1988 and 1992, Pretoria, Marsala, London, and the Van Cliburn Fort Worth. He made his North American debut in 1993 with the Atlanta Symphony. In 2015 Fabio Bidini became the first recipient of the Carol Grigor Piano Chair – a new position enabled by a $5-million endowment gift from the Colburn School’s board chairwoman Carol Colburn Grigor in Los Angeles. Mr. Bidini has been Professor of Piano at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler, in Berlin, one of Europe’s premiere music conservatories. He also serves as an Artist-in-Residence at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz in Köln. Fabio Bidini’s discography comprises thirteen CDs recorded under the labels BMG, Classichord, Musikstrasse, EPR, and True Sounds. He is a Steinway artist.
Could there be a better way to return to the stage after such a long absence than with Beethoven's Fifth Symphony? This is arguably the most well-known and beloved piece in our repertoire, groundbreaking, fierce, and triumphant - a perfect way to celebrate being together again. BPO favorite Fabio Bidini returns also, playing Ravel's brilliant Piano Concerto, with a very special solo turn for our English hornist Anna Mattix. And to get us off to a festive start, we are performing the orchestral world premier of Daron Hagen's Bandanna Overture, composed by the composer as a gift to our orchestra. The musicians and I are filled with the greatest happiness in sharing this opening weekend with all of you.
PROGRAM NOTES Daron Hagen
(American; b. 1961)
Bandanna Overture (1999/2021)
Wisconsin native Daron Hagen enjoys a prolific career as a composer, writer, and filmmaker, and brings an eclectic, multi-stylistic approach to his music, most notably in the field of opera. His 1999 opera Bandanna (libretto by poet Paul Muldoon) modernizes and reframes both Shakespeare’s and Verdi’s Othello, which he sets in 1968 at the US-Mexico border. Police Chief Morales (Othello) illegally helps with border crossings amidst marital strife, and his anger leads to tragedy.
Bandanna Overture is not the Opera’s overture, but a concert work that neatly compiles the opera’s principal themes to portray a dramatic overview. Energetic rhythms pulsate, immediately establishing the tense conflict, but the music folds into a heartfelt aria. In Hagen’s words: “The overture ends as the opera opens and closes, with the recurring chorale melody whose words at the beginning of the opera, 'To live is to sleep; to die is to awaken' and 'Dona nobis pacem' have returned at the opera's end with greater, sadder significance.”
The original Opera’s unique commission required the use of wind band rather than orchestra, but the Bandanna Overture is receiving its premiere tonight with an arrangement for full orchestra. Maurice Ravel
Piano Concerto in G major for Piano and Orchestra (1931) I. Allegramente II. Adagio assai III. Presto Maurice Ravel’s Swiss father was an engineer and his mother was Basque and free thinking. While Ravel was a talented pianist, inheriting his parent’s traits, he became a master craftsman of composition with ecstatic piano works and precisely conceived orchestral scores. His headstrong individualism made him a thorn in the side of the academics at the Paris Conservatoire (he was expelled twice), but a darling to the modern thinkers of Paris. With an unparalleled technical prowess and penchant for new ideas, he would become France’s figurehead of modern composition.
However, his deliberate approach made for a slow process. He considered writing a piano concerto as early as 1906, but it would not be until 1911 that he put pen to paper. Following a holiday spent in the Basque region of Spain, he felt compelled to explore the music of his mother’s ancestry, and began a concerto featuring Basque inspired themes. This project would be relegated to the back burner upon the onset of the First World War, for which he eagerly and patriotically served as an ambulance driver. The 1920s was abuzz with American Jazz, an infectious delight for Ravel who could not keep these new rhythms and modes out of the melodies of new works. He would finally return to the Piano Concerto idiom at the end of the decade, first with his Concerto for the Left Hand in D major, followed by the Concerto in G major, with the hopes of performing it himself. However, he had clearly been suffering an unknown neurological ailment, and could not execute at the keyboard as he once could. He conducted its premiere in 1932 with pianist Marguerite Long in Paris, followed by an extensive tour. The Concerto would be among his final works. His goal was clear: the Concerto was to be a brilliant and entertaining showcase of the performer with a light and colorful orchestration, specifically citing the influences of Mozart and Saint-Saëns for their concise and entertaining approach to the genre. Classical in approach, two lively movements surround a haunting Adagio. With the crack of a whip, the work is on the move with a fluttering piano as the piccolo introduces the first of several themes inspired by Basque music. The chaotic opening seems an unceasing bustle, but the pianist softens
the mood with bluesy digression. As though entranced in a dreamy state, the ensemble pulls the pianist out of slumber for exuberantly accented passages. Abundant colors and melodies cascade and collide to a dramatic conclusion. The famous Adagio begins with a solitary piano spinning a simple, seemingly improvised melody with an unchanging rhythmic accompaniment. Transparent in construction and orchestration, this exquisite music exudes heartbreaking nostalgia, colored by the reality that it was some of Ravel’s last music. The serenity of the central movement seems frozen, but the ice is broken by a rambunctious Presto. The sound space is flooded with unceasing notes from the piano and wacky orchestral exclamations. Around every corner is a delightfully surprising color, mood, and combination. Ravel absorbed the lessons from his parents of wild thinking and ingenuity, collapsing the old sound worlds of his heritage and new music he experienced in Paris into a neatly constructed Concerto designed to entertain. Ludwig van Beethoven (German; 1770-1827)
Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67 (1808)
I. Allegro con Brio II. Andante con moto III. Scherzo: Allegro IV. Finale: Allegro Can we change our destiny? Are we bound by fate? A child of the Enlightenment, Beethoven grew up sympathetically witnessing social and political upheaval across the Western world. He came of age in the time of
Haydn, but his progressive political thinking set him apart from the Classicists as he pondered new moral values in music in the age of revolution, war, and Napoleon. Beethoven’s success as a pianist and composer blossomed while his hearing simultaneously faded, and by 1802, he was near-suicidal. Was this to be his fate? With personal and political turmoil at hand, the Eroica composer opened the door to the nineteenth century, and with his Fifth Symphony, confronted these questions head-on. Fate raps on the door as we hear the most famous four notes in music: “dada-da-DUM!” The first three short notes lead into the long fourth note, but the situation is ambiguous. The first three notes imply that the beats are organized in groups of threes like a waltz (as in his Third Symphony), but because the three notes are weak and lead into the strong fourth, we eventually realize that the music is organized in beats of two. The symphony is in C minor, but that’s not clear for another several measures. Fate is knocking, but we do not yet know what it wants. Beethoven obsesses over fate as the four-note figure twists, turns, and crashes forward while other, longer melodies take shape above. The strings are pitted against the winds as pastoral daydream melodies are constantly interrupted by incessantly distracting thoughts. A metaphor for Beethoven’s mind, the development section of the first movement is expanded, wandering into new musical territory. The coda inventively serves as another, entirely new section of development. This abrupt conclusion lacks resolution, leaving many questions regarding fate unanswered. After the monumental Allegro con brio, the Andante con moto offers a
dynamic set of variations on a sprightly melody as a transformation of the inevitable fate motive politely hides in the accompaniment. In the Scherzo (Allegro vivace), a choir of horns can be heard proclaiming “Da-da-da-DAH! Dada-da-DAH!” Now the fate motive is in a powerful triple-meter, replacing its earlier metric ambiguity with audacious demand. The movement ends as the barely-audible motive pulsates in the timpani to make way for the fortissimo finale. In the symphony’s final Allegro, the orchestra bursts forward in an abundance of new melodies. The four-note refrain is heard embedded in these new melodies as the C minor symphony finally proclaims victory over fate in brilliant C major. In the finale, and for the first time in a Beethoven symphony, we hear piccolo, trombones, and contrabassoon expand the orchestra’s range and add to its dense textures. The fate motive woven throughout the symphony is manipulated to indicate a developing narrative. Beethoven used this repetitive device to expand the scope of the symphony beyond what audiences had ever experienced. Foreshadowing musical innovations to come, the Fifth Symphony was a quantum leap toward the new century that embraced novel Romantic ideals as musical objectives: the struggle for freedom, the rebellion against fate. In 1802, Beethoven grappled with the reality of a life without sound when he wrote: “Ah, it seemed to me impossible to leave the world until I had brought forth all that I felt was within me.” Chaz Stuart, 2021
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Saturday, October 2, 2021 at 7:30 PM
BPO Pops Series
MUSIC OF MOTOWN–DANCING IN THE STREET
John Morris Russell, conductor Shayna Steele, vocalist Chester Gregory, vocalist Bernard Holcomb, vocalist
arr. Jeff Tyzik
Dancing in the Street You Really Got a Hold on Me Man's World Reach Out Touch Me In The Morning Just To See Her How Sweet It Is Ain't No Mountain High Enough Song for You Superstition INTERMISSION Let's Groove Tonight I Feel Good My Guy My Girl Endless Love Could It Be I'm Falling In Love Don't Leave Me This Way Higher and Higher All Night Long
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SHAYNA STEELE, VOCALS There's no need to sugar coat it, since her impressive credits speak for themselves. Her colleagues praise her ability, her dedication and drive to perfecting her craft as a professional singer and knockout performer. On stage and in the studio, New York City based vocalist and songwriter Shayna Steele proves she is a vocal force to be reckoned with. After appearing on Broadway in Rent, Jesus Christ Superstar and the original cast of Hairspray, Steele started writing music with partner David Cook in 2002. The two quickly developed a creative synergy, collaborating on Steele's eponymous debut EP in 2004. Though selfreleased, the album's breakout soul-funk single "High Yella" achieved the attention she needed to raise her solo profile. She and/or her band have since shared the stage with luminaries Ledisi, opening for George Clinton and the Sugar Hill Gang, a featured singer with Bjorkestra and Grammy winning conductor/composer/trumpeter Dave Douglas, featured with 2x Grammy winner Snarky Puppy in 2014 at the Nice Jazz Festival, the Estival Jazz Festival and the North Sea Jazz Festival, Java Jazz Festival, and the Singapore Jazz Festival. Shayna is a vocalist with the Grammy-nominated Broadway Inspirational Voices and has worked as a sideman with Lizz Wright, Bette Midler, Natasha Bedingfield, John Legend, Matthew Morrison, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Queen Latifah, Dolly Parton, Rihanna, and Kelly Clarkson.
"Disco Lies", the first single off Moby's 2008 release Last Night, reached #1 on the US Billboard Dance charts and went on to be featured in J.J. Abram's summer blockbuster Cloverfield and the movie The Backup Plan starring Jennifer Lopez. Her voice has remained high in demand with vocals on the Hairspray (movie soundtrack), 2012's The Bourne Legacy, Sex and the City 2, NBC's Smash, 2008 Summer Olympic highlights on BBC, The Shanghai Restoration Project and HBO's "The Sopranos." In December, Shayna reprised her role with the “Dynamites” in NBC’s Hairspray Live. Shayna’s sophomore album, RISE (Ropeadope Records) has received rave reviews from both critics and fans alike and reached #4 on the U.S. iTunes jazz charts and #2 on the Italian iTunes Jazz Charts. Please visit www.shaynasteele.com for more information.
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CHESTER GREGORY, VOCALS Chester Gregory is an award-winning singer and actor. He was last seen starring in Motown The Musical as Berry Gordy. Broadway credits include Motown the Musical, Hairspray, Tarzan, Cry-Baby and Sister Act. Other credits include August Wilson's Fences and Two Trains Running. He has toured nationally with Dreamgirls, Sister Act, as well as his one-man show The Eve of Jackie Wilson. Chester has received many awards, including the Jeff Award and a NAACP Theatre Award, and has been presented the key to the city of his hometown of Gary, Indiana and in East Chicago. He has also been chosen as an Honorary State Representative of Indiana and has received an Honorary Doctorate from his alma mater, Columbia College Chicago. He is currently producing several projects and recordings. Add him on social media @ChesterGregory and chestergregory.com
BERNARD HOLCOMB, VOCALS Tenor Bernard Holcomb has “already made a name for himself in the world of opera” with his “delicate and flexible” voice (Opera Wire) and the “appealing sweetness and clarity [of] his tone” (New York Times). Katy Walsh of Chicago Theater Beat said it best: “Although everyone [at Lyric Opera of Chicago] can sing, Holcomb reminds us why we come to the Lyric.” This season, Mr. Holcomb returns to Long Beach Opera in the world prémiere of The Central Park Five, performs in Porgy and Bess in Italy with New York Harlem Productions, performs the role of Borsa in Rigoletto with Seattle Opera, and the role of Sportin’ Life in Porgy and Bess with Harrisburg Symphony. New York theatre credits include Thomas (lead) in Whiskey Pants: The Mayor of Williamsburg Off-Broadway and Collins in Rent. He also performed Sportin’ Life in the international tour of Porgy and Bess, and in productions of Company and Sweeney Todd. Recent débuts include his Alaskan début as Captain Leadbetter in the world prémiere of Emerson Eads’ Princess Sophia with Project Orpheus, his Carnegie Hall début, his title role début in Rossini's Otello in NYC, and his début at the Dresden Semperoper in Porgy and Bess. Other recent engagements include the role of Lechmere in Owen Wingrave with Little Opera Theater of NY, his return to Seattle Opera to perform the role of Borsa in Rigoletto, his performance as a soloist in Gershwin’s Blue Monday with On Site Opera. Additionally, in recent seasons Mr. Holcomb performed with Sphinx Connect, as a soloist in Christian De Grè’s Twisted Operettas at Joe's Pub, Poul Ruders’ The Thirteenth Child with Santa Fe Opera at the Guggenheim Museum in New York, and BMP: Next Generation with Beth Morrison Projects. Additionally, Bernard made his return to Chicago Opera Theater as Tristan in Frank Martin's Le Vin Herbé and was featured as a soloist with Renée Fleming and Sir Patrick Stewart in Second City’s Guide to the Opera. An alumnus of the Lyric Opera’s Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center, Bernard performed such roles as Ernesto in Don Pasquale and Rodolfo in La bohéme. During his Lyric tenure, Mr. Holcomb appeared in the main stage performances of Strauss’ Elektra, Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra, Donizetti’s Don Pasquale, Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann and covered major roles in Massenet’s Werther, Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, and Verdi’s Rigoletto.
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Saturday, October 9, 2021 at 7:30 PM Sunday, October 10, 2021 at 2:30 PM
BPO Classics Series
MAHLER & SAINT-SAËNS JoAnn Falletta, conductor Sara Buechner, piano Rachel Mikol, soprano
Concerto No. 2 in G minor for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 22 I. Andante sostenuto II. Allegro scherzando III. Presto Sara Buechner, piano INTERMISSION
Symphony No. 4 in G major I. Bedächtig, nicht eilen II. In gemächlicher Bewegung, ohne Hast III. Ruhevoll (Poco adagio) IV. Sehr behaglich Rachel Mikol, soprano
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SARA BUECHNER, PIANO Noted for her musical command, cosmopolitan artistry, and visionary independence, Sara Davis Buechner is one of the most original concert pianists of our time. Lauded for her “intelligence, integrity and all-encompassing technical prowess” (New York Times), “thoughtful artistry in the full service of music” (Washington Post), and “astounding virtuosity” (Philippine Star), Japan’s InTune magazine sums up: “Buechner has no superior.” In her twenties, Ms. Buechner earned a bouquet of top prizes at the world’s premiere international piano competitions — Queen Elisabeth (Brussels), Leeds, Mozart (Salzburg), Beethoven (Vienna), and Sydney. She was a Bronze Medalist of the 1986 Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow and the Gold Medalist of the 1984 Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition. Ms. Buechner has performed in every state and province of North America — as recitalist, chamber musician, and soloist with top orchestras like the New York Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, and Philadelphia Orchestra; and in venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center and the Hollywood Bowl. She has toured throughout Latin and South America and Europe; and she enjoys a special following in Asia, where she has been a featured soloist with the Sydney Symphony, New Zealand Philharmonic, New Japan Philharmonic, and Shanghai Philharmonic, among many others. She has commissioned and premiered important contemporary scores by composers such as Michael Brown, John Corigliano, Ray Green, Dick Hyman, Vitězslavá Kaprálová, Jared Miller, Joaquín Nin-Culmell, and Yukiko Nishimura. Ms. Buechner’s performance versatility extends to unique collaborations with film and dance (including tours with the Mark Morris Dance Group, and Japanese kabuki-mime-mask dancer Yayoi Hirano). Ms. Buechner has released numerous acclaimed recordings of rare piano music by composers such as Rudolf Friml (“a revelation” — The New York Times), Dana Suesse, Joseph Lamb, Joaquín Turina, Miklós Rózsa, and Ferruccio Busoni (including the world première recording of the BachBusoni “Goldberg” Variations). Stereophile magazine selected her Gershwin CD as “Recording of the Month,” and her interpretation of Hollywood Piano Concertos won Germany’s coveted Deutsches Schauplatten Preis. Most recently her recorded traversal of the score to Carl Dreiser’s silent movie classic Master of the House (1925) may be heard on Criterion Collection DVD. Sara Davis Buechner joined the faculty of Temple University’s Boyer College of Music and Dance in 2016, after previously teaching at the Manhattan School of Music, New York University, and the University of British Columbia. She has presented masterclasses and workshops at major pedagogic venues worldwide, adjudicated important international piano competitions, and is also a contributing editor for Dover Publications International. In 2017, Ms. Buechner marked her 30th year as a dedicated Yamaha Artist. As a proud transgender woman, Ms. Buechner also appears as a speaker and performer at important LGBTQ events, and has contributed interviews and articles about her own experience to numerous media outlets worldwide. Sara is a dual American-Canadian citizen who makes her home in Philadelphia.
RACHEL MIKOL, SOPRANO Soprano Rachel Mikol is a native of Orchard Park, NY and is emerging as a versatile performer on the operatic and concert stages. She has recently been seen as Gilda in Rigoletto with St. Petersburg Opera, Lynn in The Halloween Tree with American Lyric Theater, and both Sandman in Hänsel und Gretel and Marie in La fille du régiment with Opera Saratoga. In recent seasons, Mikol made her role and company debuts as Frasquita in Carmen with Opéra Louisiane, Anne Egerman in A Little Night Music with Opera Ithaca, and Mary Bailey in the collegiate premiere of Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer’s operatic adaptation of It’s a Wonderful Life at Indiana University. A passionate choral and oratorio singer, Mikol sings regularly with the prestigious Chamber Choir of Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church in New York City. In 2019, she was featured as the soprano soloist in Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem (A German Requiem) with the Burnt Hills Oratorio Society and proudly made her hometown debut with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus as a soloist in JoAnn’s Classical Christmas. Additional notable roles include Sylviane in The Merry Widow with Opera Saratoga as well as Niece 2 in Peter Grimes and Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte, both with Indiana University Opera Theater. Mikol earned her Bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance and Music Education from Ithaca College, and she received her Master’s degree in Voice Performance and a Performer Diploma in Voice from Indiana University.
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PROGRAM OVERVIEW The performance of a Mahler symphony is a landmark event for every orchestra, and his warm and heartfelt Fourth Symphony is a favorite for many people. Filled with his love of nature, legend and song, the work is his most intimate symphony and ends in a special way. Soprano Rachel Mikol will join us for the fourth movement to sing Mahler's celestial vision of a child's view of heaven. We welcome superstar pianist Sara Buechner who returns with the much loved second concerto of Saint-Saens. We are very glad that you are with us for a concert of two pieces of a really special beauty.
With gratitude and love,
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PROGRAM NOTES Camille Saint-Saëns (French; 1835-1921)
Concerto No. 2 in G minor for Piano ad Orchestra, Op. 22 (1868) I. Andante sostenuto II. Allegro scherzando III. Presto Born in 1835, the remarkable prodigy Saint-Saëns dazzled audiences with his mature keyboard skills at a young age. A blossoming polymath, he was bound for a successful career and excelled as an organist, composer, and teacher, but he also (as is common among prodigies) fumbled along the way and sometimes struggled to keep up with the success of others. Failing to win the prestigious Prix de Rome in 1852, he made a curious second attempt in 1864, failing again to achieve unneeded validation for an established composer with a steady career.
Despite his later reputation as a curmudgeon, he ruffled feathers during his brief teaching role in the 1860s, exposing students like Gabriel Fauré to the modern trends of Wagner and Liszt. While his colorful orchestrations reflect this interest in musical innovators, his music relies heavily on an indebtedness to the masters of the past: the figurations and counterpoint of Rameau and Bach, the melody and humor of Mozart and Haydn, and the bold intensity of Beethoven. Such influences can be heard in his 1868 Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor. Upending the standard movement order of a concerto, Saint-Saëns begins with an austere andante. The pianist opens the work alone with Bach-influenced counterpoint, splashing figurations, and acrobatic sweeps of the instrument. One can imagine a melancholy Saint-Saëns ingeniously improvising on the keyboard studies of his Baroque masters. The orchestra’s role is annuncia-
tory but often takes a back seat to the soloist’s impressive cadenzas and inventive digressions, coloring the air around the drama of the piano. Ending as it began, the movement’s original figurations lead to a repetition of the orchestra’s first entrance, now with the piano adding its own embellishments. The dark opening movement is juxtaposed by the second, a lively scherzo. The jaunting piano impresses with streams of notes that interrupt two primary themes: the first a lively jig, the second a sweeping pastoral melody. Both themes recall Beethoven, undergoing constant manipulations throughout the delightful movement. The work’s final movement reverts to the G minor intensity of the opening, but at lightning speed this tarantella rages forward with technical bravado. A recurring motive of regal rhythms with trilling ornaments cleverly recalls SaintSaëns’ gratitude to the music of the French Baroque, but the dynamic spectacle of technique is the composer’s own. In a traditional sonata form, the final movement rounds out a dazzling piano concerto that is practically a symphony in design and ambition. Writing his concerto in a flash in order to debut it under the baton of his visiting friend Anton Rubinstein, the composer performed as the premiere soloist in what would become one of his best-known works. Saint-Saëns was the first major French composer of his era to add to the piano concerto repertoire, making him something of a maverick, while leaning on the well-established tradition of the genre.
Gustav Mahler (1860-1911) Symphony No. 4 in G major (1900) I. Bedächtig, nicht eilen II. In gemächlicher Bewegung, ohne Hast III. Ruhevoll (Poco adagio) IV. Sehr behaglich Today, Mahler is respected as the pinnacle of Romantic Symphonists, a proto-modernist symphonic dramatist, an elite orchestrator and melodist steeped in knowledge of his predecessors. In his own time, professional anxieties, a turbulent love life, Vienna’s looming anti-Semitism, and the populace’s generally vexed attitude toward his music dogged him constantly. However, he was no struggling hermit, but a titan of Europe’s opera houses where he gained enormous fame, especially as a conductor of the operas of Wagner, Mozart, or any score in front of him. Holding one prestigious post after another, his ambitions led him to the helm of Vienna’s Hofoper in 1897. Constantly busy with the demands of running one of Europe’s most influential opera houses, he always carved out time to compose, especially during his summer holidays. Through the decades, he dreamt up enormous symphonies, but was also obsessed with song composition. His understanding of vocal writing was immaculate, and although he never composed an opera, his songs are numerous, including two dozen settings from the German folk poem collection Des Knaben Wunderhorn (The Boy’s Magic Horn).
In many ways, Mahler’s Symphonies flowed from one to another. The Classical form and adolescent innocence of the Fourth can be seen as a massive coda to his enormous Third, or even a prologue to the fateful Fifth Symphony. He began composing his Fourth Symphony with the final movement, in which heaven is described in the voice of a child: a soprano brings us the Wunderhorn song “Das himmlische Leben” (the heavenly life). Everything in the Symphony draws on and leads towards this finale, and as such, is a journey both from and toward innocence. The opening movement begins with the odd sound of sleigh bells and a questionable mood, but this is dispelled for a pleasantly joyful melody. Childish naiveté abounds throughout the opening movement, but foreshadowing materials anticipate the heavenly finale. The second movement is a scherzo, and features a violin solo with strings tuned a whole step higher than usual. This detail portrays the medieval figure
Freund Hein, who, with his highstrung fiddle, personifies death. Even so, moments of serenity calm the nerves, but ultimately, death is an inevitability. The joy of the opening movement, followed by the danse macabre scherzo, leads to a fateful conclusion with a solemn funeral march in the third movement, massively structured as a theme with variations. The struggle of sorrow and hope create a grand climax, but the innocent joy once felt in the Symphony has dissipated. Mahler’s folkloric dramatic arch ends with the joys of heaven. Although the Symphony begins in G major, it ascends in the finale to a bright E major, returning to simple melodies. A human voice describes the joys of heavens, where dancing and food are aplenty. “There is no music on earth/that can compare to ours,” proclaims our protagonist. In its final moments, the music disappears past the horizon. Chaz Stuart, 2021
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Saturday, October 16, 2021 at 7:30 PM
BPO Pops Series
Bradley Thachuk, conductor Camille Zamora, soprano Héctor Del Curto, bandoneón
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BRADLEY THACHUK, GUEST CONDUCTOR Bradley Thachuk is the Music Director of the Niagara Symphony Orchestra (NSO) in Canada, entering into his 11th season as their artistic leader and conductor in September 2021. He is also the Conductor for the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra’s BPO Rocks! series, Conductor and Arranger for Steve Hackett’s “Genesis Revisited” project, and a lecturer in Orchestral Literature at the world-renowned Glenn Gould School at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. A respected and devoted artist, he has received many awards including Established Artist 2016 in Niagara, given to an artist of international stature who has benefitted the artistic life in the Niagara region, being selected by the National Arts Centre (Canada) as the only Canadian in an international field to be featured in their Young Conductor Showcase, receiving the David Effron Fellowship at the Chautauqua Institute, and being awarded a Corbett Scholarship at the University of Cincinnati, allowing him to pursue his entire graduate education tuition-free. A versatile and diverse musician, Mr. Thachuk has also established himself globally as one of the handful of conductors who moves easily between the classical and rock worlds. He is a highly sought-after symphonic arranger, but he also has the legitimacy and skills as a symphony conductor, which allows him to see a project through from inception to performance. He is quite uniquely positioned in this capacity and has worked with artists in many genres. His work on Steve Hackett’s worldwide Blu-Ray/DVD/CD release “Genesis Revisited Band & Orchestra: Live at Royal Festival Hall”, and appearances in Europe with this project have been met with critical acclaim. Recent and upcoming projects include Blue Rodeo, Styx, Dave Mason of Fleetwood Mac and Traffic, Carl Palmer of Emerson, Lake and Palmer, Bahamas, ABC’s Dancing with the Stars franchise, Tony-Award winning Heather Headley, Sarah Slean, Chantal Kreviazuk, The Beach Boys, and Air Supply. An advocate of contemporary music, he has led world, Canadian, and U.S. premieres of works by John Estacio, Joseph Schwantner, Kevin Lau, Stewart Goodyear, Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, Roydon Tse, Robert A. Baker, and Ronald Royer, amongst others A native of Toronto, Canada, Mr. Thachuk started his music studies in classical guitar at the age of 5. Having established a performing career by the age of 9, he eventually began studies of the French horn and piano before entering the University of Toronto to pursue his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance as a guitarist. Following graduation, his sights set on conducting and he began the Special Program for Conductors at the University of Toronto. Following studies at the Janacek Academy in Brno, Czech Republic he pursued his Masters and Doctorate degrees at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and completed his studies with NHK Symphony Orchestra ( Japan), Orchestre de Paris (France), and Tonhalle Orchestra (Switzerland) Music Director, Paavo Järvi.
CAMILLE ZAMORA, SOPRANO In collaboration with artists ranging from Yo-Yo Ma to Sting, soprano Camille Zamora has garnered acclaim for her “dramatic and nuanced” (The New York Times) interpretations of repertoire ranging from Mozart to tango. She is known for her “dignity and glowing sound” (The New York Times) in “luminous, transcendently lyrical” performances (Opera News) that “combine gentility and emotional fire” (The Houston Chronicle). Hailed by the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and NBC Latino as a leading interpreter of classical Spanish song, Camille has performed on five continents, in venues ranging from Carnegie Hall to Zimbabwe’s Harare International Festival, and in live broadcasts on PBS, Deutsche Radio, and the BBC. She has headlined with ensembles including London Symphony Orchestra, American Symphony Orchestra, and St. Louis Symphony in works ranging from Bach to Bernstein to boleros. Her recent albums, If the night grows dark and The Last Sorcerer, debuted in Billboard's Classical Top Ten, and her recording of Hindemith’s opera The Long Christmas Dinner topped The New York Times’ Classical Playlist and was one of Opera News’ Best Recordings of the Year. A graduate of The Juilliard School, Camille is the Co-Founder of Sing for Hope, a leading “arts peace corps” that presents initiatives, such as NYC’s Sing for Hope Pianos, that make the arts accessible to all. Camille has performed at the US Capitol and the United Nations, been honored with a Congressional Hispanic Caucus Recognition and a Kennedy Center Citizen Artist Award, and been named one of CNN’s Most Intriguing People.
HÉCTOR DEL CURTO, BANDONEÓN Praised by The New York Times as a "splendid player," Argentinean bandoneónist Héctor Del Curto's career, spanning for more than twenty–five years, has encompassed the traditional Tango, New Tango, Jazz, Classical and World music. As one of the most sought–after bandoneónist, he has performed with luminaries across many musical genres including the Tango legends Astor Piazzolla and Osvaldo Pugliese, Latin jazz giant Paquito D'Rivera, jazz violinist Regina Carter, saxophonist Joe Lovano, violinist Cho–Liang Lin, and appeared with prestigious orchestras such as Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Mobile Symphony, and Buenos Aires Symphony Orchestra. Born into a family of bandoneón players, Mr. Del Curto was introduced to the world of Tango and bandoneón by his grandfather, Héctor Cristobal. By the age of 17, he had won the title "Best Bandoneón Player Under 25" in Argentina, and was invited to join the orchestra of the legendary Osvaldo Pugliese, the "Last Giant of Tango." In 1999, Mr. Del Curto received the Golden Note Award from the Italian–American Network in recognition of his artistic achievements. As a music director, he directed the spectacular show Forever Tango on Broadway and founded the Eternal Tango Orchestra, a ten-piece ensemble. Since the Lincoln Center début in 2003, the Eternal Tango Orchestra (now the Hector Del Curto Tango Orchestra) returned to Lincoln Center for three more engagements and performed at other various venues including the Skirball Center for Performing Arts. His celebrated quintet has appeared in venues and festivals such as Lincoln Center, Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College, Eastman School of Music, Bay Chambers Concerts, National Folk Festival, Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts, Fiesta Iberoamericano
de las Artes in Puerto Rico, Festival Internacional da Safona, and Copa Fest in Brazil among many others. A musician who is dedicated to the education, outreach, and preservation of tango music, Mr. Del Curto founded the Stowe Tango Music Festival, the premier tango music festival in the United States, noted both for its unique series of performances and its high level of musical training. As the festival's Artistic Director, he directs the Stowe Tango Music Festival Orchestra, a 20 plus piece tango orchestra comprised of an extraordinary group of selected students from all over the globe and world-class artists including guest tango legends from Argentina. Mr. Del Curto recently produced and released his second album, Eternal Piazzolla, featuring his quintet with a sold out CD release concert at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City. He was featured along with his first CD, Eternal Tango, on BBC News, which was televised nationally and internationally and on Public Radio International's The World. He appears in numerous recordings with artists such as Osvaldo Pugliese and Astor Piazzolla on Finally Together (Lucho), Pablo Ziegler on the albums Asphalto, Quintet for the New Tango (BMG), and Tango & All That Jazz, Paquito D'Rivera on Funk Tango, Jazz Clazz and Panamericana Suite Tito Puente and Eddie Palmieri on Masterpiece, Plácido Domingo's Encanto del Mar (Sony Classical), Erwin Schrott on Rojotango (Sony Classical), Denyce Graves' The Lost Days (BMG), Absolute Ensemble on Bach Reinvented (Sony Classical), Fernando Otero on Plan, Vital and Pagina de Buenos Aires, Ricardo Arjona's Quién Dijo Ayer and Santo Pecado (Sony International), and Shakira's Laundry Service.
CELINA ROTUNDO & HUGO PATYN, TANGO Celina Rotundo and Hugo Patyn are Argentine Tango dancers, masters, and choreographers who dazzle the world, both on stage and in every class or workshop they teach. They possess an especially particular connection and style, making them first class dancers with an extensive dance background. They have danced in diverse places of the world, presenting challenging, intense, and sensual choreographies with history. As instructors, they have initiated and inspired hundreds of students around the world. With a career of more than 20 years, they have danced, choreographed, and directed several shows including "TANGO AND FIRE," "TANGO BUENOS AIRES," "EMPORIO TANGO," "CABARET TANGO," "TANGO JOVEN," "SUPER TANGO," "EVOLUTION TANGO," "FOREVER TANGO," "RISAS Y TANGO," "FOLLIES BERGERE," "ALMA DE TANGO," "TANGO ESPIRITU III," "PASION DE TANGO," "EL CORAZON DEL TANGO," "TANGO DREAMS," "FUSION TANGO," "I TANGO," "BIEN ARGENTINO," and "MILONGUERA," which have been presented in different places of the world such as the United States, Canada, Greece, Taiwan, Israel, Japan, Peru, Spain, Italy , Bermuda, Chile, Indonesia, Korea, and Portugal, among others. Hugo and Celina are fantastic instructors of Argentine Tango. They teach classes and intensive seminars in different places of Argentina and the world. Some of which have been: CITA 2010, MYSTERY TANGO, TANGO FESTIVAL OF MAR DEL PLATA, TANGO FESTIVAL IN MALAGA, etc. They have traveled on their annual tours in different cities helping initiate new communities and collaborating in the evolution of Argentine Tango. Together they run their school in Argentina, in which they teach social and stage tango to children from 5 years old up to adults, as well as differently-abled people. They also give monthly body training seminars and host a largely attended milonga there. Both have had extensive artistic training from an early age in Ballet, Argentine Folklore, Music, Flamenco, and Figure Skating. When Tango finally entered their lives, they had the influence of great mentors such as Osvaldo Zotto, Gloria & Eduardo Arquimbau, Nito & Elba, and Pedro Monteleones, among others. They lead an Argentine Tango Company that has participated in grand events in several places around the globe, receiving the best ratings after each presentation. With its own character and of an incomparable aesthetic, the Company recreates fantastic scenes and moments of the Argentine Tango. With fantastic costumes and unique skills, they embody musicality, and choreographies that cause the audience to fall in love with each presentation.
SPONSOR A MUSICIAN Nikki Chooi, concertmaster
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Jay Matthews, French horn
Ansgarius Aylward, assistant concertmaster
Janz Castelo, viola
Sheryl Hadeka, French horn
Douglas Cone, first violin
Feng Hew, associate principal cello
Alex Jokipii, principal trumpet
Robert Hausmann, cello
Jonathan Lombardo, principal trombone
David Schmude, cello
Timothy Smith, trombone
Amelie Fradette, cello
Filipe Pereira, bass trombone
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Diana Sachs, first violin
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Alan Ross, first violin
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Loren Silvertrust, first violin Sponsored by Mrs. George F. Phillips, Jr.
Andrea Blanchard-Cone, first violin
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Melanie Haas, first violin
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Amy Licata, second violin
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Xiaofan Liu, second violin
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Caroline Gilbert, principal viola Sponsored by Bruce and Gail Johnstone
Anna Shemetyeva, associate principal viola
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Natalie Piskorsky, viola
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Matthew Phillips, viola Sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. George G. Herbert
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Dinesh Joseph, percussion
Anna Mattix, oboe/English horn
Madeline Olson, principal harp
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The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra gratefully acknowledges contributions received from the following individuals and foundations who gave $500 and above through April 12, 2021. While the thousands upon thousands of donors whose gifts ranged from $1 to $499 are too numerous to list here, we gratefully acknowledge those additional individuals, groups, companies and foundations who give to us so generously.
MILLONZI SOCIETY $150,000+ The Cameron and Jane Baird Foundation Carol and Angelo Fatta The John R. Oishei Foundation John & Carolyn Yurtchuk
$50,000-$149,999 Anonymous Mr. Brent Baird Mark Chason & Mariana Botero Chason Louis P. Ciminelli Family Foundation The Robert and Patricia Colby Foundation Cullen Foundation Carlos and Elizabeth Heath Foundation W. & J. Larson Family Foundation Mulroy Family Foundation The Walter Schmid Family Foundation Charitable Trust
$25,000-$49,999 Clement & Karen Arrison Brian and Barbara Baird Mr. Bruce C. Baird & Mrs. Susan O'Connor-Baird First Niagara Bank Foundation Montgomery Family Foundation Svetla and Doug Moreland Mr.* and Mrs. George F. Phillips, Jr. Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Legacy Funds at CFGB Roy and Ruth Seibel Family Foundation Christine Standish & Chris Wilk
Maestro’s Circle $10,000-$24,999 Cindy Abbott Letro and Francis Letro Paul and Vanda Albera Sue Fay Allen & Carl Klingenschmitt The Baird Foundation Mr. Charles Balbach The Better Buffalo Fund at the CFGB Anthony & Barbara Cassetta Carmela M. Colucci Arthur W. & Elaine I. Cryer Robert J. & Martha B. Fierle Foundation Patricia & William Frederick George and Bodil Gellman Mrs. Amy Habib-Rittling and Mr. Mark Rittling Mr. and Mrs. George G. Herbert Dr. and Mrs. Curtis F. Holmes Hooper Family Foundation Bonnie and Nick Hopkins Mr. Philip H. Hubbell Clement and Margot Ip J. Warren Perry & Charles Donald Perry Memorial Bruce and Gail Johnstone Roberta & Michael Joseph Mrs. Ellen T. Koessler Dr. Bradford Lewis, Ph.D. Mr.* and Mrs. Reginald B. Newman II Adam Rome and Robin Schulze Joseph & Carole Sedita Mr. and Mrs. Paul Steinwachs Scott R. and Rachel C. Stenclik Steve and Nicole Swift Gary and Katharina Szakmary The Vincent and Harriet Palisano Foundation Jack Walsh, in memory of Connie Walsh The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation
E Joseph And Lynne Giroux Sarah Goodyear Ms. Constance A. Greco Dr. Elisabeth Zausmer and Dr. Angel A. Gutierrez Daniel and Barbara Hart David and Eva Herer Jim Hettich David and Lucinda Hohn John J. and Maureen O. Hurley Robert and Hana Jacobi Linda Johnson Michael & Marilee Keller Mr. and Mrs.* Philip Kadet - The Linton Foundation Mr. Warren Lippa Lorinda McAndrew Voelkle Foundation Charles & Judith Manzella Stephen McCabe and Gretchen Wylegala Sandra and Dennis McCarthy Ms. Beth Mooney Frances L. Morrison Mrs. Sheila M. Nancollas Mr. and Mrs. James D. Newman Patricia Notarius/ Premier Group Marie and Jay Novello, in memory of Don and Eileen Brutvan Douglas & Laurette* Oak OSC Charitable Foundation Pappalardo Family Foundation Mrs. Michelle Parrish Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Polokoff Mr. Dennis P. Quinn Robert and Nancy Warner Memorial Fund at the FJP Lowell and Ellen Shaw Stephen and Monica Spaulding Martha and John Welte Robert and Judith Wetter
Encore Circle Concertmaster’s Circle $2,500-$4,999 $5,000-$9,999 Anonymous (2) Anonymous (4) James and Linda Beardi James M. Beardsley & Ellen M. Gibson Mr. Joseph F. Casey Ms. Anne E. Conable Donald F. & Barbara L. Newman Family Foundation Jennifer Dowdell Sally and Don Dussing Peter & Maria Eliopoulos Ms. JoAnn Falletta & Mr. Robert Alemany Lynne Marie Finn Judith Fisher Edward Giannino Jr
Dr. George N. Abraham Monica Angle & Samuel D. Magavern III Douglas Bean and Elisa Kreiner The Reverend* and Mrs. Peter Bridgford Mr & Mrs John Burkholder Joanne Castellani & Michael Andriaccio Ms. Elizabeth G. Clark Conable Family Foundation Michael D'Ambrosio Alan Dozoretz Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Easton Stephen Edge and Cynthia Swain Ms. Mary A. Ferguson Mrs. Marta Fernandez
Thomas and Grace Flanagan Beth Fleming Frederick S. & Phyllis W. Pierce Family Fund Dr. Samuel Goodloe, Jr. Dave & Katie Hayes Dr. Barbara W. Henderson Philip M. and Marion Henderson Martha & Tom Hyde Mr. James & Mrs. Diana Iglewski Edwin M. Johnston, Jr. Joseph & Anna Gartner Foundation Joy Family Foundation Mr. William P. Keefer Joseph M. Kelly Mrs. S. A. Keppel Dwight King & Leslie Duggleby Susan B. Lee Steve & Sandy Levinthal Mr. Ron Luczak Sr. Beatrice Manzella William and Jane Mathias Denise Rezabek Michael and Lorrie Munschauer Mr. and Mrs. Sanford M. Nobel Dr. Thomas Nochajski Mary Jane and Walter Pawlowski Mr. Paul J. Polokoff Mrs. Susan A. Potter Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Priselac, Jr. Ms. Georgeann W. Redman Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Renner David & Joan Rogers Dr. Richard J. Saab/Maureen Wilson Saab Ken Schmieder and Nancy Julian* Ronald Frank* & Anne Schneider Dr. Gilbert Schulenberg Ms. Betty J. Schultz Dr. Maxine Seller Simple Gifts Fund Dr. Joyce E. Siriann Diane & Sonny Sonnenstein Ronald Struzik Dr. Joseph R. Takats, III Garin Tomaszewski Drs. Mark and Maansi Travers Nicholas & Nicole Tzetzo Barry & Donna Winnick Gregory and Donna Yungbluth John and Deanna Zak
Bravo Circle $1,000-$2,499 Anonymous (8) Morton & Natalie Abramson Dr. and Mrs. Fred and Bonnie Albrecht JoAnne Alderfer Burtram W. & Ellen Anderson Liz & John Angelbeck Ann Holland Cohn Endowment Fund at the FJP Reverend James M. Augustyn Mr. and Mrs. Teo Balbach Mary L. and Ronald E* Banks
Mr. Steve Earnhart and Mrs. Jennifer Barbee Drs. Kevin and Elizabeth Barlog Thomas R Beecher Jr Ann N. Bonte Gary & Willow Brost Tim and Mary Lou Butler Dr. and Mrs. John L. Butsch William Catto Cheryl Christie Dr. and Mrs. Michael E. Cohen Dr. and Mrs. Harold G. Corwin, Jr. Patti Cosgrove Dr. Elizabeth Conant* and Ms. Camille Cox Mr. and Mrs. David Croen Jean McGarry and James F. Cunning Peter S. and Elizabeth H. Curtis Jane M D'Agostino Ian Danic Clotilde & Trey Dedecker Mr. and Mrs. Joseph S. DePaolo James & Mary Frances Derby Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Detwiler Tony* & Kathy Diina Wendy Diina Duane and Nancy DiPirro Joan M. Doerr Mrs. Carol Donley Richard and Cornelia Dopkins Miriam & Peter Dow Ellen & Victor* Doyno Patricia K Duffner Edward G Eberl Elsie P. & Lucius B. McCowan Private Charitable Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Kim A. Ferullo Joyce E. Fink Mr. and Mrs. Michael Flaherty Jr. Ilene and Peter Fleischmann Robert and Ruth Fleming The Honorable and Mrs. Leslie G. Foschio Ms. Margaret A. Frainier Eileen & Laurence Franz Mr. and Mrs. David Fried Sue Gardner Ms. Dolores S. Gernatt Mr. and Ms. James G. Hanley Golden and Goldman Philanthropic Fund Ms. Carol A. Golder Dr. Susan Graham and Dr. Jon C. Kucera Mr. and Mrs. Robert M. Greene Mr. and Mrs. William A. Greenman Adrienne Tworek-Gryta and Matt Gryta Mr. and Mrs. Van N. Harwood, Jr. Michele O. Heffernan & John J. Cordes Ms. Sharon M. Heim and Mr. David Wahl Carla J. Hengerer Amy & Eduardo Heumann Nancy Higgins Monte Hoffman, Niscah Koessler Mr. Paul A. Hojnacki Duncan C. Hollinger John and Janice Horn Mr. Bernhard Huber, Jr. Dr. Mildred J. Fischle*
Thomas and Deborah Jasinski Luella H. Johnson Craig & Debbie Joho Mr. Alex Jokipii and Ms. Shari L. McDonough Mr. and Mrs. Benoy Joseph Mr. Charles J. Kaars Dr. and Mrs. Kenneth R. Kahn Ms. Jennifer Kartychak Dr. Kathleen Keenan-Takagi Mr. and Mrs. Douglas G. Kirkpatrick Rosalind & Michael Kochmanski Carol & John* Kociela Mr. and Mrs. Jean Pierre A. Koenig Ken & Paula Koessler Bob & Liz Kolken Daniel Kosman Kenneth A. and Gretchen P. Krackow Mr.* and Mrs. Robert J. Kresse Risé & Kevin* Kulick Drs. Jeffery Lackner and Ann Marie Carosella Mr. Donald Latt Dr. John Leddy and Dr. Carmen Alvarez Catherine & Matt Lincoln Ms. Donna J. Ludwig Judy Marine Ms. Linda Marsh Ms. Elaine Mackensen May Mr. George L. Mayers Mr. and Mrs. John R. McClester Ms. Michaelene J. McFarlane Ms. Barbara Mellerski-Farkas Dr. and Mrs. Franklin H. Meyer David & Gail Miller Ms. Pennie C. Hoage Mitchell Family Philanthropic Fund at the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo Mr. and Mrs. Carl J. Montante, Sr. Anne Moot Ms. Sharon F. Mortin Robert Moskowitz and Mary McGorray Sandra Mundier Philip Nicolai and Mary Louise Hill Dr. Michael F. Noe Mr. and Mrs. Randall M. Odza Mr. Gerald Pacillo Judith Parkinson Lois & Tom Pause Dr. & Mrs. Philip Penepent Richard & Karen Penfold Erin Peradotto David C Schopp and Mark J Peszko Mr. Robert S. Petersen Ms. Christye Peterson and Mr. Peter J. Grogan Gregory Photiadis and Sandy Chelnov Mr. and Mrs. Robert W. Plyler Keith & Beth Podgorny Henry & Patty Porter Dr. Igor and Dr. Martina Puzanov Ted and Mary Ann Pyrak Peter & Nancy Rabinowitz Mr. & Mrs. Allan Ripley
Ms. Stephanie Robb Mary Anne Rokitka deborah henning/thomas rolle Rose H. and Leonard H. Frank Community Endowment Fund Mr. Philip Rumore Mrs. Frances C. Rumsey Ruth and Darwin Schmitt Fund at the CFGB William and Elizabeth Savino Susan and Jeffrey Schwartz Mr. Michael B. Sexton and Dr. Sandra Sexton Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence D. Seymour Drs. Stuart C. and Caren Shapiro Mr. and Mrs. Robert Shappee Dr. Mary Ellen Shaughnessy Larry & Barbara Sherman Mr. and Mrs. John W. Sherman Charles E. and Penelope R. Shuman Philanthropic Fund Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Sperrazza Mr. Gerould R. Stange Ruth & Ted Steegmann Alma and Malcolm Strachan Mr. and Mrs. David G. Strachan Jan Svec Dr. Donald G. Symer, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Thomas W. Symons Mr. Ronald G. and Mrs. Margaret N. Talboys Susan and John Thomas Thomas J. Hanifin BPO Fund II at the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo Mr. Jeffrey J. Thompson Dr. Ann M. Bisantz and Dr. Albert H. Titus Lyle & Phil Toohey Dr. & Mrs. Raymond C. Vaughan Janet D. Vine Ms. Suzanne J. Voltz Dr. and Mrs. P.K. Wallace Nellie B. Warner Endowment Fund William & Valerie Warren William Weiss Dr. and Mrs. Richard A. Wiesen William & Ida Christie Fund for Music Wayne* & Janet Wisbaum Paul M. Wos Arden and Julie Wrisley The Yadzinski Family Cynthia Zane & Stephen Mazurak 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 (4) Ms. Gail Adema
Eileen M. & Erik S. Anderson Susan Baird Bradford Banks Karen A. Barbee Mr. Richard C. Batt Mark & Debbie Bauer Henry E. and Susan W. Beamer Endowment Fund at CFGB Mr. Donald M. Behr Benjamin and Lila Obletz Endowment Fund Ms. Elizabeth S. Bennett and Ms. Marietta T. Lorenzo Ms. Linda M. Betzer Peg Beyer Alice F. Bird Mr. and Mrs. Terrence Bisson Derek & Laura Brann Mr. James A. Brophy, Jr. Bruce and Jill Brown Mr. & Mrs. William Brucker Ms. Bette J. Brunish R. R. Bujnicki Mr. & Mrs. David Bullions Dr. Barbara B. Bunker Mr. & Mrs. Dean & Patricia Burgstahler Mr. and Ms. Randall Burkard Dr. Mireya B. Camurati Joseph and Susan Cardamone Janet M. Casagrande Jerry* & Barbara Castiglia Miss Victoria A. Christopher Emmy Lou Churchill Mr. Michael Charles Cimasi Ruth C. Cisek Collins Charitable Foundation Ginger and Gordon* Comstock Bob and Susan Conklin John and Patricia Connolly Mrs. Donanne S. Coovert Andrea and Don Copley Thomas and Elizabeth Cowley Dr. and Mrs. John Coyne Croucher - Fletcher Charitable Fund Ms. Ellen J. Daly Mr. and Mrs. Walter Dannhauser Mr. and Mrs. David Day Roger and Roberta Dayer Dr.* and Mrs. David C. Dean Dr. Juan F. de Rosas Jonathan Dewald Julie Klotzbach and Gary Diamond Nicholas and Lusyd Kourides Mr. David T. Duff Robert G Dunford Drs. Philip Dvoretsky & Linda Ludwig Mr. Edward Eardley Amy P. Early M.D. Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Efron Marla Eglowstein Dr. Sanford H. Eisen Mr. and Mrs. K. Wiedenhaupt Dr. Richard S. Elman and Dr, Nora MeaneyElman Mr. and Mrs. Warren E. Emblidge, Jr.
Joan Michael Eschner Mr. Francis E. Evans Mr. and Mrs. James S. Fanning Dr. W. Ferguson Paul & Karen Ferington Denise Ferkey and Jeffrey Swaluk Mrs. Judith Ferrentino Mr. and Mrs. Karl D. Fiebelkorn Michael R. Fiels & Mary T. Ricotta Edward J. Fine Dawn & John Fischer Edward* and Cynthia Fisher Dr. Peter Fletcher Rita A. Forman Howard and Laurie Foster Patricia B. Frey, Ed.D. Rick Friend John Fudyma and Sarah Fallon Mrs. Joanne Gaffin Rev. David M. Gallivan Theodore & Joan* Geier Jeffrey & Norma Gentner Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth T. Glaser Mr. Otis Glover Mr. and Mrs. Peter H. Grace George and Cecelia Grasser Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Greenlee Ms. Jane Griffin Mark and Lora Grinder kenneth w gross Mr. and Mrs. William H. Gurney Marjorie K Hamilton Martha Haseley David Hays Dr. and Mrs. Reid R. Heffner, Jr. Dr. Theodore Herman and Ms. Judith Ann Cohen Ms. Olive Marie Hewett Richard and Laura Hill Dr. & Mrs. Ralph W. Hinds, III James & Eileen Hoffman Mr. Raymond and Mrs. Virginia Hohl Mr. & Mrs. Paul Homer Michael Huber Scott and Alyssa Hunt Yasushi Innami Mr. and Mrs. Charles P. Jacobs Dr. Thomas A. Jambro William & Genevieve James Mrs. Cathleen Jeffers Mr. and Mrs. Carl E. Jennings David & Joan Kernan Claire E. Johnson Mr. and Mrs. William Johnson Drs. Richard and Barbara Jurasek Dr. Faye Justicia-Linde Nathan Kahn Theresa Kazmierczak Jane and John Kearns Kathie A. Keller Milton Kicklighter Verna Kieffer Mr. and Mrs. Scott King Juliet E. Kline Robert and Barbara Klocke
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Christa* and Jim Nolan Howard Noonan Susan D. Nusbaum Tim O'Brien Fund at the FJC Bernard & Linda O'Donnell Ann C. Pappalardo Eleanor & Tony Paterson Laurence & Sylvia Paul Mr. Rick Paulson Jo Anne Brocklehurst Rodney P. Pierce Karen L. Podd James and Nancy Poole Dr. and Mrs. Kevin Pranikoff John & Betty Preble Joseph and Pamela Priest Charles and Joanne Privitera Ms. Carol Dean Privitera Scott Propeack and Heidi Freedman Patrick J. Rankin Mr. Alex J. Ratkowski Martha J. Reddout Mrs. Kathrin Reid Randolph & Cathy Ritz Mrs. Susan C. Robinson Ms. Elizabeth S. Rundle Revs. Melody and Rodney Rutherford Mr. and Mrs. W. Scott Schaefer Dr. William L Scheider Mr. and Mrs. Roger L. Schintzius Mr. and Mrs. John H. Schlegel John & Connor Cardot-Schloop Paul J. Schulz Eleanor Scott Miss Louise E. Seereiter Mary Anne Seifert Henry & Tricia Semmelhack Mr. Joseph A. Shifflett Peter Siedlecki & Lynnette Mende
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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) Angelo & Carol Fatta Mrs. Frederick S. Pierce Charlotte C. Acer Marion Fay Edwin Polokoff Elizabeth & John Angelbeck Dr. Mildred J. Fischle* Susan Potter Rita Argen Auerbach Judith & John* Fisher Dennis Quinn Charles Balbach Marjorie* and William Gardner Virginia Ann Quinn Jennifer Barbee Richard E. Garman* Donald M. Behr & Samuel E. Edward N. Giannino, Jr. Evelyn Joyce Ramsdell Lolinger* Mr. George Eagan Ginther Sally Rohrdanz* The Reverend and Mr. & Mrs. Byron R. Goldman Sylvia L. Rosen Mrs. Peter W. Bridgford* Ms. Constance A. Greco John and Susan Rowles James A. Brophy & Fraser B. Drew* Susan J. Grelick Nancy E. Ryther* Daniel R. Burch Gordon* & Gretchen Gross Anthony J. Cassetta Peter Hall & M.E. O'Leary Paul and Gerda Sanio The Joanne Castellani and Marion Hanson* Kenneth Schmieder, Michael Andriaccio Charitable Trust Margaret W. Henry In memory of Nancy L. Julian Barbara & Jerry* Castiglia Mr. & Mrs. George G. Herbert Gilbert Schulenberg Gerard and Rachel Catalano Monte & Cheryl* Hoffman Betty J. Schultz Cheryl I. Christie Mrs. L. Nelson Hopkins, Jr.* Ida Christie* Philip H. Hubbell Catherine F. Schweitzer Victoria A. Christopher in memory of Jayne T. Hubbell Joseph and Carole Sedita In honor of JoAnn Falletta and Paul A. Imbert Roger & Joan Simon Donald McCrorey Robert and Hana Jacobi Mr. & Mrs. Robert B. Skerker Dr. Sebastian and Mrs. Marilyn Bruce and Gail Johnstone Dennis M. Smolarek Ciancio Theresa Kazmierczak Louis & Ann Louise Ciminelli Dr. & Mrs. Kenneth R. Kahn Jane Snowden* Ms. Elizabeth G. Clark Kathleen Keenan-Takagi Monica and Steve Spaulding Mr.* & Mrs.* William M. Clarkson The Herbert & Ella Knight Harriet Stewart* Mary E. Clemesha* Family Charitable Fund David D. Stout & Ruth Cohan* Rosalind and Michael Kochmanski Janet E. Popp Stout Mrs. George Cohn Dr. Merrily Kuhn and Mr. James Anne Conable Kulwicki Gerald R. Strauss Dr. Elizabeth Conant Norma Jean Lamb* Sue W. Strauss Ellen Todd Cooper Eric E. & Ruth F. Lansing Cecelia Tachok* Rev. Raymond G. Corbin Mr. * & Mrs. * Wilfred J. Larson Nancy B. Thomas Marilyn R. Cornelius Kalista S. Lehrer* Therese M. Vita Dr. Sharon F. Cramer and Steve & Sandy Levinthal Mr. Leslie R. Morris* Bradford Lewis, PhD Jim and Michal Wadsworth, in honor of the BPO Viola Section Gerald & Barbara Lipa as trustees of the Mulroy, Sandra B. Cumming Francie D. & Joel N. Lippman Heath and Colby Foundations Beverly Davies Marie Marshall* Dr. Bernard D. Wakefield* Clarence Davis, Jr.* Mr.* & Mrs. J. A. Mattern Mrs. Robert Warner* Mrs. Roberta Dayer Sandra and Dennis McCarthy Tim DiCarlo Michael and Lorrie Munschauer Marjorie W. Watson Mr.* and Mrs. Anthony N. Diina Donna & Leo Nalbach Dorothy Westhafer* Charles* & Nancy* Dowdell Rev. Russell A. Newbert Wayne* & Janet Wisbaum Ellen & Victor* Doyno Drs. Howard & Karen Noonan Elizabeth Ann Withrow Sarah & Donald Dussing Robert & Marion North Fund Jeanne C. Eaton* Mr.* and Mrs.* J. Milton Zeckhauser George F. Phillips, Jr.* *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
To ensure your wishes are carried on for the BPO for generations to come, you may call Guy Tomassi (716) 242-7821 for more information. The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra endorses the LEAVE A LEGACY® WESTERN NEW YORK program, an initiative of the WNY Planned Giving Consortium and a public awareness campaign of the National Committee on Planned Giving.
BPO ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF Kevin James
Sales and Patron Services
Nicole M. Bodemer
Associate Executive Director & Vice President, Development
Patron Services Representatives
Vice President, Corporate Relations & Special Projects
President & Executive Director
Vice President, Finance & Administration
Senior Manager of Patron Services
Associate Director of Finance
Finance/Accounts Payable Associate
Anne Boucher Bethany Erhardt Scott Kurchak Edward Lonergan Amy Sturmer
Kleinhans Music Hall Staff
Payroll and HR/ Benefits Administrator
Katie Bates Johnson Annual Fund Manager
Vice President, Marketing & Communications
Grant and Corporate Relations Coordinator Major and Planned Gifts Officer
Patron Services Supervisor
Digital Marketing Manager
Cary Michael Trout Education and Graphic Designer/Consultant Community Engagement Operations Robin Parkinson, Vice President, Education & Community Engagement
Michael Cassidy Chief Engineer
Parking & Set Up Supervisor
Vice President, Artistic & Orchestra Operations
Associate Manager of Artistic and Orchestra Operations
Orchestra Personnel Manager
Audience Services Manager
PROGRAM BOOK PRODUCED BY
ART & PRODUCTION SENIOR GRAPHIC DESIGNERS
Joshua Flanigan Kim Miers Adam Van Schoonhoven Nicholas Vitello PRESIDENT & CEO Sharon PUBLISHER/CHIEF REVENUE OFFICER
Barbara E. Macks
ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER/EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Elizabeth VICE PRESIDENT/ADMINISTRATIVE & FINANCE CREATIVE DIRECTOR
Taramarie Mitravich TO ADVERTISE
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PATRON INFORMATION WHAT TO KNOW AT THE BPO • Kleinhans Music Hall will open 90 minutes before a concert’s scheduled start, or earlier depending on pre-concert activities. • Special assistance in the areas of parking, seating, and hearing will be accommodated to the best of our ability. Please contact the Box Office ahead of your visit. -Options are available for patrons using mobility aids or requesting a wheelchair accessible location and accompanying companion seating. -Hearing Assistance Devices are available at the coat check. -Please note: there is no elevator to the balcony level. • It is strictly forbidden to record, photograph, or film during a performance in the Main Auditorium. Photography is permitted in the hall before and after concerts. • Late arrivals will be seated at the first suitable break or at intermission. Late seating may not be in the purchased section. • Security staff is available at all times, and an EMT is on site for all concerts and performances. Please notify an usher or staff member if there is a medical or security need. • Kleinhans Music Hall maintains a smoke-free environment. • All programs and artists are subject to change without notice. • Sorry, no refunds or exchanges on single ticket purchases.
Shuttle Service and BPO Preferred Restaurants
BPO Parking at Kleinhans $8 evening and Sunday performances; $5 Coffee concerts and BPO Kids performances.
FREE Park and Ride Shuttle (SELECT Saturdays)
Shuttle service begins at 6pm and ends 30 minutes after the conclusion of the concert.
• D’Youville College Lot D, 430 West Avenue between Connecticut & Porter Ave, 14213 (SELECT Saturday performances only) • BPO Clement House Lot, 786 Delaware Avenue corner of Summer Street, 14209 (SELECT Saturday performances only) Shuttle service is only available for SELECT dates. Please join our email club at bpo.org or call the Box Office for updated information. SALVATORE’S SYMPHONY SHUTTLE Saturday Nights $15 per person, leaving promptly at 6:30pm from the rear of the lot near the water tower, 6461 Transit Rd. and Genesee St. in Depew. Call the reservation hotline at (716) 885-5000 and select “shuttle” option to reserve your place, or reserve online at bpo.org MARCATO by Oliver’s at Kleinhans Music Hall A new concept for fine dining on Kleinhans Lower Level. For more information or to make reservations, call (716) 877-9662. SALVATORE’S ITALIAN GARDENS 6461 Transit Rd. and Genesee St. in Depew. Call (716) 683-7990 for dinner reservations. Dinner and shuttle sold separately. 31 CLUB 31 N. Johnson Park and Elmwood Avenue in Downtown Buffalo. Complimentary shuttle service for dinner patrons to and from Kleinhans on all concert nights. Call (716) 332-3131 for reservations and information.