Buffalo Philharmonic Announces Star-Studded 2012-2013 Season ...

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Buffalo Philharmonic Announces Star-Studded 2012-2013 Season ...


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February 10, 2012

For Immediate Release

Contact: Susan M. Schwartz

Director of Marketing and Communications

716-242-7811; sschwartz@bpo.org

Buffalo Philharmonic Announces Star-Studded 2012-2013 Season

International Connections lead the BPO to Carnegie Hall

It all begins here!

2012-2013 M&T Bank Classics Season

The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra's 2012-2013 M&T Bank Classics Season is your connection to the world - bringing

music from Russia, Hungary, Italy, Ireland, Poland and so much more to Buffalo. This year, the BPO again welcomes

distinguished artists - such as old friends, Sir James Galway performing the Mozart Flute Concerto No. 2 in D major for

the stellar Opening Night Gala sponsored by the Louis P. Ciminelli Family Foundation, and Joyce Yang, who became

the darling of Buffalo as a last-minute replacement for Lang Lang during the 75th anniversary season, performing the

Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 5 "Emperor." The Orchestra also welcomes emerging artists Christina and Michelle

Naughton performing the Mozart Concerto No. 10 for Two Pianos and Orchestra, violinist Alexander DaCosta

performing Michael Daugherty's Fire and Blood Concerto and winner of the 2006 International Violin Competition of

Indianapolis and a 2009 Avery Fisher Career Grant, Augustin Hadelich playing the Brahms Violin Concerto on the 1723

"Ex-Kiesewetter" Stradivari violin, on loan from Clement and Karen Arrison through the generous efforts of the

Stradivari Society. The multi-talented Béla Fleck will display his fine-tuned artistry, in his Kleinhans debut performing

his own banjo concerto.

The season offers the wonderful traditions of the European repertoire, including a two-week Hungarian Festival -

February 23 & 24, featuring concertmaster Michael Ludwig and March 2 & 3 - with pianist Cecile Licad performing the

Liszt Piano Concerto No. 1, and an all-Shostakovich program featuring works of great contrast from his Piano Concerto

No. 2, written for his grandson and performed here by Michael Boriskin, to the Symphony No. 13, "Babi Yar,"

influenced by the tragic massacre of the Jews in the Soviet Union. The esteemed Russian poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko,

our special guest and author of Babi Yar, will be here to read the poem that inspired this monumental work.

The BPO also presents two world premieres: Eric Ewazen's Triple Trombone Concerto, written specifically for the BPO

trombone section and performed by Jonathan Lombardo, Timothy Smith and Jeffrey Dee, and the Geoffrey Gordon

Flute Concerto performed by Buffalo native Carol Wincenc. The Orchestra welcomes conductors from around the

world including Hugh Wolff (American), Sarah Ioannides (English), Pawel Przytochi (Polish) and Christoph Mathis

Mueller (Swiss).

It all begins right here at Kleinhans Music Hall, Buffalo's international treasure.

BPO's Return to Carnegie Hall

The BPO focuses the spotlight on Buffalo as it ends the season on the "world's stage" thanks to a prestigious invitation

to perform as part of Spring for Music at Carnegie Hall on Wednesday, May 8, 2013.The Orchestra will perform Giya

Kancheli's Morning Prayers from Life Without Christmas and Gliere's Symphony No. 3 "Il'ya Muromets." This program

will be previewed at Kleinhans Music Hall on May 3 and 4, 2013. The upcoming program marks the orchestra's 24th

appearance at Carnegie Hall and its first since Music Director JoAnn Falletta led the orchestra in a much heralded

performance there in June 2004.

Spring for Music features North American orchestras and chamber orchestras performing creative, stimulating and

adventurous programs. Its artistic philosophy is to "provide an idealized laboratory, free of the usual marketing and

financial constraints, for an orchestra to be truly creative with interesting, provocative and stimulating programs

reflecting its beliefs, its standards, and vision."

JoAnn Falletta stated, "We are deeply honored to be included in the Spring for Music festival in 2013. Our season

celebrates the virtuosity of our musicians in both beloved works and new discoveries. The invitation to represent

Buffalo and showcase our orchestra at Carnegie Hall is a testament to our musicians' dedication to excellence."

2012-2013 BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York Pops Season

The BPO takes a stellar journey around the star-studded Pops world for the 2012-13 BlueCross BlueShield of Western

New York Pops Season. The spotlight will shine on entertainment at its very best, combining great music with worldrenowned

artists. Opening Night at the Pops features country favorite Wynonna Judd making her first appearance at

Kleinhans. She will be followed by the return of legendary singer Johnny Mathis who has dazzled audiences with sellout

performances in his past appearances. Spectrum is back for a night of Motown hits, complete with the smooth

choreography and harmonious vocals audiences have come to expect. Steve Lippia brings the sounds of the Rat Pack

to Buffalo with Simply Swingin' with Sinatra & Friends. The crowds loved Michael Cavanaugh when he brought them

Billy Joel's hits (here and on Broadway); he's back, performing the music of English sensation Elton John. Buffalo's

favorite, Michele Ragusa, returns to the Kleinhans stage in Kiss Me Kate, Cole Porter's delightful interpretation of

Shakespeare's notorious Taming of the Shrew. Irish Tenor Ronan Tynan brings his amazing talents to Western New

York's #1 Holiday Tradition -- First Niagara Holiday Pops --and the Wicked Divas take us out of this world on a trip to

Oz and back to Broadway. A Memorial Day tradition will find the BPO performing Patriotic Pops, honoring all who

have served our country. Finally, the BPO's own Sal Andolina presents a Big Band Tribute to the great American

standards of Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Richard Rodgers, Jerome Kern and more.

Associate Conductor and Pops Host Matthew Kraemer commented, "The 2012-2013 Pops Series brings tremendous

talent to Kleinhans Music Hall. I am very excited to introduce our audiences to some new shows, and to welcome back

wonderful artists who have joined your BPO to make these concerts such exhilarating events."

Special Event

A very special evening with Kathleen Battle will be presented on March 8, 2013. This unique performance --

Underground Railroad: An Evening of Spirituals -- will be conducted by Michael Morgan and explores the history of

the "railroad without rails." Buffalo was a major destination on this trail leading thousands of slaves from the south to

find freedom in the Northern states and Canada. Ms. Battle will perform songs expressing human desperation,

spiritual realization, transcendence and, ultimately, joy.

Season Tickets on Sale Now!

Subscription packages in all sizes from the full 17-concert Classics Master's Series or the full 12-concert Pops Series to

convenient 5 and 6-concert series are now available. The BPO offers many different options to fit your tastes and

lifestyle. Prices begin for as little as $70 for new subscribers to a 5-concert classical series. Senior discounts are also

available. The BPO provides the most flexible ticket exchange program in Western New York, allowing subscribers to

easily exchange tickets for other concerts. There are many other valuable benefits for subscribing, including:

� Ticket concierge services - expert assistance for your ticketing needs

� Discounts on regularly scheduled Classics and Pops performances

� Invitations to purchase special events, including the Nutcracker at Shea's, prior to the general public

� Free ticket replacement service in the event that your tickets are lost or stolen

� Donate tickets you are unable to use back to the Orchestra (must be done prior to the concert) for a tax


� Considerably reduced handling fees when tickets are ordered as a package

� BPO Perks Card - gives you access to special discounts and offers at merchants throughout Western New York

Subscriber Courtesy Week is August 6-10. Exchange concerts or purchase additional tickets prior to the general public.

Single tickets go on sale August 11, 2012.

For more information about the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, contact the Box Office at (716) 885-5000 or visit



As Buffalo's cultural ambassador, the Grammy Award-winning Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra under the leadership of music director JoAnn

Falletta presents more than 120 Classics, Pops and Youth Concerts each year and reaches over 40,000 students per year (K-12) across all eight

counties of Western New York. Since 1940, the orchestra's permanent home has been Kleinhans Music Hall, a National Historic Site with an

international reputation as one of the finest concert halls in the United States.

The BPO has toured widely across the United States and Canada including the recent Florida Friends Tour with JoAnn Falletta in March 2010,

the first multi-city tour since the 1988 European tour. During the tenure of current music director JoAnn Falletta, the BPO has rekindled its

distinguished history of NPR broadcasts and recordings, including the release of 18 new CDs of a highly diverse repertoire on the NAXOS and

Beau Fleuve labels. The Philharmonic's Naxos recording of composer John Corigliano's "Mr. Tambourine Man: Seven Poems of Bob Dylan,"

featuring soprano Hila Plitmann, won Grammys in two categories of the three for which it was nominated: Classical Vocal Performance and

Classical Contemporary Composition.

For more information about the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra visit www.bpo.org

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