The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra was one of 19 American orchestras to be honored with a 2012-13 ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming at the League of American Orchestras 68th National Conference in St. Louis. The BPO was selected for the Adventurous Programming of Contemporary Music award because it featured works of such contemporary composers as Michael Daugherty, Christos Papageorgiou and Giya Kancheli in its 2012-13 season, and because it presented two world premiere pieces: the Triple Trombone Concerto by Eric Ewazen and the Flute Concerto by Geoffrey Gordon. Both composers were on hand for the world premieres to speak to audiences about their works.
The BPO won this award previously for its 2010-11 season.
The LAO and ASCAP present the awards each year to orchestras of all sizes for programs that challenge the audience, build the repertoire, and increase interest in music of this time. Approximately $725,000 has been bestowed on orchestras since the awards were established in 1947.
"The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra has had a deep, longstanding commitment to new music, and it's a commitment that the musicians and I share," said music director JoAnn Falletta. "It's a great joy to showcase modern composers and to help audiences understand that classical music is a living art form that continues to evolve. We're honored that this commitment has received national recognition."