A press release from the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra:
With the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Gov. Andrew Cuomo now strongly recommending that gatherings of more than 10 people be canceled, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra was forced to suspend its next four weeks of performances, and possibly more in the future.
Recognizing that music is the soothing salve we all need during these difficult times, Maestro JoAnn Falletta, Executive Director Daniel Hart, the BPO board, and musicians decidedly agreed to broadcast archived live concert recordings each week via partner WNED Classical, Buffalo Toronto Public Media’s Classical music station.
The BPO concerts will be available each Tuesday at 7 p.m. for the next several weeks by tuning in to 94.5 FM, or by streaming at wned.org/classical, via the WNED Classical mobile app, or by listening to WNED Classical via smart speaker.
These broadcasts will begin this Tuesday, March 24, with Beethoven’s “Eroica” Symphony No. 3, originally performed and recorded Saturday May 11, 2019. The concert also featured Falla’s Ritual Fire Dance and Mozart’s Concerto No. 21, K 467, "Elvira Madigan," performed by pianist Adam Golka, who stepped in last-minute when a visa issue prevented the appearance of the originally scheduled artist.
“While we cannot all be together at Kleinhans Music Hall, the musicians and I agree that music is still something that can bring us all together in spirit,” Falletta said. “We will miss our live performances and in-house audiences dearly, but we are so pleased to be able to give the gift of music to the world during a time when we all need it the most.”
Musicians nationwide are currently out of work as a result of the response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. BPO musicians will unite, albeit individually, to create their own self-submitted video recordings of solo works, which will be compiled and featured on the BPO Facebook and Instagram (@buffalophilharmonic) accounts over the next several weeks using the hashtag #PlayOnBPO.
Details on the concert broadcast schedule will be posted at bpo.org. Fans of the orchestra are encouraged to like and follow the BPO on social media to experience the musician-submitted videos and keep the music alive.
Ticketholders to canceled BPO performances are encouraged to check the website for options, call the BPO box office at 716-885-5000, or email [email protected].
Patrons are asked to be aware that the BPO box office is responding to a high volume of phone calls and emails, so inquiries may take longer than normal to answer.
For more information, visit bpo.org.