Lovers of classical music will rejoice as the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra welcomes in the 2020-21 concert season with “September Sessions,” a free, three-part video performance mini-fest. The series features solo and small ensemble performances by BPO musicians, all of whom perform in Kleinhans Music Hall adhering to new social distancing and safety protocols.
Musicians will add insight on each piece performed, including the history of the piece and its composer, and the reasons each of the ensembles chose to share the work with the Western New York community. Each “Session” will premiere at 9 a.m. on Sept. 11, 12 and 13, and will be available for a limited time to stream on-demand at bpo.org via computer or mobile device.
“September Sessions” serves as a prelude to the BPO’s previously announced “BPOnDemand” video-streamed series. The orchestra has pivoted to “BPOnDemand” for its fall and holiday programs as it awaits guidelines from New York state on the reopening of Kleinhans for live performances.
“I am so thrilled that our musicians have put together these beautiful performances as a gift for the Western New York community, which has been so supportive of the orchestra during this time,” music director JoAnn Falletta said. “While nothing can replace the live concert experience, we have worked with our audio and video experts to present the next best option. These video-streamed ‘September Sessions’ bring the acoustic splendor of Kleinhans right to the homes of our patrons, providing an up-close-and-personal perspective on the concert experience with our incredible musicians.”
"It's been exciting for my fellow musicians and I return to Kleinhans," BPO oboist Joshua Lauretig said. BPO musicians have been on performance hiatus since the 2019-20 concert season was abruptly cut short in March due to the pandemic. "The ‘September Sessions’ have allowed us to explore some fantastic repertoire we wouldn't normally have the opportunity to perform together. While so many orchestras have canceled all or part of their forthcoming seasons, we are so grateful to be able to continue working and performing for all of our fans in Buffalo and beyond."