Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
Founded in 1935, the GRAMMY Award-winning Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, under the direction of Music Director JoAnn Falletta, is Buffalo’s leading cultural ambassador and presents more than 120 Classics, Pops, Rock and Youth Concerts each year. Since 1940, the orchestra’s permanent home has been Kleinhans Music Hall, a National Historic Landmark, designed by Eliel and Eero Saarinen, one of the finest concert halls in the United States. The BPO has toured widely across the United States, Europe and Canada, including several tours of Florida.
In 2013, The BPO performed at Carnegie Hall as a participant in the Spring for Music festival, one of five orchestras selected from a national field. This was the orchestra’s 24th appearance at this iconic venue. Over the decades, the BPO has matured in stature under leading conductors, including William Steinberg, Josef Krips, Lukas Foss, Michael Tilson Thomas, Maximiano Valdés, Semyon Bychkov and Julius Rudel. During the tenure of JoAnn Falletta, the BPO has rekindled its distinguished history of radio broadcasts and recordings, including the release of 40 CDs of a highly diverse repertoire. These recordings have garnered notice from the international press and are broadcast on radio stations worldwide. The recording of composer John Corigliano’s Mr. Tambourine Man: Seven Poems of Bob Dylan, won two GRAMMYs. The BPO has engaged in a multi-year commissioning project featuring several members of the Orchestra, and is dedicated to presenting the music of today, as well as uncovering lost composers from the past. For this, the orchestra has earned multiple ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming.