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Next month, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra will be hitting the road, and leaving the country for its first international tour in three decades. The BPO are invited guests to headline concerts in Poland, including Warsaw's prestigious Beethoven Easter Festival.


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Explaining that many famous classical composers such as Handel, Beethoven, and Tchaikovsky suffered from mental challenges, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Music Director JoAnn Falletta told WBFO how proud she is to have the BPO play their music in a free outdoor concert on the site of the old Buffalo Psychiatric Center, known in its day for progressive, humane treatment.

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There are unseen heroes in the orchestra family. Some of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra’s heroes work in the basement of Kleinhans Music Hall, but now they are being brought out into the light.


It takes two trucks to transport the International Touring Organ which will grace the stage of Kleinhans Music Hall when the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and JoAnn Falletta welcome organist Cameron Carpenter to perform some rather loud music Friday morning and Saturday night. The all-digital organ's sounds were "sampled" from some of Carpenter's favorite organs.

BPO Director to join prestigious honor society

Apr 24, 2016
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The music director for the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra will be inducted in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

BPO trumpets start of $30 million campaign

Sep 17, 2015
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The chairman of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Board of Trustees is kicking off the orchestra's new fundraising campaign with a $1 million gift. The gift from Lou Ciminelli will help reach the ambitious goal of $30 million.


While hockey legend Wayne Gretzky is set to lend his name to Niagara-on-the-Lake's growing wine industry, the BPO has secured a long-term commitment to keep the growing star power JoAnn Falletta in Buffalo.  Jim Fink of Business First discusses those developments and more on WBFO's "Press Pass."


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Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Music Director JoAnn Falletta is the recipient of the statewide SUNY Distinguished  Medallion of Distinction Award.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says Falletta was honored for her accomplishments and working closely with the University at Buffalo.

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A local architecture gem has helped attract another national event. FinnFest USA, an annual conference celebrating Finnish and Finnish-American culture and heritage, is coming to Buffalo in October.

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Special events planned for the 175th Erie County Fair in August include a high-wire act by daredevil Nik Wallenda and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra's first solo concert at the fair in nearly 60 years.

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Legendary pianist Van Cliburn died Wednesday at the age of 78.  Known as a brilliant musician, Cliburn had the honor of playing for every American president since Harry Truman.

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The month of May might seem far away, but not for the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. The BPO has launched "All Roads Lead to Carnegie Hall," a fundraising effort to generate sponsors for it's May 8 performance in New York City.

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Some symphony orchestras in the U.S. have been struggling financially.  The Philadelphia Orchestra filed for bankruptcy this past year.  Other orchestras,  like Chicago and Atlanta, have dealt with labor disputes.  But the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra ended its fiscal year this past summer with a balanced budget.