Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra

JoAnn Falletta
Kleinhans Music Hall by JoAnn Falletta
Kleinhans Music Hall painted by JoAnn Falletta

Since stepping up to the podium as Music Director of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra in the fall of 1999, Maestro Falletta has been credited with bringing the Philharmonic to a new level of national and international prominence. During her tenure, the Orchestra’s budget has grown by 25 percent and subscriptions have reached record levels. Under her direction, the BPO is continuing its trajectory as one of the most recorded orchestras in America. In addition to receiving two Grammy awards and six nominations, Falletta and the BPO have garnered numerous ASCAP awards, including the top award for Adventurous Programming in 2011, 2013 and 2014, two acclaimed Carnegie Hall performances in 2004 and 2013, two highly successful Florida tours, the establishment of the orchestra’s own Beau Fleuve label, the founding of the JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition in partnership with WNED, and the national and international broadcast of BPO concerts on NPR’s Performance Today, SymphonyCast, and the European Broadcasting Union. The BPO is the only major orchestra to be featured twice on NPR’s From the Top. Other recent broadcasts include a national PBS televised special, Bernstein’s Ode to Freedom featuring Ms. Falletta as host, and a PBS special of the Four Seasons with Mark O’Connor and Catherine Cho.
The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra’s 2015-16 Season celebrates the 75th anniversary of Kleinhans Music Hall, with major guest artists such as Lang Lang, Chris Botti and Andre Watts, and works showcasing the hall’s exquisite acoustics. Recording highlights for the Buffalo Philharmonic’s 2015-16 season include the release by Naxos of the music of Florent Schmitt, and Beau Fleuve releases of The Essential Sibelius in honor of his birthday and the BPO’s Finland Celebration, and the Orchestra’s first ever Children’s CD, featuring Carnival of the Animals, Sorcerer’s Apprentice and Mother Goose Suite. Recent releases on the BPO’s own Beau Fleuve label include Built for Buffalo, a disc featuring three works commissioned by the orchestra, Nordic Masters celebrating the 150th birthday of both Jean Sibelius and Carl Nielsen, and Live in Concert with works by Mozart, Dvořák, and Rachmaninoff. During the 2013-14 season, Naxos released Gliere’s Symphony No.3, Tyberg’s Symphony No.2, Duke Ellington’s Black, Brown, and Beige, and Gershwin’s Concerto in F, Rhapsody in Blue, Strike up the Band and Promenade.
Both on and off the podium, Falletta is a dedicated advocate for the BPO and the Buffalo region. She was named Buffalo’s most influential community leader, and Buffalo and Erie County’s Artist of the Year, and was voted a member of the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame and the Western New York Women’s Hall of Fame. Falletta has received twelve honorary doctorates, the Erie County Historical Society’s Red Jacket for outstanding community service, the Theodore Roosevelt award, the Foundation for Jewish Philanthropies Award for outstanding leadership in the Tyberg Musical Legacy project and the Human Relations Award from the Buffalo/Niagara Chapter of the American Jewish Committee. Most recently, she was presented with the Chancellor Charles P. Norton Medal, the University of Buffalo’s highest award and The National Federation for Just Communities Citation Award.

Falletta conducting the Buffalo Philharmonic