by Susan Braun

This past Saturday, we had an opportunity to attend a Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra classical music concert entitled Serkin Performs Brahms. Usually the classical concerts are offered on Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoons, but this particular concert was a special single performance. In the review by Herman Trotter in Sunday’s Buffalo News, he called the concert a “spotlight performance.” And it truly was! Joann Falletta conducted the orchestra as they played two of Aaron Copeland’s best known works: El Salon Mexico and Appalachian Spring. It is always a joy to watch her conduct! She immerses herself totally in the music and literally dances her way through each performance. Both of these pieces give Buffalonians hope that spring really is only 25 days away!!

After the intermission, pianist Peter Serkin took center stage and joined Ms. Falletta and the orchestra in a masterful performance of Brahm’s Piano Concerto No. 1. The last notes of the piece had barely faded away before the audience, leapt to its collective feet and broke out in a most enthusiastic endorsement of a really great performance.

If you aren’t a classical music fan, the Buffalo Philharmonic still has much to offer in the way of pops concerts and family concerts. For instance, on Saturday, February 27th at 8:00pm, Joseph Young will be on the podium and the guest artist will be Rita Moreno. On Sunday, February 28th at 2:30pm, kids of all ages will enjoy a program entitled To Think That I Saw It on Symphony Circle. Michael Kraemer will conduct the orchestra with Mark Hodges on percussion. You can keep up with happenings at the BPO by checking their website or Facebook. You can purchase tickets online or by calling the box office for tickets at 716-885-5000.

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