With returning guest violinist Tessa Lark giving a concert of “Tartan and Tango” on demand once again outstanding products for BPO


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Because the pandemic shows no signs of declining, arts organizations are trying to attract their audience (and donors) while performing some work for their performers. Everyone has turned to the internet with varying degrees of success and very different production values. As you might expect, organizations with larger budgets offer better products. And what the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra has been offering lately is very satisfying.

Although they started with rock-loading problems, the orchestra’s “BPOnDemand” series, especially after moving to Tuesday night, at 7pm, regained its virtual depth. The new streaming schedule follows last year’s tradition of airing BPO concerts on Tuesday night at 7pm on local radio station WNED Classic. But in fact, with your $ 10 ticket you can watch the premiere every day and whenever you want, because your “ticket” (I said they only cost $ 10!?!) allows you to watch an unlimited number of concerts of your choice for 30 days.

And the experience is rich in content, with a live video of “Musical Speech” presented by BPO Music Director Joan Falletta, which explains the background and inspiration of the evening; there is also an introduction to each piece of Falletta’s music, BPO musician or evening soloist; and to see the program book there is a very flat reference that is not broken, but a virtual facsimile about what the person presenting you at the Kleinhans Music Hall offers.

Madeline Olson with harp | BPO credit photo

The latest concert, “Love & Longing,” featured pianist Eric Hübner, who plays Bach, featuring BPO’s wooden winds, which are separated on stage by plexiglass shields. However, in most cases, these concerts were divided into a full orchestra (mostly). Luckily, there’s a ton of great music for the Tory orchestra, and for that Falletta has programmed three pieces that BPO believes will be a revelation for the audience.

The first in the program was a masterpiece that was never performed by BPO, “Celtic Symphony for Strings and Harp” by Sir Granville Bantock, based on the Irish folk song “Longing for the Sea”. What a sound, a longing and a complaint. And it was another opportunity to enjoy the art of new BPO singer Madeline Olson, which was amazing during the summer broadcast of BPO Musician “Portraits” (a series of songs aired on WNED-TV several times). Fans would like to note that Ms. Olson will return on Tuesday, November 10, 2020 as a soloist with Handel’s harp concert at BPOnDemand. Mrs. Olson was joined by harpist Hop Welk.

But I’m looking forward to it. The middle work at the Tartan & Tango concert was another BPO premiere, a piece that began as a string quartet of the famous opera composer Puccini, written one evening in response to the death of his friend, the Duke of Savoy. In just 6 minutes, like many of Puccini’s opera arias, it will catch you. It was presented with the same chamber size orchestra as the Bantok piece.

Tessa Lark | Photo courtesy of The Boston Musical Intelligencer

And then the headline came out that Tessa Lark, who wore a tango in a matching red dress, was a tango fit. Unlike the musicians, including Falletta, all wore black, which was woven into his performance in Astor Piazzolla’s “Las Quatro Estaciones Portenas” (Four Seasons of Buenos Aires), with some sensible quotes from the Four Seasons of Vivaldi. did. The Argentine was with his Italian ancestor, the inventor of the new sound, the Nuevo Tango, and he uses a variety of violin techniques, including my favorite “cricket” (by tightening the violin’s bow hair with your index finger while working it over the strings behind the money). tear off).

Lark has been to BPO before and you can Read my rave review here.

She just got better. The only difference is that he last played for the Violin Competition as a “Strad” award. Today I believe he plays the violin GP Maggini from about 1600 BC with a loan from an unknown donor through the Chicago Stradivariate Society. Well, there was another difference as well. As he explained in his introduction, thanks to Covid, he hasn’t played with an orchestra in a few months, and so he actually used this experience effectively.

This show was part of the BPOnDemand video series (and will be for 30 days). There were no live spectators in this hall at the Kleinhans Music Hall. There are no plans for future shows either. For more information on BPOnDemand, please refer to the FAQ for the 2020-21 season.

All 2020-21 subscribers have free access to BPOnDemand shows, but must register in advance. If you are a customer, please contact the Cashier at (716) 885-5000 or boxoffice@bpo.org to register for this event.

If you’re not a subscriber, you can buy “a la carte” tickets in advance, as well as go back in time and buy virtual tickets for concerts that have already aired (up to 30 days of their first appearance). You can call the Cashier at 716-885-5000. Or you can visit www.bpo.org, then click on tickets and events, then depending on previous events or upcoming events, fill out the form, enter your credit card information and you will be sent an email with a personal reference.

In addition, a BBQ CHIAVETTA concert will be held on Tuesday, November 10, which will run from 4pm to 7pm (meals will be taken at the Kleinhans Hall Music Park) and seven other concerts are yet to be lined up for 2020. Here is the list:

  • BUBITCHENG CHARITY (Children’s sexy music) Dushanbe, November 2, 2020, 7:00 p.m.
  • STRENGTH SERIES (with snow) Tue Nov 10, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Bras ACT Tuesday, November 17, 2020 7:00 p.m.
  • BACH, BEHTHOVEN & BEYOND Tuesday, November 24, 2020 7:00 PM
  • BARAK FIRE Tuesday, December 8, 2020, 7:00 p.m.
  • THE CLASSICAL MOVIE OF JOAN 2020 2020 Tuesday 15 December at 19:00
  • MORRIS RUSSELL’S HOLIDAY HOLIDAYS Tuesday, December 22, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.
  • And then a break, with the appearance of the CATHERIN RUSSELL QUARTER, actually on Sunday, March 14, 2021, at 3:00 p.m.


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