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They're going rogue. A group of musicians from the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra is showing the public a new side of their artistry, as the BPO Chamber Orchestra. The BPO's concertmaster, Dennis Kim, is conducting. He and Henry Ward, the new principal oboist, will be featured in Bach Double Concerto for Violin and Oboe in C minor, as well as the "Air"  from Bach's S…

You hear his music in "The Exorcist" and "The Shining." Even his sacred music, written in tribute to such figures as Pope John Paul II and St. Maximilian Kolbe, has a sense of brooding darkness. Yet when Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Music Director JoAnn Falletta met Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki in 2015, she found him a delight. She and the rest of a continge…

Krzyzstof Penderecki has been called the most significant Polish composer since Chopin. He has traced a unique path, having abandoned the avant garde of his early years in favor of a more traditional, tonal form. Much of his music has a certain darkness, to the extent that it can be heard in horror movies including "The Shining" and "The Exorcist." His brooding sacred …

The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra has a new first fiddle.The pivotal post of concertmaster – the leader of the violin section – has been vacant since the departure in spring 2014 of Michael Ludwig. Ludwig, who was appointed in 2006, left to pursue a solo career. For the last year, the orchestra has been welcoming guest concertmasters. And they have finally named Ludwi…