The author of a recent letter reminded readers that the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra deserves respect, and he reprimanded the audience for lack of respect during a Nov. 8 performance. Instead, he should have reprimanded the BPO programming committee.
After attending this concert, "The Music of Pink Floyd," I wondered if the BPO musicians should have even attended. The performance should have been called "Randy Jackson and Brent Havens Lead the Pink Floyd Tribute Band with the BPO Awkwardly Looking On."
The idea of transcribing rock music for an orchestra is not new, and done correctly it can be truly entertaining. Metallica did an extraordinary job with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra. This performance at Kleinhans did not even compare.
The musicians of the BPO had little to do, and when I did see fingers plucking and bows moving, the rock band was so loud I couldn't hear any orchestrations anyway.
Don't blame audience members for their casual dress when the conductor himself got on his podium wearing faded jeans and a T-shirt. What can one expect with this precedent?