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Swedes surrender to charms of JoAnn Falletta

JoAnn Falletta, music director of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, is making her debut in Sweden on Thursday.

Audiences all over the world take to Falletta, but in Sweden she is viewed with special affection because she studied in New York at the Juilliard School with the great Swedish conductor Sixten Ehrling. A preview in Swedish mentions that connection front and center.

Falletta is conducting the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra at the Gothenburg Concert Hall. She will be conducting Ravel, Debussy, Stravinsky and Dukas.

She emailed The News excitedly that she loved the town.

“A gorgeous city!!” she wrote. “With a beautiful cultural district. I am especially excited because this was the first orchestra of my conducting teacher Sixten Ehrling, who is a legend here.”

Ehrling knew Stravinsky and Sibelius. He conducted numerous performances at the Metropolitan Opera, including Wagner’s “Ring” Cycle. He died in 2005.

“He was a wonderful but terrifying teacher and I think that the orchestra remembers him in the same way,” Falletta reflected. “I adored him and this is bringing back many thoughts and memories of him.”


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