The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra's website crashed on Friday morning as hundreds of patrons attempted to buy tickets to October's appearance by comedian and actor Bill Murray.
"We just had such an overwhelming response to the show," said BPO spokesperson Kate Jenkins. "There's been so much excitement about it ever since it was announced that the volume of traffic just overwhelmed the server. It took us a little over an hour before our website was back up."
Jenkins said that 500 tickets for Murray's appearance, called "New Worlds" and described as "an exploration of American art, values and culture," sold during the one-day presale to the orchestra's subscribers.
Despite the high demand, only about 950 of the 2,400 available tickets have sold for the performance as of 11:20 a.m. on Friday.