After rocking the house with American music last week, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra is at it again with a program that centers on Aaron Copland's Symphony No. 3. The symphony, which includes the famous "Fanfare For the Common Man," is a piece close to the heart of Music Director JoAnn Falletta.
"I love it more and more," she said. "It's a piece of such nobility, such confident strength. It reflects his trademark positive feeling, of the goodness of humanity. Copland was the most generous, giving, accepting man. He helped other people financially and spiritually -- he was just the most modest, gentle human being."
"Fanfare For the Common Man," she points out, shows his humility. While other people in wartime were focused on overt heroes, Copland thought of the patriots at home -- people who, as Falletta put it, were "just working and hoping, praying that the war would end."
"That's the kind of empathy he had," she said. "I found that very moving. He created the sound of who we are more than anyone else."
In a more contemporary twist, BPO Concertmaster Dennis Kim will be the soloist in Philip Glass' Violin Concerto. Falletta said, "I think it's going to be a lot of fun."
Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra: "Copland's Fanfare" at 8 p.m. Oct. 7 and 2:30 p.m. Oct. 8 at Kleinhans Music Hall. Tickets are $29-$84. Call 885-5000 or visit bpo.org.