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WNED to broadcast archived BPO concerts

Starting Tuesday, you'll be able to listen to the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra from your home.

The BPO and WNED Classical are partnering to broadcast archived live recordings of BPO concerts.

The concerts will be broadcast at 7 p.m. Tuesdays at 94.5 FM or by streaming at wned.org/classical, via the WNED Classical mobile app, or by listening to WNED Classical via smart speaker.

It starts March 24 with Beethoven’s “Eroica” Symphony No. 3, originally performed and recorded May 11, 2019, as part of the M&T Bank Classics series. The program also features Falla's Ritual Fire Dance, and Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 21, K. 467, "Elvira Madigan," with pianist Adam Golka.

That concert is notable because Golka stepped in at the last minute to perform after a Visa issue prevented the appearance of the originally scheduled artist. In his review, Buffalo News contributor Garaud MacTaggart wrote that "Golka is an amazing pianist and Mozart’s 21st piano concerto is one of the gems of the repertoire with a lovely and lyrical second movement that the musicians played with the kind of professional elan that speaks well for their collective talents."

Details on future broadcast schedule will be posted at bpo.org. The move comes after the BPO suspended at least the next four weeks of performances in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

“While we cannot all be together at Kleinhans Music Hall, the musicians and I agree that music is still something that can bring us all together in spirit,” said Maestro JoAnn Falletta. “We will miss our live performances and in-house audiences dearly, but we are so pleased to be able to give the gift of music to the world during a time when we all need it the most.”

Additionally, BPO musicians are creating video recordings of solo works, which will be featured on the BPO Facebook and Instagram (@buffalophilharmonic) accounts over the next several weeks using the hashtag #PlayOnBPO.

Ticket holders to canceled BPO performances can find information on their options by checking bpo.org, calling the box office at 885-5000, or emailing boxoffice@bpo.org.

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