On October 20th the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra will celebrate its 75th anniversary! The Grosvenor Room will present a display of library materials from the archives of the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library that chronicle the history of the BPO and its involvement in the community. The display will be located just outside of the Grosvenor Room in the Central Library.
The Library has several events planned:
“BPOvations @ the Library”a music appreciation series, BPO Conductor Paul Ferington will present “From Poland with Love” at at Audubon Library on October 20th at 7pm.
“American Ingenuity” – November 3rd – 12:10pm Downtown Central / 6:30pm Orchard Park, Wed. November 10th – 7:00pm Amherst Audubon Library.
There is no charge for these discussions! A variety of presentations by Mr. Ferington will continue through May 2011.
There will also be a community discussion, Pastforward Discussion Series: Arts for the People. Panelists JoAnn Faletta, Mark Goldman, Prof. David Herzberg, Paul Hogan and moderator Mark Sommer, will discuss the issue of public funding for arts organizations. It will be held Thursday, October 21, 6-9 pm at Central Library. It is free and open to the public.
If you want to conduct your own research on the BPO, check our Vertical Files particularly the “Buffalonia” files that have ephemera related to Buffalo music history. Also our Local History File has a number of entries that will lead you to newspaper articles and books that focus on the BPO, its personnel, Kleinhans Music Hall and The Work Progress Administration, which played a pivotal role in funding the BPO in its formative years.