Classical 91.5

Buffalo Philharmonic

Today is Holocaust Remembrance Day, when many recall the millions of Jews and others who died at the hands of the Nazis. It has a special meaning for Robbie Hausmann, cellist for the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. His German great-grandmother, Toni Marcus, was one of the 1.1 million people killed at the Auschwitz concentration camp. And when the BPO toured Poland last month, he visited the camp -- to honor her with music. He spoke about it with WBFO's Nick Lippa.

Next month, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra will be hitting the road, and leaving the country for its first international tour in three decades. The BPO are invited guests to headline concerts in Poland, including Warsaw's prestigious Beethoven Easter Festival.

April 2017 From the Top

Mar 27, 2017

4/2        From Louisville, Kentucky, we’ll hear a superb 17-year-old pianist from Brooklyn who wants to devote himself to the work of racially diversifying the world of classical music, a performance of Over the Rainbow performed on marimba by a local teen percussionist, and the Louisville Youth Orchestra perform a brand new piece by American composer Christopher Theofanidis.

Credit Brendan Bannon for The New York Times

To Rochesterians, the city of Buffalo is like a big, brawny cousin who restores old cars and drinks the coolest draft brews.   The Queen City's waterfront rejuvenation, passion for football, and history as a major American port have shaped the city’s cultural life in fascinating ways.  The New York Times casts a light on the journey of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.