Western New York’s premier symphonic chorus, the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus (BPC), is celebrating its 75th Anniversary with an exceptional concert to be held in the Mary Seaton Room at Kleinhan’s Music Hall on Sunday, October 21 at 7:30pm. Focusing on some of the most glorious musical pieces performed over the years, the concert will culminate in the world premiere of the original composition How Sweet The Music, by composer Daniel Brewbaker.
This piece, commissioned by the BPC to celebrate the anniversary, not only utilizes the moving words of Shakespeare’s Act V Scene 1 of the Merchant of Venice, but also pays tribute to the late Cameron Baird by utilizing the same text as Baird’s favorite piece, Ralph Vaughn Williams’ Serenade To Music. Music is one of the most powerful forces in nature, moving nearly all who hear it. And all who hear the enchanting tones of How Sweet the Music will be hard-pressed to disagree. Mr. Brewbaker will be in attendance to hear the premier of his piece and to greet patrons at the post-concert reception.
Other musical works illustrating great history of the BPC will be performed as well. A haunting excerpt from a previously commissioned piece for the 70th Anniversary,Passage Into Spirit, will be performed. The concert also includes arrangements of Swing Low, Sweet Chariot, and Steal Away, by former BPC Music Director Dale Adelmann, with Adelmann himself conducting. The concert will end in the singing of the Hallelujah Chorus from the beloved and time-honored Handel’s Messiah. All past BPC members in attendance will be invited to join the BPC in singing this very special piece.
Guest conductor and candidate for the BPC’s Music Director position Roland Martin will lead the BPC in this celebration of history and music, with BPO staff conductor Paul Ferington adding his talents to the performance as well. The concert also features soloists from within the BPC and special guest Raya Lee.
The BPC has an illustrious history dating back to its beginning in 1937. Originally founded as the Buffalo Schola Cantorum by Jessamine E. Long, the chorus changed its name to the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra in 1992 to honor the special and unique relationship it began with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra in 1942 with a performance of Messiah. Since its inception, the BPC has performed nine other premiers, and was invited to travel to Prague to join in the performance of the Defiant Requiem with Murray Sidlin at Terezin, the site where prisoners of the Holocaust first performed Verdi’s Requiem for the Red Cross.
A reception will be held after the concert where patrons are welcome to attend and socialize with members of the BPC as well as the evening’s special guests. This celebration is free to the public, with donations being accepted at the door; however, reservations are recommended and can be made at www.bpchorus.org.
This event is presented by Independent Health, with additional support from CCS Oncology and WNED.