The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra presented a check for $17,000 to Buffalo’s Oishei Children’s Hospital, reflecting proceeds from ticket sales at the July 19 Doctors of the World performance at Kleinhans Music Hall. The funds will go toward starting an endowment to bring arts and culture to children and families at the hospital. The July event featured 40 doctor-musicians from England, Norway, South Africa, Taiwan, Denmark, Germany, Costa Rica, Japan, and the U.S. performing side-by-side with musicians from the BPO, led by Music Director JoAnn Falletta. The event took place during the Buffalo Philharmonic’s annual Fantasy Camp, during which participants rehearse and perform onstage alongside members of the BPO. “It’s extraordinary to see a local not-for-profit organization go above and beyond to raise funds for another not-for-profit, said Allegra Jaros, president of Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo. “The BPO is a remarkable community asset and we look forward to continuing our partnership with them for years to come.” In partnership with Women & Children’s Hospital, the Buffalo Philharmonic also runs a program, launched in October, called BPOKids Exceptional Kids, which allows patients and their families to attend BPOKids concerts throughout the year.
December 1, 2014