Buffalo Philharmonic names music library for donor

Posted on: June 1, 2017

“The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra is an impressive sight to see on stage at Kleinhans Music Hall,” writes Mary Kunz Goldman in Wednesday’s (5/31) Buffalo News (NY). “But what’s under the stage is equally impressive. That’s where the orchestra’s vast music library is stashed. The library holds scores of scores—some 3,000 pieces—covering centuries’ worth of symphonic literature. The library is staffed by two full-time librarians, a part-time assistant, and a corps of volunteers. … Without a library, an orchestra cannot function. Over the years, the BPO’s library has been its unseen hero. Now, the BPO’s library is getting a new identity. In an early-morning ceremony May 31, the orchestra is dedicating it to Bradford Lewis. Lewis, a longtime fan of the BPO, gave a substantial monetary gift to the BPO’s Crescendo Campaign. Lewis has been a season subscriber since 1969. He served on the orchestra’s Board of Trustees from 1990 to 1995 as chair of its education committee. … For almost 15 years, he volunteered with the music collection of the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library System, which holds the largest collection of American sheet music in the United States. Naming the BPO’s library in his honor seemed a natural step.”

Posted June 1, 2017