Buffalo Philharmonic welcomes ICSOM conference

Posted on: August 25, 2017

“As the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra pointed out, the last time the International Conference of Symphony and Opera Musicians met in Buffalo” was 1988, writes Mary Kunz Goldman in Wednesday’s (8/23) Buffalo News (NY). “Now … the group is back. Its conference takes place at the Adam’s Mark Hotel from Aug. 22-26.… The conference here came about thanks in large part to Daniel Sweeley, who plays French horn with the BPO. Sweeley sits on the national board and serves as the BPO’s delegate to the organization. Each orchestra in the organization sends at least one representative, and other leading industry figures are also among the 110 people expected.… BPO Music Director JoAnn Falletta is participating in one of the panel discussions, and so is the BPO’s distinguished tuba player, Don Harry. Discussion topics will include diversity in the workplace, pension concerns, health care, and community relations. Orchestra stability is a hot topic, and a talk will involve representatives from orchestras that have bounced back from the brink of extinction. The conference will also hear from orchestras that for the most part have managed smooth sailing. The BPO … and American Federation of Musicians Local 92 are serving as hosts.”

Posted August 25, 2017