Buffalo Philharmonic to livestream fall 2020 season, with planned return to Kleinhans Hall in January

Posted on: August 13, 2020

“With an uncertain timeline of when audiences can return to Kleinhans Music Hall, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra has scrapped live fall performances at the venue and instead will opt for weekly video-streamed concerts,” writes James Fink in Wednesday’s (8/12) Buffalo Business First. “The series, dubbed BPOnDemand, will be broadcast at 8 p.m. Saturdays, beginning Sept. 26. The series covers all fall classics and Pops’ performances scheduled through Dec. 19. Performances will be available for a short period of time after the initial broadcast. BPO subscribers will get the performances free. Virtual tickets will be sold on a concert-by-concert basis. JoAnn Falletta, BPO music director, said all guest performers will be rescheduled to later concerts. Falletta said the virtual performances will also ensure that all of the orchestra’s 73 full-time musicians will remain employed. ‘Working with our audio and video experts, we are certain that we will be able to present the next best option to live performances—streamed video performances that make use of the magical acoustics of Kleinhans and also provide a rarely seen up-close-and-personal perspective,’ … Falletta said. The orchestra hopes to resume its Kleinhans concerts in January.”