Buffalo Philharmonic to honor composer and conductor Lukas Foss at Carnegie Hall

Posted on: August 1, 2022

The Buffalo Philharmonic will perform at Carnegie Hall on October 3 in a tribute concert to Lukas Foss (1922-2009) honoring the composer and conductor’s 100th anniversary. Music Director JoAnn Falletta will conduct the free concert. Foss served as music director of the BPO from 1963 to 1970; during her student years Falletta served as Foss’s associate conductor at the Milwaukee Symphony from 1985 to 1988. Foss also served as music director of the Ojai Music Festival (1961-87) and the Brooklyn Philharmonic (1971-87), and founded the Improvisation Chamber Ensemble at UCLA in 1953 and the Center of the Creative and Performing Arts in 1963 at the State University of New York at Buffalo. The Carnegie program will include Foss’s Renaissance Concerto for Flute and Orchestra (1985), commissioned by the BPO for Carol Wincenc, performed by Amy Porter on this concert; Three American Pieces (1944), written for Itzhak Perlman, performed by BPO Concertmaster Nikki Chooi on this concert; Symphony No. 1 (1944); Ode for Orchestra (1944, rev. 1958); and Psalms 1956 (1955–56), the latter featuring New York’s Trinity Wall Street Choir.