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Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra

499 Franklin Street

Buffalo, New York 14202

United States

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As Buffalo's cultural ambassador, the Grammy® winning Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra is an internationally recognized symphony of the highest artistic caliber and an indispensable part of the Western New York community's quality of life. ... more

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Grammy

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National Endowment for the Arts

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American Harp Society Inc

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Music Director
Virginia Symphony

Board of Advisors Member
York River Symphony Orchestra

Member
Western NewYork Women's Hall of Fame

Artistic Advisor
New Hawaii Symphony

Board Member
TEREZIN MUSIC FOUNDATION

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Hawaii Symphony Orchestra

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Falletta Competition

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Democracy Council

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Virginia Arts Festival Inc

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Soundscapes

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Virginia Chorale

Artistic Advisor
Honolulu Symphony

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American Federation of Musicians

Honorary Board Members Member
Chesapeake Public Schools

Guest Faculty Member
League of American Orchestras

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Philharmonic Society of Orange County

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National Council on the Arts

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Florida State University

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Mannes College of Music

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Metropolitan State College of Denver

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Manhattan School of Music

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JoAnn Falletta

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JoAnn Falletta is an internationally celebrated conductor and champion of American symphonic music. She serves as the music director of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, principal guest conductor of the Brevard Music Center, and artistic advisor of the Hawaii Symphony.
Ms. Falletta has guest conducted over a hundred orchestras in North America, and many of the most prominent orchestras in Europe, Asia, South America, and Africa. She is the recipient of many of the most prestigious conducting awards and a champion of music of our time, introducing over 500 works by American composers, including more than 110 world premieres. A leading conductor for the Naxos label, her discography includes over 90 titles and her discs have won two Grammy Awards and ten Grammy nominations.
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Previous positions held by Ms. Falletta include principal conductor of the Ulster Orchestra, principal guest conductor of the Phoenix Symphony, music director of the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra, associate conductor of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, and music director of the Denver Chamber Orchestra. More info online at joannfalletta.com.
JoAnn Falletta conducted The Orchestra Now on Dec 16 & 18, 2016 and April 29, 2016.


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In addition to receiving two Grammy awards and six nominations, Falletta and the BPO have garnered numerous ASCAP awards, including the top award for Adventurous Programming in 2011, 2013 and 2014, two acclaimed Carnegie Hall performances in 2004 and 2013, two highly successful Florida tours, the establishment of the orchestra's own Beau Fleuve label, the founding of the JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition in partnership with WNED, and the national and international broadcast of BPO concerts on NPR's Performance Today, SymphonyCast, and the European Broadcasting Union. The BPO is the only major orchestra to be featured twice on NPR's From the Top. Other recent broadcasts include a national PBS televised special, Bernstein's Ode to Freedom featuring Ms. Falletta as host, and a PBS special of the Four Seasons with Mark O'Connor and Catherine Cho.
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Both on and off the podium, Falletta is a dedicated advocate for the BPO and the Buffalo region. She was named Buffalo's most influential community leader, and Buffalo and Erie County's Artist of the Year, and was voted a member of the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame and the Western New York Women's Hall of Fame. Falletta has received twelve honorary doctorates, the Erie County Historical Society's Red Jacket for outstanding community service, the Theodore Roosevelt award, the Foundation for Jewish Philanthropies Award for outstanding leadership in the Tyberg Musical Legacy project and the Human Relations Award from the Buffalo/Niagara Chapter of the American Jewish Committee. Most recently, she was presented with the Chancellor Charles P. Norton Medal, the University of Buffalo's highest award and The National Federation for Just Communities Citation Award.


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JoAnn Falletta Conductor
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Internationally celebrated as a vibrant ambassador for music and aninspiring artistic leader, Ms. Falletta is invited to guest conduct manyof the world's finest orchestras. She has guest conducted over a hundredorchestras in North America, and many of the most prominent orchestrasin Europe, Asia, South America and Africa. Her North America guestconducting appearances have included the orchestras of Philadelphia, LosAngeles, San Francisco, Dallas, St. Louis, Milwaukee, Indianapolis,Seattle, San Diego, and the National Symphony as well as Montreal andToronto. International appearances include the London Symphony,Liverpool and Manchester-BBC Philharmonics, Scottish BBC Orchestra,Czech and Rotterdam Philharmonics, Orchestra National de Lyon, MannheimOrchestra and the Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra. She has also served asPrincipal Conductor of the Ulster Orchestra. Asian engagements includeappearances with the Korean Broadcast Symphony, Seoul Philharmonic,China National Symphony and the Shanghai Symphony. Ms. Falletta's summeractivities have taken her to numerous music festivals including Aspen,Tanglewood, the Hollywood Bowl, Wolf Trap, Mann Center, Meadow Brook, OKMozart Festival and the Grand Teton Festival.
Falletta's 2016-17 international guest conducting engagements includeappearances in Spain and Finland, in addition to recordings with theBerlin Radio Symphony Orchestra and the London Symphony at the famedAbbey Roads Studios. Recent guest conducting highlights includeperformances with orchestras in Columbia and Iceland, as well as debutsin Belgrade, Gothenburg, Lima, Bogotá, Helsingborg, a European tour withthe Stuttgart Orchestra, and the Orchestra of St. Luke's.
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JoAnn will also release two discs for the Naxos labelwith the Virginia Arts Festival this season, Intimate Mahler andStravinsky's Suite from The Soldier's Tale, Les Noces and Octet.
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In 2016, Falletta was elected to the American Academy of Arts andSciences, joining an esteemed roster that dates back to the Academy'sfounding in 1780, including America's founding fathers and more than twohundred fifty Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winners. She has served as amember of the National Council on the Arts and is the recipient of manyof the most prestigious conducting awards including the Seaver/NationalEndowment for the Arts Conductors Award for exceptionally giftedAmerican conductors, the coveted Stokowski Competition and theToscanini, Ditson and Bruno Walter Awards for conducting, as well as theAmerican Symphony Orchestra League's prestigious John S. Edwards Award. he has introduced more than 500 works by American composers, includingwell over 100 world premieres.
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Falletta is a member of the Western New York Women'sHall of Fame, and received the Human Relations Award from theBuffalo/Niagara Chapter of the American Jewish Committee. In Virginia,she earned a star on Norfolk's Legends of Music Walk of Fame inrecognition of her effect on the appreciation of classical music inHampton Roads and Virginia, was named Norfolk's Downtowner of the Yearand received the Virginia Women in History Award.
Falletta is a strong advocate and mentor for young professional andstudent musicians. She has led seminars for women conductors for theLeague of American Orchestras, established a unique collaborationbetween the BPO and Mannes College to give up-and-coming conductorsprofessional experience with a leading American orchestra, and has greatsuccess working with young musicians, guest conducting the orchestras ofmany of the top conservatories including Curtis, Juilliard, Mannes andThe Manhattan School, and summer programs at Interlochen, Round Top andBrevard, among others. JoAnn was one of the first conductors to workwith the newly formed innovative Orchestra Now created by Leon Botsteinand Bard College. This coming season, she will conduct the 100thanniversary concert of her alma mater, The Mannes College of Music, atAlice Tully Hall and be in residence at SUNY Potsdam.
JoAnn is a leading recording artist for Naxos and has been recognizedwith two Grammy Awards and ten Grammy nominations.
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Ms. Falletta's radio and television credits include numerous appearanceson Fresh Air, All Things Considered and From the Top, WQXR, WNCN, CBSSunday Morning, the Charlie Rose Show, the MacNeil Lehrer News Hour, BBCRadio, and several nationally televised performances on PBS includingLive from Lincoln Center-Juilliard at 80, Seasons of Life with MarkO'Connor and the BPO, and a special PBS TV documentary about music withPenn & Teller. As a writer, Ms. Falletta has contributed articles toSymphony Magazine, New York Concert Review, the Virginian Pilot,Portfolio Magazine and Traffic East Magazine.
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Falletta has appeared as guitarist, mandolinist and lutenist with theNew York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, New JerseySymphony, American Ballet Orchestra, Women's Philharmonic, the VirginiaSymphony and the Juilliard Orchestra, and has received wide criticalacclaim for her guitar chamber music recordings for the Virginia ArtsFestival.
Ms. Falletta received her undergraduate degree in classical guitar fromthe Mannes College of Music, her master's and doctorate degrees inconducting from The Juilliard School, and has been awarded elevenhonorary doctorates. When not on the podium she enjoys writing,cycling, yoga and has a great love of literature.
JoAnn Falletta Conductor
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Internationally celebrated as a vibrant ambassador for music and aninspiring artistic leader, Ms. Falletta is invited to guest conduct manyof the world's finest orchestras. She has guest conducted over a hundredorchestras in North America, and many of the most prominent orchestrasin Europe, Asia, South America and Africa. Her North America guestconducting appearances have included the orchestras of Philadelphia, LosAngeles, San Francisco, Dallas, St. Louis, Milwaukee, Indianapolis,Seattle, San Diego, and the National Symphony as well as the Montrealand Toronto Symphonies. International appearances include the Liverpooland Manchester-BBC Philharmonics, Scottish BBC Orchestra, Czech andRotterdam Philharmonics, Orchestra National de Lyon, Mannheim Orchestra,the Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra, and the London Symphony. Asianengagements include appearances with the Korean Broadcast Symphony,Seoul Philharmonic, China National Symphony and the Shanghai Symphony. s. Falletta's summer activities have taken her to numerous musicfestivals including Aspen, Tanglewood, the Hollywood Bowl, Wolf Trap,Mann Center, Meadow Brook, OK Mozart Festival and the Grand TetonFestival.
In 2016, Falletta was elected to the American Academy of Arts andSciences, joining an esteemed roster that dates back to the Academy'sfounding in 1780, including America's founding fathers and more than twohundred fifty Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winners. She has served as amember of the National Council on the Arts and is the recipient of manyof the most prestigious conducting awards including the Seaver/NationalEndowment for the Arts Conductors Award for exceptionally giftedAmerican conductors, the coveted Stokowski Competition and theToscanini, Ditson and Bruno Walter Awards for conducting, as well as theAmerican Symphony Orchestra League's prestigious John S. Edwards Award. he has introduced over 500 works by American composers, including wellover 100 world premieres.
Falletta, a leading recording artist for Naxos, has been recognized withtwo Grammy Awards and ten Grammy nominations.
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In addition to her current posts with the Buffalo Philharmonic, theVirginia Symphony, Brevard Music Center, and Music Advisor to the HawaiiSymphony, Ms. Falletta has held the positions of Principal Conductor ofthe Ulster Orchestra, Principal Guest Conductor of the Phoenix Symphony,Music director of the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra, Associate Conductorof the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, and Music Director of the DenverChamber Orchestra.
Ms. Falletta received her undergraduate degree in classical guitar fromthe Mannes College of Music in New York and her master's and doctoratedegrees in conducting from The Juilliard School.


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JoAnn Falletta talks to Gail Wein about her new Duke Ellington CD
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International Record Review says "Falletta's ... accountis ... spectacularly recorded and presents a fine case for a neglectedsymphony".
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"The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra has had a deep,longstanding commitment to new music, and it's a commitment that themusicians and I share," said music director JoAnn Falletta.
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JoAnn featured in WFMT Radio Network Documentary on American Composer Jerome Moross
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Other highlights of thecentennial celebration include a live performance of Moross' 1stSymphony by JoAnn Falletta and the Buffalo Philharmonic in April 2014and the reissue by Albany Records of two Moross recordings by JoAnn -Moross Symphony No. 1 with the London Symphony and Frankie and Johnnywith the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.
The WFMT broadcast is produced by British radio documentarian JonTolansky, and narrated by Grammy award-winning artist, MichaelFeinstein. JoAnn singled out Moross in her recent NPR interview on theGreat American Symphony, saying "Moross lavished sterling craftsmanshipon his four-movement symphony.
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Obviously Falletta believes inMoross."
More Info on the Jerome Moross Centennial More Info on WFMT
JoAnn on NPR's All Things Considered July 3
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Ms. Falletta provided clear shape and trajectory.
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Buffalo has an "an extraordinarily well-tuned instrument that routinelymakes Buffalo proud...Music Director JoAnn Falletta, surveying the hallpacked with Buffalonians, said, "If you have an orchestra more belovedthan the BPO, I can't imagine it. She deserves much credit for makingit so.
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Conductor JoAnn Falletta, a native of Queens, has turned out to be notonly a stalwart of Buffalo but a terrific, energetic leader.
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JoAnn Appointed Principal Guest Conductor of The Phoenix Symphony
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Falletta will conduct fourprograms during The Phoenix Symphony's 2013/14 Classics Series, CoffeeClassics Series and Scottsdale Series as well as Lang Lang's specialone-night-only performance at Symphony Hall.
JoAnn to Receive Virginia Women in History Award
The Library of Virginia has announced it will honor JoAnn Falletta,along with seven other awardees-past and present-with the VirginiaWomen in History Award.
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JoAnn Falletta talks to Gail Wein about her new Duke Ellington CD
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Listen as JoAnn Falletta talks with Gail Wein for this Naxospodcast about her recording with the Buffalo Philharmonicof Duke Ellington's music for orchestra.
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December 13, 2012: JoAnn Falletta congratulates producer Tim Handley onhis nomination for the 2013 Producer of the Year Grammy Award. The bodyof work for which he is being nominated includes four recordings on theNaxos label with Maestro Falletta leading four different orchestras.Says Falletta, "I have always been very proud to work with Tim Handley,whose musicianship, intelligence and extraordinary recording skills havealways produced CDs of superb quality. I am thrilled that four of ourrecordings are included in the body of work for which he has beennominated for a GRAMMY as best producer. The 2013 honors will be handedout at a ceremony in Los Angeles on February 10.
Mr. Handley's Naxos collaborations with JoAnn Falletta that are citedfor the nomination are Ken Fuchs: Atlantic Riband, AmericanRhapsody, Divinium Mysterium (JoAnn Falletta, PaulSilverthorne, Michael Ludwig & London Symphony Orchestra) Gershwin:Piano Concerto In F; Rhapsody No. 2, I Got RhythmVariations (Orion Weiss, JoAnn Falletta & Buffalo PhilharmonicOrchestra) Hailstork: An American Port Of Call (JoAnn Falletta,Virginia Symphony Chorus & Virginia Symphony Orchestra) and Holst:Cotswolds Symphony, Walt Whitman Overture (JoAnn Falletta& Ulster Orchestra). Mr. Handley's Naxos collaborations with JoAnn Falletta that are citedfor the nomination are Ken Fuchs: Atlantic Riband, AmericanRhapsody, Divinium Mysterium (JoAnn Falletta, PaulSilverthorne, Michael Ludwig & London Symphony Orchestra) Gershwin:Piano Concerto In F; Rhapsody No. 2, I Got RhythmVariations (Orion Weiss, JoAnn Falletta & Buffalo PhilharmonicOrchestra) Hailstork: An American Port Of Call (JoAnn Falletta,Virginia Symphony Chorus & Virginia Symphony Orchestra) and Holst:Cotswolds Symphony, Walt Whitman Overture (JoAnn Falletta& Ulster Orchestra).
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"We feel strongly here at the BPO about our role to help advance thecareers of young musicians and our partnership with Mannes represents amajor breakthrough," said BPO Music Director JoAnn Falletta, whoreceived her undergraduate degree from Mannes.
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JoAnn is featured in Gramophone’s August edition of “Musician’s Diary”,where she describes her joy in recording the little known works ofGustav Holst with the Ulster Orchestra for Naxos, and in exploring thecharms and history of her new UK home in Ulster.
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Norm Foster and JoAnn Falletta
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Says JoAnn Falletta, “All three finalists were fabulous.
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Falletta conducted with a controlled frenzy worthy of Bernstein.Falletta has won conducting awards named for Toscanini, Walter andStokowski.
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JoAnn Falletta's commitment to modern orchestral repertoire isexemplary.
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Gallagher is fortunate indeed to havethe London Symphony at his disposal under JoAnn Falletta.
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All credit to Falletta for presentingGallagher's scoring so effectively.
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…this interpretation is the real thing; the energy, enthusiasm, andgrandeur of Falletta's reading are graphic evidence of her love of thismusic. It sounds exactly like long pent-up admiration finally released. er interpretation is a few minutes faster than most, but her controlover the work's proportions is so sure that nothing sounds rushed orskimped. From the bravado of I, through the exotic lushness of theforest music in II to the ghostly tread introducing IV, she doesn't missa detail or nuance. The Buffalo orchestra valiantly responds to herleadership all the way. American Record Guide, 2014
Pride of place this year goes to JoAnn Falletta's magisterial newrecording of Glière's Il'ya Muromets. This is not quite unknownterritory, but the work-especially in its uncut form-is rarely performedand rarely recorded, not only because of the large forces involved, buteven more because, in lesser hands, it can so easily soundover-extended. No one has a better sense of its overall dramaticstructure than Falletta-and no one has a cannier r sense of the flavorof its special sound world. A classic. Fanfare, 2014
JoAnn Falletta is a keen admirer and has an excellent ear not merely forclarifying and controlling the orchestral sumptuousness but forarticulating the events dramatically. Her forces cast themselves intothe fray with enthusiasm and virtuosity, and the recording engineersrise to some quite demanding occasions. Gramophone, 2014
The performances are without exception marvelous. Falletta and theLondon Symphony need no Introduction; neither do soloists like violistPaul Silverthorne and cellist Tim Hugh, while the Recording of theorchestra is one of Naxos's best.
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Discovered by JoAnn Falletta and recorded by the Buffalo PhilharmonicOrchestra, of which she is the conductor, the second Symphony of MarcelTyberg reveals the existence of the composer who was an Austrian victimof the Holocaust in 1944. The work recalls Bruckner in its eloquentpower and Dvorak in its tenderness.
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The much-admired JoAnn Falletta returned asguest conductor and took complete ownership of the occasion". Courierand Post Review of Charleston Symphony Season Opening Concert 2014.
Rarely has an orchestra sounded so purely beautiful in sound, balanceand clarity. Falletta, who has been at the helm of the band for nearly15 years, had beyond a solid regional presence and, with recordings andtours, turned it into a truly international one... Palm Beach Daily News review of Buffalo Philharmonic Florida tour 2014
Falletta and her excellent orchestra give a visceral account of thescore projecting its wide range of moods, from mystery and enchantmentto violence and tragic intensity. Five Stars, BBC Music Magazinereview of Buffalo Philharmonic Gliere Symphony No. 3 (Naxos)
This fine new issue offers Paine's Symphony No. 1 along with an overtureand a suite of incidental music. Paine's music is always pleasant,occasionally moderately exciting and always well-orchestrated. Thismusic is well worth hearing, and surely these splendid performances bythe Irish orchestra directed by JoAnn Falletta.
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JoAnn Falletta has single-handedly expanded the 20th-century repertory substantially.
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Ms. Falletta provided clear shape and trajectory.
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JoAnn Falletta is a terrific, energetic leader. [Her Carnegie Hallperformance with the BPO of Glière's Symphony] was a triumph for thissplendid group.
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Mahler for Vision: A Concert For The Restoration of Vision, Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 2, "Resurrection," Monday, February 13, 2017 at 8PM Carnegie Hall

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