Falletta Conducts Kennedy Center’s 50th Anniversary CelebrationConcert to be Broadcast on PBS October 1, 2021
Multiple Grammy Award-winning conductor JoAnn Falletta is delighted to be once again performing for live audiences, recording and celebrating career achievements with fellow musicians and friends. On September 14,  Falletta led the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) at The Kennedy Center’s 50th Anniversary Celebration Concert which will be broadcast nationwide on October 1 at 9pm EST as THE KENNEDY CENTER at 50 on PBS, PBS.org, and the PBS video app.   Earlier this summer, JoAnn conducted Wolf Trap’s 50th anniversary concert, made her debut at the Sunflower Music Festival featuring women composers, conducted her Covid-delayed farewell concert in Virginia, led an all-star performance and Naxos recording of William Walton’s Façade, accepted the Virginia Arts Festival’s Ovation Award, and was finally able to celebrate her 2021 Grammy win with fellow awardee Adam Luebke for Richard Danielpour’s choral masterpiece, The Passion of Yeshua.
In June, Falletta, who is one of the world’s foremost advocates for women conductors and composers, was tapped to lead the National Symphony in a gala performance celebrating the 50th anniversary of Wolf Trap honoring women in music. Along with Falletta, the concert featured soprano Christine Goerke, pianist Joyce Yang and actress and singer Cynthia Erivo. Washington Classical Review captured the mood: “Hearing broad symphonic power was an emotional experience after so many months of online, reduced performances: massed strings sharing desks again, bubbling streams of woodwinds, the blaring swell of the brass, swoops of harp and glints of percussion. Falletta maximized the excitement with a quick and incisive beat, threading the needle through metric shifts.” The performance was also recently featured on CBS Sunday Morning (Click here to view).Libby_ Governor Kelly and JoAnn Falletta July 2021.jpgFalletta then flew to Kansas, where she was guest conductor of the Sunflower Music Festival also honoring women in music. The festival opened with Joan Tower’s Fanfare for the Common Woman, followed by works by Beethoven. A festival highlight was the world premiere of Libby Larsen’s The Supreme Four, commissioned by the Sunflower Music Festival and Washburn University, and narrated by The Honorable Laura Kelly, Governor of Kansas.
202824245_215727660372631_96952531129311548_nJF VA Festival photo.jpgHer return to Virginia for her farewell concert with the Virginia Symphony and her first as the Orchestra’s Connie and Marc Jacobson Music Director Laureate on June 11-13, originally scheduled for last December, was deeply meaningful for Falletta who expressed her love and thanks to the musicians of the VSO for a long and wonderful tenure with them.
Falletta returned to Virginia in the beginning of July to lead a “dream team” for a live performance and recording for NAXOS of the complete William Walton Façade with narrators Kevin Deas, Hila Plitmann and American Public Media’s Performance Today Radio Host Fred Child, and the Virginia Arts Festival Chamber Players. The recording, scheduled for release in the spring of 2022, will introduce material never heard before, and mark the 100th anniversary of William Walton’s youthful masterpiece.
Adam Luebke and JoAnn Falletta with Grammy'sThe Virginia Arts Festival honored Falletta’s return to their stage by presenting Falletta with the organization’s annual Ovation Award in recognition of her significant impact on the arts in Hampton Roads. Falletta also took the opportunity while in Virginia to finally celebrate in person her 2021 Grammy Award with fellow awardee Adam Luebke, conductor of the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus, for their Naxos recording of The Passion of Yeshua by composer Richard Danielpour with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus, the UCLA Chamber Singers with James K. Bass and an all-star cast of soloists.
In July Falletta hosted SiriusXM Symphony Hall’s July 4th celebration in a program that celebrated American composers Adolphus Hailstork and Peter Boyer who were recently featured during the presidential inauguration. The curated program included some of their most patriotic compositions and works by other American composers. 
218622095_232163215395742_8142531779728296382_nSewanee All Saints Chapel.jpgJoAnn made return appearances this summer at the Sewanee Music Festival, Interlochen Center for the Arts, Brevard Music Center, and with the Hawaii Symphony. Pending further Covid guidance, she plans to guest conduct this coming season in Poland, Sweden, Montreal and across the US. This Fall, she and the Buffalo Philharmonic are happy to return to live concerts where they will celebrate many living American composers in the 2021-22 season including Adolphus Hailstork, Gabriela Lena Frank, Kenneth Fuchs, David Ludwig, Carlos Simon, Jonathan Bailey Holland, Russell Platt, Daron Hagen, Jessie Montgomery, Michael Tilson Thomas and Wang Jie.
JoAnn Falletta serves as Music Director of the Buffalo Philharmonic, and Music Director Laureate of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Principal Guest Conductor of the Brevard Music Center and Artistic Adviser to the Hawaii Symphony and the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra. As Music Director of the Buffalo Philharmonic, Falletta became the first woman to lead a major American ensemble. According to a recent survey, she is now one of only three American born Music Directors, and the only woman Music Director conducting one of the top forty American orchestras.
With a discography of almost 120 titles, Falletta is a leading recording artist for Naxos and has won two individual Grammy Awards; in 2021 for the Danielpour and in 2019, as conductor of the London Symphony in the Best Classical Compendium category for Spiritualist by Kenneth Fuchs. Her Naxos recording of John Corigliano’s Mr. Tambourine Man: Seven Poems of Bob Dylan received two Grammys in 2008. Her 2020 Naxos recording of orchestral music of Florent Schmitt with the Buffalo Philharmonic recently received the Diapason d’Or Award. Her most recent recording, The Four Seasons, on the Buffalo Philharmonic’s Beau Fleuve label, includes Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons featuring Nikki Chooi, and Astor Piazzolla’s Seasons in Buenos Aires, inspired by Vivaldi’s famous work, featuring violinist Tessa Lark.