|Grammy Award-Winning Conductor JoAnn Falletta to Lead The Buffalo Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall October 3, 2022|
Tribute to Lukas Foss In Honor of His 100th Birthday
|Foss was Music Director of BPO from 1963 – 1970 and put the orchestra at the epicenter of new music during his acclaimed tenure. JoAnn Falletta served as Foss’ Associate Conductor at the Milwaukee Symphony from 1985-1988, while still a student at Julliard. They became and remained good friends until his death. One of JoAnn’s first experiences with the Milwaukee Symphony was to accompany the MSO and Maestro Foss on an important European tour. During that tour, Foss was under great pressure to write a flute concerto based on Renaissance themes for Carol Wincenc. Knowing that JoAnn played the lute, he asked her for advice about Renaissance songs and melodies which inspired Foss, and the stunning result was his glowing Renaissance Concerto.|
In 1945 Foss became the youngest composer to win a Guggenheim Fellowship and in 2000 he was awarded a Gold Medal by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Foss’s early works are neoclassical-tonal and well-organized in harmony and counterpoint. His later chamber pieces are avant-garde, ordering musical events by means of chance operations and leaving many decisions about the performance to the performers. Recognized as a champion of 20th Century contemporary performance, Foss 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. In addition to guest conducting many of the world’s major orchestras, Foss served as Music Director of the Ojai Music Festival for six years between 1961-87, and the Brooklyn Philharmonic from 1971-1987. He was appointed professor of music at UCLA in 1953, replacing Arnold Schoenberg, and professor of music, theory and composition at Boston University beginning in 1991.
Multiple Grammy-winning conductor 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. As Music Director of the Buffalo Philharmonic, Falletta became the first woman to lead a major American ensemble. This year she was named as one of the fifty great conductors past and present by Gramophone Magazine. With a discography of almost 120 titles, Falletta is a leading recording artist for Naxos. She has won two individual GRAMMY Awards, including the 2021 GRAMMY Award for Best Choral Performance as Conductor of the world premiere Naxos recording, Richard Danielpour’s “The Passion of Yeshua.” In 2019, she won a GRAMMY Award 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.