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JoAnn Falletta

JoAnn Falletta conducts the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra in Tchaikovsky's Sleeping Beauty Suite in the 12/27 broadcast.

There are journeys we take in life. Sometimes, we go through darkness to find light; sometimes we leave the light and descend into darkness. In the next Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra concerts, we will do both.

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Acclaimed conductor JoAnn Falletta was named Performance Today's 2019 Classical Woman of the Year. The award, which was given for the first time, honors the women who have made a lasting impact on classical music or those who love music.

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2/1        Tchaikovsky: Polonaise from Eugene Onegin, Variations on a Rococo Theme, Serenade for Strings, 1812 Overture (Mark Kosower, c; Buffalo Philharmonic; JoAnn Falletta, cond)

2/8        Stravinsky: Fireworks Pereira: Concerto for Timpani and Two Percussion Brahms: Symphony No. 1 (Joseph Pereira, tim; Maraca 2, perc; Los Angeles Philharmonic; Gustavo Dudamel, cond)


When JoAnn Falletta matriculated at Mannes College of Music as a guitar major, she had already set her sights on the conductor’s podium. Despite the administration’s doubts that a woman could be a Music Director, they changed her major, and Falletta never looked back. Now in her 18th year as the Music Director of the Buffalo Philharmonic, Falletta never lost her love of guitar, establishing an international competition in 2004.

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To Rochesterians, the city of Buffalo is like a big, brawny cousin who restores old cars and drinks the coolest draft brews.   The Queen City's waterfront rejuvenation, passion for football, and history as a major American port have shaped the city’s cultural life in fascinating ways.  The New York Times casts a light on the journey of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.

Let’s call it a growth opportunity.  In 1971, only 1.4 percent of the orchestras registered in The Musicians Guide were led by women. Ten years later, that number was slightly higher; 4.3 percent of orchestras in the annual American Orchestra League Directory published by Symphony Magazine had women directors.  By 1988, the number was 56 out of 845.  That's still less than seven percent.   Today, that number is only marginally improved.