Opening Night for the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra

October 2, 2010 Updated Oct 2, 2010 at 11:38 PM EDT

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Opening Night for the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra

October 2, 2010 Updated Oct 2, 2010 at 11:38 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY - The 75th anniversary season for the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra got underway at 8pm Saturday night at Kleinhans Music Hall.

The opening night gala featured renowned violinist Midori as soloist in Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto. One of the best-known and notably difficult works in the repertoire, the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto is particularly suited to Midori’s technical expertise and artistic grace.

JoAnn Falletta, the longest-serving music director in BPO history, opened the season with the same piece as the first official BPO performance did in 1935, Beethoven's Egmont Overture. The overture is a powerful and expressive piece and is one of the last of Beethoven's middle period.

Erie County Executive Chris Collins was in attendance at the opening night performance. Collins budget, outlined last week, maintains support for the BPO.

For tickets and information on the Philharmonic, visit www.bpo.org