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JoAnn Falletta: honoring a cultural icon of WNY

Posted at 7:02 PM, Oct 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-16 19:05:04-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — She's a rock of Buffalo's rich cultural community and now, for decades to come, visitors to Delaware Park will know the name JoAnn Falletta.

On Wednesday, the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy unveiled a new, commemorative paver honoring JoAnn Fallett's 20 illustrious years with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. The paver is part of Siegel Landing, which opened at Hoyt Lake in 2018.

“I am incredibly honored to be recognized by the Olmsted Parks Conservancy, the Siegel family, and our patrons in such a touching way,” said Ms. Falletta during Wednesday's event. “I have been proud to call the City of Buffalo my home for the past two decades. One of the many things I love about this great city is its breathtaking parks system, which inspires me every day. A great city deserves a great orchestra, and it has been my privilege to conduct one of the best orchestras in the world these past 20 years. I look forward to making music together for years to come.”

“We are honored to celebrate Ms. Falletta on 20 years with the BPO and her continued support in the Buffalo community.” said Aaron Siegel, of the Herb and Aaron Siegel Foundation. “We are grateful that Ms. Falletta was able join us for the unveiling. This Landing is a special place where Buffalonians come to celebrate special times in their lives and pay tribute to loved ones, friends and family. On behalf of my family and my fellow Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy Board Members, we thank you.”

Referred to as, "one of the finest conductors of her generation,” by the New York Times. JoAnn Falletta was appointed music director of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra in 1999, becoming the first female conductor to lead a major American ensemble.

In the coming year, the Grammy-award winning conductor will be working with orchestras in Ireland, Sweden, Germany, Mexico, Brazil and across the United States.

Full details on The Siegel Landing can be found here.