There is TONS of great information in the book. It's not a complete history -- it's not an academic piece -- so we're calling it the "story" of the BPO. The Orchestra started in 1935 with the Federal Emergency Relief Bureau and the Works Progress Administration, two federal programs established to employ artists and musicians during the Depression. You know, economic stimulus money, maybe you've heard of that recently.
|The second book I designed, AUDieu, |
on the demolition of the Buffalo
Memorial Auditorium, written by
Suzanne K. Taylor.
There are great tidbits of information in the book -- did you know the Buffalo Philharmonic toured under the name of The Boston Pops in 1964? That both Doc Severinsen and Marvin Hamlisch have been our Pops Conductors? The BPO was one of the first orchestras to feature Van Cliburn -- and that he's been coming back for more than 50 years since that debut in 1954? They've won two Grammys? They've appeared at Carnegie Hall more than 20 times? They were included in the soundtrack of Woody Allen's Manhattan? That Frank Zappa once hired them to perform his orchestral works? That they are assembling the orchestral works of Marcel Tyberg, a composer that died at Auschwitz in 1944, without ever having had any of his works published or performed until last year? That Symphony Circle was a temporary name given to, what was previously called "The Circle," for a fund drive in 1958?
|My first and favorite book, Garden Walk |
Buffalo. Written by Elizabeth Licata,
photographed by Don Zinteck.
For any Western New Yorker that is a fan of the BPO, this is a must. If it's not you -- then surely you must know someone that would love this as a gift this season. There is also a five-CD set of BPO recordings, and a 2011 BPO calendar available -- where ever well-designed books are sold throughout WNY (Barnes & Noble, Borders, etc.), or online here: Buffalo Heritage.