BN360 is really excited to be presenting a unique event for our members on Feb. 11th. We're working with our friends at the BPO to highlight their young professional guest conductor Joey Young and to provide members the chance to get connected to one of Buffalo's greatest cultural assets - the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and Kleinhans Music Hall. Please register as space is limited and click here for more info.
We'd like to introduce our guest blogger Joey Young, League of American Orchestras Conducting Fellow:
Hi, I am Joseph Young, Conducting Fellow with the Buffalo Philharmonic. I am delighted to be in Buffalo for this year. I was sort of skeptical with the all the snow and cold weather but, as everyone told me, I got over it and am growing to enjoy it. Buffalo is such a unique place. It has a budding arts scene, great food, loyal sports fans (even if they are losing), great food and true Buffalonians. But most importantly for me, it has a great orchestra.
I’m here in Buffalo not only conducting concerts but observing the great things that the BPO organization does. I have the opportunity to work closely with and be mentored by JoAnn Falletta, and to learn from the great staff behind the scenes. My goal while I’m here working with a world-class orchestra is to maximize my opportunities, since the BPO is giving me a chance to get my hands dirty, so to speak, as an assistant conductor.
My role here is to absorb as much as possible to become a future leader and innovator in the symphonic world. The role of a conductor is not only to be a great musician, but also an entrepreneur. Conductors not only have to present an artistic vision but have a grasp on fundraising and marketing. But the core of what we do is being the ambassador to music, our institution and the community. This is why I am so excited about presenting this unique program with Buffalo Niagara 360. This organization is fostering the next generation of innovators just as the BPO is doing with me. We all have desire to do fantastic work in our art and in the community and I can’t think of a better way introduce you to the BPO than with a concert.
This program will give you an authentic experience with the BPO. We really wanted to put a twist on the new traditional concert experience and provide everyone a closer and intimate seat to the music. The concert plans to be a casually informal experience with music from a child prodigy, Mozart; the father of the symphony, Haydn, and the insurance salesman that wrote music on the side, Charles Ives. We will also hear a solo from an instrument you hardly see in front of the orchestra, the bassoon. It’s an instrument with a unique sound and our amazing principal bassoonist Glenn Einschlag will be taking center stage.
I hope you can join us for a musical night of networking with young professionals and BPO musicians.