JoAnn Falletta
Photo: Mark Dellas

The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and Music Director JoAnn Falletta are preparing to tour Poland in March. It will be the BPO’s first international tour in 30 years. The invitation came from Elzbieta Penderecka’s Beethoven Easter Festival in Warsaw.

As 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of American composer Leonard Bernstein, the festival will highlight his works. JoAnn Falletta did study with Bernstein at Tanglewood, so there is a connection there.

The tour begins March 15 with an ensemble from the orchestra giving masterclasses at the Penderecki Centre in Luslawice and in Rzeszów. The full orchestra will perform in four cities, beginning March 18 in Wrocław . The Beethoven Easter Festival in Warsaw is on March 20. Concerts will also be performed in Lublin and Katowice.

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