Thursday, June 6, 2024

June in Buffalo 2024: Opening Concert with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra

June in Buffalo 2024 begins this Sunday, June 9, with a scintillating program by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Assistant Conductor and BPO Diversity Fellow Fernanda Lastra. Ushering in what promises to be a week of outstanding performances, this concert features works by this year’s senior composersAmy Williams, Hilda Paredes, and Karola Oberm├╝ller, as well as participant composer Anna Heflin.

Musician Profile: Fernanda Lastra

We are thrilled to welcome Lastra to the stage for her first June in Buffalo appearance. She was appointed Diversity Fellow of the BPO in 2022 and promoted to Assistant Conductor in 2023. In addition to leading the orchestra throughout their regular season Classics, Pops, and Family concerts, Lastra serves on the organization's Diversity Council. She vociferously advocates for broad and creative approaches to musical performances, and particularly champions emerging and underrepresented artists. Lastra, accompanied by June in Buffalo Director Jonathan Golove and senior composer Amy Williams, discussed the state of music and the upcoming concert on Visit Buffalo Niagara's Hear Here: Live Music in Buffalo, NY podcast, linked here.

This inaugural concert will take place in Slee Hall at 2:30pm. Tickets are $10 (Free with a valid UB student ID) and open to the general public. They may be purchased from Ticketmaster or at the Slee Hall box office.



Amy Williams Flood Lines

Karola Oberm├╝ller Im Vorraum

Anna Heflin Symphony N. 993 

Hilda Paredes Zaztun  

For more information about the festival, keep an eye out for future Edge of the Center posts, and read the recent Buffalo Spree article, featuring comments from Golove and Williams.

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