On February 16 Jamon Dunn and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra presented the third installment of the annual BPO Kids program with Buffalove – a celebration of the Arts and Music of Buffalo.
Upon walking into the auditorium, BPO fans saw drums all across the front of the stage and a drum kit on the stage.
The Program opened with a lively performance of the “Suite from Coco” that had conductor Jamon Dunn appear to dance as he conducted.
Five member of the Just Buffalo Literary Center read poems that were inspired by music from “Enigma’s Variations” in an “Original Theme, Op 36”. After each student read their poem, the BPO played the piece that inspired the poem. After the performance, Jaman Encouraged the audience to try it at home.
Mixing tow musical forms that seem completely opposite from one another, the Differential Flava Crew from the Verve Dance Studio performed a Hip-Hop routine to the music of Johann Sebastian Bach with the Allegro from the “Brandenburg Concerto number 3 in C Major”.
Western New York native – Amherst – pianist Jimmy Featherstone joined the BPO for a performance of “Excerpt form Rhapsody in Blue” by George Gershwin.
While a majority of the artwork in packed away awaiting completion of renovations to the Albright Knox Art Gallery, people can still enjoy and appreciate some of the artwork. Photos of some of that art aired on the video screen while the BPO performed the “Hungarian March” from “La Damnation de Faust, Op 24” by Hector Berlioz.
And finishing out the afternoon of music was the Carnival Kids Steel Orchestra from Lancaster High School with a performance of “Nora” and “Live it Up” which were arranged for the Orchestra by former Carnival Kids members.
Known for its football and hockey teams, Buffalo also offers numerous artistic opportunities with the BPO Kids demonstrating a few of them with Buffalove!.