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Encounter With A New Yorker At Carnegie Hall


Details will be in the paper tomorrow, but the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra's performance at Carnegie Hall was magnificent. In Buffalo lingo we rocked the house! Buzz took the photo above as the orchestra was filing in. The excitement was tremendous.

At the end of Gliere's challenging Symphony No. 3, as everyone was standing and cheering, the woman in the seat behind Buzz tapped us on the shoulder. 

"Excuse me," she said. "Do you know why was there so much clapping between movements of the symphony?"

Buzz, in our long red gown and green Spring For Music scarf, must have looked to her like the kind of person who could answer this question.

Our friend Lizzie, who was with us, says we should have answered by asking her, "Why were you talking through the whole thing?" Because this woman's friend was talking all night. 

But Buzz was polite. We looked around at the sea of people, all applauding. We turned back to the woman.

"Because," we said, "there are a lot of people from Buffalo here, and a lot of them are new to classical music, and they're here to support the orchestra, and they don't know not to clap between movements, and they were carried away with the excitement of the music, so they clapped." We explained that we were from Buffalo.

She frowned. We leaned closer to her.

"Are you a New Yorker?" we asked gently. 

She said she was.

"Did you come for the Gliere?" we asked. 

She nodded.

"Did you like it?" we asked.

She nodded again. "Yes," she said.

And then she kind of smiled. We had achieved rapport.

"Thank you for coming," Buzz said. We smiled at each other.

Concert a success.


Thanks to Buffalo, NYC Man Gets To Tell Joke


Buzz spent the afternoon where everyone in the world wanted to be, but few get to go, which was the rehearsal of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra this afternoon on stage at Carnegie Hall, pictured above in a picture we snapped when nobody was looking. 

How about that grammar? Sorry, we forgot to pack our writing skills! They are still sitting at home on our dining room table.


Accompanying us on our adventure was New York photographer Keith Bedford, who has been contracted to take pictures for The News. One thing Keith and Buzz did while testing the limits of our Carnegie Hall All Access Pass was to ascend to the Maestro's Suite. This is where great conductors hang out backstage while they await show time.

The Maestro's Suite has a cubbyhole where you look down to the stage and we took pictures from there. Here is our picture of Keith photographing through the cubbyhole which illustrates why he is taking the official pictures and we are not.


While Keith was shooting away he told us the greatest story. On the way to his assignment he had stopped at Starbucks. And while he was there, someone asked him the question everyone dreams of being asked:

"How do you get to Carnegie Hall?"

Buzz caught our breath.

"Did you tell them, Keith?" we asked.

"I did!" he exalted. "I said, 'Practice!'"

He laughed.

"I've lived in New York City since 1999," he said. "This is the first time I've ever been able to tell that joke."

It must have been a Buffalonian who asked him!

Russian Tea Room Braces For Buffalo Mob Scene


The legendary Russian Tea Room, photographed by Buzz on this misty moisty morning, sits next to the legendary Carnegie Hall and it is there that a crowd of BPO fans will be rallying after the concert tonight.

It is a ticketed event and attendance is limited, but still - the Russian Tea Room had better brace itself!

Buzz ran into BPO communications director Susan Schwartz as she headed over to the famous restaurant to make last-minute arrangements. She pointed out how narrow the doors were. 

"When 550 people rush that entrance ..." she said.

If those 550 Buffalonians have been eating half the amount Buzz has been eating over the past couple of days, that should really be something to see!


Cafeteria With A View


Tuesday, a lot of ticket holders for tonight's Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra concert at Carnegie Hall were invited to a party at CNN's studios.

It was actually CNN's cafeteria. And it has a great view, pictured above in a picture ably snapped by BPO communications director Susan Schwartz. 

"What a great view that is," Buzz fell into the habit of saying, buying time as we scribbled in our notebook.

Then we said it to the wrong person! This Buffalonian, who does not want to be named, met our "What a great view" comment with a dismissive shrug.

"You should see my view," she snapped. She went on to discuss her home in Buffalo -- "It's like you're looking out at the countryside" -- and her home in Florida.

Then Buzz began bragging about the view from The News' cafeteria.

"You see grain elevators, and the river, and --"

We couldn't help it!

That is the Buffalo way. Nobody has it better than we do.



JFK Airport Falls Short Of Buffalo's Artistic Standards


Flying into JFK Airport this morning on our way to see the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra perform at Carnegie Hall, Buzz loved certain things about New York. We love the fruit vendors and the street food, the shish kebabs, the international feel.


The airport smelled sweaty and it felt grittier than ours. Our Buffalo airport is always so clean and nice and no muss, no fuss.

There was absolutely no reference that we could see in JFK Airport to the Spring For Music Festival going on at Carnegie Hall, the festival for which the BPO is performing on Wednesday night. Our airport has signs cheering the orchestra on.

Not only that but ...

No Jasper Johns in the johns!

In Buffalo you come to expect certain amenities, such as that Albright-Knox Jasper Johns painting, pictured above, that graces our airport restrooms. That is what we wrote in Twitter. 

And then -- and then -- we got to wondering about it.

Could the designers of our airport have meant that on purpose, to put Jasper Johns in, well, the johns?

We hope so! Those would be designers you could be proud of!

Another relevant Albright-Knox masterpiece could be Picasso's "La Toilette."


BPO May Inspire Utah Man To Fly Here Permanently


Utah music fan David Sullivan, 34, loves Russian composer Reinhold Gliere so much that he is flying to New York on the red-eye tonight so he can be there at Carnegie Hall when the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra performs Gliere's rarely-performed Third Symphony.

Not only that, but Sullivan flew to Buffalo last weekend to catch both performances of the symphony at Kleinhans Music Hall!

"I love the neighborhood around Kleinhans," he told us. "If I were to move there, that's where I would want to live."

He had met JoAnn Falletta, the BPO's music director. "I quickly thanked her for programming this symphony," he said on the phone with Buzz. "It's so rarely heard." He had gone to Pausa Art House and had met its owner, UB trumpet professor Jon Nelson. It turned out Nelson knew a trumpet player David knew. He went to Niagara Falls and -- Buzz loved this -- the Tifft Nature Preserve.

What impressed him most of all was the famous Buffalo spirit and the city's support for the BPO on its historic 24th visit to Carnegie Hall, happening Wednesday night.

He could not get over the signs at the Buffalo airport!

"That just floored me," he said. "I love how the whole city supports the BPO."

Buzz popped the question.

"David," we said. "Do you think you might consider moving here?"

After all, he is single. He works in computers, the kind of work you can do anywhere.

We could hear David considering our question, a couple of time zones away.

"I might," he said. "I was thinking about that. I just might."


Bear Cub Grrrrrrr-ows, Develops Big Rear


Little Luna is getting big.

Buzz's prediction is coming true pretty fast! That shot above from Facebook today shows she is no longer the cute cuddly cub the Buffalo Zoo is banking on her being. (Don't click on this picture to donate. Please go to the zoo's site.)



Luna is developing that trademark pear-shaped polar bear rear. And look at those paws!

She will always be cute, but before you know it, she'll be working for Billy Fuccillo.

She'll be huge!!

NYC Rolls Out Red Carpet For Buffalo Broadcasting Legend

DorisAs Buzz gets ready to fly to New York to catch the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, we are thrilled to hear once again how nice the people there are! Allow us to introduce our authority, Buffalo Broadcasting Hall of Famer Doris Jones.

Miss Jones, pictured at left, flew to New York over the weekend. She was preparing to board a bus from LaGuardia Airport to 122nd Street when she realized that she had nothing smaller than a $10.

What to do??

Ah! She noticed one bus had its door open. She approached and explained to the driver that she did not have the correct change.

"Lady," said the driver, "you are S*** out of luck!!"

Then he gave her a bus ticket.

"WELCOME to New York!" crowed Doris. "What great people! FREE ride!"

The BPO and Bigfoot

Reinhold Gliere -- whose massively romantic Symphony No. 3 the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra is playing tonight at Kleinhans Music Hall and Wednesday at Carnegie Hall -- is a great composer.

But he is a great-great-great-great uncle!

And his great-great-great-great grandniece, Jennifer Gliere ...


...  is going to be at the BPO's performance on Wednesday in New York City. Jennifer Gliere is a soprano and originally thought she could not be there because she had a rehearsal of Bach's B Minor Mass. But she has been sprung from the rehearsal -- alleluia! -- and so will be able to go.

Buzz caught up with Miss Gliere while she was sitting in traffic, which is what you do when you live in New York.

One thing we asked her about was the folk hero Ilya Muromets, the legend that inspired Gliere to write his outrageous, rarely performed symphony. Ilya Muromets is a warrior who chalks up all kinds of victories before -- fatal error! -- he defies God and is defeated by the heavenly hosts.

Jennifer Gliere said Russian kids grow up knowing all about this mythical figure.

"What would be our equivalent?" we asked. "Would he be like Robin Hood?"

She laughed.

"More like Bigfoot," she said. "Only not as nefarious."

Blast From the Past Hits Elmwood Avenue


Buffalo sign of spring: All of a sudden, you hear all these car radios! One song snippet carried on the air on Elmwood Avenue caught the ear of Jeff Paterson, head of the Community Music School.

Quoth Paterson:

"It's not unusual for someone to sit at the stoplight at Elmwood and Bryant, blaring music so loudly that I can hear every word and every beat inside my office. It is unusual for the song to be 'You Make My Dreams Come True' by Hall and Oates."

Ha, ha!

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