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JoAnn Falletta to take Irish orchestra on U.S. tour


By Mary Kunz Goldman

JoAnn Falletta, music director of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, is blossoming into quite the wild Irish rose.

Falletta has been principal conductor of the Ulster Orchestra in Ireland since 2011. And now, she is going on tour with a different Irish ensemble, the Irish Chamber Orchestra

Joined by celebrated flutists Sir James Galway and his wife, Lady Jeanne Galway, Falletta and the Irish Chamber Orchestra will be visiting 13 different American cities f

rom Oct. 26 through Nov. 12. Buffalo is not among them.

The Galways, who played at the 2012 BPO opening gala, will both be performing the "Carolan Variations" by Belfast composer Philip Hammond. Sir James will be playing "In Ireland," a fantasy for flute and harp by Sir Herbert Hamilton Harty (1871-1949), and Mozart's popular Flute Concerto No. 2. Falletta is conducting a symphony to round out the concerts. She will alternate between Mendelssohn's "Scottish" Symphony and Mozart's "Jupiter" Symphony.

Here are the stops on the tour:

Saturday, October 26  8pm Tilles Center Greenvale, NY

Sunday, October 27 4pm Jorgensen Center, University of Connecticut Storrs, CT

Tuesday, October 29 8pm Concert Hall at SUNY Purchase Purchase, NY

Friday, November 1 8pm Ferguson Center, University of Newport News, VA

Saturday, November 2 8pm George Mason University Fairfax, VA

Sunday, November 3 4pm State Theatre New Brunswick, NJ

Tuesday, November 5 7:30pm EKU Center for Arts Richmond, KY

Wednesday, November 6 8pm Palladium Carmel, IN

Thursday, November 7 7:30pm Krannert Center Urbana-Champaign, IL

Saturday, November 9 8pm Piper Theatre Scottsdale, AZ

Sunday, November 10 7:30pm Copley Symphony San Diego, CA

Monday, November 11 8pm Segerstrom Concert Hall Costa Mesa, CA

Tuesday, November 12 8pm Valley Performing Arts Centre Northridge, CA



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