Episode 6 - Shades of Possibility with JoAnn Falletta
Orchestrating Change by Canton Symphony Orchestra
Today on Orchestrating Change, GRAMMY award-winning conductor, JoAnn Falletta, spoke with us about her journey to become one of the first female music directors of a major American orchestra and where she sees the future of orchestral music going. Her passion for the orchestra flowed through this conversation and made it very clear to us why she was able to shatter the glass ceiling of conducting. JoAnn Falletta serves as Music Director of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Music Director Laureate of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Principal Guest Conductor of the Brevard Music Center and Artistic Adviser of the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra and the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra. Hailed for having ‘Toscanini’s tight control over ensemble, Walter’s affectionate balancing of inner voices, Stokowski’s gutsy showmanship, and a controlled frenzy worthy of Bernstein’, she is a leading force for the music of our time. Canton Symphony Orchestra knows the need for change within the orchestral community. The tradition of classical music has ignored many communities that have contributed to the development and canon of repertoire played in the concert hall. While Canton Symphony is a regional orchestral, change starts at the smallest level. With “Orchestrating Change”, the Canton Symphony Orchestra hopes to facilitate conversations that will make the concert hall a more welcoming place for previously ignored communities as well as create more acceptance and diversity on the stage. In addition to orchestrating change internally, educating audiences to issues surrounding diversity and inclusion will be a priority. Music by Black, Latinx, female, Asian, and LGBTQAI+ musicians and composers has been noticeably absent in the programming produced by established institutions in comparison to those who are white and male. Canton Symphony Orchestra hopes to be a more welcoming community that is reflective of the demographics in Canton, Ohio and the surrounding major metropolitan areas. Patrons who wish to sign-up for email reminders may do so at www.cantonsymphony.org/orchestrating-change. More information, including additional episodes, will be released in our weekly newsletter and social media accounts. https://www.cantonsymphony.org/episode-6-joann-falletta/
We had memories, stories and questions to ask JoAnne Falletta. We all have a connection to her somehow so my producers Alan and Justine join me in this wonderful sit-down with the beloved Maestra of the Buffallo Philharmonic. She's a GRAMMY winner and my former Juilliard classmate as well as my colleague at Brevard Music Center.--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/amy-porter9/support
Podcast: A perfect pitch. JoAnn Falletta, the Buffalo Philharmonic and Naxos.
The Naxos Blog
This month, JoAnn Falletta and the Buffalo Philharmonic celebrate their 21-year association with Naxos as they release their 26th recording on the label — a second album of music by the French composer Florent Schmitt (1870-1958). Peter Hall talks with the orchestra’s music director about that sustained collaboration, reviewing the musical development she has achieved with both the orchestra and the label over the years. View album details Catalogue No.: 8.574138
JoAnn Falletta is a Grammy Award-winning artist who has been compared to some of the greatest conductors of the 20th century—legends like Arturo Toscanini, Bruno Walter, Leopold Stokowski, and (one of her former teachers at Juilliard) Leonard Bernstein. Maestro Falletta is Music Director of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, and also the Connie and Marc Jacobson Music Director Laureate of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Principal Guest Conductor of the Brevard Music Center in North Carolina, and Artistic Adviser to the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra as well as the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra. She has guest-conducted all over North America and around the world, including many of the most prominent orchestras in Europe, Asia, and South America. With a discography of nearly 120 titles, Falletta is a leading recording artist for Naxos. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, she has served by presidential appointment as a member of the National Council on the Arts during the George W. Bush and Obama Administrations, and has received many prestigious conducting awards. She has introduced over 500 works by American composers, including well over 100 world premieres. In 2019, Performance Today named her Classical Woman of the Year, calling her a “tireless champion” and lauding her “unique combination of artistic authority and compassion, compelling musicianship and humanity.” She is a fierce advocate for young conductors, and for the power of music for all people. JoAnn and I spoke on October 1st at the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra’s administrative home in Clement House, a stunning mansion on Delaware Avenue near downtown Buffalo. YouTube Edition The YouTube version features beautiful footage shot by Terry Fisher, Harry Jones and John Parascak of Full Circle Studios, and edited by me. Image by Full Circle Studios Transcript Special thanks to Maestro Falletta’s colleagues at the BPO who facilitated many aspects of this episode, especially Patrick O’Herron and Diana Martinusek. JoAnn Falletta is represented by Genevieve Spielberg, Inc. Thanks also to Tom Dudzick, who permitted me to use an excerpt from the MIDI version of “I Want My Guy Back for Christmas” from his musical Christmas Over the Tavern.Soundtrack SamplesAll orchestral recordings in this episode feature Maestro Falletta and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, and all are available for purchase on the BPO website. Chamber music recordings* by Debra Wendalls Cross (flute), Robert Alemany (clarinet), and JoAnn Falletta (guitar) come from the 2007 album Borrowed Treasures, produced by the Virginia Arts Festival.02:32 Antonín DVOŘÁK Symphony No. 9 (“From the New World”). 2nd movement, Largo09:05 Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART Clarinet Concerto. 1st movement, Allegro11:45 Léo WEINER Hungarian Folkdance Suite. 1st movement, Allegro risoluto e ben marcato 19:08 Sergei RACHMANINOFF Piano Concerto No. 3. 1st movement, Allegro ma non tanto (Philippe Bianconi, piano) 21:14 Antonín DVOŘÁK Symphony No. 9 (“From the New World”). 3rd movement, Scherzo molto vivace22:43 George GERSHWIN Three Preludes. No. 1, Allegro ben ritmato e deciso (trans. James Cohn / JoAnn Falletta)*23:05 Johannes BRAHMS Symphony No. 2. 1st movement, Allegro non troppo29:23 Antonín DVOŘÁK Symphony No. 9 (“From the New World”). 1st movement, Adagio—Molto allegro30:51 Piotr Ilych TCHAIKOVSKY Violin Concerto. 1st movement, Allegro moderato (Chloë Hanslip, violin)34:41 Carl NIELSEN Symphony No. 4 (“The Inextinguishable”). 2nd movement, Poco allegretto37:13 Gabriel FAURÉ Pavane (trans. Laurindo Almeida)*39:17 Astor PIAZZOLLA Oblivion (trans. JoAnn Falletta)*39:57 Manuel PONCE Concierto del sur. 1st movement, Allegro moderato (Marcin Dylla, guitar)41:43 Piotr Ilych TCHAIKOVSKY Violin Concerto. 3rd movement, Allegro vivacissimo (Chloë Hanslip, violin)43:50 Antonín DVOŘÁK Symphony No. 9 (“From the New World”). 3rd movement, Scherzo molto vivace46:24 Georges BIZET. Chanson Bohème from Carmen (trans. Rivoal/Lambert)* 49:04 Antonín DVOŘÁK Symphony No. 9 (“From the New World”). 4th movement, Allegro con fuocoDon’t miss an episode! Take 30 seconds to let me know your name and email, and I’ll let you know whenever a new episode or bonus item is ready. Point of Learning Newsletter Can you spare a dime? If you’re interested in supporting this source of carefully curated ideas about what and how and why we learn, click the button below. Point of Learning has partnered with Patreon to keep support simple, with membership tiers beginning at just $3/month—about 10 cents per day. Learn about supporting Point of Learning
Chatting with JoAnn Falletta was a real joy - very warm, friendly and open. We discussed how rewarding it can be working with amateur musicians, how inspirational Leonard Bernstein was as a teacher and how working in Hawaii introduced her to one of her favourite pastimes!
Classically Speaking: Joann Falletta, A Pair Of Lovers, And A Waltz
“Romeo and Juliet” is a tale of woe. And actually, so is “La Valse.” Conductor Joann Falletta paired these pieces together for a program of music by Sergei Prokofiev and Maurice Ravel. Two pieces with fascinating history and devastating stories are the subject of this Classically Speaking. Musical performances are by the Buffalo Philharmonic, the London Philharmonic, and the Nashville Symphony.
Interplay: Conversations in Music with Michael Shapiro
Michael Shapiro in conversation with conductor JoAnn Falletta, Music Director of the Buffalo Philharmonic about her international conducting, legacy of promoting American composers, and desire to work soon again. www.michaelshapiro.com www.joannfalletta.com