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A NEWSPAPER SERVING THE GERMAN-AMERICANS OF UPSTATE NEW YORK
                                              AUSTRIA • GERMANY • LIECHTENSTEIN • SWITZERLAND
       Vol. 10 No. 6                                                                                           November-December 2022 Issue


      Dortmund students given Buffalo welcome                                                     UB Department of Music


               embers  of  the  Buffalo                                                           and BPO collaborate to
               Dortmund  Sister  City
      MCommittee  arranged  a                                                                     commemorate Lukas Foss
      tour  on  Oct.  12,  2022  for  visiting
      students  from  Dortmund  who  are                                                                ukas  Foss  (1922-
      part of the Fall semester high school
                                                                                                        2009) was a com-
      Buffalo Dortmund  Student Ambas-                                                            Lposer,  conductor,
      sador Program.  Paul Jones, Joe Ro-
                                                                                                  pianist  and  visionary
      etter and Michael Riester started the
                                                                                                  whose  legendary  contri-
      tour off at City Hall.  The tour in-
                                                                                                  butions to the Buffalo arts
      cluded  the  City  Hall  Observation
                                                                                                  scene  were  transforma-
      deck with great views of downtown
                                                                                                  tive. From 1963 to 1970,
      and Lake Erie followed by a visit to
                                                                                                  Foss served as the music
      the  Common  Council  Chambers.
                                                                                                  director  of  the  Buffalo
      The staff of Council Member Fero-
                                                                                                  Philharmonic  Orchestra
      letto (Delaware District) were very
                                                                                                  (BPO),  championing  the
      helpful  and  spoke  to  the  students
                                                                                                  works  of  living  compos-
      about the operations of city govern-
                                                                                                  ers and 20th century mu-
      ment.
                                                                                                  sic.   In   1964,   he
         The  group  then  walked  to  the  AT  THE  FEDERAL  COURT:  Visiting  students  from  Dortmund
      Federal Courthouse for a scheduled  posed with Magistrate Judge Jeremiah McCarthy and Buffalo Dort-  co-founded and served as
                                                                                                  co-director of the Center
      meeting with Magistrate Judge Jere-  mund Committee member Paul Jones who organized a recent visit.
      miah McCarthy. As an undergradu-                                                            for Creative and Performing Arts at  “Under Lukas, our orchestra
                                                                                                  the University at Buffalo, where he
      ate student he had studied for a year Dortmund 20th anniversary plaque John Jason (JJ) Peterka, a 20-year-                 became known for the wildest
                                                                                                  ushered  in  innovative  works  and
      in Innsbruck, and had been looking inscribed  with  the  poem  “Wer  ist old forward from Munich, has made                     and most imaginative
                                                                                                  performances for more than two de-
      forward to meeting the German stu- John  Maynard?”  by  Theodor  Fon- the  Buffalo  Sabres  opening  night                  programs of new music that
                                                                                                  cades.
      dents. He was very welcoming, and tane.  A  duplicate  plaque  is  dis- roster,  and  will  wear  uniform  No.
                                                                                                     “Lukas Foss had a long and vital  was happening anywhere,”
      gave the students a very good civics played  in  Dortmund’s  City  Hall. 77.  Last  season  JJ  played  for  the
                                                                                                  connection  to  the  Department  of  said  BPO Music Director
      lesson about the courts in the United They were given a copy of the poem Rochester  Amerks  where  he  was
                                                                                                  Music and its faculty. As co-found-
      States, both federal and state.  and some of them confirmed that it named  to  the  AHL  All-Rookie                               JoAnnFalletta
                                                                                                  er of the Rockefeller-funded Center
         Judge  McCarthy  invited  the is still taught in school.   Team, and he played in two games
      group  to  stay  in  his  courtroom  to   From the marina the group went with  the  Sabres.  Once  the  current  of the Creative and Performing Arts  ry Music/Department of Music per-
                                                                                                  (along with UB Music Department
      observe  an  arraignment  in  Federal to  the  Buffalo  Yacht  Club  where season is underway Collard will try             formance, talk, and viewing of Foss
                                                                                                  Chair Allen Sapp), he was crucial to
      Court.    After  the  arraignment,  the Roetter had arranged a limited menu to  arrange  for  the  Dortmund  stu-          documentary on Oct. 5 at DiMenna
                                                                                                  the project of bringing to UB a truly
      Assistant US Attorney handling the lunch – not surprisingly, the cheese- dents to meet JJ, and perhaps attend              Center  for  Classical  Music,  New
                                                                                                  astounding list of guest composers
      case spoke to the students explain- burgers were a big hit with the stu- a team practice.                                  York City
                                                                                                  and performers (the Creative Asso-
      ing  to  them  what  took  place  and dents.                    The current group of 15 students  ciates,  as  these  guests  are  often  And  finally,  the  BPO/Robert
      answered several questions from the  Honorary German Consul Mat- are attending Canisius High School,                       and  Carol  Morris  Center  for  21st
      group.                         thew  Collard  joined  everyone  for St.  Joseph's  Collegiate  Institute,  called) for ground-breaking work in  Century Music/Department of Mu-
                                                                                                  the field of New Music,” said Jona-
         The tour moved on to the Erie lunch. Collard told the students that Mount St. Mary Academy, Nardin                      sic held a collaborative event at Slee
      Basin  Marina  to  view  the  Buffalo                         Academy and Buffalo Seminary.  than  Golove,  associate  professor  Hall on Oct. 25.
                                                                                                  and  co-director  of  the  Robert  and
                                                                                                  Carol Morris Center for 21st Centu-  According  to  BPO’s  website,
                                                                                                  ry Music.                      Buffalo hosted the First Festival of
                                                                                                     A musical prodigy, the German-  the  Arts  in  1965  and  a  sequel  in
                                                                                                  born Foss began playing harmoni-  1968 during Foss’s tenure as music
                                                                                                  um (a keyboard instrument similar  director  of  BPO,  and  both  events
                                                                                                  to an organ) as a toddler and began  featured  the  glittering  stars  of  the
                                                                                                  composing at the age of 7 and was  avant-garde  in  music,  art,  dance,
                                                                                                  first published at the age of 15.  and writing and brought thousands
                                                                                                     “Foss was a versatile and prolif-  of spectators and rave reviews from
                                                                                                  ic  composer  who  left  an  indelible  the national press. Foss was known
                                                                                                  impression  upon  the  Buffalo  arts  for working closely with new talent
                                                                                                  and music scene in the 60s and 70s  and  performing  alongside  small
                                                                                                  that continues to inspire,” says Rob-  groups  of  virtuosic  performers  to
                                                                                                  in  Schulze,  PhD,  Dean  of  the  UB  create  forward-looking  works  of
                                                                                                  College  of  Arts  and  Sciences  and  electrifying spontaneity.
                                                                                                  member of the BPO Board of Trust-  “Foss’s  musical  collaborations
                                                                                                  ees. “We are excited and pleased to  with  the  Creative  Associates  were
                                                                                                  be part of the celebration of Foss’  top-notch and widely heralded, and
                                                                                                  legacy.”                       the concert we will present in New
                                                                                                     In  commemoration  of  what  York  City  is  an  echo  of  the  many
                                                                                                  would have been his 100th birthday  programs Foss brought to NYC with
                                                                                                  this year, the BPO and the Depart-  the  Creative  Associates,”  Golove
                                                                                                  ment  of  Music  celebrated  the  life  said. “Through his combined activi-
      Re-branded Fall Fest incorporated many                                                      and works of Foss in September and  ties with UB and the BPO, it’s fair
                                                                                                                                 to say that Lukas played a signifi-
                                                                                                  October 2022 through six concerts,
                                                                                                  including a performance at the pres-  cant role in placing Buffalo on the
      Oktoberfest concepts in Williamsville                                                       tigious Carnegie Hall.         map  internationally  among  centers
                                                                                                     The  Robert  and  Carol  Morris  for  contemporary  classical  music.
         by Steve Dlugosz            and  several  revelers  in  attendance                       Center   for   21st   Century  He was also personally important to
            he name of the festival may wore  traditional  lederhosen  outfits                    Music/Department of Music perfor-  many at UB, past and present.”
                                                                                                                                    According to BPO Music Direc-
            have  changed,  but  the  Sep- and  alpine  hats.  The  Williamsville                 mance on Sept. 18 in Slee Hall fea-
      Ttember 16-17 Fall Festival in Business  Association  was  instru-                          tured  members  of  UB's  Slee  tor JoAnn Falletta, the Lukas Foss
                                                                                                                                 era is generally regarded as a golden
      Williamsville incorporated many of mental  in  coordinating  the  overall                   Sinfonietta, and  Foss's masterwork
      the previous concepts held as part of festival,  and  Ellie  Grenauer,  co-                 "Time Cycle," along with a cycle of  age of modernism in Buffalo, a time
                                                                                                                                 when  the  BPO  played  more  new
      the  Village's  previous  Oktoberfest owner  of  Glen  Park  Tavern,  was                   shorter  works  spanning  five  de-
      celebrations.                  busy coordinating the evening's ac-                          cades.                         music than all the other orchestras
                                                                                                                                 in the country combined.
         The festival, held at Island Park tivities in Island Park with several                      There was a BPO Coffee Con-
                                                                                                                                    “Under Lukas, our orchestra be-
      and  nearby  sites  throughout  Wil- other volunteers.                                      cert on Sept. 30 at Kleinhans Music  came  known  for  the  wildest  and
      liamsville,  featured  both  family  "It's  great  to  see  a  solid  crowd                 Hall and The Lukas Foss Legacy –
      friendly as well as adult activities, out and about here. It's nice for the                 BPO performance on Oct. 1.     most imaginative programs of new
                                                                                                                                 music  that  was  happening  any-
      with everything from Farmer's Mar- village  and  the  businesses  in  Wil-                     On  Oct. 3 was the  Lukas Foss
      ket  to  scarecrow-building  and  live liamsville to be part of this (celebra-              Centennial Celebration at Carnegie  where.  He  talked  about  BPO  con-
                                                                                                                                 stantly – it was such a happy time of
      bands/beer tent activities. The popu- tion),"  said  Grenauer,  who  noted                  Hall  followed  by  the  Robert  and
      lar band Nerds Gone Wild opened                                                             Carol Morris Center for 21st Centu-        Continued on page 4
      the weekend's festivities on Friday,       Continued on page 8
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