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An American Siddhartha: The Way Within

Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra & Lehrer Dance
Fri Feb 24th, 2017 at 7:30 pm

At Mainstage Theatre
Tickets : $90 (VIP- includes post show reception), $55, $45, Students (any school) $20

JoAnn Falletta, conductor
Stefan Sanders, conductor
Lehrer Dance

The athleticism and grace of Lehrer Dance combine with the musicianship of the Buffalo
Philharmonic Orchestra in a thought-provoking and exciting new piece. This modern re-telling of "Siddhartha," Herman Hesse's classic novel about self-discovery, uses Lehrer Dance's signature style and classical masterworks by composers such as Bach, Mozart, Schoenberg, and Brahms.

"I am an enormous fan of Jon Lehrer and his dancers, and am thrilled to collaborate with them again. The 'American Siddhartha' project is a profound artistic inspiration and the musicians and I are proud to be a part of this groundbreaking production," said JoAnn Falletta. "Our dance deals with the universal theme of finding oneself amidst a world of chaos and outside influences. The idea of finding peace from within and not from 'without' is timeless, superseding any religious, social, economic, or cultural differences," said Jon Lehrer, Founder and Artistic Director of Lehrer Dance.

Lehrer and BPO Resident Conductor Stefan Sanders collaborated to develop the piece, spending hours listening to music and reading the novel closely. The piece opens with Renaissance-era vocal songs, features, and music from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and 20th Century periods, and closes with a return to consonance in a modern vocal work as Siddhartha completes his journey. Sanders will conduct the program's first half, which features pieces meant to introduce some of the subthemes in the work: love, friendship, and fidelity.



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