Gallagher Work to be Performed by Buffalo Philharmonic
Performances scheduled for Saturday and Sunday in Buffalo
WOOSTER, Ohio — Jack Gallagher's "Diversions Overture" will be performed this weekend at two subscription concerts of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by BPO Music Director JoAnn Falletta. The performances will take place at the orchestra's home in Buffalo's Kleinhans Music Hall on Saturday (Feb. 7) at 8 p.m. and Sunday (Feb. 8) at 2:30 p.m. Gallagher, the Olive Williams Kettering Professor of Music at The College of Wooster, has been a member of the faculty since 1977. He will be interviewed by Falletta as part of a public pre-concert event.
"Diversions Overture," was composed for and first performed by the Wooster Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Music Director Jeffrey Lindberg, at The College of Wooster's McGaw Chapel in 1986. Since then, the work has been performed by the WSO several times — most recently in February of 2014.
The overture is recorded on compact discs on the Naxos label with the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Falletta, and on the ERM label by the Kiev Philharmonic, conducted by Robert Ian Winstin. The Naxos recording, broadcast widely on numerous fine arts stations in the U.S. and abroad, was awarded five stars by BBC Music Magazine and acclaimed as "fresh and exuberant" and for its "explosions of sound and colour" by Gramophone magazine.
Two weeks ago, Gallagher's "Symphony No. 2 "Ascendant" and "Quiet Reflections," also performed by the London Symphony Orchestra, were released on the Naxos "American Classics" label. "Quiet Reflections," like "Diversions Overture," was composed for, first performed by, and is dedicated to the Wooster Symphony Orchestra.
Regarding the new Naxos release, Falletta said "(Gallagher's) vibrant, complex symphony is a shining example of the best of contemporary music, and it is vividly realized by the London Symphony Orchestra, which played it with great commitment. I was proud to play a part in bringing (his) music to CD, and hope that people everywhere will enjoy the discovery of the work of this superb composer."
The "Diversions Overture" and "Quiet Reflections" CDs are available at The College of Wooster's Wilson Bookstore in Lowry Center (1189 Beall Ave.) and online.