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Exciting young conductor, cellist take stage for final BPO concert before holiday season

A highly-sought-after cellist with an acting career. A dynamic conductor who has won the JoAnn Falletta Award for Most Promising Female Conductor. These two guest artists make the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra’s last concert before the holiday season sure to be a memorable evening.

Today WNED’s Peter Hall found out more. Listen here…Radio Interview leading up to performances with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra

Romantic Treasures will unite cellist Zuill Bailey and conductor Sarah Ioannides onstage with your BPO in performance of some of classical music’s most heartfelt works, including Mendelssohn’s Overture to a Midsummer Night’s Dream, Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony, Haydn’s Cello Concerto No. 1 and Borodin’s Polovtsian Dances.

Chautauqua Symphony audiences enjoyed a concert with Ioannides at the podium this summer, and she has returned to the region to enthrall Buffalo audiences.  She has been widely hailed as one of the leading young British/American conductors in the world today. Her past positions have included assistant conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony; music director of the El Paso Symphony; and assistant conductor to Academy Award winning composer Tan Dun. Currently music director of the Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra, she is known for community outreach and innovative programming. She has garnered numerous awards and accolades, including the JoAnn Falletta Award for the most promising female conductor.

Romantic Treasures will be performed at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1 and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2 at Kleinhans Music Hall, 3 Symphony Circle, Buffalo. One hour prior to each concert, patrons have the opportunity to learn more about the music they will hear from conductor Sarah Ioannides and ask questions at a pre-concert “Musically Speaking” talk, sponsored by Uniland Development. Tickets for Romantic Treasures start at $27 and are available by calling (716) 885-5000 or visiting