“A gift to the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra’s endowment will ensure the funding of the music director’s position currently held by JoAnn Falletta,” reports Mary Kunz Goldman in Tuesday’s Buffalo News (New York). “The donation, the amount of which was not disclosed, came from longtime BPO benefactors Angelo and Carol Fatta. ‘Ange’s leadership, as former chair of the board of trustees and longtime supporter of the BPO, has helped to ensure a strong financial future for the BPO,’ Louis P. Ciminelli, chairman of the orchestra’s board of trustees, said in announcing the gift. The Fattas, who are friends of Falletta, are on record as having given more than $2 million to the orchestra. Ange Fatta, who led the successful effort several years ago to build the orchestra’s endowment to $30 million, has been vital to insuring the orchestra’s financial stability. BPO Executive Director Dan Hart acknowledged the Fattas’ generosity in a statement. ‘Ange and Carol realize the importance of an endowment fund that is continually growing and that it is directly connected to artistic quality and community impact,’ Hart said.… Falletta also expressed her gratitude.”

Posted September 17, 2014