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The golden age of heavy industry has passed from the cities on the Great Lakes. But the prosperity created by General Motors, Standard Oil and the rest left behind several fine symphony orchestras that have persisted to the present, despite the varying fortunes of their cities.
The top ensembles, of course, are the orchestras of Cleveland and Chicago, but the list also includes those of Detroit, Milwaukee, Toronto, Rochester and Buffalo.
The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra makes a return visit to the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach on Sunday, its third visit to the hall since 2010. The orchestra has been led by a string of eminent conductors, including William Steinberg, Josef Krips and Michael Tilson Thomas. Leading the orchestra at Kravis will be its current music director, JoAnn Falletta.
The program includes Brahms’ Symphony No. 2 and Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto. The soloist will be the young British violinist Chloë Hanslip.
The concert comes on a day sacred to many Americans. But since the concert begins at 2 p.m., there should be enough time to get to a Super Bowl party in time for the 6:30 p.m. kickoff.
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