Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra

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Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, founded in Buffalo, NY in 1935. Since 1940 its home has been the 2,839-seat Kleinhans Music Hall, designed by Eliel Saarinen and Eero Saarinen. Its first conductor was Lajos Shuk, whose tenure lasted from 1935 to 1937. Later music directors have included Joseph Krips (1954–63), Lukas Foss (1963–71), Michael Tilson Thomas (1971–79), and Julius Rudel (1979–85). Maximiano Valdes conducted the orchestra from 1989 to 1998; JoAnn Faletta succeeded him.