We are delighted to cast a spotlight today on Dr. Madeline Harts, Executive Director of the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus (BPC). A Western New York native from East Aurora, Madeline is thrilled to be back in the community after completing her doctorate in music at the University of Miami.
In addition to leading the award winning BPC, Madeline teaches music at the Buffalo Seminary. She also served as Associate Director of Development and Administration for the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus, and before that was with the Toledo Opera Company serving both as Director of Community Engagement and Assistant Director of Arts Education, as well as a Teaching Resident Artist and Children’s Choir Director.
Madeline is also a member of Temple Beth Zion, and tomorrow evening, October 22 at 7 pm, the BPC will perform James Whitbourn’s Annelies in honor of the 75th anniversary of the publishing of The Diary of Anne Frank, conducted by BPC Music Director Adam Luebke. The event will take place in the TBZ sanctuary at 805 Delaware Ave and members of the community can receive a 20% discount on tickets (see QR Code below or visit bpchorus.org).
“I was thirteen years old when I first learned of Anne Frank and her diary,” Madeline shared. “Anne’s story resonated with me deeply at the time because of our shared faith and closeness of age. Her strength and spirit despite impossible circumstances marked her as one of my role models and I have carried her with me since that point. Now, in adulthood, the opportunity to tell her story as a choral masterwork is truly an honor. “
With soulful, beautiful melodies and a rich tapestry of sound, Annelies sets Anne’s words for audiences of all ages and walks of life. On this 75th publishing anniversary of her diary, Anne’s words continue to be incredibly important and speak to our shared humanity. “It is an honor to be a part of such an important performance as the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus sings Anne’s story,” Madeline concludes. “And to perform it in the TBZ sanctuary is especially meaningful to me.”