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October 29, 2023 @ 4:00 pm


Buffalo High School Performing Arts Center
3:00 pm Conductor Chat
4:00 pm Concert

Strauss: Die Fledermaus Overture
Verdi: Prelude to Act III of La Traviata
Sullivan: Overture to The Pirates of Penzance
Beethoven: Egmont Overture
Rossini: Overture to II Signor Bruschino
Mascagni: Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana
Jacob Gordon: The Barber of Seville Goes to the Devil
Offenbach: Orpheus in the Underworld


Buffalo Community Orchestra opens its 29th season with some of the most well known and loved overtures. An overture, by definition, means an introduction to something more substantial. In music, an overture is an orchestral piece at the beginning of an opera, suite, play, oratorio, or other extended composition. Immerse yourself in many famous and well recognized overtures, there will be something for everyone. Come and enjoy this free concert and see how many of the overtures you recognize!

Fun Facts:

Usually overtures are on average, 5-6 minutes in length, however some composers were known to be a little lengthier in their compositions. Rossini’s famous William Tell Overture clocks in at 12 minutes!

Die Fledermaus means bat in English.

La Traviata served as a major inspiration for Pretty Woman, a movie released in 1990, featuring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere.

In opera's early days, overtures were played primarily to quiet the audience members who were often socializing, much like how modern day trailers are used before the start of a movie.

The opera Euridice, written in 1600, is considered the earliest opera to have survived to present day.

In the mid 17th century, Jean-Baptiste Lully is considered the first to use an overture as a significant part of his opera.

Tickets to this event are FREE


October 29, 2023
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm


Buffalo High School Performing Arts Center
877 Bison Blvd
Buffalo, MN 55313 United States