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Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor JoAnn Falletta had a busy week conducting the BPO last week. It’s part of a busy schedule she keeps year-round, even in summer.

Here’s what she recently told WNY Refresh about addressing her stress:

“Living in this special place gives me opportunities to refresh and regenerate myself, and that has become even more important in a hectic schedule.

“I love to bike ride on the lakefront, and just 30 minutes in the late afternoon after rehearsal is enough to bring me both energy and tranquility. A quiet visit to the Albright-Knox or the Burchfield-Penney is like an island of beauty for me, and I will often just steal away for an hour or so to see paintings and artworks that seem to be old friends now. The galleries in Allentown are great fun for me – I especially love the art openings at Studio Hart (and never leave without buying a beautiful pair of earrings!)

“The people of Buffalo are a great joy in my life – whether it is running into friends at Spot Coffee or shopping on Elmwood Avenue – and I find that the spirit and zest for life in the city always fills me with energy and joy.

“And perhaps the most personal retreat for me is a very simple one – just sitting alone in Kleinhans after all the musicians have gone home, absorbing the perfume of past music in that incredible hall – brings me an incredible sense of a connection to its beautiful musical history and a deep sense of peace.”