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Raya Lee


Raya Lee is an author, a librarian/archivist and a musician. All three of these passions have informed her life and work. In addition to co-authoring the BPO's 75th Anniversary book, she also wrote and narrated Sights and Sounds of the Pan-American Exposition. She lives and works in Buffalo, New York. Edward Yadzinski is a highly regarded musician who played with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra for many years. He has also written much of the behind-the-scenes notes for the BPO. She lives in Buffalo, New York.

Author's books

Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra: The BPO Celebrates the First 75 Years


The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra came into existence at the height of the Great Depression. Seventy-five years later, it is an internationally renowned, Grammy-winning Orchestra. The story of this amazing trajectory is told through more than 200 images in a beautiful 120-page coffee table book that celebrates music in Buffalo. Follow the BPO from Lajos Shuk to JoAnne Falleta, and meet many of the world’s greatest musicians. Leonard Bernstein to Lang Lang, Johnny Mathis to the Grateful Dead, the BPO has brought the world of music to Buffalo. On tour, it has brought Buffalo to the world. Special sections showcase the BPO’s home, the acoustically perfect Kleinhans Music Hall, the BPO’s many Carnegie Hall appearances and the hundreds of recordings made over the decades.


Sights & Sounds of the Pan American Exposition


This illustrated, informative booklet offers a bird’s-eye view of the Pan-American Exposition. Review the grounds which were located between what today are Elmwood and Delaware avenues. See the sights that were seen then, when electricity was a novelty. And hear the sounds of the Pan-Am. A delightful CD of the music of the Pan-American Exposition as it was played by John Philip Sousa in 1901 – on player piano rolls – is tucked inside a colorful back pocket. A great way to experience a momentous event, when Buffalo came to be known as the City of Light.