LARCHMONT, N.Y. – As a bank executive, it’s hard to believe that Larchmont resident Peter Eliopoulos has time to dedicate to the arts.
Eliopoulos, who is a senior vice president and chief marketing officer of M&T Bank and Wilmington Trust, has recently been elected to the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra’s board of trustees.
A musician himself, he joins the board of the orchestra after nearly a year of providing hands-on assistance with marketing and fund-raising for the its May 8, 2013 appearance at Spring For Music at Carnegie Hall.
He will serve a three-year term, after which he will be eligible for a second term.
Eliopoulos told The Daily Voice, “It’s exciting because it’s coming back to me for working in Buffalo. I’ve been involved with the Philharmonic for four years now. We’ve had a relationship that gives me a great fondness for the orchestra. The board and I are really working with [Music Director] JoAnn Falletta to take the orchestra to the next level.”
As a new member of the board, Eliopoulos hopes to spread awareness of classical music in order to increase audiences, and make it more accessible to the youth.
“There’s a saying that five-percent of Americans claim to like classical music but that’s only because ninety-five percent haven’t realized they like it yet. That’s why we are reaching into community, playing at local high schools. The economic forces have challenged the upstate area, so it’s great to see the orchestra thriving. I’d like to see us extend our reach even deeper into the community,” he said.
Eliopoulos lives in Larchmont with his wife, Maria, who is an attorney, and their nine-year-old son, who attends the Murray Avenue School.
“We try to stay involved in Larchmont by raising money for the school system whenever we can,” he said.
The Grammy Award-winning Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra performs more than 100 concerts each year. For more information about the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, visit www.bpo.org.