Matt Catingub, one of the conductors whose names are being floated as the possible next Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Principal Pops Conductor, conducted the "Big Band Salute" on Saturday and his sense of humor, at times, could kind of remind you of the last person to hold that job, Marvin Hamlisch. He has the same love for big bands, the same humorous disdain for music technology.
Hamlisch was hilarious with that. He once told one kid in the audience: "We're so happy to see you at Kleinhans Music Hall. It's so nice that you're here dot com."
Saturday, Catingub was describing a recording he loves, Ella Fitzgerald's "Live in Berlin."
"It's a wonderful record," he said. "Or, with CDs, I guess you would say a wonderful disc. What do you call it now?" he said. "Wonderful download?"
The crowd burst out laughing.
Let's hear it for old times!