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Broadway melodies: The BPO salutes Broadway

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Anne Runolfsson performs with the BPO

The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus are toasting modern Broadway on Saturday with an extravaganza called "Broadway Rocks." Featured are Broadway singers Doug LaBrecque, Anne Runolfsson, Rob Evan and Ramona Keller. (Keller is appearing in place of Capathia Jenkins, who was previously announced.)

The good-natured, over-the-top program runs down an impressive roster of hits from the past few decades. On tap are "The Circle of Life" from "The Lion King;" rock hits like "Proud Mary" and "I Will Survive;" "This is the Moment" from "Jekyll and Hyde;" and "Seasons of Love" from "Rent" -- as well as songs and anthems from other musicals including "Hairspray," "The Wiz" and "Wicked." The very talented LaBrecque, a "Phantom" of grace and experience, will be giving his timeless performance of "Music of the Night."

The concert takes place at 8 p.m. today (Feb. 18) in Kleinhans Music Hall. Associate Conductor Matthew Kraemer conducts. Admission is $25-$72. Call 885-5000.

-- Mary Kunz Goldman

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