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Duerr returns to conduct the BPO

Robert Duerr is back in town, and he is conducting the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus tonight (April 20) in "Songs of Eternity: A Choral Spectacular." Born in North Tonawanda, Duerr is the celebrated conductor who founded and led the critically acclaimed Pasadena Chamber Orchestra for almost 10 years. He also has conducted at the Metropolitan Opera, the New York City Opera, the Los Angeles Opera and other prestigious venues.

Tonight’s concert opens with "Dona Nobis Pacem," the majestic cantata by Ralph Vaughan Williams. After intermission, Duerr conducts the beloved Requiem of Gabriel Faure. This is one of the best-known settings of the Roman Catholic Mass for the dead. The music turns up everywhere from movies like "Interview With the Vampire" and "American Beauty" to the crime series "CSI." Most famous is the ethereal "Pie Jesu," embraced by both classical singers and pop singers for its beauty and sense of timelessness.

"Songs of Eternity: A Choral Spectacular" takes place at 8 tonight (April 20) in Kleinhans Music Hall. Admission is $30-$40. For info, call 885-5000 or visit www.bpo.org.

-- Mary Kunz Goldman

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