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Remember when Shea's Buffalo Theater was almost knocked down? Remember when the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra almost folded? Against the odds, we still have both these magnificent treasures. Celebrate!

Catch the BPO at Shea's at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, when the orchestra presents a concert in honor of the theater's 80th birthday. A special guest will be celebrity organist Anthony Newman. Seated at the Mighty Wurlitzer, Newman will play a half dozen of Mozart's lively, luminous sonatas for organ and orchestra. He'll also play Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D Minor as well as music by Vierne and Lloyd Webber (selections from "Phantom" -- you knew those were coming).

The gala ends with Saint-Saens' glorious, majestic "Organ" Symphony. Even kids know it, from the movie "Babe."

Admission is $19.50 to $54.50 and includes a commemorative book with history and photographs of Shea's and the Philharmonic.

For information, call 847-0850.

-- Mary Kunz Goldman

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