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Pop go the Pops, as the BPO’s fall season kicks off with ‘Glee’ star

The head of the world’s most famous high school glee club is coming to Kleinhans Music Hall to perform with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.

Matthew Morrison, a Broadway veteran who is best known for playing Will Schuester – Mr. Shoe – on the television show “Glee” will kick off the BPO’s Pops Season on Sept. 27. Morrison has appeared on Broadway in “Hairspray,” “The Light in the Piazza” and “South Pacific.”

In spring 2015, Kleinhans will welcome Megan Hilty, who has played Glinda in “Wicked” and Liz in “Sean Saves the World.” She makes her BPO debut with conductor Steven Reinecke of the New York Pops.

Audiences who like more traditional pops will be happy, too, with several encore appearances.

An evening in January 2015 will welcome veteran song and dance man Ben Vereen. The last time he was here – could it really have been as long ago as 1995? – Vereen dazzled the audience in a winter concert. Bounding tirelessly around the stage, he shouted: “If we’re going to be snowed in, we may as well party!”

The Glenn Miller Orchestra, arriving in April 2015, brings alive the spirit of the late bandleader, lost in World War II.

Other concerts also will have wide appeal. Pianist Kevin Cole, a high-wattage performer known for his Gershwin, will be playing a show called “Rhapsody in Blue.” And the season ends up in June 2015 with Broadway singer Marva Hicks joining with other artists in “Ella, Louis and All That Jazz,” a tribute to Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong. And an unusual concert bound to draw audiences from all ages takes place in May 2014. It’s “Bond and Beyond: 50 Years of 007.” It features singer Debbie Gravitte. Gravitte is particularly qualified for the job. She appeared at Kleinhans singing with Marvin Hamlisch, who wrote “The Spy Who Loved Me.”

In a departure from recent history, some of the concerts will receive more than one performance. The concerts that repeat will include a Friday “Coffee Concert” performance at 10:30 a.m.

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