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At the BPO, a diva sings Streisand

Cabaret singer Ann Hampton Callaway has just won the award for best tribute show, with “The Sarah Vaughan Project.” With her sister, Liz Callaway, she also won the site’s best duo show award for “Sibling Revelry.”

Known for writing Fran Drescher’s theme for “The Nanny,” Callaway has been polishing her formidable reputation recently for arch, entertaining jazz singing and scatting, qualities that made News Critic Jeff Simon say of her: “She’s that rarity, these days, the real thing in her chosen calling.”

In what appears to be a Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra debut, Callaway will be joining the BPO at 8 p.m. Saturday in Kleinhans Music Hall to kick off the orchestra’s spring pops season. She will be singing a tribute to Barbra Streisand. It’s a tall order, but if anyone can pull it off, she can. She will be singing songs from shows and movies including “Yentl,” “Funny Girl” and “A Star Is Born.” She also promises to perform “I’ve Dreamed of You,” which she wrote for Streisand to sing to James Brolin on their wedding day.

Tickets are $28 to $76. For info, call 885-5000.

– Mary Kunz Goldman

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