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A Memorial Day salute from the BPO

Patriotic Pops has become a Memorial Day tradition at the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. Stefan Sanders, the orchestra’s recently appointed associate conductor, will be doing the honors this year, leading the orchestra as well as the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus.

The music begins with the national anthem, followed by Aaron Copland’s “Fanfare For the Common Man.” The concert includes several poignant moments: the “Hymn To the Fallen” from John Williams’ score to “Saving Private Ryan”; and the “Ashokan Farewell” from “The Civil War.” On a lighter note, the audience will also thrill to a George M. Cohan Overture and the “Colonel Bogey” March. Morton Gould’s “American Salute” and the folk song “Shenandoah” also are on the program.

The concert takes place at 10:30 a.m. Friday and 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $34.50-$85.50. Veterans and active-duty military personnel are admitted free, and family members accompanying them to the concert may receive a 20 percent discount. Call 885-5000.

– Mary Kunz Goldman

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