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Chill out at Kleinhans Music Hall for two BPO concerts

The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra is inviting fans to come to Kleinhans Music Hall on Friday and Saturday, and chill. Pack a picnic, the orchestra suggests, and dine outside before the concert by the music hall’s reflecting pool. Then come inside to the cool of the atmospheric Mary Seaton Room, and bask in the music of summer.

Friday’s concert is called “Baroque and Blues” and includes popular selections by Bach as well as Handel’s glorious Music for the Royal Fireworks. BPO cellists David Schmude and Amelie Fradette are in the spotlight for Vivaldi’s Concerto for Two Cellos in D Minor. A craft beer tasting completes the evening.

Saturday, “Mozart and Mingle” features 20-year-old soprano Emily Helenbrook, who was heard most recently at the BPO’s Beethoven Festival. She will sing Mozart arias. In addition, the BPO will be having some fun with Haydn’s “Toy Symphony” as well as performing movements from Mozart symphonies. The symphony excerpts include the ominous opening movement of the great G Minor Symphony, and the exhilarating finale of the Symphony No. 35, the “Haffner.” The BPO’s wind section will be spotlighted in the Adagio from the Gran Partita, music that moves Salieri to tears in “Amadeus” and was also heard in “Bright Star,” the movie about John Keats.

Both concerts begin at 7 p.m. and are conducted by the BPO’s associate conductor, Stefan Sanders. Tickets are $39.50. Call 885-5000.

Mary Kunz Goldman

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