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BPO presents the king of swing

The joint will be jumping on Oct. 7 and 8, when the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra pays tribute to Benny Goodman.

Leading the tribute to "the King of Swing" will be the BPO's own king of swing, Sal Andolina. Andolina, who plays saxophone and bass clarinet in the orchestra, knew Benny Goodman and has internalized his art in a way that few others have. He straddles the worlds of jazz and classical music a bit like Benny Goodman - who, let's not forget, could turn out a terrific performance of Mozart's Clarinet Concerto. When Andolina steps into the spotlight this weekend, though, it will be all about swing.

Vocalist Colleen Williams joins in the fun, as do the orchestra's musicians, in a couple of sets that include such numbers as "Mean to Me," the sultry "Why Don't You Do Right?," and Cole Porter's smoldering "You Do Something To Me." "You Turned the Tables On Me," "After You've Gone," "The World Is Waiting For the Sunrise" - all of them will showcase Andolina as the keeper of the flame. It's catching. Andolina has the knack of turning the entire orchestra into one jumping big band. The finale, so we hear, is a kind of musical fireworks display involving "Sing, Sing, Sing." It should be pretty swell.

Performances are at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 7 and 8 p.m. Oct. 8 at Kleinhans Music Hall. Tickets are $29-$82. Call 885-5000.

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