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MILLER, BORGE GET ARTPARK HUMMING

The summer music program at Artpark gets rolling in earnest next week, and who better to lead things off on Tuesday at 8 p.m. than the irrepressible Mitch Miller conducting the Buffalo Philharmonic in an all-Gershwin program. Miller's recent Gershwin CD was given raves in the Gusto record column, and Tuesday's concert includes two of the works on that disc, "An American in Paris" and the landmark "Rhapsody in Blue," with Melissa Lesbines as piano soloist. Miller will wrap up the concert with a medley of Gershwin's best Broadway tunes, then you can add your voice in a patented sing-along to bring down the curtain. On Wednesday at the early starting time of 7:30 p.m. it will be the Great Dane himself, Victor Borge, arguably the funniest man alive. He always repeats some of his best routines, but the mark of Borge's greatness as a comedian is that his incredible sense of timing makes them just as hilarious the fourth or fifth time around. Borge is also an excellent musician who manages to give his programs breadth and your heart a little tug with a touching piano performance. For showmanship it's hard to beat the phenomenal success story of the Canadian Brass, which will hold forth on the Artpark stage Thursday at 8 p.m. Sure, they play everything from Gabrieli Canzonas to Dixieland medleys, and play them well, but it's the visual effects -- ranging from subtle sight gags to vaudeville shtick to mocking ballet dancers -- that have made this group the highest-paid chamber music ensemble in the world. And on July 7 at 8 p.m. the Buffalo Philharmonic is back with guest conductor Uriel Segal, who has just begun his first season as music director of the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra. Surrounding Mozart's Symphony No. 40, that paragon of the classical era, he will conduct two glittering showpieces, Ravel's "Alborada del Gracioso" and Mussorgsky's kaleidoscopic and brass-capped "Pictures at an Exhibition." -- Herman Trotter

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