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It boggles the mind! Doc Severinsen's everyday attire is so . . . er . . . striking that it's hard to imagine what he could come up with for an occasion requiring a costume. But that occasion is at hand, as the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and Severinsen present "Doc's Halloween Pops" this weekend in Kleinhans Music Hall, with a special invitation to audience members and the orchestra to enter a wild costume contest. Among many prizes, the top award will be dinner at E.B. Green's and an overnight stay at the Hyatt Regency Buffalo Hotel. The concerts are this evening and Saturday at 8, but to be eligible for the costume contest you must register in the Kleinhans lobby by 7:15.

The BPO has announced that the puzzling magic of Rob and Carol Allen will be seen on stage, and that its own Phantom of the Opera will be unmasked on stage. Meanwhile, Severinsen will conduct a medley from "Phantom of the Opera." Other seasonally appropriate lighter selections will include "That Old Black Magic," the main theme from "Batman" and "Murder" from the movie "Psycho." Severinsen will also have some topical standard works, including "Danse Macabre" by Saint-Saens and Berlioz's "March to the Scaffold," Gounod's "Funeral March of a Marionette," "Mars" and "Neptune" from "The Planets," and Grieg's "In the Hall of the Mountain King." The concert will be introduced by the famous opening fanfare from Strauss' "Also Sprach Zarathustra."
-- Herman Trotter

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