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Saluting soundtracks

Would "Gone With the Wind" have been so impressive without that glorious, epic theme that accompanied the screen-high title letters? Could anyone imagine "Casablanca" without that nostalgic melody "As Time Goes By"?

We'll be asking ourselves such rhetorical questions when Marvin Hamlisch, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra's principal pops conductor, comes into town next weekend to pay tribute to film scores in a concert called "A Night at the Movies."

The concert includes "Casablanca" and "Gone With the Wind" as well as a musical or two, such as "Gigi" and "The Wizard of Oz." More recent films, too, will be represented, including the bombastic music from "Star Wars" and the pensive themes from "Schindler's List." Hamlisch, a showbiz pro, will also present a special "Salute to Gene Kelly" and a "Ragtime" medley.

"A Night at the Movies" takes place in Kleinhans Music Hall at 8 p.m. next Friday and April 1. Admission is $15 to $67. For more information, call 885-5000.

-- Mary Kunz Goldman

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