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Rocking ?at Kleinhans

This season, Kleinhans Music Hall will be reverberating with all kinds of freewheeling sounds. Tonight is the kickoff for "BPO Rocks," a series designed to help introduce new audiences to symphonic music.

"With our new BPO Rocks series, we are identifying some tremendous artists who want to work with orchestras," says BPO Executive Director Daniel Hart. "They bring us a new energy and opportunity. We feel these concerts fill a niche, reaching an audience we may not see otherwise. It's an exciting experience for the orchestra, too, and offers the BPO musicians an introduction to a broad group of fans."

Here's a look at the series. All concerts begin at 8 p.m.

Tonight: The Indigo Girls. Grammy Award-winning folk rock duo, present new arrangements of songs their fans love, including "Closer to Fine" and "Galileo." The duo will also be sampling its new album, "Beauty Queen Sister."

Oct. 12: Three Dog Night, featuring Buffalo native Cory Wells, will be here to join in new orchestral arrangements of the band's rock classic "Joy to the World" and other big hits.

Oct. 27: Michael Cavanaugh, pianist and singer, presents a tribute to Elton John. Cavanaugh already has demonstrated his affinity for Billy Joel both in Buffalo and on Broadway.

Feb. 16: Natalie Merchant, the Jamestown native and former singer of the popular 10,000 Maniacs, will perform classic standards from the old days and songs from her new recording, "Leave Your Sleep."

May 11: In an evening dubbed "The BPO Performs the Music of Led Zeppelin," Brent Havens and Randy Jackson from Windbourne Music, always a big draw at Kleinhans, offer a survey of the mighty Zeppelin catalog.

Individual concert tickets start at $29. Patrons may also create their own BPO Rock Series by choosing any 12-, 10-, eight- or six-ticket Rock Pack and use the tickets as you choose for any or all of the five concerts in the series. Prices start at $167 for a package of six tickets.

For info, call 885-5000.