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BPO ends its season with big band tribute

Sal Andolina, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra’s saxophonist and bass clarinetist, can swing as few people can. He used to play duets with his friend Benny Goodman. Perhaps because of these credentials, Andolina has the knack for turning the entire BPO into a jazz band. All he has to do is step forward.

At 8 p.m. Saturday, Andolina is taking the stage in Kleinhans Music Hall to lead the BPO in what promises to be a sparkling tribute to the big band era. He is all warmed up, fresh from the orchestra’s recent concert at Carnegie Hall, where Benny Goodman played. The concert will take listeners back to the era of such greats as Duke Ellington, Artie Shaw, Tommy Dorsey and Count Basie. Expect the timeless standards of Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Richard Rodgers, Jerome Kern and others of their illustrious ilk.

The concert brings the BPO’s 2012-2013 season to a bold, brassy close. Admission is $27-$74. For info, call 885-5000.

– Mary Kunz Goldman