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BPO Rocks in 2013-14 with power voices

The 2013-14 season of BPO Rocks! promises to be a yearlong tribute to power voices of rock.

The fun kicks off in September with the songs of Queen. The season ends next April with one of the great voices in rock, live and in person: Foreigner founder Lou Gramm.

In between come a couple of shows back by popular demand: an ABBA tribute and a Beatles tribute. The songs of America come to life next March with an appearance by founding members Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell. And in November, Brent Havens, who brought the BPO several sellout tributes to Led Zeppelin, is also presiding over a tribute to the Rolling Stones.

Mark your calendars:

Sept. 21: Conductor/arranger Havens, tackles the music of Queen. It is almost unthinkable to step into the shoes of Freddie Mercury, but Las Vegas star Brody Dolyniuk is the man for the job.

Oct. 12: ABBA: The Hits, sold out the last time it came to the BPO. Boosted by artists like the Lemonheads and Sinead O’Connor, as well as the musical “Mamma Mia,” the cotton-candy songs of the Swedish band have proved surprisingly long-lasting.

Nov. 8: Havens is back, this time with a tribute to the Rolling Stones. This concert is sure to be interesting not only musically but visually, because Mick Jagger and Keith Richards both look distinctive and portraying them on stage is a challenge.

The evening should also be a welcome workout for the BPO’s horn and wind players as they re-create the Stones’ bluesy, gritty sound.

March 1: The Classical Mystery Tour is waiting to take you away! The BPO’s tributes to the Beatles have always been spot on, and this concert will spotlight songs from various phases of the band’s short but intense life span.

March 28: Not a cover band, but the real deal. Band founders Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell of America perform as a duo, joined by other musicians who share their vision.

April 25: Gramm, the original voice of Foreigner, was unforgettable powering through such 1970s and ’80s ballads as “I Want To Know What Love Is” and “Midnight Blue.”

At 63, Gramm is on his own and by all accounts that voice is in good shape. He sings with the BPO in Kleinhans’ pristine acoustics as part of his first-ever symphonic tour.

Subscribers can purchase all six shows for as little as $28 per concert, or choose the four-concert series comprising the Music of Queen, the Rolling Stones, America and Lou Gramm starting at $108.

For further information, call 885-5000 or visit