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BPO’s 2015-16 schedule / Celebrating Kleinhans 75th anniversary

Classics season

Unless otherwise noted, concerts are conducted by Music Director JoAnn Falletta.

• 8 p.m. Sept. 16: Lang Lang performs Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto in the season-opening gala. Also, Tchaikovsky’s Suite from “Swan Lake”; Glinka’s Overture to “Ruslan and Ludmilla.”

• 8 p.m. Oct. 3 and 2:30 p.m. Oct. 4: For the first Northern Lights concert, Juho Pohjonen is the soloist in Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A Minor. Also, Sebastian Fagerlund’s “Isola” and Sibelius’ Symphony No. 5.

• 10:30 a.m. Oct. 9 and 8 p.m. Oct. 10: The Northern Lights festival concludes. Elina Vähälä is the soloist in the Jaako Kuussisto’s Violin Concerto. Also, Rautavaara’s Symphony No. 1 and Sibelius’ Symphony No. 1.

• 8 p.m. Oct. 24 and 2:30 p.m. Oct. 25: Beethoven’s “Eroica” Symphony follows John Adams’ “Century Rolls,” with pianist Conrad Tao as soloist. David Lockington conducts.

• 8 p.m. Nov. 7 and 2:30 p.m. Nov. 8: Byron Yasui’s Ukelele Concerto, with soloist Jake Shimabukuro; Suite No. 2 from Roussel’s “Bacchus et Ariane”; Ibert’s “Escales”; Gottschalk’s Symphony No. 1, “A Night in the Tropics.”

• 10:30 a.m. Nov. 20 and 8 p.m. Nov. 21: Elgar’s “Enigma Variations”; Bax’s “Tintagel” and Nielsen’s Violin Concerto, with soloist Jennifer Koh.

• 8 p.m. Dec. 5 and 2:30 p.m. Dec. 6: Pianist Beatrice Rana performs Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 2. Also, Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 1, “Winter Dreams”; and Peter Boyer’s “New Beginnings.” Thomas Wilkins conducts.

• 10:30 a.m. Dec. 11 and 8 p.m. Dec. 12: “JoAnn’s Classical Christmas,” program to be announced.

2016 Schedule

• 10:30 a.m. Jan. 15 and 8 p.m. Jan. 16: Mozart’s birthday concert features Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante in E Flat, featuring violist Valerie Heywood, violinist to be announced. Stefan Sanders, the BPO’s new associate conductor, also conducts Mozart’s Symphonies No. 5 and 39, as well as overtures by Haydn and Salieri.

• 8 p.m. Jan. 30 and 2:30 p.m. Jan. 31: Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto features a soloist to be announced. Also, Brahms’ Symphony No. 2.

• 8 p.m. Feb. 20 and 2:30 p.m. Feb. 21: Andre Watts performs Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4. Also, Barber’s Overture to “The School For Scandal”; Bartok’s “Concerto For Orchestra.”

• 10:30 a.m. March 4 and 8 p.m. March 5: Cellist Nicolas Altstaedt performs Elgar’s Cello Concerto. Also, Smetana’s “The Moldau”; Novak’s Overture to “Lady Godiva”; Novak’s “Eternal Longing.”

• 8 p.m. March 19 and 2:30 p.m. March 20: Pianist Eldar Nebolsin performs a concerto to be determined, following Richard Strauss’ Suite from “Ariadne auf Naxos.”

• 8 p.m. April 2 and 2:30 p.m. April 3: Stefan Sanders conducts Beethoven’s “Coriolan” Overture; Hindemith’s “Mathis der Maler” Symphony; and Vaughan Williams’ “Dona Nobis Pacem.”

• 10:30 a.m. April 15 and 8 p.m. April 16: Michal Nesterowicz conducts Kilar’s “Orawa”; Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5 and Bruch’s “Scottish Fantasy,” with Bella Hristova, violin.

• 8 p.m. May 7 and 2:30 p.m. May 8: Mayuko Kamio is the soloist in Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5, the “Turkish.” Also on the program, Mahler’s Symphony No. 5.

• 10:30 a.m. May 13 and 8 p.m. May 14: Carl St. Clair conducts Brahms’ Symphony No. 3 and selections from Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess,” featuring soprano Angela Brown and bass Kevin Deas.

• 8 p.m. June 4 and 2:30 p.m. June 6: Richard Strauss’ “An Alpine Symphony,” with visual components by Tobias Melle. Also, Novak’s “In the Tatra Mountains.”

Pops Season

The orchestra has not named a permanent pops conductor, and a variety of conductors will lead these concerts.

• 8 p.m. Sept. 26: “Music of the Mad Men Era” features Cheyenne Jackson paying tribute to the cocktail, bossa nova, hi-fi era of the 1950s and 1960s.

• 8 p.m. Oct. 17: Jason Alexander of “Seinfeld” joins the BPO for an evening of comedy.

• 8 p.m. Oct. 31: “A ‘Psycho’ Halloween” screens the Hitchcock movie as the BPO plays the score by Bernard Herrmann. A costume party follows.

• 10:30 a.m. Nov. 13 and 8 p.m. Nov. 14: A Simon and Garfunkel tribute features singers A.J. Swearingen and Jonathan Beedle. Michael Krajewski conducts.

2016 Pops Season Schedule

• 8 p.m. Jan. 23: Jazz singer Dee Daniels performs in “Great Ladies of Swing.”

• 8 p.m. Feb. 13: Jazz trumpet hitmaker Chris Botti.

• 10:30 a.m. Feb. 26 and 8 p.m. Feb. 27: A Symphonic Tribute to John Denver features Jim Curry, heard in the CBS-TV movie “Take Me Home: The John Denver Story.”

• 8 p.m. March 12: Pink Martini.

• 10:30 a.m. April 8 and 8 p.m. April 9: “Cirque Mechanics” explores cirque and mechanical marvels.

• 8 p.m. April 30: A tribute to Sammy Davis Jr. features Buffalo native Eric Jordan Young.

• 10:30 a.m. May 27 and 8 p.m. May 28: Star-Spangled Pops.

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