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BPO’s Beethoven Festival presents ‘Emperor’ and ‘Egmont’

Beethoven’s romantic drama “Egmont” has a rich history with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. In 1935, the magnificent overture was the first piece on the orchestra’s first season, according to BPO archives. The incidental music was performed in its entirety in 1980, with Werner Klemperer (Colonel Klink on “Hogan’s Heroes”) acting as narrator. This weekend, Road Less Traveled Productions is teaming with the BPO for a dramatized performance of the incidental music. Matthew Witten is the narrator, and the soprano soloist is Emily Helenbrook, the promising soprano from Alexander who is currently at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester.

The concert, Part 2 of the BPO’s two-week Beethoven Festival, also includes Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5, the “Emperor.” The soloist is Norman Krieger. The name Krieger means warrior, and Krieger has proven in previous performances with the BPO that he is up to heroic music like this. JoAnn Falletta, the BPO’s music director, conducts.

Performances are at 10:30 a.m. Friday and 8 p.m. Saturday in Kleinhans Music Hall. For tickets or information, call 885-5000.

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