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BPO toasts Michael Jackson, James Bond

The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra goes pop this weekend, with two over-the-top concerts.

Friday, James Delisco steps into the moon-walking shoes of Michael Jackson for a no-holds-barred tribute to the King of Pop. To portray Jackson convincingly sounds impossible, but Delisco has done it before, to great acclaim, in Kleinhans Music Hall, where the crowd screamed its approval. Martin Herman conducts the show, which promises to be rich in lighting effects and other hallmarks of authenticity. This “BPO Rocks” production takes place at 8 p.m. Friday. Admission is $44.50-$80.50.

Saturday, the BPO’s Pops series welcomes back Broadway singer Debbie Gravitte in a toast – shaken, not stirred – to James Bond and the music that has accompanied him in movies over the years. Gravitte used to be a frequent guest here with Marvin Hamlisch. The late Hamlisch was the author of “Nobody Does It Better” (from “The Spy Who Loved Me”), arguably the greatest Bond theme of all time, which makes her credentials for this concert impeccable. She and the orchestra, led by Michael Krajewski, will be performing excerpts from “Casino Royale,” “Goldfinger,” “From Russia With Love” and many more. Tickets are $34.50 to $85.50.

For info on BPO events, call 885-5000.

– Mary Kunz Goldman

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