John Morris Russell, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra's irrepressible new pops conductor, is heading back to town. And he is bringing with him New York Voices, a group almost as lively as he is.
The theme is "Sweet Sounds of the '70s." A glance at the program is tantalizing. There is a Chicago medley. And a Carole King medley. And "How Deep Is Your Love," and "Me and Julio" and "Bohemian Rhapsody." These aren't going to be simple cover tunes, either. New York Voices, formed in Ithaca in 1988, is known for its scatting, perfect sync, tight harmonies and all manner of vocal derring-do. Heard everywhere from Carnegie Hall to the Kennedy Center to prestigious jazz cruises, the group is sometimes likened to the Swingle Singers, a cool vocal group founded in the early 1960s. It has something of the same seamless, jazzy style. New York Voices still includes three of the five original singers: Darmon Meader, Peter Eldridge and Kim Nazarian. Lauren Kinhan rounds out the group.
The concert takes place at 8 p.m. Oct. 22 at Kleinhans Music Hall. Admission is $29-$82. Call 885-5000.