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BPO waves the flag for Memorial Day

Matt Catingub brings spring with him. The extroverted pops maestro with Hawaiian flair has made several appearances with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, and each has been more entertaining than the last. Catingub does it all. He sings – he is the son of singer Mavis Rivers, who was known as Polynesia’s First Lady of Song. He plays the saxophone and the piano. Best of all, he has a finely tuned sense of show business.

Catingub is conducting "Swingin' Stars and Stripes," the BPO's annual Memorial Day tribute. The concert requires a delicate balance between festivity and solemnity, and Catingub has planned music to reflect that, from the upbeat boogie-woogie of the World War II era to time-honored patriotic anthems.

Joining Catingub will be singer Anita Hall, who has been here with him before. On one occasion they cracked up the crowd with their tribute to Louis Prima and Keely Smith. We'll see what they do this time.

All active and veteran military personnel are invited to attend the concert free. In addition, they may purchase tickets to this concert at a 20 percent discount for family members attending with them.

Info: "Swingin' Stars and Stripes" is performed at 10:30 a.m. May 26 and 8 p.m. May 27 in Kleinhans Music Hall. Tickets are $37-$82. Visit or call 885-5000.

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