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BPOnDemand | Charlie Parker: Easy to Love!

This performance replaces James Bond & Beyond, originally scheduled Saturday, March 27.

An evening of popular compositions from the jazz halls of the 30s, 40s, and 50s. We shine the spotlight on BPO clarinetist and saxophonist Sal Andolina, with various selections made famous by leading man of jazz Charlie Parker, including tunes like “Easy to Love,” “I’ve got you under my skin,” “Just Friends,” “Moon Mist,” and more!

BPOnDemand performances are available on-demand for 30 days following their premiere. The series is available to all current 2020-21 season subscribers for FREE, as well as those patrons near and far who wish to purchase a virtual ticket on a concert-by-concert basis for just $10. For personalized service, please contact the BPO Box Office at (716) 885-5000.

This concert is proudly sponsored by Moog.


Bradley Thachuk, conductor
Sal Andolina, saxophone
Nia Drummond, vocals

JEFF TYZIK  Blue Funk from Blues Suite for String Orchestra
GERSHWIN/arr. Carroll
PORTER/arr. Mundy  Easy To Love
PORTER/arr. Carroll  What Is This Thing Called Love
GERSHWIN/arr. Riddle  I’ve Got A Crush On You
JEFF TYZIK  Blue Adagio from Blues Suite for String Orchestra
GERSHWIN/arr. Lipman  They Can’t Take That Away From Me
RAKSIN/arr. Lipman  Laura
BOWMAN/arr. Lipman  East Of The Sun
GERSHWIN/arr. Riddle  Someone To Watch Over Me
JEFF TYZIK  Blue Rondo from Blues Suite for String Orchestra
PORTER/arr. Carisi  I’ve Got You Under My Skin
DENNIS/arr. Carroll  Everything Happens To Me

About Bradley Thachuk

Canadian conductor Bradley Thachuk is the Music Director of the Niagara Symphony Orchestra, entering his 9th season as their artistic leader and conductor. Additionally, in 2019 he was appointed Festival Orchestra Conductor for the Festival de Febero in Mexico.

Previously, he held the positions of Music Director of the Erie Chamber Orchestra, Associate Conductor of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic (Indiana), Interim Music Director of the Prince George Symphony Orchestra

(Canada), Conducting Assistant of the Cincinnati Symphony and Pops Orchestras (Ohio), Staff Conductor of the Opera Theatre of Lucca (Italy), and Music Director of the Brampton Symphony Orchestra (Canada).

A highly sought-after symphonic arranger, recent and upcoming collaborations include Steve Hackett of Genesis, the music of Leonard Cohen, a tribute to the Tragically Hip, Dave Mason of Fleetwood Mac and Traffic, ABC’s Dancing with the Stars franchise, and Tony-Award winning Heather Headley.

In addition to conducting duties, Mr. Thachuk is a lecturer at the Glenn Gould School at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.

About Sal Andolina

In the worlds of classical music and jazz, crossover versatility is rarely found in a single individual. Over the past decade, however, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra has witnessed the keen achievements of one of Buffalo’s na- tive sons in the person of Salvatore Andolina, who is now the BPO’s hottest switch-hitter in his permanent position of clarinetist, bass clarinetist and saxophonist.

While Andolina has been a full-time member of the BPO for the past 21 seasons, his association with the orchestra began in the late 1970s when he was a standout performance major at the University at Buffalo as a full-scholarship student on the clarinet. Upon completion of his degree at UB under former BPO clarinetist James Pyne, Andolina pursued advanced clarinet studies with Stanley Hasty at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester and coaching with the legendary Benny Goodman in New York City.

In addition to appearing as a soloist with the BPO, Andolina has been featured with the Rochester Philharmonic, the Grand Rapids Symphony, the Fresno Philharmonic, the Ars Nova Chamber Orchestra and the North American New Music Festival. More significantly, Andolina has been featured on at least 15 studio recordings, including his prized CD: “Like Benny to Me,” a tribute to Goodman.

About Nia Drummond

Described as a “moving and electrifying performer” by the Wall Street Journal, Nia Drummond is an up-and-coming performer who is known for combining her jazz roots, operatic training, early gospel influence, and R&B stylings into a unique, “genre fluid” sound.

Nia has been featured at the world famous Apollo Theater, the Playhouse Square in Cleveland, the New World Center in Miami, the Kennedy Center in D.C., Umbria Jazz Festival in Orvieto, Italy, and other world renowned venues/festivals. She has also been featured in Renée Fleming’s American Voices, a televised vocal symposium which aired as a Great Performances documentary on PBS, with artists such as Eric Owens, Renée Fleming, Alison Krauss, Kurt Elling, Ben Folds, Sara Bareilles, Kim Burrell, and others. Along with her solo work, Nia has appeared as a background vocalist for the likes of Sir Elton John, Bette Midler, Valerie Simpson, Fantasia, John Legend, Lillias White, Deborah Cox, Grace Weber, Melvin Crispell III, and others.

Apart from her contemporary work, Nia has extensive credits in the classical world. Her opera credits include Mother Superior in Benton Hess’ Felice, the title role in Tobias Picker’s Thérèse Raquin, Donna Anna in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Rosalinda in Strauss’ Die Fledermaus, Edith in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance, which also happened to be her debut at Lincoln Center. Additionally, she has appeared in operatic/symphonic chorus under the batons of Michael Tilson Thomas, the late Lorin Maazel, James Levine, David Robertson, and others. Under the tutelage of Ms. Shinobu Takagi, Nia earned her Bachelors in Music (Voice Performance) from SUNY Fredonia in May 2017.

As a proud alumna of the National YoungArts Foundation, Nia was one of three winners selected from 10,000 competitors for the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts “Jazz Voice” award in 2012. She was also the recipient of the 2012 Gordon Parks Centennial Scholarship Award presented by the Gordon Parks Foundation, 2nd place winner in the Erie Music Teachers’ Association competition, a finalist in the 2016 SUNY Fredonia Concerto Competition, and was honored to sing the National Anthem at the annual 9/11 Memorial Ceremony in September of 2015. Led by “The Piano Prince of New Orleans,” Davell Crawford, Nia was a part of a handpicked ensemble that was featured in a video performance released by Steinway & Sons in 2020. Nia is the recipient of the 2021 Davell Crawford Artist Funding Endowment.

In 2020, Nia was commissioned by the world-renowned Young People’s Chorus of NYC to compose a song to be featured in the Just Songs compilation – her first composed and published song. Nia is a student of Mr. Clifford Smith.

For more information on Nia Drummond, connect with her on…
Facebook: Nia Drummond
Instagram: @niadrummond

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Kleinhans Music Hall
3 Symphony Circle
Buffalo, NY 14201 United States
(716) 885-5000

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