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Prelude to Pops
This performance replaces Prohibition, originally scheduled Friday, February 26, and Saturday, February 27.
What defines Pops? Popular and light classical music that makes you smile and tap your feet. This concert explores works that have stood the test of time through film, television, cartoons, commercials, and more. If not by name, but by note, everyone should recognize Hoedown, the circus-friendly Entry of the Gladiators, Light Cavalry, plus Over the Rainbow, to name just a few.
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.
Uniland is proud to sponsor Jaman E. Dunn’s appearance as program conductor.
This concert is proudly sponsored by National Fuel.
Jaman E. Dunn, conductor
Lorenzo Parnell, tenor
SUPPÉ/arr. Roberts Light Cavalry Overture
DELIBES “Pizzicati” from the ballet Sylvia
ROSSINI/arr. Roberts Overture to The Barber of Seville
BRAHMS/orch. Parlow; arr. Roberts Hungarian Dances, No. 5 & No. 6
ANDERSON Plink, Plank, Plunk
ARLEN/arr. Gould Stormy Weather
ARLEN/arr. Pellet Over the Rainbow from The Wizard of Oz
FUČÍK/arr. Laurendeau Entry of the Gladiators
COPLAND Hoedown from Rodeo
JOHN KANDER/arr. Ricketts Chicago
About Jaman E. Dunn
Jaman E. Dunn is an African American orchestral conductor of classical and film music. He currently holds the positions of Assistant Conductor with the Buffalo Philharmonic, and Interim Music Director of the Buffalo Master Chorale. A native of Chicago, IL, he attended The Ohio State University for his undergraduate studies, earning a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance under the study of Dr. C. Andrew Blosser. During his time at Ohio State, Mr. Dunn founded and conducted the Buckeye Philharmonic Orchestra, which is the university’s only orchestra completely student run. Mr. Dunn also earned his Master of Music in Orchestral Conducting, under the instruction of Maestro Bruce Hangen at The Boston Conservatory at Berklee. While at the Boston Conservatory, he led the Conductor’s Orchestra, assisted the Boston Conservatory Orchestra, and conducted the Boston Conservatory Orchestra in Copland’s Billy the Kid. Other conducting activities included forming an ad-hoc orchestra and performing three concerts, premiering pieces on student composer recitals, and conducting the Berklee Boston Conservatory Recording Orchestra. Vocally, Mr. Dunn has performed throughout the Midwest and Northeast in both oratorio and operatic repertoire, including works of Handel, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Verdi, and Orff, among others. In a professional capacity, he hopes to raise awareness for African-American performers in classical music at all levels and in all mediums.
About Lorenzo Parnell
Hailing from Rochester, NY, Lorenzo Parnell is an active artist in the WNY community. He was recently named one of the Best of Western New York by Buffalo Spree Magazine for his performance as Motormouth Maybelle with Kavinoky Theater. He received an Artie nomination for that same role, as well as for Coalhouse Walker Jr. in Musicalfare’s production of Ragtime. Additional roles include Tom Robinson in To Kill a Mockingbird (Geva Theater), Eddie Souther in Sister Act (Lancaster Opera House) and Flick in Violet (Blackfriars Theater).
Outside of his thriving theatrical endeavors, Lorenzo is the lead vocalist for Twilight Entertainment, and can be seen performing at Seneca Niagara Casino, Batavia Downs, and other distinct venues. He is also a proud member of Actor’s Equity, and serves as a liaison for the Buffalo-Rochester region.
Lorenzo received his BA in Applied Music from SUNY Fredonia, and is currently pursuing a degree in Animal Management and Conservation from Niagara County Community College.
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