The Weekend in WNY: Hanson, Strictly Hip hit Kleinhans

By | June 7, 2019

Buffalo News

Unless you’re a devoted classical music fan, Kleinhans might not be on your usual route when going out.

But, at least for this weekend, the home of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra meanders deep into pop culture, welcoming former pop stars Hanson and local stalwarts the Strictly Hip.

These quirky pop/rock-meets-classical back-to-back shows stick out in an otherwise impeccably strong weekend for Buffalo events, with the Allentown Art Festival, Star Wars Night with the Bisons and East Aurora Music Fest all expected to draw large crowds.

Hanson String Theory, 8 p.m. Friday, June 7 at Kleinhans Music Hall (3 Symphony Circle). Tickets range from $29 to $75.

Just when you think you know Hanson, you really don’t. The three brothers – known for pop hit “MmmBop” and late ’90s stardom and swooning – now strive for a more mature feel, exemplified by Hanson’s symphonic accompaniment from the Prague Symphony for its self-produced “String Theory” album, released last fall. The BPO will be tasked with supporting Zac, Taylor and Isaac

If you told anyone, in 2000, that Hanson would one day produce a top-five classical album, you would have been met with a lot of disbelieving chuckles. But it’s happened.


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