In 2010, Steve Lippia sang a sold-out show with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra in which he paid tribute to the singing and the mannerisms of Frank Sinatra. News reviewer Garaud MacTaggart wrote: “His vocal stylings were so close to what Sinatra used to do that it was almost scary. ... It was like a bit of Rat Pack Vegas coming to Buffalo for the evening, but without the Rat Pack.”
When Lippia returns to Kleinhans on Saturday, it will, fittingly, be with the Rat Pack. Lippia’s new show features songs made famous by Sinatra in addition to Nat “King” Cole, Tony Bennett and Sammy Davis Jr. It should be a unique evening of glamour. Erin Freeman, one of the contenders for the position of director of the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus, is conducting.
“There is a timelessness and elegance to that era that we have lost connection with,” Lippia told The News the last time he was here. He said that sometimes, he sees gentlemen arriving at his shows wearing fedoras. “Sometimes they’ll be 17, 25, 35 years old. It’s one of the only places they can do that and not seem out of place.” – Mary Kunz Goldman
“Simply Swinging” — Date: 8 p.m. Saturday. Place: Kleinhans Music Hall. Tickets: $27-$63. Info: 885-5000, www.bpo.org.