Can you please everyone? Conductor Dave Becker will attempt to please both the audience and the musicians in the North Coast Symphonic Band with creative programming at the October 27 concert at the CCC Performing Arts Center in Astoria. “Classics and Curiosities” is the theme for the afternoon and Becker has selected classic selections from the wind band repertoire that audiences never tire of hearing as well as compositions and arrangements that are new to the band and will challenge its musicians with their variety and novelty. This concert opens the 34th season of the NCSB and is dedicated to longtime community member and NCSB supporter, Dale Osborn, who passed away in September.
Jazz guitarist Dave Drury and guests will start the afternoon with a pre-show at 1:30 P.M. The band will take the stage at 2 P.M. Some of the classic selections featured on the program include Gustav Holst’s “First Suite in Eb”, highlights from Richard Rogers’ Broadway musical “Oklahoma,” and “Golden Jubilee,” a march that Sousa wrote to commemorate his fifty years as a conductor. Curiosities on the program include Bryant’s “MetaMarch” that is a parody of familiar and popular concert band themes and Joseph Horowitz’ “Bacchus on Blue Ridge” where Old-time melodies receive jazz treatment. Many soloists in all sections of the band will be featured in these selections and the audience will enjoy hearing the wide musicianship available in our community.
Regular admission for NCSB concerts is still $10 and student tickets are $8. Children twelve and under are free when accompanied by an adult. The box office opens at 1 P.M., auditorium doors open at 1:15, and the pre-show starts at 1:30. The concert starts at 2 P.M. Refreshments by Columbia River Coffee Roasters will be available at intermission.
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