NCSB PRESENTS “ALL TREATS - NO TRICKS” OCTOBER 30 AT THE LIBERTY
Dave Becker of Manzanita returns for his sixth season as conductor and musical director of the North Coast Symphonic Band. The first concert of the band’s thirty-seventh season will be held at 2 P.M. on Sunday, October 30, at the Liberty Theater in Astoria, Oregon. The afternoon will start with a pre-show of classic pop and jazz standards by guitarist David Drury at 1:30 P.M. Featured soloist for the afternoon will be former Astorian Mark Goodenberger who is returning to dedicate a marimba he’s donating to the NCSB in memory of his mother Peggy Goodenberger.
The theme of the afternoon’s concert is “All Treats - No Tricks.” Unlike previous October concerts where Becker jumped out of a coffin and Godzilla made an appearance onstage, Becker says this year’s concert will focus on repertoire with melodies that are easy to follow accompanied by pleasant harmonies. The fifty-member community band will perform “Merry Music” by Frigyes Hidas, Hungary’s most popular composer in recent times; “Cakewalk” by Hershy Kay, orchestrator for Leonard Bernstein’s Broadway music; and John Higgen’s arrangement of tunes from Disney movies. Another treat on the afternoon concert program will be “A Flourish of Sprites” by Dan Ogren, former music teacher in the Lake Oswego Schools. This piece was written for the Lake Oswego Millennium Community Band so musicians could have fun making music together and audiences could enjoy tapping their toes along with the tunes. NCSB flutist Bona Choi will perform John Barnes’ “Autumn Soliloquy” which uses the flute and band to portray the colors of the swirling leaves of fall.
Featured marimba soloist Mark Goodenberger will perform “Light for Peggy,” a new arrangement of a composition he premiered at his mother’s memorial service in 2015. Mark Goodenberger is active as a Baroque specialist and performs on kettledrums with the Portland Baroque Orchestra. As a concert recitalist, he performs many of his own compositions joining elements of theater, dance and vaudeville into the diverse world of percussion. Goodenberger is a Yamaha Percussion Performing Artist. His mother Margaret “Peggy” Goodenberger was an Astoria resident for thirty-one years. She was active at First Presbyterian Church in Astoria during the years her husband John pastored there and she was also involved in Church Women United, AAUW, and P.E.O. The Astoria/Warrenton Chamber of Commerce awarded Peggy Goodenberger the George Award in 1980 for her work in developing the local Ostomy Association and the local branch of AAUW selected Peggy in 2011 as one of one hundred women who help make Astoria unique. Daughter Jennifer Goodenberger is a local musician and son John Goodenberger is well-known for his work with historical preservation in Astoria.
Seasonal music for the concert includes Camille Saint-Saën’s “Danse Macabre” based on the French superstition that Death returns at midnight on Halloween and summons the skeletons to leave their graves to dance with him while he plays music on the fiddle. The NCSB will also perform the award-winning new piece “Haunted Carousel” by Erika Svanoe featuring the sound of the Theremin, an electronic instrument often used in old science fiction and horror movies. Dave Becker will play the Theremin part on his iPad!
Tickets for the April 17th event are available at the Liberty Theater Box Office, 1203 Commercial, in Astoria, from 2-5:30 PM Wednesday through Saturday and two hours before the performance, or call 503-325-5922, ex. 55. Regular admission is $15. Student tickets (age 13 to 21) are $7 , and children 12 and under are free. For more information on tickets, visit www.liberty-theater.org. For more information on the North Coast Symphonic Band, visit www.northcoastsymphonicband.org, find us on Facebook or call 503-325-2431. New musicians interested in joining the band are encouraged to leave contact information with personnel director, Lee Stromquist, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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