The North Coast Symphonic Band and Liberty Theater Presents will offer a joint celebration of the holiday season at 2 P.M. on Sunday, December 17th, at the Liberty Theater in Astoria. Dave Becker of Manzanita and former director of bands at Lewis and Clark College is conductor and musical director. Guest vocalists Andy and Rachel Becker of Portland will return to entertain the audience with good cheer and the North Coast Chorale directed by Dr. Denise Reed will appear on the program too. Doors open at 1:15 and the Astoria Tuba Quartet will offer a concert prelude of holiday tunes at 1:30 PM.
The afternoon’s musical program is themed “Peace on Earth, Goodwill to All” and features wind band and vocal selections intended to inspire and offer optimistic messages of hope for the holiday season and beyond. NCSB selections on the December 17th program include “And the Mountains Echoed: Gloria!” by Robert Longfield, “Chanukah Celebration” by Bobrowitz and “Noël from Symphonic Sketches” by Chadwick.
Andy and Rachel Becker are making their third appearance with the North Coast Symphonic Band. This couple previously appeared in the Age of Aquarius concert in 2015 and in the July 2016 performance of American Heroes and was invited back by popular demand. They will sing “Blue Christmas” made popular by Elvis Presley and Céline Dion, “Pa Pa Pa Pa” from the opera The Magic Flute by Mozart, and the classic holiday tune, “The Night Before Christmas.” The North Coast Chorale will sing fresh arrangements of classic carols by Maurice Lauridsen and John Rutter. The NCSB, NCC and Andy and Rachel will join forces for the grand finale sing-a-long of “Merry Christmas, Everyone.”
Doors open at 1:15 PM and the Astoria Tuba Quartet (ATQ) will perform a concert prelude starting at 1:30. The ATQ is known locally for its holiday program, "A Tuba Christmas", that it presents annually at the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum in Ilwaco, Washington.
Tickets for the December 17th event are available at the Liberty Theater Box Office, 1203 Commercial, in Astoria, from 2 to 5:30 PM Wednesday through Saturday and two hours before the performance. Regular admission is $20. Student tickets for those 18 and under are $5. For more information on tickets, visit www.libertyastoria.org. For more information on the North Coast Symphonic Band, visit www.northcoastsymphonicband.org, find the NCSB on Facebook or call 503-325-2431.
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