Three ensembles from the North Coast Symphonic Band will present a benefit for the Clatsop College Performing Arts Center at 3 P.M. on Sunday, March 25, at the PAC located at 588 16th Street in Astoria. Doors open at 2:30 P.M. and admission is $15. All proceeds benefit Partners for the PAC. The PAC is an indispensable performance and rehearsal venue for local and visiting performing arts groups. With an audience capacity of 250, the PAC fills a distinct need in the cultural community and makes access to a wide range of experiences available and affordable to all who live and work in the area. The North Coast Symphonic Band has rehearsed at the PAC since the group was formed in 1979.
The afternoon’s musical entertainment is titled “Floots, Toots and Bedposts” and features three quartets of flutes, tubas, and bassoons with all but two members coming from the North Coast Symphonic Band. Brian Bergman will be MC for the afternoon. Warning: A few jokes are only natural considering the friendly rivalry between the groups and there is even a bit of collaboration for the finale.
The ATQ consists of four fun guys, Dennis Hale, Lee Stromquist, Bob Joiner, and Brian Bergman, who enjoy the sounds of heavy metal. The ATQ’s lush warm sounds, blended from tubas and tenor tubas will surprise most audiences expecting brash, brassy and bombastic sounds. The ATQ likes to perform jazz, ballads, Latin and classical music by composers of comfortable and familiar music.
The Northern Lights Flute Ensemble (NLFE) first performed together in 2006. Shelley Loring and Janet Bowler are original members and Erica Hiatt and Bona Choi joined in 2016. The ensemble performs on all sorts of instruments including piccolo, C flutes, alto flute and bass flute. NLFE repertoire includes familiar melodies arranged for flutes as well as contemporary selections by well-known composers such as Bill Holcombe, Ricky Lombardo, Catherine McMichael and Phyllis Louke of Portland.
Mea Culpa Bassoon Quartet is a new group consisting of Judy Shatto, Kelly Larkins, Kristi Kienberger, and Liam Carson. Mea Culpa’s repertoire is borrowed and new and sometimes even a bit blue. Their varied program will include sacred, classical and jazz.
Tickets for the March 25th event will be available at the door starting at 2:30 P.M. Regular admission is $15. Student tickets for those 18 and under are $5. For more information on the North Coast Symphonic Band, visit NorthCoastSymphonicBand.org or call Janet at 503-325-2431. For more information on the PAC, visit SupportThePAC.org or call Charlene at 503-325-0590.
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