The North Coast Symphonic Band will offer a free concert to the community at 2 P.M. on Sunday, April 8, at the Liberty Theater in Astoria. Dr. Joan Paddock of Linfield College is conductor and musical director. Doors open at 1:15 and the Equinox will offer a concert prelude of jazz tunes at 1:30 PM.
The afternoon’s musical program is themed “The Scandinavian Connection” and features Paddock’s favorite wind band selections from the Scandinavian repertoire. In addition to familiar selections by Jean Sibelius, Edvard Grieg and Carl Nielsen, the NCSB will perform Scandinavian marches, selections based on the Nordic folk tradition, and even a new piece of Norwegian jazz. Paddock has also included “Symphonic Highlights from “Frozen,” a Disney movie with a distinct Scandinavian influence.
The Astoria Scandinavian Midsummer Festival 2018 Court will appear in costume for a “meet and greet” in the lobby of the Liberty during intermission of the concert to discuss their heritage and the upcoming 51st annual Midsummer Festival in Astoria. Astoria Scandinavian Heritage Association President Loran Mathews and Scandinavian Heritage Park Committee Chair Judi Lampi will be in the lobby before the concert and during intermission to talk about progress for the new park. Audience members are encouraged to wear Scandinavian sweaters or authentic folk wear from Scandinavia.
Guest conductor Dr. Joan Paddock of Linfield College recently returned from Scandinavia where she spent most of January and February 2018 on a sabbatical in Norway researching the vitality and endangerment of the Northern Sami Joik. Both sets of her grandparents came from Norway and she grew up in a Scandinavian community in North Dakota. In her student days she was a Fulbright Scholar to Norway and studied at the Norwegian State Academy of Music. She has performed in Norway and visited there multiple times. Paddock performed on the Norwegian lur (long wooden trumpet) at the Astoria Scandinavian Midsummer Festival in 2012 and frequently performs at the Norsk Hostfest in Minot, North Dakota. She’s been a trumpet soloist with the North Coast Symphonic Band and joins the group on trumpet when needed. This is her first appearance as guest conductor.
Doors open at 1:15 PM and Equinox will perform a concert prelude starting at 1:30. Equinox is a unique trio comprised of guitarist David Drury, bassist Todd Pederson and flutist Shelley Loring Barker. Each member has a broad range of musical experience and together they bridge the gaps between several musical styles seamlessly and with virtuosity. They take their audiences on a musical tour that personifies modern, standards and contemporary jazz. The concert prelude will include several of Drury’s original compositions. Equinox has maintained a commitment to performing their music with “taste, intelligence and heart.”
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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