The North Coast Symphonic Band continues its 42nd season with a concert titled “Dance Your Cares Away” at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 6 at the Liberty Theater in Astoria. Michael McClure from Warrenton High School will guest conduct. This is the second NCSB concert this season. The third concert will be April 24, and the annual Independence Day concert is on July 3.
The music on Feb. 6 will be light, fun, and recognizable. It may even inspire dancing in the aisles! Several pieces are band arrangements of operatic works, including “Orpheus” and “Danse Bacchanale.”. “Russian Sailor’s Dance” is from the Ballet genre. Continuing the dance theme, there are medleys, including “Folk Songs from the Southern Appalacians”, “Abba on Broadway”, and more. There is even some jazz, with “Jitterbug”, and a surprise title of a more risque nature. Master of ceremonies for the afternoon will be Brian Bergman.
Michael McClure is conducting this concert. He has been leading the Warrenton school bands for 12 years now. His approach to music education is a focus on excellence, building strong bands through high standards and humor in the classroom. His bands have placed first or second at the state level for each year he has taught.
The Liberty doors will open at 1 p.m. The Astoria Jazz Combo will perform concert prelude music from 1:30 to 1:55 PM while the audience gathers. Regular admission is $15 and student admission is $8. Advanced tickets can be purchased at the Liberty Theater Box Office Wednesday through Saturday from 2-5:30 PM or online at www.libertyastoria.showare.com. Tickets will also be available at the door starting at 12:00 PM the day of the concert. The Liberty is located on the corner of 12th and Commercial Street in Astoria. Please check the Liberty website for current COVID requirements.
The North Coast Symphonic Band offers local musicians of all ages the chance to network, learn from each other, and maintain their skill level in a positive and supportive environment. The band rehearses on Monday evenings in Astoria and musicians interested in joining should e-mail Personnel Director Lee Stromquist at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 503-861-1328. Potential new members should read music, own their own instruments, and have advanced high school level performance skills or higher. Rehearsals are on Monday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Charlene Larsen Center for the Performing Arts in Astoria.