The North Coast Symphonic Band (NCSB) will revisit the theme of movie music at its upcoming concert at 4:00 p.m. on May 8, 2011 at the Clatsop Community College Performing Arts Center at 16th and Franklin in Astoria. The late start time is because of Mother’s Day and the opening of the Astoria Sunday Market. Auditorium doors open at 3:15 p.m., and jazz guitarist Dave Drury will provide the pre-concert entertainment starting at 3:30 p.m.
Dr. Gary Nyberg of Lower Columbia College will be guest conductor and has selected music for the concert mostly from foreign films. Nyberg says that the film scores are beautiful with unforgettable melodies that will last but the music is not so frequently performed because many of the composers are European. The films are mostly about love – romantic love and family love – in honor of Mother’s Day, and mothers in the audience will receive a free carnation as they enter the auditorium.
Movies whose music will be featured include Out of Africa, The Magnificent Seven, Cinema Paradiso, Il Postino (The Postman) and The Godfather Saga. Terry Dahlgren, band director at Seaside High School, will perform the trumpet solo to the theme music from Il Triello (The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly) and Bob Walters, music teacher in the Ocean Parks School District, will sing As Time Goes By.
Tickets are available in advance at Thiel’s Music and at the PAC door one hour prior to the concert. Regular admission is $10 and student tickets are $6. Children twelve and under are free when accompanied by an adult. Beverages and refreshments by Columbia River Coffee Roasters will be on sale in the lobby before the concert and at intermission.
The North Coast Symphonic Band is in the middle of its thirty-first season and enjoys a partnership with the Clatsop College Arts and Ideas Program. Members range in age from sixteen to seventy-nine and attend regular Monday night rehearsals from as far away as Ocean Park, Rockaway Beach, and Oregon City. The band has a current need for clarinet players and percussionists and interested musicians are encouraged to contact personnel director Lee Stromquist at (503) 861-1328. Potential musicians should read music at the advanced high school level and own their own horns.
The North Coast Symphonic Band will conclude its thirty-first season on July 3 and 4 with a series of free concerts to honor the Astoria Bicentennial and the 4th of July. The band will premiere a recently commissioned work, Astoria, by Dr. Kevin Walczyk. ChrisLynn Taylor will perform a medley of songs from Shanghaied in Astoria, arranged especially for her and the NCSB by Dave Robertson.