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The North Coast Symphonic Band will perform concert band arrangements of familiar movie music at 2 P.M. on Sunday, January 25, 2009, at the Clatsop College Performing Arts Center, 16th and Franklin, in Astoria. Conductor and musical director Larry Johnson is a fanatic for late-night movies. When he gets home late after a rehearsal and needs to wind down before heading to bed, he loves to watch a movie. Johnson says, “They’re like warm milk.” He invites coastal audiences to attend the concert and enjoy music from a few of his favorite flicks – oldies and more contemporary ones too.

Some of the tunes to be featured at the concert include music composed for Superman, Mary Poppins, The Sound of Music, The Wizard of Oz, and Star Wars. There will also be classical and semi-classical tunes such as Wagner’s The Ride of the Valkyries that was the theme music for Apocalypse Now and Alford’s Colonel Bogey March which was used in The Bridge on the River Kwai.

The flute, cello, and piano trio called Trillium will present pre-concert entertainment at 1:30 P.M., performing chamber music by Haydn.

Tickets to the NCSB concert are available in advance at Bach & Rock in downtown Astoria or at 1 P.M. the day of the concert at the door. PAC auditorium doors will open at 1:15. Regular admission is $10 and children 12 and under are admitted free. Refreshments will be sold in the lobby to benefit Tara McDowell and Nathan Porter’s summer 2009 trip to Europe with the Oregon Ambassadors of Music. McDowell and Porter are students at Warrenton High School who are both members of the North Coast Symphonic Band.

The North Coast Symphonic Band is in the midst of its twenty-ninth season and enjoys a partnership with the Clatsop College Arts and Ideas Program. Members range in age from sixteen to seventy-seven and attend regular Monday night rehearsals from as far away as Ocean Park, Rockaway Beach, and Puget Island. Conductor Johnson commutes from Oregon City and several guest musicians from the greater Portland area will join the band for the concert. Currently there are openings in the band for clarinet players and percussionists. For more information about the band or the concert, e-mail or call 503-325-2431.

Band members
NCSB at the Movies

3 band members
Trillium (Janet Bowler, Ann Lederer, Judy Woodward)

Submitted by:

Janet Bowler


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