North Coast Symphonic Band offers Mother's Day concert

Local band All That Jazz performs at the Wet Dog Cafe every Sunday for tips, which are donated to a fund for musical scholarships for local students.

ASTORIA - Larry Johnson will conduct the North Coast Symphonic Band at 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 9 at the Liberty Theater in Astoria.  The program will feature music honoring mothers on their special day and mothers in the audience will receive a free carnation as they arrive at the concert venue. The concert follows opening day of the Astoria Sunday Market and will start later than usual to accommodate patrons who wish to take in both events. The pre-concert entertainment will start at 3:30 p.m. and feature the All That Jazz band.

The North Coast Symphonic Band will perform selections especially for mothers including Percy Grainger's "Lincolnshire Posy" and Sousa's "Fairest of the Fair March."  Bob Walters, of Ocean Park, will sing Gershwin's "Embraceable You," and Scott Taylor, of Warrenton, will sing "I Dreamed a Dream," which was Susan Boyle's signature song on Britain's Got Talent. The clarinet section will be featured in James Curnow's "Introduction and Capriccio" and piccolo players Janet Bowler and Cheryl Kocher will perform a novelty piece called "Piccolo Polka," by Robert Burke. 

All That Jazz, the pre-concert entertainment group, includes locals Bob Joiner and Glen Hansen on trombone, Nick Johnson on sax, Dennis Hale on tuba, Chris Jacobson on guitar, Lee Stromquist on keyboard, and Dave Graves on percussion. All That Jazz performs every Sunday at the Wet Dog Café for tips, which are donated to a fund for music scholarships for high school students.

  Regular admission for the May 9 concert is $10. Student admission is $6. Children 12 and under are free when escorted by an adult.  Tickets are available in advance at the Liberty Theater Box Office at 503-325-5922 ext. 55, and two hours before the event. The doors to the auditorium will open at 3:15 p.m., the day of the concert. 

For more information about the band or the concert, e-mail or call 503-325-2431.

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