Local symphonics to present patriotic performance

Bob Walters-Master of Ceremonies, Larry Johnson-conductor, ChrisLynn Taylor-vocalist, Lauren Brady-piccolo soloist, Dave Robertson-arranger.

ASTORIA — The North Coast Symphonic Band will present a free concert of patriotic and familiar music at 7 p.m., on Sunday, July 3, at the Liberty Theater in downtown Astoria.  Larry Johnson will conduct. The featured work for the evening is “Astoria” by Dr. Kevin Walczyk. The North Coast Symphonic Band commissioned this work in honor of Astoria’s bicentennial and this performance will be its premiere.  Composer Walczyk is an Oregonian familiar with Astoria and uses these words to describe his work:  “Astoria, with its rich cultural history, serves as the inspiration for this concert overture that recognizes the vibrant city’s 200th birthday.” 

Also featured on the July program will be “Miss Macie” and “Lascivious Vivian” from Shanghaied in Astoria. These tunes have been arranged by Dave Robertson especially for the North Coast Symphonic Band and vocalist ChrisLynn Taylor of the Shanghaied cast. Lauren Brady will perform “Fantasy on When Johnny Comes Marching Home” for solo piccolo and band. Chantelle Krause, a student at Astoria High School, will sing “The Star Spangled Banner,” and Bob Walters, music teacher in the Ocean Beach School District, will be the master of ceremonies and sing a medley of patriotic tunes. 

Members of Clatsop Post No. 12 of the American Legion will present the colors and the service flags as a tribute to veterans. There will be numerous other special pieces to celebrate our national holiday.

Doors to the Liberty Theater will open at 6:15 p.m., and there will be pre-concert entertainment starting at 6:30 p.m.  The concert begins at 7 p.m.  Call 503-325-2431 with questions.

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