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Old favorites performed at free Regatta concert

Columbia River Symphony, Beacock Music Concert unite

Published on August 10, 2017 12:01AM

Cory Pederson

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Cory Pederson

ASTORIA — More than 100 musicians from Oregon and Washington unite for an Astoria Regatta family concert in the Astoria High School Auditorium (1001 West Marine Drive). The concert is free, but donations will be accepted.

Astoria’s Columbia River Symphony and Vancouver’s Beacock Music Concert Band present a “Summer Pops” concert 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 13, as part of the Regatta’s weekend celebrations.

Families with youth and small children are welcome and encouraged to attend.

The program features selections from popular Hollywood films, musicals and classical pieces such as the “1812 Overture,” “The Lion King,” “Superman,” “The Mask of Zorro,” “Gettysburg,” “Pirates of the Caribbean” and many more.

The concert marks the fourth time in five years these two ensembles have come together. Each ensemble will perform selections separately at each concert before joining together as one 100-plus-member ensemble to perform many movie favorites plus other musical numbers.

Cory Pederson’s Beacock Music Concert Band is a 40-member ensemble that is part of the New Horizons music program in operation across the nation.

The 65-member (and still-growing) Columbia River Symphony is composed of adults and youth from local schools. Led by Pederson, and assisted by Angela Pederson-Calvin, the symphony is a community-based, all-volunteer non-profit performing arts group.

For information about joining the symphony or upcoming concerts, visit columbiariversymphony.org, or call 503-836-2198.


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