ASTORIA — The North Coast Symphonic Band will open its 38th season 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29, at the Liberty Theatre. Doors open at 1:15 p.m. The Beach Buddies will present a preshow of light jazz starting at 1:30 p.m.
Dave Becker, a former band director at Lewis and Clark College, returns as the Symphonic Band’s conductor and musical director. The afternoon’s program is titled “Postcards from Europe” and features Becker’s favorite wind band selections with a European theme.
Selections include Bach’s “Prelude and Fugue in G minor” transcribed for band, and Mendelssohn’s “Overture for Band,” originally written for wind instruments.
The Symphonic Band will perform “Les Papillons” (or “The Butterflies”) written by Coby Lankester and arranged by Dutch composer Johan de Meij. “Symphonic Dances from Fiddler on the Roof” references the many Jewish quarters in Eastern Europe. A historic battle in France inspired “Ayres of Agincourt.” “The March of the Belgian Parachutists” by Pierre Leemans comes from Belgium, and the “Knightsbridge March” from Eric Coates’ London Suite is a beloved tune in England.
The Beach Buddies performs dance music of the Big Band Era through the 1980s, including classic rock and great swing tunes.
Tickets are available at the Liberty box office (1203 Commercial St.) 2 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and two hours before the performance. Regular admission is $15. Student tickets for those 18 and under are $7.
For more information, visit libertyastoria.org. For more information on the Symphonic Band, visit northcoastsymphonicband.org, or find them on Facebook or call 503-325-2431.