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Symphonic Band plays Scandinavian repertoire at Liberty

Free concert April 8 features 2018 Midsummer Festival Court

Published on April 5, 2018 9:07AM

North Coast Symphonic Band at the Liberty Theatre

Courtesy North Coast Symphonic Band

North Coast Symphonic Band at the Liberty Theatre

Dr. Joan Haaland Paddock, guest conductor

Courtesy North Coast Symphonic Band

Dr. Joan Haaland Paddock, guest conductor

Equinox, from left: bassist Todd Pederson, guitarist David Drury and flutist Shelley Loring Barker

Courtesy North Coast Symphonic Band

Equinox, from left: bassist Todd Pederson, guitarist David Drury and flutist Shelley Loring Barker


ASTORIA — The North Coast Symphonic Band will give a free concert 2 p.m. Sunday, April 8, at the Liberty Theatre with Dr. Joan Haaland Paddock, of Linfield College, as conductor and musical director.

Equinox will offer a concert prelude of jazz tunes at 1:30 p.m. Doors open at 1:15 p.m.

The afternoon’s program is themed “The Scandinavian Connection” and features Paddock’s favorite wind band selections from the Scandinavian repertoire.

In addition to familiar selections by Jean Sibelius, Edvard Grieg and Carl Nielsen, the Symphonic Band will perform Scandinavian marches, selections based on the Nordic folk tradition and a new piece of Norwegian jazz. Paddock has also included highlights from “Frozen,” a Disney movie with a distinct Scandinavian influence.

The Astoria Scandinavian Midsummer Festival 2018 Court will appear in costume for a “meet and greet” in the lobby of the Liberty during intermission to discuss their heritage and the upcoming festival.

Astoria Scandinavian Heritage Association President Loran Mathews and Scandinavian Heritage Park Committee Chair Judi Lampi will be in the lobby before the concert and during intermission to talk about progress for the new park. Audience members are encouraged to wear Scandinavian sweaters or authentic folk wear from Scandinavia.

Equinox is a trio comprised of guitarist David Drury, bassist Todd Pederson and flutist Shelley Loring Barker. They take their audiences on a musical tour that personifies modern, standards and contemporary jazz.

For more information on the Symphonic Band, visit northcoastsymphonicband.org, find the Symphonic Band on Facebook or call 503-325-2431.





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