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Alpena Symphony Orchestra to give annual 'Pops in the Park' concert

August 3, 2012
The Alpena News

The Thunder Bay Arts Council will present the Alpena Symphony Orchestra in their annual "Pops in the Park" concert at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Bay Park Bandshell. John Schubert will be the conductor.

The almost two-hour concert will include many musical favorites for the audience's enjoyment in this outdoor venue. Starting with John Philip Sousa's lively "Sound Off" March, the orchestra will move to the more subdued and lyrical "Hansel and Gretel" Overture by composer Engelbert Humperdinck (1854-1921).

The concert will continue with "A Salute to Richard Rodgers," arranged by Ted Ricketts. This medley, which pays homage to the composer for the Rodgers and Hammerstein team, will feature the music of "Victory at Sea," "Oklahoma," "The Sound of Music" and "Carousel," among others.

Next the symphony will play "A Salute to the Cinema," arranged by Carl Strommen. The movie medley will begin and end with Mercer's and Whiting's "Hooray for Hollywood," with Freed's and Brown's "Singin' in the Rain," Harburg's and Arlen's "Over the Rainbow," Herman Huffeld's "As Time Goes By" and Sigman's and Bonfa's "A Day in the Life of a Fool (Manha de Carnaval)" in between.

Another salute, this time to the Big Bands, will then send the concert in a jazzy direction. This arrangement by Calvin Custer will feature the tunes "April in Paris" by Harburg and Duke, "I'm Getting Sentimental Over You" by Washington and Bassman, Jerry Gray's "Pennsylvania 6-5000," Harry Warren's "Serenade in Blue" and Louis Prima's "Sing, Sing, Sing."

This will be followed by the ever-popular "Bugler's Holiday," by favorite composer Leroy Anderson, which will feature a trumpet solo by TBAC/ASO board member and local educator Raymond Reynolds. The ASO trumpet section will also feature prominently in the familiar "Procession of the Nobles" from Mlada" by Russian composer Rimsky-Korsakov.

Switching back to the "pop" music vein, the ASO will perform a medley from many James Bond movies, as arranged by Victor Lopez. The audience will recognize the famous spy's themes, as well as "For Your Eyes Only," 'Goldfinger," "Live and Let Die," and Nobody Does It Better," from composers as diverse as (respectively) Monty Norman, Bill Conti, John Barry, Paul McCartney and Marvin Hamlisch.

The concert will continue with another arrangement by Victor Lopez, this time of video game music, the "Bounty Hunter Theme" from the "Advent Rising Suite" by Tommy Tallarico and Michael Richard Plowman. And last but not least, the concert will conclude as it began, with a famous and beloved Sousa march: "The Stars and Stripes Forever."

Bring lawn chairs or blankets and a picnic supper for maximum enjoyment of this musical evening. The concert is free and open to all, but any donations are welcome and will go to support the activities of the Thunder Bay Arts Council, the concert's sponsor.

In case of inclement weather, the concert will be held at the same date and time at the Alpena High School Beck Auditorium.



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