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The orchestra will perform a variety of pieces under an 'Imagine That' theme on Friday, Nov. 22.

COURTESY PHOTO - Guest conductor Bernie Kuehn will direct the Hillsboro Symphony Orchestra concert alongside Sharon Northe. The performance will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22.

The Hillsboro Symphony Orchestra is planning a night of musical fantasy for its first concert of the season.

The orchestra will perform a variety of pieces under an "Imagine That" theme at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 2194 S.E. Minter Bridge Road. Prior to the concert, the Oregon Mandolin Orchestra will play in the lobby.

"I have a committee that works on music that people might want to hear in the community," said Hillsboro Symphony Orchestra conductor Sharon Northe. "And they came up with the idea of some Disney tunes."

Northe then decided to feature "King Kong Soundtrack Highlights" by J.N. Howard, "Beauty and the Beast" by Alan Menken, and "Enigma Variation #7" by Edward Elgar.

Guest conductor Bernie Kuehn will direct "Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis," by R. Vaughan Williams. The piece requires two orchestras, so the ensemble will split into parts, Northe said.

"He's (also) going to have a bunch of singers there, I think about 16," she said. "They're going to sing the original tune and then ask anyone in the audience who wants to sing it with us."

But what Northe is looking forward to most is Hillsboro Symphony Orchestra trombone player Dave Robertson's "Fantasia for Orchestra, Op. 77."

"His wife passed away last year after illness, and we knew her very well. He has written a really moving piece and tribute to (her)," Northe said. "It's just stunningly beautiful."

The program also will include HSO oboe player Kathy Brown conducting "Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them" by J.N. Howard.

The instrumentalists love to have people come and listen and admire what they're doing, Northe said. Soon after, she admitted she drives from Gresham every week because she enjoys seeing their smiling faces at each rehearsal.

"I enjoy all the people in the group, and it's a little different than a lot of other organizations that I play in or for," Northe said. "(It's) just the personalities and the way they get along — it's great."

Tickets, available at the door and in advance, are $12 for adults, $10 for students and seniors, and veterans and kids age 12 and under are free.

Following the concert, there will be a reception with orchestra members and the conductor. For more information, go to hillsborosymphony.org.


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