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New season introduces Dave Becker as conductor of Lake Oswego Millennium Concert Band, giving nod to fond memories, new beginnings

COURTESY PHOTO: STUART WORLEY  - Dave Becker replaces Dale Cleland as director of the Lake Oswego Millennium Concert Band in its new season, opening Dec. 1 at Lakeridge High School auditorium, 1235 Overlook Drive, Lake Oswego.

The Lake Oswego Millennium Concert Band kicks off its 21st season of musical celebrations by presenting "Fond Memories and New Beginnings" Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m. at Lakeridge High School auditorium, 1235 Overlook Drive, Lake Oswego. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for the free concert.

The concert marks the beginning of a new era for the band as they share memories of their past accomplishments under former Director Dale Cleland and march into the future under the direction of Dave Becker.

COURTESY PHOTO: HANS OGREN - From left are Ken Peasley, Gerry Kroeger, Ben Wolf, Dan Schlesinger, Ryan Lewis and Jeff Binns, who make up the brass sextet of the Lake Oswego Millennium Concert Band.

Musical highlights include the sextet from the opera "Lucia de Lammermoor," featuring six of the brass players as the ill-fated characters; the prelude and fugue from the opera "Schwanda, the Bagpiper;" airs and dances from colonial America; both traditional and contemporary original works, and, of course, marches.

The program also includes arrangements and variations on two melodies that have become carols over the centuries, and Cleland will guest conduct the band in a jazzy medley of beloved Christmas songs.

The Millennium Clarinets will play before the concert, and local artists will display their art in the lobby before the concert.

The concert series continues with programs March 1, May 3 and July 3. All are free and open to the public.

To learn more about Lake Oswego Millennium Concert Band visit lakeoswegoband.org.


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