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Conductor and Music Director Dave Becker and the band look forward to sharing an evening of entertaining musical gems

The Lake Oswego Millennium Concert Band will present its second concert of its 21st season at 7:30 p.m. March 1, at Lakeridge High School auditorium, 1235 Overlook Drive, Lake Oswego.

In keeping with the band's tradition the concert will present a wide variety of musical styles from classical and popular genres. COURTESY PHOTO - Lake Oswego Millennium Concert Band Director and Music Director Dave Becker will conduct the March 1 concert, the second in the season's lineup. All are invited to the free concert.

Conductor and Music Director Dave Becker and the band look forward to sharing an evening of entertaining musical gems, loosely based around the theme "Today's Forecast: Sunny and Warm."

Selections include a medley of John Williams' well-loved movie marches including "We're Lookin' Good" aka the Special Olympics March, "The Cowboys," "The Dance of the Witches" and the "Olympic Fanfare and Theme."

Other marches on the program are the uplifting "Purple Carnival March" by Harry Alford and the humorous and chaotic "Gum-Sucker's March" by the eccentric Australian composer Percey Aldridge Grainger.

Soloists and sections of the 75-musician band will be showcased in a set of variations on the children's tune "The Happy Farmer."

America's rural South "Sacred Harp" singing traditions influence "Echoes of the Hollow Square."

The classical music tradition will be represented by "Rakoczi Hungarian March" from the opera "The Damnation of Faust" and Girolamo Frescobaldi's beautiful "Toccata," and arrangement for winds of the 17th-century keyboard composition.

The Millennium Band's percussion section gets the spotlight, as Curtis Cooper, Scott Cooper, Jim Irving, David Rodenkirch, Nick Rose and Jeanice Smith set up a powerful groove on "Mambo Furioso."

For nostalgic fun, music of The Mamas and the Papas is included with "California Dreamin'" and "Monday, Monday" medley.

Audience members are encouraged to arrive early. Local artists Skip Burke, Linda Mraz and Dee Rommel will be showing their art in the lobby while the Brass Unlimited brass quintet performs pre-concert music beginning at 6:45 p.m.


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