Big Band Evening to Benefit Local Charities
The Lincoln Pops Orchestra will present an evening of music and dancing at Yaquina View School in Newport on Saturday, October 20, from 7-9:30 p.m. Tickets will be $10 per person or $15 per couple; proceeds will benefit Samaritan House and Food Share of Lincoln County.
Tickets to “The Golden Days of Autumn,” a celebration of the golden age of big-band music, will be sold at the door. All ages are welcome to attend. Refreshments, including slices of pie donated by Newport’s Chalet Restaurant, will be available for purchase. Oregon Coast Bank is a sponsor of the event.
The collaboration between Food Share and Samaritan House is a “natural,” according to Executive Directors Nancy Smith and Lola Jones, since there is an obvious crossover in clientele and their missions are complementary. Samaritan House works to shelter, educate, and guide homeless families with children toward independent living. Food Share of Lincoln County’s efforts are aimed at reducing food insecurity among the residents of Lincoln County.
The Lincoln Pops Orchestra, also known as the Lincoln Pops Big Band, began 27 years ago. It has evolved into one of the finest big bands in Oregon, playing both concert performances and dances. The nonprofit organization is dedicated to preserving and passing along the heritage of the big band era.
Members of the Lincoln Pops include both current and retired professional musicians, band directors, former high school and college players, and some talented local high school students. The orchestra also boasts four vocalists!
John Bringetto, the band and choir director at Newport High School, took over as director of the Lincoln Pops in 2009, when previous director David Hudson became ill. Bringetto plays trumpet, flugelhorn, saxophone flute, and sings. He has both a BA and an MA in music. He has been a professional musician most of his life, having played the jazz chair in the Stan Kenton Neophonic. He also backed singers such as Nancy Wilson, John Davidson, Johnny Mathis, Bill Medley, Frankie Avalon, and BB King.
More information: 541-574-8898 or 541-272-4527.