St. Patrick’s Day Concert To Benefit Aquarium and Food Share
Sunday, March 17, at the Performing Arts Center, Newport, The Pacific Coast Wind Ensemble will be presenting a benefit concert for the educational outreach programs of the Oregon Coast Aquarium and Food Share. The concert begins at 2 PM and tickets are available at the door prior to the downbeat. Requested donation for adults is $10 and for students/children under 18 is $5. Family tickets are available for a donation of $25.
The program will feature concert band arrangements of Irish tunes, orgina1 compositions, classical transcriptions, medleys of Italian, movie and show tunes, plus a march or two.
Also on the program is a raffle to benefit the Band’s scholarship fund. Items to be raffled include DVD players, framed art photographs, watches and blooming rhododendrons. Money raised from this raffle will go to selected music students attending Newport, Toledo, Waldport and Siuslaw high schools. Last year the Band was able to offer $750 in scholarships to local young musicians. In addition to the raffle, there will be a door prize donated by Fred Meyer and given to a Food Share donor. Every person bringing an item or items for Food Share will be entered into this drawing.
The Pacific Coast Wind Ensemble is a 35-piece concert band made up of amateur and professional musicians under the direction of Jim Cameron. The band is open to all high-school-age and above wind and percussion players without audition, and rehearses Monday nights throughout the school year. Major concerts are presented during the holiday season and in the Spring in both in Newport and Florence.
Last year’s concert was held on April Fool’s Day, and the band took advantage of the situation, playing tricks on audience and conductor alike. This year’s St. Patrick’s Day performance offers another opportunity for adding a bit of extra fun to the program. The band’s motto is “We take our music seriously, but not ourselves.”