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Join the Wild Rivers Symphony and Wind Ensemble getting into the swing of things with their upcoming spring concert program: Jazz Across the Ages. The concerts, at Crescent City, California, and Brookings, Oregon, on April 28 and 29, will highlight the virtuosity and versatility of Del Norte and Curry County musicians as they explore a truly American genre—jazz!

The Crescent City concert will begin at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 28, at the Crescent Elk Middle School auditorium, 994 G Street, in Crescent City. The Brookings concert begins at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 29, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1200 Easy Street, in Brookings.

Concert tickets are $12 if purchased in advance, or $15 purchased at the door. Youth through grade 12 are admitted free. Tickets can be purchased in advance at Del Norte Office Supply in Crescent City and at Wright’s Custom Framing in Brookings. Tickets are also conveniently available online at: www.WildRiversSymphony.org

The Jazz Across the Ages program explores the melding of classical and jazz music from the early days of ragtime, through the big band jazz age, to cutting-edge and popular works of today. In Dahomey, written in 1902 by Will Marion Cook, is a vivacious early ragtime piece. Rhapsody in Blue, featuring piano soloist David Sedgwick, celebrates the centennial of George Gershwin’s 1924 masterpiece. Gershwin’s genius is also featured in instrumental selections from his 1935 folk-opera Porgy and Bess, and a vocal rendition of They Can’t Take That Away from Me. A Salute to the Big Bands features a medley of April in Paris, I’m Getting Sentimental Over You, Pennsylvania 6-5000, Serenade in Blue, and Sing, Sing, Sing!  The hauntingly beautiful Loss, written in 1971 by Don Ellis, features the jazz brilliance of Matt Brogdon on tenor saxophone. Blue Shades, written in 1997 by Frank Ticheli, highlights the talents of Kristin Volta on clarinet. A variety of vocal jazz standards throughout the years also promise to dazzle, including I Concentrate on You, a 1940 classic by Cole Porter, and hits from the 1960’s with Ain’t That a Kick in the Head, The Summer Wind, and Feeling Good, which features an arrangement written for superstar vocalist Michael Buble´.

The Wild Rivers Symphony, a non-profit volunteer community orchestra led by conductor Daniel Sedgwick, is comprised of more than fifty Del Norte County and Curry County musicians devoted to providing the communities of the Wild Rivers Coast with live musical performances from traditional classical pieces to the most modern works for symphony composed today. Taking advantage of the wealth of talented wind and brass players in our communities, Wild Rivers Symphony also features a full wind ensemble in addition to the symphony orchestra.

Ticket sales and patron donations help support not only the symphony’s growth and repertoire, but also its mission and commitment to fostering the music education, talents, and aspirations of community youth.

Mark your calendars to attend the April 28 and 29 Wild Rivers Symphony concerts and be ready to tap your toes and—all that jazz! For more information and news about the Wild Rivers Symphony, explore their website at: www.wildriverssymphony.org or on Facebook @WildRiversSymphony.


April 29
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Wild Rivers Symphony
(707) 951-5773
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Crescent Elk Middle School Auditorium
994 G Street
Crescent City, CA 95531 United States
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