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Lehighton Band hosts spring concert Sunday Performance set for Middle School auditorium

Published April 10. 2010 09:00AM

The Lehighton Band will begin its 146th season of providing live music to the Carbon County area with its annual spring concert on Sunday.

The concert, under the direction of Paul R. Smith, will be held at 2:30 p.m. in the Lehighton Area Middle School auditorium.

The concert, featuring music from Mozart to rock, will begin with the "Guadalcanal March," written by Richard Rodgers for the famous TV series "Victory at Sea."

This will be followed by two concert numbers, "Eagle Bend Overture" and "Rockwell Portrait." The overture is a light number while the Rockwell piece is more reflective on the paintings of Norman Rockwell.

Lora Krum will be featured as the first soloist playing the first movement of Mozart's "Flute Concerto No. 2." She is no stranger to the audiences of the Lehighton Band as she has soloed many times over the past years.

She is a music teacher in the Northern Lehigh School District as well as a private flute teacher. In addition to playing in the Lehighton Band, Lora also plays with the Allentown based group, The Flutations, and with a local group, A Pair of Couples.

For those who enjoy marches, the band will play a John Philip Sousa march, "The Invincible Eagle" followed by another concert overture, "Overture De Argentina."

The second half of the program features a lighter style of music.

First will be "As Time Goes By," a popular song of the 1940s featuring soloist Joseph Plechavy III. Plechavy is usually the first trombone player but has stepped forward as a vocal soloist.

He is the choral director at the Palmerton Middle and High Schools as well as the director of the Palmerton Band.

Any fan of Neil Diamond will recognize the six tunes included in "Pop and Rock Legends: Neil Diamond."

"Clarinet Escapade" will follow featuring the clarinet section of the band followed by another pop number from the 1960s, "Baby Elephant Walk."

Movie lovers will enjoy "Hollywood Milestones," a medley of the themes from 12 of the most popular movies in the last few years.

The concert will conclude with selections from the Broadway musical "Les Miserables" followed by the march "National Emblem."

There is no admission charge for the concert, but a free-will offering will be taken at the end of the program.

The concert is sponsored by contributions from businesses, professional people, and music lovers from throughout the Carbon County area.

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