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'Concert Under the Stars' in Lehighton Park, Thurs.

Published July 20. 2011 05:02PM

The Lehighton Band will present its second concert of the "Concert Under The Stars" series this Thursday, July 21, in the Lehighton Park Amphitheater beginning at 8 p.m. and again in Eurana Park, Weatherly on Sunday, July 24 beginning at 7 p.m.

Paul R. Smith, director of the band, has selected a varied program featuring Joseph Plechavy as the vocal soloist.

The concert will begin with a march by the Pennsylvania composer, Roland Seitz, entitled "March Pomposo."

This will be followed by the overture of the evening, Richard Wagner's "Overture To Rienzi." This is a beautiful piece of music with some very lyrical melodies as well as some very exciting sections.

Leroy Anderson's "Fiddle-Faddle" will be next followed by a medley of five tunes in "A Salute To New York."

Also on the program will be "An American Weekend," "Blue Mist Beguine" and "American Panorama," a medley including "Hayride," "Mississippi Gambler," "Casey Jones," "Southwest Heritage" and ending with a beautiful arrangement of "America, The Beautiful."

Plechavy will sing George and Ira Gershwin's "But Not For Me." He is a retired music teacher from the Palmerton Area School District and is also director of the Palmerton Community Band which will be celebrating their 100th anniversary at their next concert in the Palmerton Park in August.

Wrapping up the concert selections will be a medley of tunes in "Broadway Show Stoppers."

As always, there will be several more marches including "The Klaxon" and "Rolling Thunder," both by Henry Fillmore a and John Philip Sousa's "The Liberty Bell March."

The principle sponsor of this concert is the Jim Thorpe National Bank. Other sponsors include businesses, professional people and music lovers from throughout the area.

In case of inclement weather, the Lehighton concert will be held in the Lehighton Boys and Girls Band Hall at Sixth and Cypress Streets in Lehighton.

The Weatherly concert will be cancelled in case of rain.

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