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Lehighton Band will perform Thursday in park amphitheater

Published July 09. 2013 05:03PM

The second of the summer series of "Concerts Under The Stars" will be held on Thursday, July 11, in the Lehighton Park amphitheater, and on Sunday, July 14 in Eurana Park, Weatherly.

The Lehighton concert will begin at 8 p.m. and in case of inclement weather, will be held in the Lehighton Boys and Girls Band Hall, Sixth and Cypress Streets in Lehighton.

The Weatherly concert will start at 8 p.m.

There is no rain date for the Weatherly concert.

This concert will feature three soloists.

The first two, Laurel Seamiller and Jo deForest, will play "The Mermaids," a duet for French Horns. This is a very rare occurance since there are no French Horn duets being published. This duet came from the files of the Lehighton Band and is played very abley by these two young ladies.

Laurel just graduated from Palmerton High School while Jo is a recent grad of Lehighton High. Both will be starting college at Susquehanna University, both majoring in biology and also both having earned a horn scholarship.

The third soloist is Earl Knappenberger. Earl is a veteran bandsman having played in many bands throughout the area. He has been a member of the Lehighton Band for approximately ten years and this is the first year that he is soloing with the band.

He will play Rodgers and Hammerstein's "If I Loved You" on the baritone horn.

The concert will begin with a snappy march by J. J. Richards entitled "Emblem Of Unity" followed by "Folk Song Suite" by Ralph Vaughn Williams.

As a change of pace, the band will play a Spanish number, "Fandango" by Perkins.

Also on the program is a medley of tunes from Bizet's opera, "Carmen" followed by another medley, this time tunes from "The Eighties." This selection will feature snipets from seventeen well know tunes from the 1980's.

Among the other selections to be played will be a medley of tunes called "Tennessee Salute" and selections from the popular Broadway musical and motion picture, "Les Miserables."

As a remembrance of the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, the band will play Clare Grundman's "The Blue And The Gray."

Rounding out the concert will be several marches including "Vernilla" by Carl Johnson and John Philip Sousa's "U. S. Field Artillery" and ''The Stars And Stripes Forever."

The music for this concert is sponsored by local businesses, professional people and music lovers from throughout the area. The concert is free and the public is urged to attend and support live music.

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