ARLINGTON — The North Cascades Concert Band, a 50-piece symphonic wind band under the direction of Rob Pattermann, will be presenting its fall concert at the Byrnes Performing Arts Center, located at 18821 Crown Ridge Blvd. on the Arlington High School campus, on Saturday, Nov. 23, at 7:30 p.m.
This year's program is entitled "Hands Across the Sea."
The band aims to transport its audience to countries such as Ireland, Scotland, Finland, Italy, France, Russia and the island nations of the Caribbean, before returning them to the shores of the United States, through the sounds of musical composition.
For their first stop across the pond in Ireland, the North Cascades Concert Band will play "Tune from County Derry" by Percy Granger, which is the familiar tune of "Danny Boy."
The next stop in Scotland will be marked by the music of Malcolm Arnold, with his composition entitled "Tam O'Shanter Overture," a musical tone poem that describes Tam O'Shanter, from the poem by Robert Burns.
Representing Finland will be Jean Sibelius' "Finlandia," directed by guest conductor and band member Ray Blank.
After the intermission, the Arlington High School Wind Ensemble, under the direction of John Grabowski, will take to the stage.
When the North Cascades Concert Band returns for the final part of the program, they will include the music of Russia by playing the finale of Dmitri Shostakovich's "Symphony No. 5," after which the audience will hear selections from the Walt Disney movie "Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl."
The North Cascades Concert Band will be assisted by the Arlington High School choral group Flight (formerly Jazzmine), under the direction Jeff Swanson, in returning to the North American continent with the sounds of the Christmas season, including tunes taken from Broadway musicals, entitled "Christmas on Broadway."
Tickets may be purchased in Arlington from Flowers by George at 335 N. Olympic Ave., and will also be on sale at the door for the concert. Ticket prices are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, $5 for students 18 years and younger, and $20 for the whole family.
For more information, log onto www.nccband.org. The North Cascades Concert Band is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.