The Pacific Coast Wind Ensemble will present its annual Spring Concert in Newport this Saturday, May 11, with proceeds benefiting the Grace Wins Haven homeless shelter.
The program will highlight selections from the musicals “West Side Story” and “Chicago” as well as marches by Karl King, Henry Fillmore and John Phillip Sousa. Music from “Game of Thrones” will also be featured, alongside Frank Ticheli’s evocative setting of “Shenandoah” and “Intermezzo for Band” by the Dutch composer Jan de Haan. The two Sousa pieces on the program will be the very rarely heard “Fugue on Yankee Doodle” and the very frequently heard “Stars and Stripes Forever,” which will conclude the concert.
Led by principal conductor David Olson, the Pacific Coast Wind Ensemble is composed of about 30 professional and amateur musicians from the Central Oregon Coast.
Saturday’s concert will start at 2 pm at First Presbyterian Church of Newport, 227 NE 12th Street.
Admission is by suggested donation of $5 per person or $10 per family. Non-perishable food items will also be collected for the Newport Food Pantry.
• The Pacific Coast Wind Ensemble is always open to new members, whether adult or high school students. No auditions are required to join the band. Rehearsals take place on Monday nights during the school year, alternately in Waldport and Florence.