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COOS BAY — The Bay Area Concert Band will present the Oregon Coast Music Festival's opening concert at noon Saturday, July 21, at Mingus Park, 600 N 10th St. This popular outdoor concert is well attended so attendees are encouraged to carpool or walk if they can. Bring a picnic and enjoy local musicians playing a variety of band music.

The free concert kicks off the 40th annual Oregon Coast Music Festival, which runs July 21-28 with concerts held in multiple venues throughout Coos Bay and North Bend.

A concert with the Darrell Grant Jazz Trio and vocalist Danielle Barker will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 22, in the Boathouse Auditorium of Oregon Institute of Marine Biology, in Charleston. Tickets for this event are $40 for members and $50 for non-members.

The Festival Orchestra concerts feature the world famous 80-member strong orchestra with members from across North American led by conductor James Paul. Maestro Paul has been with the festival since 1991 and brings great enthusiasm and musical insight into the programming of each festival. Paul is widely acclaimed as one of North America’s most esteemed conductors. 

The first orchestra concert will be held at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 24, at the Marshfield Auditorium, 972 Ingersoll Ave., Coos Bay. The concert centers around music related to stories involving the "Once Upon A Time" theme, featuring excerpts from Die Meistersinger, Grieg, and Rimsky-Korsokov's "Scheherazade." Tickets are $15 for students; $20 for members and $25 for non-members.

A concert with a casual pub venue for 21 and over will be presented by Speaker Wave at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 25, at The Liberty Pub, 2047 Union Ave. in North Bend. The Speaker Wave band provides a suite of sounds, characterized as West Coast vibe with coastal inspired lyrics. Admission is $10 in advance or $15 at the door.

Thursday, July 26, associate conductor Adam Stern will conduct for a themed pops concert starting at 7:30 p.m. at the Marshfield High School Auditorium. “There’ll always be an England” will include medleys from Oliver, the Beatles and others. Admission will be $15 for students, $20 for members and $25 for non-members.

The 2018 Oregon Coast Music Festival will conclude with a presentation featuring Orchestra Concert II, Concert Favorites at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 28, at the Marshfield Auditorium with James Paul conducting. The concert's music will include Ponchielli's "Dance of the Hours" from “La Giaconda," Strauss' "Don Juan, Op. 20," and Brahms: "Symphony No. 4 in E minor." Admission is $15 for students, $20 for members, and $25 for non-members.

For tickets and more information on festival events, visit www.oregoncoastmusic.org.

Bandon Western World Editor Amy Moss Strong can be reached at 541-269-1222, ext. 305, or by email at amy.moss-strong@theworldlink.com. Follow her on Twitter: @wwbandon.

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