The rousing themes of classical marches will fill the program of the upcoming North Oregon Coast Symphony concert "Marching Through Time." The program will showcase marches written by 18th- through 20th-century classical composers. Featured selections will include works by Bach, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Rimsky-Korsakov and others.

The concerts will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 16, at the North Coast Family Fellowship, 2245 N. Wahanna Road in Seaside; 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 19, at the United Methodist Church, 3808 12th St. in Tillamook; and 3 p.m. Sunday, March 21, at the Clatsop Community College Performing Arts Center, 15th Street and Franklin Avenue in Astoria.

Each concert will be preceded by choral music performed by the Cannon Beach Chorus, 30 minutes prior to the main concert. In addition to pre-concert music, the Cannon Beach Chorus will accompany the symphony, along with the Little Ballet Theatre for selected marches.

"We offer this concert to the community as a springtime feast of culture," said Collin Heade, conductor and artistic director of the symphony. "We invite everyone to come and partake of the classical instrument musicianship, choir and dance."

Concert admission is $10 at the door, or tickets can be purchased in advance by calling (503) 368-7160. Students 12 and younger are admitted free when accompanied by an adult.

This concert series is made possible in part by TLC and the Clatsop Community College Arts & Ideas Program. Individual and business donors throughout Tillamook and Clatsop counties support the general operating expenses of this local cultural asset, now in its fifth season of providing live classical concerts for the community.

Along with community concerts, the North Oregon Coast Symphony (NOCS) also provides musical education and scholarships through the Sandra Stromquist Memorial Scholarship Fund to local students who play regularly with the group. NOCS is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and is a listed partner with the Oregon Cultural Trust.

For more information, or to sponsor the North Oregon Coast Symphony, call (503) 368-7160.

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