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Gorge Winds, Sinfonietta highlight upcoming music events

May 1 — ‘Dancing with the Gorge Stars

The Mid-Columbia Community Concert Association presents an encore performance of Dancing with the Gorge Stars at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 1, at The Dalles-Wahtonka High School.

Similar to the TV production, local “stars” will compete doing routines taught by professionals from The Utah Ballroom Dance Company. Three local judges will round out the cast.

Dance company professionals will come to The Dalles a week beforehand to rehearse standard and Latin ballroom dances with our celebrate stars. They are Tonya Brumley, Robert Palmer, Pamela Jensen, Mile Urness, Luise Langheinrich and Damon Hulit, all of The Dalles.

Concert attendees get one voting ticket at the door but may stuff their favorite’s ballot box by buying more “votes” to ensure they win the Mirror Ball Trophy.

In addition to the competition, 14 professional dancers will perform for the second half of the program.

This interactive production is the fifth concert of the current MCCCA six-concert season. Individual concert tickets are $20 each ($25 at the door) and are available at Waucoma Bookstore in Hood River and Klindt’s Booksellers and Columbia River Music in The Dalles, or online at midcolumbiaconcerts.org.

May 2 and 4 — Sinfonietta

The Columbia Gorge Orchestra Association presents Sinfonietta: Magical Musical Journeys, directed by Mark Steighner, performing a program of music by Mendelssohn, including the “Hebrides” overture (Fingal’s Cave) and the violin concerto performed by Kristian Apland.

Also on the program are the overture to “Pirates of Penzance” and music from “Play: A Videogame Symphony,” including selections from “The Legend of Zelda,” “Final Fantasy” and “Skyrim.”

This family-oriented concert series will be presented at Wy’east Middle School’s Performing Arts Center on Friday, May 2, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, May 4, at 2 p.m.

May 11 — Gorge Winds Concert Band

The Gorge Winds Concert Band presents its Spring Concert on Sunday, May 11, at 2 p.m. in The Dalles Civic Auditorium. The concert will feature a special guest performance by Corin Parker, featuring Leonard Bernstein’s “Rhapsody in Blue” on piano.

Other great works to be included are: “Along an English Countryside,” “Tuscola Mountain Celebration,” “Mancini Spectacular,” “Prelude and Fugue in G Minor” and a local trumpet trio playing Leroy Anderson’s famous “Bugler’s Holiday.”

The 2 p.m. concert is free admission (donations welcome) with refreshments at intermission. Co-conductors are Larry Loop and Nathan Parker.

May 11-12 — Voci

The Voci Community Choir under the direction of Mark Steighner presents “The Choral Global Village: Around the World in Song,” Sunday, May 11, at 2 p.m. and Monday, May 12, at 7 p.m. at Hood River Valley High School’s Bowe Theater.

Concerts include Voci’s first-ever commissioned work, a beautiful Latvian folk song, “Ai, Dievini,” arranged by Ethan Sperry. Other musical selections span the globe from America, Kenya, the British Isles and more.

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