The Oregon Symphonic Band will perform its 2013-14 season-opening concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, at Pacific University’s Taylor-Meade Performing Arts

Center, 2014 Cedar Street in Forest Grove.

Dr. Michael Burch-Pesses, OSB conductor and music director, as well as director of bands at at Pacific, will lead the band in eight colorful, poignant selections, including the powerful “Bridge of the Gods,” commissioned by the band to commemorate its 25th anniversary. Composed by James Curnow, one of America’s outstanding band-music composers, “Bridge of the Gods” brings the Klickitat legend to life in music.

Formed in 1988, the band is comprised of 65 brass, wind, and percussion players from the ranks of the region’s finest professional and amateur musicians. Each season’s concert series includes a wide range of music, from marches to jazz to orchestral transcriptions to Broadway show tunes and contemporary band literature.

Tickets will be available at the door. General admission is $15; students, seniors, and active or retired military $10. Additional information about band performances is online at

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