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Pair of spring concerts debut

Western Washington County residents have the opportunity to choose between two unique concerts this week.

The Westside Community & Youth Orchestra will present a Spring 2016 Concert, “Epic Oscar Legends,” in the Liberty High School auditorium, 21945 N.W. Wagon Way, on Friday, May 6, at 7:30 p.m.

The event will feature orchestral works from motion picture soundtracks, including the “Theme from E.T.,” “Forrest Gump Suite,” selections from “Indiana Jones” and John Williams’ “Star Wars Epic Suite,” along with other award-winning works.

All of the orchestra’s concerts are free and open to the public (donations are always appreciated). The orchestra is a nonprofit organization that features players from western Washington County and includes members from age eight to 80. The group is directed by Conductor Collin Heade.

For details, visit wcyo.org.

“The Pirates Return” is the theme for a Hillsboro Symphony Orchestra concert scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 6, in the auditorium at Hillsboro High School, 3285 S.E. Rood Bridge Road. HSO performed a highly successful pirate-themed concert in May 2008, and some of the same music will be performed under the direction of conductor and music director Sharon Northe, including “Pirate Dance” by Leroy Anderson, “Pirates of the Caribbean” by Klaus Badelt and “Dance of the Pirate” by Jose Fontaine.

Other selections on the program include “Walking Tune” by Percy Grainger, “Over the Waves” by Juventino Rosas, “Thunder and Lightning” by Johan Strauss, “Robin Hood and His Merry Men” by Erich Wolfgang Korngold and “An Outdoor Overture” by Aaron Copland.

A reception with orchestra members and the conductor will follow the concert. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for children and seniors, and ages 12 and under are free. Tickets are available at the door or in advance through MIR Music, 331 E. Main St., Hillsboro.

The audience is encouraged to attend the concert in pirate regalia.