Northeast Orchestra concert theme is rivers around the world

The Northeast Orchestra continues to celebrate its 40th anniversary.

The Northeast Orchestra will play in concert Sunday, May 20. The group continues its 40th anniversary celebration, this time with a concert titled “Down by the Riverside.” File photo, submitted

The Northeast Orchestra will play in concert Sunday, May 20. The group continues its 40th anniversary celebration, this time with a concert titled “Down by the Riverside.” File photo, submitted

Sunday, May 20 the group performs in concert with a “Down by the Riverside” theme. Jeffrey Stirling directs.

As a special bonus, bass-baritone Jon Nordstrom will sing with the orchestra. He’ll perform such songs as Jerome Kern’s “Ol’ Man River” and selections from Aaron Copland’s music.

Other pieces to be performed for the afternoon are: Bedrich Smetana’s “The Moldau,” George Butterworth’s “The Banks of Green Willow,” Johann Strauss Jr.’s “Beautiful Blue Danube” and Ferde Grofé’s “Mississippi Suite.”

A group of seven League of Women Voters members started Northeast Orchestra 40 years ago when the women decided to come together to play music in their homes. It soon outgrew their living rooms and was billed in its early stages as a chamber orchestra. The orchestra is now a full-blown group with about 65 members. The group rehearses weekly Friday mornings from September through May in Fridley.

The Northeast Orchestra presents “Down by the Riverside,” Sunday May 20, 3 p.m. Voluntary donations welcome, Church of St. William, 6120 Fifth St. N.E., Fridley. For more information visit www.neorch.org.

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