Northwinds Symphonic Band returns to Sands Point Preserve

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Northwinds Symphonic Band returns to Sands Point Preserve
Northwinds Symphonic Band returns to Sands Point Preserve with 'Broadway, Movies and Light Classics.' Photo provided by Sands Point Preserve

The Northwinds Symphonic Band returns to the Sands Point Preserve’s Black Box Theatre, on Sunday, June 9, at 3 p.m. with “Broadway, Movies and Light Classics.”

Conductors Helen P. Bauer and Brandon Bromsey have designed an entertaining program of instrumental and vocal selections from popular movies and Broadway shows, as well as familiar classics including the music of Johann Strauss, George Gershwin and Leroy Anderson.

This exciting program includes music from South Pacific, The Producers, Down With Love and The Sound of Music, and from critically acclaimed film composer John Williams. The band will also perform Parade Day in New Orleans by Raymond Osnato.

The percussion section will recreate Thunder and Lightning from the Broadway show Riverdance, arranged by Long Island composer Carl Strommen. Northwinds musicians will perform spot solos.

The concert will also feature vocals from Broadway actors Karen Murphy and John Preator.

Performing on stages around the world for nearly two decades, Preator recently completed a highly acclaimed run as Julian Marsh in the Maltz Jupiter Theatre's production of 42nd Street. Regional credits include “Mamma Mia!” (Bill & Harry), “Show Boat” (Ravenal), “Thoroughly Modern Millie” (Jimmy), “Les Misérables” (Marius) and “Oklahoma!” (Curly).

In 2004, Preator performed for millions of viewers as one of 32 semi-finalists, alongside Fantasia Barrino and Jennifer Hudson, on Season 3 of FOX’s smash television sensation, American Idol.

Murphy has enjoyed a long Broadway career, including roles in 42nd St., Titanic, All Shook Up, 9 to 5, and A Little Night Music (where she understudied Angela Lansbury).

Off-Broadway roles include “The Jerusalem Syndrome,” “My Vaudeville Man,” “Zombie Prom,” and “Forbidden Broadway.”

She performed in national tours of “Mary Poppins,” “The Wizard Of Oz,” “Finding Neverland,” and “White Christmas.” Her cabaret career included a Bistro Award for her New York City debut and regular appearances at 54 Below.

The June 9 performance features an afternoon of entertainment for the entire family. The concert will include one hour of music with a 15-minute intermission.

Audience members, including children, will have the opportunity to meet the musicians after the concert and learn about the instruments they play.

Tickets are $10 each and are available on the day of the performance – cash at the door or by credit card in the Welcome Center. Non-members must pay the $15 parking fee. Visit the Sands Point Preserve Conservancy website for more information: www.sandspointpreserve.org

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