Though they are pros at the classics, the Everett Symphony Orchestra is not letting the year 2009 end without a nod to the King of Pop.
At their annual “Night Before New Year’s Eve” concert, orchestra members will perform two selections by pop music icon Michael Jackson, who died June 25. The orchestra will play “The Girl is Mine” and “Beat It.”
Choosing the music for this annual let-your-hair-down event is, in part, a way to pay tribute to past musical greats, but it’s also a musical journey through the past 50 years.
In addition to hearing Jackson hits, audiences will hear music from the musicals “Gypsy,” “Hair” “Evita” and “Miss Saigon,” be entertained with a “Muppet Medley,” feel the force within them during a selection from “Star Wars: The Phantom Menace” and continue down that musical yellow brick road with “The Wizard of Oz.”
“It’s a fun evening and I have always enjoyed the music,” symphony board president Myrna Overstreet said.
The master of ceremonies for the evening is popular radio host Tom Dahlstrom, who had been at classical radio station KING-FM for more than 17 years.
The symphony’s conductor, Paul-Elliott Cobbs, will lead the orchestra.
The evening begins at 7 p.m. with champagne and hors d’oeuvres with the concert beginning at 8 p.m. After the show, there’s a party with coffee and homemade cookies.
“The Night Before New Year’s Eve” is Wednesday at Everett Performing Arts Center, 2710 Wetmore Ave., Everett.
Cost for this benefit concert is $50. For tickets call 800-595-4849 or go to www.everettsymphony.org.
Theresa Goffredo: 425-339-3424; email@example.com.