MANATEE -- A few hundred of the best young musicians from around Manatee County will perform Oct. 19 at McKechnie Field.
Orchestras from two high schools and five junior high schools will put on a "Concert in the Park." The seven orchestras comprise more than 400 students.
The high school orchestras come from Manatee and Braden River high schools. The Braden River, Haile, King, Lee and Nolan middle school orchestras are also on the bill.
For the student musicians, the concert sponsored by the Bradenton Marauders and the Pittsburgh Pirates is a chance to stretch their musical abilities and play in an unusual setting for orchestral music.
"It's an exciting opportunity to blend orchestral music and baseball," said David Pope, Manatee High School director of orchestras. "We will present a variety of non-traditional orchestra music in a very non-traditional orchestra atmosphere."
The show will feature music befitting the setting, including such ballpark favorites as "YMCA" and "The Final Countdown," plus more traditional orchestra pieces.
Gates open at 5 p.m., and music begins at 6 p.m. Tickets, $10 per family, are available at any participating school and at the gate. Concessions will be available.
Proceeds go to the Manatee County Schools Orchestra Program to help purchase new music and cover the cost of acquiring and maintaining instruments.
For information, call Pope at 941-714-7300, ext. 2186.
Marty Clear, features writer/columnist, can be reached at 941-708-7919. Follow twitter.com/martinclear.