Merced College said its annual spring concert would feature George Gershwin, Aaron Copland and Ray Charles by the college Concert Band Friday, May 6, at 8 p.m.
Under the direction of Mark Steven Doiel, the Concert Band will perform a program of classic music, including a long section of songs made famous during World War II.
The program includes "Strike Up the Band" by George and Ira Gershwin, along with other Gershwin compositions, a tribute to composer Aaron Copland, including "Fanfare for the Common Man" and "Appalachian Spring." Ray Charles will be celebrated with songs such as "I Can't Stop Loving You," "Hallelujah, I Love Him So," "What'd I Say," and "Georgia on my Mind."
Songs from Appalachia and Cajun country will also be explored during concert. Some of the songs from the WWII set are "It's Been a Long, Long Time," "Thanks for the Memory," and "The White Cliffs of Dover."
Tickets are $8 general admission, $5 students and seniors, and free to children under 12. To reserve tickets, or for more information, call the theater box office at (209) 384-6284.