Merced College Concert Band to perform Gershwin, Copland and Ray Charles

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.