WILBER PARK — The Oneonta Community Concert Band will perform their “Teddy Bear’s Picnic” program in Oneonta’s Wilber Park at 3 p.m. on Sunday, August 15.
“We dedicate this concert to our friend, Marilyn Roper, the band’s principal flautist for many years and chair of our board of directors from 2001 until her untimely death last October,” said Thomas Beattie, acting president of the Oneonta Community Concert Band Association. in a press release.
The free performance will take place in the large pavilion of the park. The organizers invite listeners to bring lawn chairs and teddy bears. For the children present, there will be a free raffle to win a panda or a koala.
Kerri Hogle, who teaches instrumental music at Cooperstown Central School, will lead the community group in selections to musically illustrate “Teddy Goes on a Trip.”
The program will include “Children’s March” by Edwin Franko Goldman, “Pixar Movie Magic” arranged by Michael Brown, “Cartoon Symphony” arranged by Larry Clark and “Teddy Bear’s Picnic” by John W. Bratton and arranged by Paul Yoder.
Roper, a multi-instrumentalist, served as organist and music director at Atonement Lutheran Church in Oneonta. She was a member of AFM Local 443, taught at the old St. Mary’s School, and was the sole owner of the Crystal Phoenix boutique.
She is survived by her life partner, Rene Prins, former President of Local 443 and bandleader of the Oneonta Community Concert Band.
As noted later in the release, Beattie described Roper’s work with OCCBA as meaningful and memorable. “A graduate of Ithaca College School of Music, she was an accomplished musician and, as board chair, a creative programmer who also served as a music librarian,” he said. “Our annual Teddy Bear picnic concert was his idea and his favorite. She happily shopped for teddy bears the children could win and was thrilled to hand out the prizes. She will be with us in spirit, sitting, listening and smiling in the chair we have reserved for her.
The group presents concerts throughout the year and includes professional and amateur musicians from all over the region.
Call 607-376-7485 or visit the Oneonta Community Concert Band Facebook page for more information.