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OPB’s State of Wonder Brings its Show to Astoria to Spotlight the City’s Burgeoning Creative Culture

Weekly arts & culture radio program will record before a live audience June 15 at the Liberty Theater featuring music and interviews with Astoria Music Festival Artists, Blind Pilot and more

OPB’s weekly arts and culture program State of Wonder is hitting the road to highlight Astoria’s vibrant cultural renaissance with a show on June 15 that will record in front of a live audience. It will feature performances and interviews from the Astoria Music Festival, members of Blind Pilot, Fort George Brewery Co-Founder Jack Harris, longtime arts advocate and County Commissioner Sarah Nebeker, and more.

Free and open to the public, the show will begin at noon at the Liberty Theater  located at 1203 Commercial Street in downtown Astoria. It coincides with the beginning of the Astoria Music Festival season, which runs June 13-28, featuring operatic, symphonic, and chamber music concerts with major international soloists.

Host April Baer will be joined on stage by Astoria Music Festival organizers and musicians for conversation and recitals, including artistic director and Conductor Keith Clark, Music Director and pianist Cary Lewis, Oregon Symphony Concertmaster Sarah Kwak, and internationally renowned cellist Sergey Antonov.

Additionally, there will be live performances by bandleader Israel Nebeker of Blind Pilot, who will play new songs with Antonov and other string players, and sit in conversation with fellow band founder and painter Ryan Dobrowski. After striking international success while living in Portland, both moved back to the Astoria area to continue writing, recording, and painting.

Baer will also talk with leaders in the arts and culture community about Astoria’s recent cultural transformation—where it is headed and the challenges facing it—including Clatsop County Commissioner Sarah Nebeker, Fort George Brewery Co-Founder Jack Harris, painter Darren Orange, and writer Matt Love.

The Astoria show will air Saturday, June 20 at noon on OPB Radio and can be streamed online and through the OPB News app for mobile devices.

Follow State of Wonder on Facebook and Twitter to learn about upcoming shows, hear about local artists and creators, see upcoming events and find out more about what’s happening in the arts community.

State of Wonder is made possible by a grant from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, along with support from the U.S. Bank Foundation. Other supporters of arts and culture programming at OPB include the Robert D. and Marcia H. Randall Charitable Trust along with a grant from the Oregon Arts Commission.

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