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Celebrating NPS Centennial With New Symphony Piece

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Maybe if you live to be 100, you'll get a lot of birthday parties with new music.  The National Park Service centennial has been observed with new music in Washington and at Crater Lake. 

Now it's time for a similar celebration at Whiskeytown National Recreation Area. 

"Symphony on the Beach" on Saturday night (August 20) features the Shasta Symphony performing a new work for the occasion by Redding composer Dan Pinkston called "In This Great Expanse." 

The piece celebrates Northern California's natural beauty.  Professor Pinkston visits the Exchange to talk about the work and its performance.   

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Geoffrey Riley is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and has hosted the Jefferson Exchange on JPR since 2009. He's been a broadcaster in the Rogue Valley for more than 35 years, working in both television and radio.