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Ray Bradbury memorial concert Oct. 21

Science fictiwriter Ray Bradbury. | Special Sun-Times Media

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Updated: November 19, 2012 1:11PM

WAUKEGAN — The Waukegan Symphony Orchestra will perform a concert in memory of Ray Bradbury titled “Beyond Ordinary” on Oct. 21 at 4 p.m. at Waukegan High School Trapp Auditorium, 2325 Brookside Ave.

The concert also launches the beginning of Maestro Stephen Blackwelder’s 13th season with the Waukegan Symphony Orchestra as its music director.

Music for this memorial concert will include “Prelude to Act I of Macbeth by Verdi; Saint-Saëns’ “Danse Macabre, Opus 40” with a violin solo with WSO Concert Master Michael Kleinerman; “A Night on Bald Mountain” by Mussorgsky/Rimsky-Korsakov; Holst’s “Mars, the Bringer of War” from “The Planets”; Zimmer & Howard’s “Concert Suite” from “The Dark Knight”; and the “Concert Suite” from “Star Wars” by John Williams

The leadership of the WSO felt it was important to honor Bradbury’s memory by dedicating a concert in his honor, according to a Waukegan Park District spokeswoman. Bradbury and his stories of Green Town have a special place in many people’s hearts.

Bradbury, the world-renowned American novelist, short-story writer, essayist, playwright, screenwriter poet and visionary, was born in Waukegan on Aug. 22, 1920. In the fall of 1926, his family moved from Waukegan to Tucson, Ariz. only to return to Waukegan again in May 1927.

By 1931, he began writing his own stories on butcher paper. In 1932, after his father was laid off from his job as a telephone lineman, the Bradbury family again moved to Tucson and again returned to Waukegan the following year. In 1934, the final move came when the Bradbury family moved to Los Angeles.

He continued to live in Los Angeles with his wife Maggie until her passing in November 2003. Bradbury continued to live in his home and was actively writing and lecturing until shortly before his death June 5, 2012. At an age when most men rest on their laurels, Bradbury remained a dynamic storyteller and contributor of “obvious answers to impossible futures”.

Tickets are $15; $12 for seniors and military; $7 for students 19 and older; and free to students 18 and under. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

Tickets are available at the door or may be purchased by stopping by Jack Benny Center for the Arts or calling (847) 360-4740.

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