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The Route Fifty-5 will perform songs from “The Wizard of Oz” during a concert on Oct. 13 at Broadalbin-Perth High School.

BROADALBIN – The Route Fifty-5 will give a free concert at 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 13, at Broadalbin-Perth High School as part of the district’s Hometown Concert Series.

The versatile brass quintet will perform songs from “The Wizard of Oz”, along with many American standards and classical selections.  The Route Fifty-5 formed in the autumn of 2008 out of a love of brass music and a commitment to the idea of the chamber ensemble.

“I’m so pleased that we can continue the Hometown Concert Series with the The Route Fifty-5 this year,” said Superintendent of Schools Stephen Tomlinson. “Although our community is surrounded by cultural centers in Saratoga, Schenectady and Albany, too many of our families are unable to attend performances at venues like SPAC, Proctors or the Palace Theater. Through our Board of Education’s commitment to the arts and its support of the Hometown Concert Series, we can bring amazing performers directly to our community at no charge to concert-goers.”

Although there is no admission fee, Broadalbin-Perth music students will be collecting donations at the door to benefit the district’s music department and the continuation of the Hometown Concert Series, which brings musicians to the Broadalbin-Perth community for educational programming and free community concerts. Past performances in the Hometown Concert Series include Italian tenor Angelo Mazzone, as well as Elizabeth Pitcairn and her world-famous 1720 “Mendelssohn” Stradivarius red violin.