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HSO celebrates the music of James Bond with 'Bond, Kimo Bond'

Jul. 14, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- He won't be checking bags for extra martini glasses, but there will be a British Secret Service agent's presence felt at the next Huntington Symphony Orchestra Concert.

The agent? You may know him, it's -- Bond, James Bond.

Celebrating this past year's 50th anniversary celebration of the James Bond franchise, the HSO serves this second Picnic With the Pops concert one way only -- "Shaken, Not Stirred" with a movie-themed concert packed with music from various Bond movies as well as other famous action flicks.

The concert, which also features special guest vocalists Sara Spurlock and Lorie Banes, is set for 8 p.m. Saturday, July 20 at Harris Riverfront Park in downtown Huntington.

General admission tickets are $20, a few $40 reserved tickets remain and all tables are sold out. Kids ages 12 and under get in free.

Tickets are now on sale and may be purchased at Mug and Pia plus Simply Whisk both in downtown Huntington as well as online at www.huntingtonsymphony.org or by calling 304-781-8343.

Hogan Haas, executive director of the symphony, said nothing says summer like a blockbuster movie, and nothing says perennial blockbuster like the 22-film strong legacy of the James Bond franchise that has been fueled with the dazzling screen work of such actors as Sean Connery, Roger Moore, Pierce Brosnan, and since 2006, Daniel Craig.

"It truly is something that every generation will love because who hasn't seen a Bond movie?," Haas said of the concert called, "Bond Kimo Bond," after HSO's fiery and fearless leader Kimo Furumoto.

Like the movies themselves, the Picnic With the Pops concert, which will include such songs as "Skyfall" (last November's runaway hit) and "Nobody Does it Better," from "The Spy Who Loved Me," to the "Theme from 007," will include a dash of danger (Kimo is making a grand appearance Bond style, as well as some Bond girls).

"Halle Berry was busy but this is going to be fun because we do have some Bond girls," Haas said. "We've got a couple modeling agencies bringing Bond girls who will be passing out the programs."

Haas didn't want to reveal the maestro's mad entry but said that there have been discussions of a speedboat. A skydive -- like the virtual stunt the Queen of England did with Craig to open London's Olympics -- was ruled out.

"I can't say how but I can say that Kimo is coming into the amphitheater in style," Haas said.

For patrons coming into the amphitheater, Haas said folks need to go ahead and get advance tickets.

Tables for the season are sold out, and few reserved tickets remain for this concert and the third Pops concert on Aug. 17 featuring Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr.

That concert called "The Great American Songbook" features the "America's Got Talent" winner and Logan, W.Va., area resident performing standards and R&B hits such as "My Girl."

"Basically, the only thing I have left is general admission," Haas said of the concert. "I've been publicizing group rates and just had a church come in yesterday and buy 70 tickets."

Haas said any group over five people can come into the HSO office, located on 3d Avenue across from the Big Sandy Superstore Arena, and get the advance group rate.

Like the first concert and its overflowing crowd, Haas is hoping for another blockbuster turnout.

Folks can enter the Ohio River side park at 5 p.m. to picnic and mix and mingle. Picnic baskets are allowed with any legal beverages (wine/beer, etc.) also allowed. There are also concessions.

Although rain has caused some high water at the park, Haas said it shouldn't be a problem by next week for the Picnic With the Pops, which has turned into one of the best attended regular summertime events.

"It is really one of the events of the summer," Haas said. "With festivals like Ribfest gone, I consider us one of the main summer events."

WHAT: The 55-member-strong Huntington Symphony Orchestra's second Picnic With the Pops concert, "Bond, Kimo Bond" featuring the music from the James Bond movies. At the July show, HSO will be featuring local guest artists, Sara Spurlock and Lori Banes.

WHERE: Harris Riverfront Park in downtown Huntington

WHEN: Gates open at 5 p.m. Concert at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 20

HOW MUCH: General admission tickets are $20, a few $40 reserved tickets remain and all tables are sold out. Kids ages 12 and under get in free.

GET TIX: Tickets are now on sale and may be purchased at Mug and Pia plus Simply Whisk both in downtown Huntington as well as online at www.huntingtonsymphony.org or by calling 304-781-8343.

WHAT ELSE: Picnic baskets are allowed with any legal beverages (wine/beer, etc.) also allowed. There are also concessions.

ON THE PROGRAM: Here's a look at a few of the songs on Saturday's program. Themes from OO7, Mission Impossible theme, as well as music from "The Dark Knight," "Sky Fall," "Spiderman," "The Pink Panther," "Hawaii Five-O," "Les Miserables" "Peter Gunn" and "Superman."

ON DECK: Aug. 17 will be "The Great American Songbook" featuring "America's Got Talent" winner and Logan, W.Va., area resident, Landau Eugene Murphy performing standards and R&B hits such as "My Girl."

ON THE WEB: www.huntingtonsymphony.org.

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