Summer marked the beginning of the Prescott POPS Symphony’s 25th season playing for Prescott audiences, and they’ve already made it an exceptionally entertaining one.
For those who are not aware of the distinction between a chamber orchestra and a symphony orchestra, let us envision a chamber orchestra. It is small – usually around 30 musicians; some consisting of all string instruments – and plays classical music. So, too, does a symphony orchestra, which is large – typically 50 to as many as 100 musicians. Ours has about 60 to 70.
So, what is a POPS Symphony? It’s a symphony that lets its hair down and plays movie scores, show tunes and more, along with classical. It may play music from TV shows like “The Lone Ranger” or commercials like Google Chromebook’s. Oh wait, that’s the “William Tell Overture” written by Gioachino Rossini in 1829. Classical? Yes. Just as “Hoe-Down” by Aaron Copland is best known as the “Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner” ad campaign song and George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody In Blue” is United Airlines’ famous advertising theme. Classical music is heard by millions every day.
The Prescott POPS Symphony is composed of extremely talented musicians who can play some of the most difficult music ever composed. On top of that, they’ve got game, and love nothing more than to liven up a performance with the musical genius of other genres.
Under the baton of Music Director & Conductor Joseph Place, the Prescott POPS Symphony is showing our community it’s got the chops to do it all.
“I’m trying to grow both the orchestra and the audience to realize that the POPS has depth and can be a serious (but not too serious) symphony orchestra as well as a Pops orchestra,” noted the Maestro.
Dec. 10 is the POPS holiday concert, and as is befitting, it’s filled with favorites from “Sleigh Ride” and “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!” to the “Hallelujah” Chorus. We are also bringing back “A Holly and Jolly Sing-Along” by James M. Stephenson, which was a huge hit with the audience last year, said Place.
The last concert is “Cartoon Tunes” on Feb. 18, 2018. It is unexpected and delightfully new and different. The POPS will be performing music from classic cartoons, a perfect example of how classical music has always been a part of our lives! Enter stage left: Warner Brothers’ Merrie Melodies, Looney Tunes’ Bugs Bunny and other cohorts. Enter stage right: some of Disney’s most beloved movie musicals. Maestro Place is keeping much of the musical lineup in this concert close to his tuxedo vest, but the audience can expect a fun and engaging ride.
Performances are at the Yavapai College Performing Art Center, 1100 E. Sheldon St. in Prescott. Tickets are available at the Box Office, 928 -776-2000, or online at YCPAC.com.