You Missed a Great Season of Pops, Or did you?

by May 18, 2011 • 2 comments

The final show for this season’s Panama City Pops was last Saturday evening at Arnold High School, and let me tell you, it was amazing.  I’ll be the first to admit, I didn’t think the “orchestra” was my cup of tea.  I had really never considered going.  It had been recommended to me for literally years, but I always just brushed it off as something I wouldn’t be interested in.

Boy was I wrong.

My years of neglect to attend the Pops was a large mistake.  I’ve missed countless performances and unforgettable experiences.  There is just no words to describe the feeling you get as raw emotion washes through you as the pure sounds of live instruments fill your ears and everything around you.  My wife and I had a fantastic time and we’ll definitely be back.

You know how it is.  Is watching football on TV ever as exciting as actually going to the stadium and watching it live?  Of course, the real frequencies, as nature intended them, pulsating through your body helps too.  You can feel the bass in your gut and violin strings in your tear ducts.

There are only four shows a year.

The season finale was last week, and the next season doesn’t start until the fall (October, maybe?), so you still have plenty of time to resolve that you’re going next year.  This past season, the shows were in October, January, March and May, respectively.

Here were the shows of this past season:

  • Symphonic Jubilation
  • Battle of the Batons
  • Pops Magic
  • Moonlight Serenade

The shows were always at 7:30 pm.

Pops is on the beach.

For you beach people, the Pops is close at hand – at Arnold High School’s auditorium.  Obviously, this is convenient.  The venue was great, easy to get to and really lent itself well to the event.

If you’ve not gone in the past, you need to make it a priority to go in the future.  You’ll be glad you did.

In my wife’s words: “It was unbelievable, I had a fantastic time.”

For more information on the Pops, visit their website.

Video of some of the more dramatic parts.

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1 ashley k May 25, 2011 at 9:58 am

The Pops were awesome, not even a little lame.


2 Angela McCuiston May 25, 2011 at 10:49 pm

Thank you so much for this wonderful write-up! I play principal flute/piccolo in the orchestra and I have to say that in all my years of playing (and I’m coming up on close to 2 decades now) I’ve never seen a community orchestra as good as the Pops. I’m hugely blessed to be in it and I’m really grateful to see word get out.

Spread the news about the Pops! This is NOT your typical community orchestra, you have some amazing talent in this group! We love playing for Panama City, thank you for supporting us!