The Panama City POPS Orchestra Coming to Arnold High School

by February 23, 2009 • 0 comments

Saturday, March 7, 7:30 pm, it’s back to the Beach for more Panama City POPS musical fun at the Arnold High School Auditorium.

The program will be the combination of classical and pops selections that The POPS audiences have come to expect.

“With every concert we try to inject a surprise or two,” states Maestro Eddie Rackley.  “A Splash of POPS will be no exception, and the audience will be in for a real treat.”

Mounting the program for the first half of the evening will be a selection of classical pieces.  “Espana,” completed in 1883 by French composer, Emmanuel Chabrier, is said to be the perfect musical description of 19th-century Spain.

“Dance of the Hours,” a ballet from La Giconda by Ponchielli, will delight listeners when they realize its influence on many modern musical works.

“He Watching Over Israel,” from Mendelssohn’s oratio, “Elijah,” long considered his greatest work, will feature vocals by The POPS Chorale.

Finally, “The Merry Wives of Windsor,” by Otto Nikolai, will round out the classical program with a musical discussion of Shakespeare’s comedic oeuvre.

The second half of the program will feature an array of popular medleys and two selected vocal performances.

The orchestra will premier “Sky Dive” by composer Jack Jarrett of the Berklee School of Music.

“It’s a special honor for The POPS to debut yet another piece this season,” says Rackley, “and this work will give our audience a taste of what’s to come with the Jarrett-arranged finale we’ll perform on May 2.”  That composition, entitled “A Tribute to Gershwin,” has been played and sung internationally.

“Medley from the Sound of Music” will highlight Rodgers and Hammerstein’s perennial favorite from Broadway.   Another Broadway favorite, “Evita,” will be featured with the performance of “Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina,” sung by local vocalist, Ann Melancon.   A second piece featuring vocals, “The Prayer,” will be sung by Carissa Hosea, Ron Bramblett and The POPS Chorale.

The evening will conclude with another medley entitled, “When Bossa Was King.”  Antonio Carlos Jobim’s medley, arranged by nationally renowned composer and friend of The POPS, Kevin Kaska, was the first piece commissioned of Kaska by the Boston POPS in 1995.  Translated, bossa nova is Portuguese for ‘new trend.’  Despite its rather short-lived movement (1958-1963), the trend contributed a number of songs to today’s standard jazz repertoire.  The music is rhythmic at its core, and the genre will be best illustrated by Kaska’s medley featuring four classic Bossa Nova pieces including the first Bossa Nova single and possibly the most successful of all time, “The Girl from Ipanema.”

Individual tickets for the March 7 concert are $25 for adults, $18 for over age 65 or active military, and $10 for ages under 12, and are on sale now at Paul Brent Gallery, Cher’s Hallmark in Lynn Haven and Panama City Beach, The Associates Architects in Panama City and at  For more information see or call  (850) 785-POPS (7677).

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