Cruising the Med Concert Panama City FL

POPS Orchestra Season Launches from the Gretchen Nelson Scott Fine Arts Center Stage

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Following two engagements of musical merriment during the holiday season, The Panama City POPS has announced that it will perform its 2018-2019 season from its temporary home, the Gretchen Nelson Scott Fine Arts Center at Mosley High School.

The January 19, March 9 and April 27 regular season concerts will take place as scheduled.

“We are so fortunate to have access to this brand new stage in this state-of-the art venue,” stated POPS board president Connie Gittard of the year-old facility. “The administration and staff at Mosley have been most accommodating and generous, and have made the transition effortless. We are most grateful that POPS music will be available in the coming months.”

POPS Conductor and Music Director David Ott added to Ms. Gittard’s words. “We have pledged ourselves to be the ray of promise for a community ravaged by fate. Hopes for a spectacular season have never been higher. POPS concerts will be dynamic, beautiful and, most importantly, healing.”

Pre-season enthusiasm was high following a very successful fundraising dinner theatre show sponsored by Pineapple Willy’s and The Wicked Wheel in late September. Eight additional dates featuring a combination of POPS concerts and special events were planned for the 2018-2019 calendar. Three of those were cancelled as a result of Hurricane Michael.

The season resumed with two free holiday concerts: November’s “Beach Home for the Holidays” POPS concert with Lorrie Morgan, hosted by Visit Panama City Beach, followed by December’s “Holiday by the Bay” sponsored by Bay Automotive.

Ticket Sales

Season tickets will be honored and will be mailed to all 2018-2019 season subscribers prior to the January 19 concert. General admission tickets are $25.00 and may be purchased at Seating is limited in the 582-seat venue.

Cruising the Med

On January 19, The POPS departs for a melodious tour of the Mediterranean and dazzles with the music of some of Italy’s and Spain’s most beloved composers.

Traditionally a combination of familiar, light classical works and popular arrangements, this evening’s fare features Rossini’s glittering “Overture to La Gazza Ladra”
(The Thieving Magpie); de Falla’s infectious “Three-Cornered Hat”; Lecuona’s immortal “Malagueña”; and many other works to transport you on a southern European holiday!

Heroes & Super Heroes

The March 9 concert pays tribute to the champions of our day with some of classical music’s most memorable heroes, as well as modern media’s scores and soundtracks. Bring the entire family!

Myths and Muses

Who inspired the composers of classical music? You’ll know on April 27 when you hear the works of Debussy and Rimsky-Korsakov. The POPS also welcomes acclaimed guest clarinetist, Richie Hawley, performing Mozart’s “Clarinet Concerto in A Major.”

Moments with the Maestro

Due to space limitations at the venue, the pre-concert lecture series, “Moments with the Maestro” will not take place. The series is expected to resume with the 2019-2020 season at the Marina Civic Center.

Getting There

The Gretchen Nelson Scott Fine Arts Center is located at 501 Mosley Drive,
Lynn Haven, FL, 32444. Free parking is behind the venue, just off Minnesota Avenue.

Panama City POPS concerts start promptly at 7:30 pm.

For more information about The POPS call (850) 785-POPS (7677).

Holiday by the Bay Concert

Announcing Holiday by the Bay 2018

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Monday, December 17, 2018, 7:30pm

Join The Panama City POPS Orchestra for a joyous evening of your favorite holiday music at the Orchestra’s temporary home, Gretchen Nelson Scott Fine Arts Center, 501 Mosley Drive, Lynn Haven, FL 32444.


Limited seating. You must have a ticket to attend.
Free tickets available Saturday, Dec. 8 – Saturday, Dec. 15, 10:00am – 4:00pm at Panama City Center for the Arts, 19 East 4th St, Downtown Panama City (closed Sunday, Dec. 9).

Holiday by the Bay Concert

The POPS meets Southern Rock’n’Blues in October

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This concert was cancelled due to Hurricane Michael.

The POPS meets Southern Rock’n’Blues on stage for a rousing night in SweetBay’s beautiful Academy Square Park!

The Allman Goldflies Band Goes Pop

The Allman Goldflies Band Goes Pops

October 13, 2018 | 6:00 PM | FREE

Founders Pavilion, 1980 Discovery Loop, Panama City, FL



On the eve of the Panama City POPS Orchestra’s 23rd season premiere at the Marina Civic Center, the Orchestra takes to the road for a night of southern rock and roll with The Allman Goldflies Band.

“The Allman Goldflies Band Goes POPS” is SweetBay’s one and only autumn night concert, Saturday, October 13, 6:00pm on the Founders Stage. Admission is free and open to the public.

Lovers of both classical and southern rock are encouraged to attend. The orchestra will open the night with a newly arranged “Star Spangled Banner,” “The William Tell Overture,” and the “Ritual Fire Dance.” The Allman Goldflies Band will then join them for a night of straight-up rock and blues.

David Ott, renowned Panama City POPS conductor and composer, has written orchestral scores for much of the Allman Goldflies Band’s acclaimed debut album, “Second Chance,” featuring original songs by Gary Allman, David Goldflies and Cindy Menfi.

Classically trained and having composed for almost every imaginable genre of music, Ott found this project refreshing and rewarding. “Arranging for rock music did present a new challenge,” Ott states, “however, David Goldflies, one of rock music’s most admired players, explained the elements of rock music in detail, offering many helpful hints along the way. His critique was always supportive. I attempted to incorporate everything he suggested.

“As a result, this music reflects a 60/40 split between the Band and the Orchestra. The Band carries the load, but the Orchestra delivers substantial work and plenty of content. With these arrangements, I’ve added orchestral introductions, short interludes for the orchestra and occasional responses back and forth between Band and Orchestra. The Orchestra acts as a true accompaniment to the Band.”

The experience is a new one for Allman and Goldflies, too. Gary Allman, AGB’s vocalist/keyboardist, continues to carry the blues and rock heritage of his famous musical family exemplified by the late Duane and Gregg Allman of the Allman Brothers Band.
David Goldflies, the critically-acclaimed bassist, is a former member of the Allman Brothers Band (1979-1984) and has been a member of the Panama City POPS Orchestra for over twelve years, serving as its principal bassist. He produced AGB’s “Second Chance.”

The band’s winning sound is a mix of southern rock and modern blues driven by Allman’s raspy, blues-man voice and Goldflies’ intricate bass playing. Their songs clearly demonstrate that Allman has inherited the skills that made his cousins legendary, anchored by the unique perspective of Goldflies.

“Working with one of the greatest American living composers has been a fascinating process,” states Goldflies of Ott. “The orchestrations that he created in response to the scores we provided him evolved after numerous dialogues about the nature of symphonic and rock music, eventually creating the best music we could for each song. That collaboration allowed the AGB to really do what it does best – rock out and blend seamlessly into the sound created by the Panama City POPS.”

“I write from the heart,” observes Allman,“be it blues, country rock or country blues. David (Goldflies) writes funkier upbeat stuff. I think we complement each other that way.” The proof is in the ten tracks on their new album, released earlier this year and gaining critical praise across the industry trades.

SweetBay is Panama City’s master-planned, bayfront village immersed in healthy living, higher learning, natural beauty and community connection, designed to inspire natural and relaxed living with a dash of Southern charm. Take 23rd Street to Lisenby Avenue. Follow Lisenby Avenue straight into the community and park area. GPS address:
3204 Heartleaf Avenue East, Panama City, 32401.

Admission and parking are free. Food and beverages will be available for purchase at each show. Lawn chairs and blankets are encouraged, and visitors are urged to arrive early for good seating.

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Now celebrating its 23rd season, The Panama City POPS Orchestra performs its regular season concerts at the Marina Civic Center. The regular season premieres Saturday, October 20 with “Music of the Night.” Tickets for 2018-2019 are currently on sale at

28 September – A Dinner Theatre Show to Benefit Panama City POPS Orchestra

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Greatest Hits POPs Fundraiser

The Greatest Hits of Billy Joel & Elton John

Performed by: Chaz Butler – Keys & Vocals

Mo Dee – Drums
Michael Thompson – Bass/Vocals
Clark Downs – Guitar/Vocals
Jason Bennit – Sax/Vocals
Kathleen Lacour – BG Vocals
James Austin – Synth/Vocals

28 September, 5:30 PM
Live at the Barn at the Wicked Wheel

$100 tickets include a smoked prime rib dinner with sides & drink. Individual tickets and VIP tables available. This event is casual attire.

For tickets visit: