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 www.panamacitypops.org. 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.

ADMISSION is FREE

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

 

SOUTHERN ROCK AND POPS MAKE FOR A SWEET SOUND

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. Facebook.com/SweetBayFL.

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.

Visit the Concert Page


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 www.marinaciviccenter.com.

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: www.thewickedwheel.com/pops

POPS UNVEILS 2017-2018 SEASON

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“Big City Music” is the theme for The Panama City POPS Orchestra’s 22nd season, inspired, in part, by the title of the artwork that will embellish the organization’s marketing materials.

“For the past ten years The POPS has collaborated with the local arts community to tie the performing arts to the visual arts,” states POPS Board President, Tammala Spencer.  “A generous artist donates his or her work to adorn The POPS’ promotional materials.  At the end of each season, a fundraising raffle is conducted and a POPS patron goes home with an exceptional piece of art.

“This year, The POPS is grateful for the generous gift of internationally renowned artist and local cultural icon, Paul Brent. It exudes the vibrancy of Panama City’s flagship orchestra and stimulates heightened interest in the coming season,” remarked  Ms. Spencer. A 27″ x 31″ giclée printed on canvas, framed and signed by the artist will be on display at each POPS concert.

“Art and music are linked in creative expression,” commented artist Paul Brent.  “In Big City Music I wanted to connect the instruments and the city environment visually communicating the various styles of music from classical to jazz and pop.”

2017-2018 Paul Brent POPS Painting - Big City Music

Concert Schedule and Titles

POPS Conductor and Music Director David Ott returns to the Marina Civic Center stage  unveiling an exciting series of classical and popular music evoking distant places and bygone eras. Full symphonies, myriad overtures and countless compositions by composers from every age will be performed by the orchestra.

The season opens in exciting style on October 21 with a program entitled, “Under the Sea” featuring classical selections by Shostakovich, Smetana and Johann Strauss II.

At the second concert on January13, The POPS makes “Musical Overtures,” a proposition from the likes of Mendelssohn, Rimsky-Korsakov and more.

Everyone’s Irish on March 17, and on that date The POPS shares the joy of Celtic music of all kinds. “Celtic Celebrations” presents guest artists The Mithril Duo to transport the audience on an exotic musical journey to Ireland, Scotland and beyond.

On May 5, the POPS season finale, “How Suite It Is,” is a family-focused program which will enlighten music aficionados of all ages. The POPS takes you from Norway to Never Never Land on a magical, musical vacation for the young and young-at-heart! The dramatic and adventurous Peer Gynt Suite No. 2 by Edvard Grieg and the Peter Pan Suite by POPS Conductor and Music Director David Ott headline the program of our family-focused season finale.

“Next season a vast sea of great music awaits you as The Panama City POPS Orchestra escorts you on a musical tour around the world. Your seat awaits you,” invited the Pulitzer Prize-nominated Ott. “Don’t miss a single note.”

Moments with the Maestro

Carrying forward a new tradition instituted last season, The POPS will offer Moments with the Maestro, a pre-concert lecture series which takes place at the Marina Civic Center, Mezzanine Level, 6:45-7:15pm, prior to each regular season concert. Led by the conductor in a comfortable, intimate setting, the public is invited to hear a medley of information such as the thoughts behind the selections, some of the history of the selections, and the nuances to listen and look for during the concert. The series is open to the general public. Admission is free for Baton-level subscribers and $20.00 for all other patrons.

Tickets

Concert dates for the regular 2017-2018 POPS season are October 21, 2017; January 13,  March 17 and May 5, 2018. POPS season tickets are available now at www.panamacitypops.org/tickets/. All regular season concerts will be performed at the Marina Civic Center and will start at 7:30 pm.

Individual tickets are available after September 20 at the Marina Civic Center box office, 850-763-4696, or at www.marinaciviccenter.com. Single ticket prices: $29.50 for Adults; $20 for Seniors 65+ and Active Military; $10 for Children

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

The Music of David Bowie

POPS ROCKS ADDITIONAL JANUARY CONCERT

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On the eve of what would have been his 70th birthday, rock and roll monolith David Bowie will be celebrated with a musical tribute by the Panama City POPS Orchestra.

Saturday, January 7, The POPS will perform Windborne’s “The Music of David Bowie” at the Marina Civic Center. Tickets range from $39.50 to $19.50 and are on sale now at www.marinaciviccenter.com and at the Marina Civic Center box office.

No stranger to Panama City and Bay County, Windborne presents classic rock music with orchestra. Lead singer Brody Dolyniuk fronts the live rock musicians backed by the live POPS Orchestra. The concert will feature works from every David Bowie era and genre.

Born David Jones January 8, 1947 in London, England, Bowie died January 10, 2016. Up until the week of his death, the artist was contributing new work to the music scene: his death occurred two days after the release of his twenty-fifth studio album, Blackstar, which coincided with his 69th birthday.

“David Bowie’s unique life and musical sensibilities provide a wide range of different sounds and elements that’s quite different from what Windborne has done in the past,” states Windborne founder and director, Brent Havens. “Bowie’s influence abounds within not only the rock community, such as his work with Queen and John Lennon, but also crosses into multiple genres including his work with Pat Metheny or his contribution to a soundtrack with Giorgio Moroder.

“That introduces a whole new set of challenges and opportunities for Windborne Music to stage a show that’s unique in its own right but stays within the confines of what we are known for as a presenter. His material fits quite well with orchestral accompaniment and our audiences get to hear the end result.”

For the past ten years the Panama City POPS Orchestra has been well known for its dynamic performances of classical and popular music. “The POPS had fantastic experiences with Windborne’s The Music of The Eagles in September 2013 and February of 2015, and again with The Music of Journey this past September,” says POPS Board of Directors President Tammala Spencer. “We are really looking forward to collaborating with Windborne again and showing the community a completely different side of The POPS.”

Sponsored in part by the Panama City Community Development Corporation and the St. Joe Community Foundation, the event has been designed to expand the Bowie birthday experience throughout the weekend and throughout the city. “When The POPS plays, we want our peers and partners to profit, too,” commented Spencer.

On Friday, January 6, My Paint Party will host “Paint Brushes and Bowie” at 6:30pm. In keeping with the studio’s practice, the public is invited to relax, sip and create a unique, original painting that will be Bowie themed. The cost of the event is $35.00 per person, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit The POPS. My Paint Party is located at 437 Harrison Avenue. Reservations may be made at 850-258-2112.

Prior to the concert on Saturday evening, Willows British Tea Room will host a sumptuous Bowie Birthday Dinner celebration. The authentic British restaurant is located at 461 Harrison Avenue. Seating is limited and reservations are required at 850-747-1004.

To ensure the Bowie vibe is in full effect, The Public Eye, video producers and creators of Panama City’s Public Eye Soar light festival, will craft a unique montage of Bowie images and effects on display in the Marina Civic Center lobby during the performance.

Local hotels are getting in on the act as well. Courtyard Marriott Panama City is offering a one night, two VIP ticket package at a special rate. Holiday Inn Panama City has reserved a block of hotels at a discounted rate. Guests should inquire about the POPS/David Bowie special.

Additional concert dates for the regular 2016-2017 POPS season are January 14, March 11 and April 29, 2017. All regular season concerts are performed at the Marina Civic Center and will start at 7:30 pm. POPS season tickets are available at http://www.panamacitypops.org/tickets/.

Individual tickets are available at the Marina Civic Center box office, 850-763-4696, or at www.marinaciviccenter.com. Single ticket prices: $29.50 for Adults; $20 for Seniors 65+
and Active Military; $10 for Children.

Ports O Call

Panama City POPS “Ports O’ Call” Itinerary

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Conductor and Music Director David Ott is at the helm and excitement is in the air as The Panama City POPS Orchestra hoists its sails on its 2016-2017 season, Saturday, October 15, 7:30pm at the Marina Civic Center, and performs “Ports O’ Call,” a unique musical tour spanning three continents courtesy of Bay County’s local orchestra.

Opening the evening and making his Panama City POPS official season debut as the orchestra’s new Conductor and Music Director, Maestro Ott will lead The POPS in a powerful array of nationalistic music.

Departing from the bayside Marina Civic Center stage, the orchestra will cruise on a musical journey of Finland, Russia, the Czech Republic and America.

“Each of the imaginative works in the evening’s program comes from the soul of its people,” remarked Ott. “The audience will experience the persuasion of Sibelius as he urges his countrymen to fight oppression in Finlandia. They’ll walk over immense, desert plains and encounter a Russian expedition and an oriental convoy in Borodin’s In The Steppes of Central Asia. They’ll be transported to the hills of central Europe to hear the lively works of Dvorak’s Slavonic Dances.”

And that’s only the first half of the tour!

Following intermission The POPS maintains its established tradition of moving from classical compositions to popular pieces, changing its heading and sailing for the Americas. First stop, Mexico, with a lively piece featuring the dancers from Tonie’s Dance Workshop of Panama City. From there the orchestra stops at ports of call across our great nation, paying tribute to our greatest cities and including some of the best entertainment music of Louis Armstrong and Broadway. Soloist Chris Klaus, currently residing in Destin and formerly of Huntsville, AL, will accompany the orchestra for an occasional souvenir sung in lyric baritone.

Ott Plots Course for the Season

“Getting to Know You” is the orchestra’s theme for the season, and The POPS’ new conductor has wasted no time reaching out to players, patrons and prospects. “I have often said that it takes three things to make music,” commented Ott. “Somebody has to write it. Somebody has to play it. Somebody has to hear it. Without an audience, the orchestra would have no meaningful reason to perform.

“Music unites us in one single purpose. As The POPS’ new conductor I have the privilege to lead an established orchestra performing in a marvelous concert hall for people of all ages who love great music.”

For his first season Ott has selected music that is colorful, exciting and dramatic. “Each piece is a celebration or reflection of life itself,” he continued. “Within each of the four concerts this season, partons will experience great symphonic music that expresses what life is all about.”

The orchestra has been in rehearsal for eight weeks. “Coming off The POPS’ recent performance of Windborne’s “The Music of Journey” at Aaron Bessant Park the musicians are anxious to return to the Marina Civic Center stage,” states POPS Board President Tammala Spencer. “Season subscriptions are on the rise and we’re pleased to know that more and more patrons are getting to know The POPS.”

Moments with the Maestro

New this year is a pre-concert lecture series which will take place at the Marina Civic Center, Mezzanine Level, 6:45-7:15pm, prior to each regular season concert. Led by the conductor in a comfortable, intimate setting, the public is invited to hear a medley of information such as the thoughts behind the selections, some of the history of the selections, and the nuances to listen and look for during the concert. The series is open to the general public. Admission is free for Baton-level subscribers and $20.00 for all other patrons.

Additional concert dates for the regular 2016-2017 POPS season are January 14, March 11 and April 29, 2017. All regular season concerts will be performed at the Marina Civic Center and will start at 7:30 pm. POPS season tickets are available on our website.
Individual tickets are available at the Marina Civic Center box office, 850-763-4696, or at www.marinaciviccenter.com. Single ticket prices: $29.50 for Adults; $20 for Seniors 65+ and Active Military; $10 for Children.

Windbornes Music of Journey

Panama City POPS Orchestra Takes Journey to the Aaron Bessant Park Stage

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The official 2016-2017 season opener for The Panama City POPS Orchestra will take place on Saturday, October 15 at the Marina Civic Center, but POPS fans will get a sneak peek at what’s in store for the new season when the orchestra performs Windborne’s The Music of Journey this Saturday during the Chasin’ the Sun Music Festival at Aaron Bessant Park.

Admission to the concert is free. Gates will open at 5:00pm.

It’s a full night of Journey’s greatest hits and maybe one or two that are just for the die-hard fans of one of the greatest rock bands of all time. A band that came together in San Francisco in 1973, Journey rocketed to the top of the charts and stayed there for nearly a decade. With eight multi-platinum albums, two gold, one diamond and 18 top 40 singles, they are one of the top selling rock groups, worldwide, of all time.

Delivering the vocals out front is Panama City artist Terry Brock, returning to the POPS/Windborne stage and acting as a window between the audience and reworked material. “The music itself is one thing, but Terry, along with the background singers, more than captures the spirit of the original songs,” says creator Brent Havens.

The two-hour concert features at least 15 Journey tunes, including Don’t Stop Believin’, Faithfully and Any Way You Want It. Windborne conductor Martin Herman will be on the rostrum for the evening.

Opening the evening and making his Panama City POPS debut, however, will be The POPS’ new Conductor and Music Director, David Ott, leading the orchestra in a medley of Michael Jackson hits. “The POPS is thrilled to be playing the music of Michael Jackson,” punned Ott with a smile, “and we thank the TDC for the opportunity to perform at the Chasin’ the Sun Music Festival. Windborne’s exceptional musicians and our outstanding, full local orchestra combine to present some of rock’s most iconic music with a richness and depth that gives popular tunes a whole different feel.”

For the past ten years the Panama City POPS Orchestra has been well known for its dynamic performances of classical and popular music. “The POPS had fantastic experiences with Windborne’s The Music of The Eagles in September 2013 and February of 2015,” states POPS Board of Directors President Tammala Spencer. “We are really looking forward to collaborating with Windborne again and showing the community a completely different side of The POPS.”

Concert dates for the regular 2016-2017 POPS season are October 15, 2016; January 14, March 11 and April 29, 2017. All regular season concerts will be performed at the Marina Civic Center and will start at 7:30 pm. POPS season tickets are available at www.panamacitypops.org/tickets. Individual tickets are available at the Marina Civic Center box office, 850-763-4696, or at www.marinaciviccenter.com. Single ticket prices: $29.50 for Adults; $20 for Seniors 65+ and Active Military; $10 for Children.

An additional concert, “Beach Home for the Holidays” is planned for the evening of Friday, November 25 at Aaron Bessant Park, Panama City Beach. Admission is free.

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