Pops Orchestra adds patriotic flair to Sarasota and Bradenton concerts
As she adjusts to a new position as community outreach manager for the State College of Florida Foundation, Robyn Bell will spend a little less time on the podium leading some of the many music groups she led. to college.
But she will take up the torch for the kickoff of the 47th season of the Pops Orchestra, which will begin with the “Spirit of America” concerts in tribute to Veteran’s Day.
Bell, who has worked for SCF for 14 years, changed jobs earlier this year after serving as head of the college’s music department since 2018.
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With her change of job, she jokes that she needs a little less Advil at night because she won’t be flailing her arms as much or moving heavy instruments around. His leadership of the Bradenton Symphony Orchestra and the SCF Symphonic Band helped connect with his new community outreach work by bringing together students and musicians from the Sarasota-Bradenton area.
She is happy to continue her connection with the Pops Orchestra, which will once again present four concerts in the upcoming season, beginning with two performances on November 5 and 6 in Sarasota and Bradenton.
“I’m always looking for ways to put on a patriotic Veterans Day concert in November and a holiday concert in December,” she said. “It could be the same music over and over again, but we want to make them unique and different. I don’t want us to get into a rut.
For “Spirit of America”, the orchestra will join artists from Westcoast Black Theater Troupe – Amber Meyers, Jai Shanae, Raleigh Mosely II and CJ Melton – for an assortment of spiritual, gospel and hymn songs.
“We had this idea of combining African American culture and black music and what makes it so unique with patriotic music,” she said. The program will include spirituals arranged for orchestra and a quartet of singers.
The program also includes an elegy to the USS Arizona, about members of the Navy Band who were on the ship when it was sunk at Pearl Harbor in 1941. “Celebration of Taps”, requires seven additional trumpeters for a theme and a variation on “Taps,” and there will be the traditional service medley, “God Bless the USA” and other favorites.
The concerts will be presented at 3 p.m. on November 6 at the Riverview Performing Arts Center and at 7:30 p.m. on November 7 at the SCF’s Neel Performing Arts Center,
The rest of the season:
“Hollywood Vacation” On December 11 and 12, will feature music from popular holiday movies including “It’s a Wonderful Life,” “Home Alone,” “The Grinch That Stole Christmas,” “Polar Express” and more, combined with music videos films shown. together by the Film Department of the SCF.
“All you need is love”, From February 11-13, the Liverpool Legends will be featured, a Beatles tribute band introduced to Bell by Louise Harrison, George Harrison’s sister and a Sarasota resident. The quartet has performed around the world, including at the Rose Bowl and Carnegie Hall.
“Come on, be happy” March 26-27: The Pops Orchestra is joined by vocalist Joan Ellison, who creates the sound and style of film and concert legend Judy Garland. Together they will perform hits such as “The Trolley Song”, “Stormy Weather”, “Chicago”, “Get Happy” and “Over the Rainbow”.
Season passes range from $100 to $150 and single tickets are $30 to $50. For more information: thepopsorchestra.org