Originally Published: July 4, 2003 6:10 p.m.
Prescott's own symphony soon will headline at the Yavapai College Performance Hall with special musical talents and themes.
Paul Manz has directed the Prescott Summer Pops Symphony since 1992 and he described the music as "a dedication to having fun."
One such theme for the symphony this summer could evoke feelings of wide, open spaces and lads and lasses dancing to a country tune.
Another theme could be reminiscent of beach blankets and cool waves.
The first pops concert, titled "The Wild, Wild West," will take place at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 13, at the Yavapai College Performance Hall, 1100 E. Sheldon St.
The evening's entertainment will include guest trumpet soloist Mike Vax, who lives part-time in Prescott and has played with the Stan Kenton Orchestra, the Clark Terry Big Band and the U.S. Navy Show Band.
The music schedule includes songs from "Oklahoma!", with vocals by local entertainer Danny Anderson, Copeland's "Appalachian Spring," and the "Pops Hoe-down."
The second concert, titled "Beach Party," will take place Sunday, Aug. 3, at the Yavapai College Performance Hall.
The music schedule includes Beach Boys and Beatles songs, an overture to "Pirates of Penzance" with Tina Rose, and Ottorino Respighi's "Pines of Rome."
And, despite the construction at the college, "the show will go on…and there will be parking," Manz said.
Manz attended school in Prescott and played principal horn in the Flagstaff Symphony.
He worked also as the assistant principal of the Flagstaff Festival of the Arts Orchestra.
Manz has taught in the Prescott Unified School District for more than 20 years and currently works as the band and orchestra director at Granite Mountain Middle School.
"It's a great honor to direct," Manz said.
For ticket and show time information call the Yavapai College Performance Hall at 776-2033.