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Letter: POPS performances are not to be missed


If you missed the POPS Symphony and Chorus production of "An Afternoon with Rogers and Hammerstein" at Yavapai College Performing Arts Center on July 29, you missed the best local performance ever!

Under the direction of guest conductor Darrel Rowader and POPS musical director Paul Manz, about 120 volunteer musicians and choral members plus six vocal soloists wowed the nearly sell-out audience. Attendees were blown away by the professional performances of both the orchestra and chorus as well as by fabulously talented vocal soloists Danny Anderson, Kate Howell, Michael Nache, Chuck Taylor, Christanna Rowader, Linda Rowader and Darrell Rowader.

And here's the important part: Every participant was local! How many communities have so many talented people who willingly share their skills to provide fabulous entertainment plus develop and support the cultural ambiance to encourage young musicians, which the POPS does with its educational and scholarship programs, partially funded by performance admissions.

There are many reasons not to miss POPS performances. The remainder of this season's schedule includes Sept. 30 for "Metamorphosis," which will include 'Beethoven's 5th Symphony"; Dec. 14 for "The Many Moods of Christmas," which will again include soloists and the POPS Chorus; and the season closer will be "A POPS Spectacular Showcase" on Feb. 17, 2013. Go to for information on all of the above and look forward to more wonderful, local performances. Hope to see you there!

Barbara Gilliss


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