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2016/17 POPS Series: Blockbuster Film Scores
Dates: October 14-15, 2016
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Program: Hooray for Hollywood! Join the Symphony for an epic journey with the great film composers, featuring music from Pirates of the Caribbean, Harry Potter, Fiddler on the Roof, and more.

Whiting / arr. Holcombe: “Hooray for Hollywood” Medley
Richard Strauss: Fanfare from Also Sprach Zarathustra
Johann Strauss, Jr.: On the Beautiful Blue Danube
Wagner: "The Ride of the Valkyries" from Die Walküre
Loewe / arr. Bennett: Selections from My Fair Lady
Bock / arr. Rapley: Selections from Fiddler on the Roof
Morricone: Gabriel’s Oboe
Waxman: “Ride of the Cossacks” from Taras Bulba
John Williams: The Cowboys Overture
John Williams:
Suite from the Harry Potter films
Hans Zimmer / arr. Paul Lavender/Robert Longfield: Symphonic Highlights from Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
John Williams: “Hymn to the Fallen” from Saving Private Ryan
John Williams: “Flight to Neverland” from Hook

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2016/17 POPS Series: A Pink Martini Holiday
Dates: December 09-10, 2016
Concert Sponsor: Highwoods Properties
Program: China Forbes returns! One of the world’s favorite cocktail, jazz, and world pop ensembles returns to Meymandi Concert Hall. Pink Martini delivers a festive holiday concert featuring beloved songs from around the globe. Led by bandleader Thomas Lauderdale, the “little orchestra” draws inspiration from music all over the world, crossing genres of classical, jazz and old-fashioned pop.
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2016/17 POPS Series: Star Trek & Sci-Fi Spectacular
Dates: January 20-21, 2017
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Program: Explore the Star Wars universe, the continuing mission of Star Trek, and more—with music from more than 50 years of sci-fi and an out of this world laser light show!  Jack Everly conducts a full orchestra and guest singers in a tribute to B-movies and blockbusters, with classic TV themes including the Star Trek journey across the decades...and a few surprises!

Here are some of the astounding worlds we'll visit:

John Williams: Main Title from Star Wars
Arranged by Jack Everly: Lost in Syndication
John Williams: Adventures on Earth: E.T.
John Barry: Somewhere in Time
John Williams: Princess Leia's Theme
John Williams:
Superman March
Arranged by Calvin Custer: Star Trek Through the Years
Richard Strauss: Fanfare from Also Sprach Zarathustra as featured in 2001: A Space Odyssey
John Williams: Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Michael Giacchino: Star Trek Suite
Bernard Herrmann: The Day the Earth Stood Still
John Williams: Duel of the Fates from Star Wars: The Phantom Menace                           
John Williams: Throne Room and End Title from Star Wars

Weekend Sponsor:
Celito Communications, Inc.

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2016/17 POPS Series: Romantic Nights with Music from Phantom of the Opera
Dates: February 17-18, 2017
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Program: Romantic orchestral favorites and timeless love songs from your favorite Broadway musicals and films. Stuart Chafetz leads the Symphony and guest singers in hits from Phantom of the Opera, West Side Story, Gone with the Wind, and more.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Overture to Le nozze di Figaro [The Marriage of Figaro]
Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Love Theme from Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture
Charles Gounod: "Ah! Je veux vivre" from Romeo et Juliette
                                            Dee Donasco, soprano
Richard Rodgers /
arr. Robert Russell Bennett:
"People Will Say We're in Love" from Oklahoma!
                                            Dee Donasco, soprano
                                            John Cudia, baritone
Richard Rodgers /
arr. Robert Russell Bennett:
"Some Enchanted Evening" from South Pacific
                                            John Cudia, baritone
Frederick Loewe: "I Could Have Danced All Night" from My Fair Lady
                                            Dee Donasco, soprano
Leonard Bernstein /
adapted by Maurice Peress:
Overture to West Side Story
Leonard Bernstein: Balcony Scene “Tonight” from West Side Story
                                             John Cudia, baritone
                                             Dee Donasco, soprano
Travis Clark / Resnick: "Good Lovin'"
Lennon/McCartney / arr. Sam, Shoup: In Love with the Beatles
                       She Loves You
                       All My Loving
                       All You Need is Love
Steve Porcaro / arr. Sam Shoup: Human Nature
Cyndi Lauper / arr. Tedd Firth: "True Colors"
                                              Dee Donasco, soprano
David Paitch, Steve Porcaro: Two from Toto
Andrew Lloyd Webber / arr. Calvin Custer: Overture to The Phantom of the Opera
Andrew Lloyd Webber: "All I Ask of You" from The Phantom of the Opera
                                               Dee Donasco, soprano
                                               John Cudia, baritone
Andrew Lloyd Webber: "Music of the Night" from The Phantom of the Opera
                                               John Cudia, baritone
Michale Masser / Sam Shoup: "Saving All My Love for You"
                                               Dee Donasco, soprano

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2016/17 POPS Series: Steppin' Out With Ben Vereen
Dates: March 17-18, 2017
Concert Sponsor:

Ben Vereen's performances with the North Carolina SymphonySteppin' Out With Ben Vereenwill feature a tribute to Broadway including "Corner of the Sky" from Pippin, "Defying Gravity" from Wicked, and much moreplus Frank Sinatra favorites like "My Way."

Watch a compilation of his recent performances here and a feature on him on CBS Sunday Morning

Vereen's Tony-winning career includes star turns in Pippin on Broadway, All That Jazz on the silver screen, and Roots on TV. He is currently starring in the hot new Amazon TV series Sneaky Pete.

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2016/17 POPS Series: The Pirates of Penzance
Dates: May 05-06, 2017
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Program: Actors from the UNC School of the Arts join Grant Llewellyn and the NC Symphony for a semi-staged production of this comic masterpiece that features tender-hearted pirates and the brave daughter of a modern Major-General.
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