Bring a blanket, some chairs, and/or a light picnic…and get ready for a night of classical music under the stars.
Now in its 58th year, the Tucson Pops Orchestra provides free summer entertainment for the whole family.
- LOCATION: Demeester Outdoor Performance Center, Reid Park, 900 S. Randolph Way, Tucson
- DATE: Sundays – May 12, May 19, May 26, June 2, June 9
- TIME: 7:00pm
- COST: Free
- NOTES: Parking is available at the Randolph Park Golf Course parking lot, Alvernon Way just north of 22nd Street, with shuttle service to the band shell beginning at 5:30pm.
The concert schedule is as follows:
May 12- Mother’s Day Concert : Featuring the Tucson Girls Chorus under the direction of Marcela Molina and the Grupo Folklorico Los Tucsonenses (Tucson High Magnet School Folklorico Dancers) under the direction of Marcela Cardenas. Accompanied by the Tucson Pops Orchestra, the Girls Chorus will perform “The Pure, the Bright, the Beautiful,” “For the Longest Time ,“ Over the Rainbow’s and the Grupo Folklorico will dance to “Night in Mexico,” “Las Chiapanecas,” “Las Alazanas,” “El Huizane,” “El Jarabe Tapatio” (Mexican Hat Dance).
May 19 – Guest Artist: Crystal Stark: Crystal Stark is an award winning r&b/jazz/pop singer who was an American Idol Finalist in season five. Locally, Crystal performs with many groups, including The Crystal Stark Quintet. She also teaches music at Acacia elementary school and teaches private voice & piano lessons at her home studio.
For her performance with the Tucson Pops, she will sing “Stuff Like That There,” “Feelin’ Good,” and “Can’t Stop the Beat.”
May 26 – Guest Artists: Sons of Orpheus with guest vocalist Lindsey McHugh: Under the direction of Grayson Hirst is Tucson’s premier male chorus. In concert with the Tucson Pops Orchestra, they will perform Pilgrims Chorus” from Tannhäuser“Anvil Chorus” from Il Trovatore, “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” and more. Lindsey McHugh, (soprano) is a sophomore at the University of Arizona School of Music, studying choral music education. She has performed with Sons of Orpheus, The Tucson Symphony, and other local musical groups. For this performance, she will sing “Depuis le jour” and “Il bacio” (The Kiss).
June 2 – Guest Artists: Violinists George Blum & Jose Reyes: George Blum, member of the Tucson Symphony since 1986, is not only a talented musician but also makes and repairs violins. He will play this concert on one of his own violins.
José Leonardi Reyes has served as a violinist in orchestras including the Tucson Symphony, Akron Symphony, Akron Baroque, Cleveland Opera Circle, Tuscarawas Philharmonic, Warren Philharmonic, Puerto Rico Symphony, Puerto Rico Philharmonic, among others. Together, both violinists will join the Tucson Pops Orchestra in a lively number – the “Navarra – Danza Espagnol” by Sarasate.
June 9– Spotlight on the Tucson Pops Orchestra: Performing audience favorites including “Lady of Spain,” “Moon River,” Shostakovich’s “Waltz #2” and more. The highlight number of the 2nd half of the concert will feature selected audience members serving as drummers in the role of the “cannons” in the Pops concert annual classic the “1812 Overture” by Tchaikovsky.