Philly POPS Opens Season with Star Wars and More John Williams
The Philly POPS will open the 2017-18 season with A Star Wars Celebration featuring the music of John Williams on October 20, 21, and 22 at the Kimmel Center.
This year marks 40 years since the first Star Wars film was released. The show will feature music from the scores of all seven Star Wars movies, plus songs from every movie score for which composer John Williams won an Academy Award.
The program includes: Imperial March, Cantina Band, Across the Stars, Duel of the Fates, Harry's Wondrous World from Harry Potter, Theme from Jaws, and Flying Theme from E.T.: The Extraterrestrial.
The 65-piece orchestra, led by Music Director Michael Krajewski, will be joined by the 180-voice Philly POPS Festival Chorus.
Adding to the excitement will be costumed-members of Garrison Carida of the 501st Legion re-creating the Star Wars galaxy of characters! They'll pose for photos in the lobby before the concert and during intermission. Many audience members are expected to dress up for the show, which conveniently takes place a week before Halloween.
All guests are welcome to arrive 90 minutes prior to each concert for free pre-concert entertainment, including a conversation led by CBS Radio Philadelphia's RJ McKay and and festive music in the Plaza in the Kimmel Center lobby.
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About The Philly POPS
The Philly POPS, the largest standalone pops orchestra in the United States, delights audiences with the inspired performance of American popular music. The POPS celebrates this distinctive musical heritage through an expanding repertoire of innovative concert presentations and a robust set of educational and engagement initiatives.
Now in its 39th season, the official POPS orchestra of Pennsylvania serves a consistently growing audience of over 100,000 annually. Music Director Michael Krajewski and the 65-piece Philly POPS orchestra keeps listeners tapping their toes to an impressive repertoire of songs from the 1920s up through today's chart toppers.
Outside the concert hall, Salute Series performances - including POPS on Independence on July 3and the I'll Be Home for Christmas: A Salute to the Military and First Responders event - celebrate the American tradition of service around important national holidays; POPS in Schools enhances music education for Philadelphia School District students; and POPS Outside brings POPS music to local communities.
The Philly POPS performs as a founding resident company of The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, and at venues throughout the mid-Atlantic region.