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5/24/2013 10:34:00 AM
Prescott POPS season begins with 'An Afternoon in the Park'
Courtesy photosConductor Paul Manz, top, will lead the Prescott POPS Symphony and its Festival Choir in multiple performances during the 2013-14 season. Pianist James DíLeon performs Sept. 29
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Conductor Paul Manz, top, will lead the Prescott POPS Symphony and its Festival Choir in multiple performances during the 2013-14 season. Pianist James DíLeon performs Sept. 29
Pianist James DíLeon performs Sept. 29
Pianist James DíLeon performs Sept. 29

The Prescott POPS Symphony has lined up its 2013-14 season, which opens with "An Afternoon in the Park," July 14 at the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center. All of the POPS concerts take place at 3 p.m. on Sundays at the center.

Tickets are now available for the season at the PAC box office by calling 776-2000 or by visiting the box office in person at 1100 E. Sheldon St., in Prescott.

Trumpet virtuoso Emery Harvison from the Phoenix Symphony will perform the "Arutunian" trumpet concerto and "Trumpeter's Lullaby" at the July 14 performance. Additionally, the symphony will play music from "Star Trek," "Jurassic Park" and Richard Rodgers. Highlights will include the "William Tell Overture" ("The Lone Ranger") and "March of the Mogul Emperors," by Elgar. Paul Manz will be the conductor.

On Aug. 4, POPS will present "The American Spirit - Celebrating Freedom," to inspire patriotism in the audience. The POPS will be joined by the Festival Chorus to perform such classics as "Battle Hymn," the "Armed Forces Salute," "American Elegy" and "God Bless America."  Music from "The Hobbit", "MGM" and "E.T" are also on the program. The conductors will be Manz and Darrell Rowader.

"The Ultimate Piano," with international Steinway artist James D'Leon, will be the feature of the performance on Sept. 29. He will present Rachmaninoff's "2nd Piano Concerto," and the music of "The King and I." The POPS will also perform music from "JAWS" and "Metamorphic Symphony," by Hindemith, with Manz conducting.

"Snowflakes, Sleigh bells and Sugar-Plum Fairies" will ring in the holiday season on Dec. 15, when the Festival Chorus again joins the POPS for a celebration of the holidays, featuring music from "Home Alone" and the "Messiah." The audience will also be treated to a "mini" "Nutcracker," with local ballet stars adding to the entertainment. Children and adults alike will enjoy music from "The Polar Express."

Manz and Rowader will conduct the performance.

The season will draw to a close on Feb. 16, with "Isn't it

Romantic!" as the POPS presents romantic music of the

stars. "Somewhere in Time," with Carol Manz on piano, and "Misty"with Gary Flowers on clarinet will be highlights. The symphony will play "Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith" and both "Jupiter" and "Mars" from "The Planets," by Gustav Holst. Opening fanfare will feature "Sprach Zarathustra," the theme to "2001: A Space Odyssey." Manz will conduct the performance.

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