Jessica Bowman (left-right), Zedric Wilson, Robbie Reed, Braden Richards and Megan Earhart are among the members of the Findlay High School Orchestra who will present their annual Pops Concert, this year titled “Stars of the Stage,” Nov. 21 at the school’s R.L. Heminger Auditorium. (RANDY ROBERTS/The Courier & Review Times)

The Findlay High School Symphony Orchestra will pay tribute to musical theater and opera at this year’s Pops Concert. Entitled “Stars of the Stage,” the concert will be held Thursday, Nov. 21, at 7:30 p.m. in the R.L. Heminger Auditorium at Findlay High School, 1200 Broad Ave.

Tickets cost $7 and may be purchased at the door prior to the start of the concert.

The orchestra will perform seven compositions from various films, musicals and classical operas. A commentary and slideshow will introduce each piece. Micheal Anders, emeritus professor of music at the University of Findlay, will serve as the commentator and Janice Bishop will provide interlude harp music.

“We’re playing a selection of popular pieces that the audience should recognize and appreciate,” orchestra director Ken Pressel said.

Selections for the show include: “Theme from New York, New York” from the 1977 Martin Scorsese film “New York, New York”; “Abduction from the Seraglio,” an opera by Mozart; “My Fair Lady” from the broadway musical of the same name; “Ol’ Man River” from the 1927 musical “Show Boat”; “Mamma Mia” from the musical and film of the same name; “Aragonaise” from the opera “Carmen” by French composer Georges Bizet; and a medley of tunes from the musical “Rocky Broadway.”

Pressel will conduct the group for the performance, assisted by Anita Schaible, orchestra director at Donnell Middle School. Refreshments and Shirley’s Popcorn will be served after the concert.

The Symphony Orchestra is a full ensemble of strings, brass, woodwinds and percussion. The group is made up of students in grades 9-12 and rehearses an advanced and varied repertoire of music daily during school.

“The students have been working hard preparing this music since the start of the school year and they are eager to showcase their musicianship and talent,” Pressel said.

For more information about the performance, contact Pressel at kpressel@fcs.org or call 419-429-2300.

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