The start of summer has always been associated with the big-name acts on tour and the nostalgia of warm nights hearing great music. The St. Augustine Orchestra’s season finale “One Night Only” will kick off Memorial Day Weekend with an orchestral tribute to some of the great touring pop artists of recent decades. While some artists announced their final tours in 2018, and others are gone, they have left their indelible mark on American culture and music: from Duke Ellington’s fabulous arrangements like “Sophisticated Lady” and “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore,” to the work of superstars like Elton John, The Eagles, and Billy Joel who dominated the airwaves for decades.
The audience will visit the “Hotel California,” a “Bridge over Troubled Water,” feeling “All Shook Up,” and we hope everyone will be “Feeling the Love, Tonight” by the end of the concert. “Pops concerts are a tradition for symphony orchestras and have been around for about 100 years – the word is short for “popular” music,” said Scott Gregg, Music Director and Principal Conductor. “I’m pleased for us to have a happy concert to start the long weekend and end our current season.”
The pops concert is Thursday, May 24th at 8pm at the Lightner Museum in the ‘swimming pool’ and will feature the works of Barry Manilow, Billy Joel, Elvis Presley, Duke Ellington, Simon and Garfunkel, The Eagles, as well as a selection of show tunes from Porgy & Bess and The Lion King. Tickets are free for children 10 years old and younger, $12.00 for youth 11 – 17; and $22.00 for adults 18 and older.
Tickets are available online at www.staugustineorchestra.ticketleap.com/onenightonly and tickets will be available at the door.
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