CONCORD — The Concord Orchestra, directed by Richard Pittman, presents a festive Pops performance of light classics, jazz and show tunes.
Maureen McMullan performs the premiere of Benard Hoffer's arrangement "A Johnny Mercer Songbook" and leads a sing-along of music from Roger and Hammerstein's "Sound of Music."
McMullan is a Scottish soprano trained in classical and contemporary music. She has appeared as lead vocalist at Symphony Hall with Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops. Career highlights include performances at Celtic Connections, the Montreux Jazz Festival, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, WGBH A Celtic Sojourn, PBS music special, Highland Heartbeat, and for Howard Shore's iconic work, "The Lord of the Rings Symphony in Six Movements."
Johnny Mercer (1909-1976) was a prolific lyricist with a career spanning half a century. He collaborated with many of the great song writers of the day as well as writing his own songs. For his medley, Bernard Hoffer chose familiar jazz standards "That Old Black Magic," "Out of this World," "Laura," "Blues in the Night," "Skylark," "Midnight Sun," "Autumn Leaves," "Moon River," "Goody Goody" and "Something's Gotta Give."
The orchestra also performs John William's "Theme from Harry Potter," Bizet's "Carmen Suite No. 1," Suppé's "Light Calvary Overture," and Richard Roger's "Slaughter on Tenth Avenue."
Grant Anderson, principal clarinet of the Concord Orchestra since 1971, will perform the final movement of Mozart's Clarinet Concerto at Pops this year. Grant has performed solos at two previous Concord Orchestra Pops concerts: Weber's Concertino for Clarinet and Orchestra in 1996 and Malcolm Arnold's Clarinet Concertino in 2011.
The performances feature table seating, refreshments and a cash bar. Come early before the music starts to be first in line to purchase some delicious snacks and beverages.
Performances are at the Performing Arts Center at 51 Walden in Concord on Friday, May 17, at 8 p.m.; Saturday, May 18, at 8 p.m.; and Sunday, May 19, at 2 p.m. Tickets for adults are $27 in advance or $30 the day of the performance; tickets for students under 21 are $10. For tickets and information, call 978-369-4967 or visit www.concordorchestra.com.