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Sunrise Symphonic Pops Orchestra back in Sunrise
Written by Mayor Mr. Ryan   

It is ironic that Sunrise has a named orchestra, the Sunrise Symphonic Pops Orchestra, but they do not play in Sunrise ... and have not for years. Well, they are coming back home!


Through a partnership with Piper High School, the Sunrise Pops and the City of Sunrise, the Sunrise Pops 2011-2012 season will be played at Piper High School Auditorium for their entire season. Piper High is one of the few venues regionally which could support the large number of Pops' fans.



The Sunrise Pops began as a small, informal group of musicians who rehearsed in the City’s Roarke Hall community center. After incorporating in 1987, they developed an annual concert season. Over the years, the ensemble grew in size and attracted highly-skilled conductors. Today, the group features 65 paid, professional musicians - under the able direction of Peter Graves and Clark McAlister - who perform a diverse repertoire of classical, Pops, Broadway and contemporary works.

We are thrilled to have the Sunrise Pops back home!

To show our appreciation, the Sunrise City Commission is proclaiming Tuesday, August 9, as Sunrise Symphonic Pops Orchestra Day. A quartet from the Pops will be on hand with a live season preview at the Commission meeting.

Some other upcoming highlights:

* October 23 with the Swing Sisters (Andrews Sisters tribute)
* December 11 with Josephine Dolce (Broadway and opera)
* January 29 with the University of Miami Vocal Jazz Ensemble (Broadway, jazz and pop)
* March 4 with the New World School of the Arts Opera Ensemble (opera)
* April 22 with Michelle Amato (Broadway, jazz and pop)

The Sunrise Pops will work this year to attract a broad array of residents, including students and families. Music students will also have the opportunity to attend rehearsals, meet the musicians, usher at the concerts, and become educated about types of music and career opportunities. U.S. Mayors and Governors Associations consistently identify cultural activities as catalysts for stimulating economic, jon, and tourism development, as well as improving quality of life!


Join us Tuesday night at 6 PM to hear a Sunrise Pops quartet play and celebrate their return home. In the meantime, put the word out that we are continuing to build culture in the Sunrise.

Best regards,

Mike Ryan




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