The Pops Orchestra features a youth theme with local music scholarship winners taking the stage.

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2015/16 SEASON

Celebrating 40 Years


Conductor Robyn L. Bell has a sparkling lineup of concerts planned to make the Pops Orchestra’s 40th anniversary season its most exciting ever.

It all begins in December with a stunning presentation of a Christmas classic that’s certain to spark the holiday spirit.

There’ll be a special salute along the way to Frank Sinatra in celebration of his 100th birthday.

And it’s going to take a village to showcase some of the greatest young musical talent in our communities.

Performance Schedule

Let's Be Frank

Sunday, February 21 - 3:00 PMMonday, February 22 - 7:30 PM

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The Pops celebrates Frank Sinatra’s 100th birthday with a concert dedicated to “Ol’ Blue Eyes.” New York City singer and jazz stylist Cole Rumbough will perform several Sinatra favorites, and featured musical selections from 1975 and 1976 will recognize the Pops’ 40th anniversary.

It Takes a Village

Sunday, April 10 - 3:00 PMMonday, April 11 - 7:30 PM

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The Pops Orchestra features a youth theme with local music scholarship winners taking the stage. Concert Master Felicia Brunelle will play the Entr’acte from “Sleeping Beauty” and the Orchestra will perform selections from Copland’s “Billy the Kid,” Benjamin Britten’s “Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra” and Disney’s “Frozen.”

What's Happening?


‘Let’s Be Frank’ a true family affair

Note: The following story will appear in our Let’s Be Frank program about featured performer Cole Rumbough and his family ties to Sarasota. He just turned 25, so his life and…


Great centerpiece in Observer

On the heels of yesterday’s exciting news about Sunday’s sellout comes a wonderful centerpiece package in the Observer by Nick Reichert, who spent time last week talking to Robyn and watching…


Bradenton Herald spotlights Christmas concert

With less than a week before “A Christmas Carol – The Concert” hits the stage, Bradenton Herald entertainment Marty Clear takes a look at how the Emmy nominated production came…


Q&A with Robyn Bell

Robyn Bell begins her fifth season as Conductor of the Pops Orchestra for Bradenton and Sarasota with “A Christmas Carol –The Concert,” a rousing musical theater production scheduled for December…


It’s homecoming for Randazzo

“I feel I have really come full circle,” says Catherine Randazzo, who plays the role of Narrator in the Pops Orchestra’s musical theatre production of “A Christmas Carol – The…


Locke born to play Scrooge

There was no containing Robyn Bell’s excitement. “I am VERY excited to announce that Randolph Locke has graciously agreed to be our Scrooge for the upcoming show,” exclaimed the Pops…

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