The Pops Orchestra is Gearing Up for Their 47th Season!

The Pops Orchestra is the community orchestra for the greater Bradenton/Sarasota area.

With over 65 string, woodwind, brass, and percussion musicians and led by Robyn Bell, the Pops presents four exciting concerts between November and March.

Each concert is performed twice, in Bradenton at the SCF Neel Performing Arts Center and in Sarasota, at the Riverview Performing Arts Center. All of our concerts feature popular music, from Broadway musicals to Jazz and contemporary music.

This nonprofit organization provides an opportunity for some of the area’s finest musicians to join together, rehearse, and perform music for the enjoyment of our community. It offers a chance to enjoy “Music You Love by Musicians You Know.

Mark Your Calendars for These Upcoming Performances

Spirit of America – November 6th and 7th

The first in the concert series is The Pops Orchestra’s “Spirit of America” – a stirring Veterans Day celebration concert of patriotic music. This event also features performers from The Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe singing spirituals, gospel tunes, and anthems. From “Song of the Free” to “Land of the Brave,” this concert will shine your light, rock your soul, and bring your saints marching in.

Hollywood Holidays – December 11th and 12th

Make your holidays extra special by joining the Pops as they recreate the music and, with the help of the State College of Florida Film Department, the most famous and memorable scenes from “It’s a Wonderful Live,” “Home Alone,” “The Grinch That Stole Christmas,” “The Polar Express,” and many more. It’s a holiday cinemagic on the Pops concert stage.

All You Need is Love – February 11th, 12th, and 13th

The Pops are excited to welcome to their stage all the way from Branson, MO, the Liverpool Legends – your perfect Valentine’s Day celebration! This internationally acclaimed Beatles tribute band has been hand-picked by Louise Harrison (George’s sister and Sarasota resident) and has performed all over the world, including the Rose Bowl, Carnegie Hall, and Mexico City, being nominated for a Grammy Award along the way. All you need is love, the Beatles, and the Pops Orchestra to make this the hottest Valentine’s Day ticket in town. Don’t miss it.

Come On Get Happy – March 26th and 27th

The grand finale show this season features songstress Joan Ellison in a celebration of Judy Garland’s incredible musical output. Through the kindness and permission of the Judy Garland Heirs Trust, Joan and the Pops will be performing Judy’s original symphonic arrangements that will take you on a nostalgic trip from technicolor Hollywood to Carnegie Hall. This hit parade includes “The Trolley Song,” “Stormy Weather,” “Chicago,” “That’s Entertainment,” “Get Happy,” “Over the Rainbow,” and many more! Bring your smiles, dancing shoes, and everybody you know to this incredible concert experience.

Get Your Tickets Today!

The Pops Orchestra invites our community’s permanent and seasonal residents and tourists to come to our concerts, enjoy high-quality music with affordable ticket pricing and support the performing arts on Florida’s Cultural Coast! Tickets are available at or by calling their ticket hotline: (941) 926-POPS (7677).

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