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75th ANNIVERSARY SEASON
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Pops Concert Series:
PBC Playlist - 75 Years of Song
Friday, May 12, 2023 | 7 PM
Mesa Arts Center
Sunday, May 14, 2023 | 1 PM
Orpheum Theatre Phoenix
The season will conclude in May with our Pops concert Series: PBC Playlist - 75 Years of Song. Featuring PBC secular hits over our history, our concerts pay homage to the legacies of former Artistic Directors Dr. Harvey K. Smith and Maestro Georg Stangelberger, as well as reflecting the musical influences of current Artistic Director Herbert Washington, a PBC alumnus.
We are excited to feature arrangements by Roger Emerson of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah, plus premiere arrangements of Carry On Wayward Son and (Get Your Kicks on) Route 66. Emerson is the most widely performed composer/arranger of popular choral music in the world today.
Audience members will also hear timeless classics with a Broadway flare including Consider Yourself from Oliver! and Over the Rainbow from The Wizard of Oz. A highlight of this series will be the world premiere performances of The Journey, by Michigan's Jeffrey Cobb, and The Spirit of Adventure, by Phoenix-based composer Ryan Gunderson. These pieces were written specifically for PBC and our New Works Rising competition, and were selected as the first and second prize winners from more than 90 entries.