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Curtain Raises on Prescott Pops Symphony 25th Season

11 July 2017  
Prescott Pops Symphony opens the 25th season with patriotic tunes on Sunday July 9th, 2017 in Prescott, Arizona. All Photos by: Torrence Dunham

Prescott Pops Symphony  25th Season Features Sixty-Three Musicians 

The Prescott Pops Symphony opened their twenty-fifth season on Sunday afternoon at the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center. Starting in 1992, the group has continued to thrive each year. 
“It’s thrilling, our orchestra has really grown both musically and in numbers,” said Prescott-native Music Director and Conductor Joseph Place who took over three years ago. “The quad city area really embraced us, we get more and more support all time.”
According to the Prescott Pops official website, the group was originally created by local musicians as a way to provide concerts during the summer when other groups are out of season. The Prescott Pops focuses on an up-beat tune.
“We play classical based symphony music but we add a pops flare to it,” said Place who added the group gained one-hundred additional season ticket sales this season. “People really enjoy the excitement of what we play.”
“Music that is very entertaining as well as educational and inspiring,” Place continued.

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The Prescott Pops features sixty-three musicians on twenty-one different instruments with varying age and experience. No matter whether a high school artist or a seasoned professional, each is expected to perform up to the quality of the Prescott Pops. This is a reason harpist David Ice makes the journey up from Phoenix for each practice and performance.
“It’s a lot of fun, it also keeps me very much on my toes,” said Ice who was surprised at the amount of music covered in practice as opposed to other orchestras he has been a part of. “I have to come up here and be ready just to go and be as perfect as possible. It’s just expected that you’ve done the work and you know what you have to do and you arrive prepared.”

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The hard work before and during the performance is all worth it for Ice and the other musicians of the Prescott Pops as they perform in front of an appreciative crowd each concert.
“The audiences here are great because they are so appreciate,” Ice said. “Here you really feel the energy come back from the audience…you really feed off the energy of an audience and it really does help push you to do better and do things that you didn’t think you could do.” 
A packed house was on hand to view the first performance, music dedicated to America, and featured clap-along tunes and audience engagement. Place says a lot more surprises are on tap for the twenty-fifth year.

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“We have an exciting season planned, a lot of variety,” Place said. “Be ready to hear thrilling and exciting classic type of music.”
“We throw in a lot variety and exciting surprises,” Place said. 
The 2017-2018 season will include four more performances spanning various musical themes such as holiday tunes and celtic colors. The concerts last around two hours and cost $25 for adults and $5 for those eighteen-years-old and under. Tickets can be purchased at the door or on the Prescott Pops website