Our History

In 1926, a group of area physicians formed the Akron Doctor’s Orchestra so they could share their musical talent with the community. Over time, musicians from all walks of life joined the orchestra diversifying its membership. Consequently, in 1986 the orchestra’s name was changed to the Akron Pops Orchestra — a name well known and respected throughout the greater Akron area.  The Pops grew and diversified for many years under the direction of the late Hans Gartner who conducted well into his 90’s.  The Akron Pops Orchestra’s current Musical Director, Mr. Kristan Crane, formerly played French Horn in the Pops and previously was our Associate Conductor.

Our Mission: Volunteer musicians dedicated to providing enjoyment to our community by sharing the gift of music.

 

Please join the Akron Pops Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. Thursday July 20, 2017 for a free outdoor concert at Oak Park, 2250 12th St., Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44223. Bring along a blanket or lawn chair to sit on as well as some bug spray. Please invite friends and family to come and enjoy the music!!

(In the event of rain, the concert will be moved indoors to Quirk Cultural Center's 3rd floor, air-conditioned Newell Theater, 1201 Grant Ave., Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44223 which has elevator access.)

The concert lineup will include:
March of the Boyars
Superman Returns
You Must Believe in Spring
Begin the Beguine
The Lord of the Rings (The Fellowship of the Ring)
Ashokan Farewell
Blue Tango
Still
A Salute to the Big Bands

This concert is sponsored by the City of Cuyahoga Falls Park and Recreation Department's Summer Music in the Parks program.
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Akron Pops Orchestra Oak Park Concert

July 20, 2017, 7:30pm - July 20, 2017, 7:30pm

Please join the Akron Pops Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. Thursday July 20, 2017 for a free outdoor concert at Oak Park, 2250 12th St., Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44223. Bring along a blanket or lawn chair to sit on as well as some bug spray. Please invite friends and family to come and enjoy the music!! (In the event of rain, the concert will be moved indoors to Quirk Cultural Center's 3rd floor, air-conditioned Newell Theater, 1201 Grant Ave., Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44223 which has elevator access.) The concert lineup will include: March of the Boyars Superman Returns You Must Believe in Spring Begin the Beguine The Lord of the Rings (The Fellowship of the Ring) Ashokan Farewell Blue Tango Still A Salute to the Big Bands This concert is sponsored by the City of Cuyahoga Falls Park and Recreation Department's Summer Music in the Parks program.

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Based on the forecast, the weather might turn "iffy" tonight but the beautiful music you can still choose to come and hear will not be! Go ahead and thumb your nose at N.E. Ohio's fickle weather and take a lovely drive through the scenic Merriman Valley on your way to hear a concert by the Akron Pops Orchestra this evening, Thursday June 29, 2017.
The Pops will perform a free concert at the Richfield United Church of Christ, 4340 Streetsboro Rd. (Rt 303), Richfield, OH 44278 at 7:30 p.m.
Bring along a chair or blanket just in case we set up outdoors, but the concert will most likely be moved indoors to the church's sanctuary.
Tonight's concert will feature a hauntingly beautiful solo performed by our Concertmaster, Ian McIntyre as well as many other enjoyable selections.
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This Thursday June 22, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. the Akron Pops Orchestra is scheduled to perform the first of two FREE Summer outdoor concerts for the City of Cuyahoga Falls' "Concerts in the Park Series". The Pops will perform a wide variety of musical numbers as well as a featured solo by our principal bassoonist, Jennifer Myers.
The orchestra will perform on the patio located behind the Lions Park lodge shelter located at: 641 Silver Lake Ave, Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44221. Please bring along a lawn chair or blanket to sit on and some bug spray.
In the event of rain, the concert will be moved indoors to the air conditioned 3rd floor Newell Theater at Quirk Cultural Center, 1201 Grant Ave., Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44221.
This concert is sponsored by the City of Cuyahoga Falls Park and Recreation Department.
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I enjoyed this article today in one of my health newsletters. It is a good reminder of one of the benefits of having the Pops perform in memory care facilities.

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Preserve those precious memories with some oldies but goodies

You forget the day of your doctor's appointment... what you needed to pick up from the store... and maybe even your wedding anniversary.

But put on a toe-tapping tune from your teenage years, and you can still remember all the words!

Just a few of those first notes, and all those vivid memories come rushing back. That homecoming dance... those long drives with the top down... and family picnics, beach days, and backyard BBQs.

Hearing that great old music makes it easy to forget how forgetful you've become.

It's a powerful thing -- and, according to a new study, listening to music can also help if it turns out that your "brain burps" are a sign of something more serious,

The study out of Brown University involved 25,000 nursing home patients with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias.

Half of them lived in homes where the residents listened to playlists of their favorite music, while the other half lived in music-free homes.

It turned out that in nursing homes with music, Alzheimer's patients were significantly less likely to need anti-psychotic and anti-anxiety meds, compared to those in non-program homes.

Plus, the music listeners were far less likely to act out with the kind of disruptive behavior that so often accompanies the disease (and that often supposedly warrants doping up the patients beyond all recognition).

What's more, the music even helped patients with cases of HIGHLY advanced Alzheimer's.

Now, the fact that music eased the participants' anxiety and agitation doesn't come as a big surprise to me -- because previous studies have shown that music can do everything from improving sleep to reducing chronic pain to helping cancer patients heal.

But this news is "music" to my ears as far as Alzheimer's is concerned -- as anything that can calm and comfort someone in the late stages of the disease, while allowing them to still feel like themselves, is a blessing.

Luckily, the ability to appreciate music is something that sticks around long after Alzheimer's robs you or a loved one of speech, memory, and independence.

That's because sounds and rhythm are processed by the "motor center" of your brain, which isn't compromised by Alzheimer's.

If someone you love is struggling with Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia, you can access pretty much any type of music on your smartphone, tablet, or computer with the touch of a button.

Whether it's swingin' Big Band or jumpin' jive, nearly every song ever recorded is now at your fingertips!

There are free and low-cost internet services like Spotify or iTunes, but this may be the perfect excuse to get that old record player out and dust off some of those classic LPs.

And, by all means, get up and dance -- because studies show that dancing protects against dementia.

To Your Health,

Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld, M.D.
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Looking for something fun to do tomorrow evening? How about enjoying a free concert performed by the Akron Pops Orchestra!?
The Akron Pops Orchestra will perform Thursday May 11, 2017 at 7:15 p.m. at The Briarwood, 3700 Englewood Dr., Stow, OH 44224. Friends and family are welcome to attend this free concert which will be held in the Briarwood's dining room.
A wide variety of music will be performed:
When You're Smiling
March Militaire Francaise
Ballet Egyptien
Lord Of The Rings
You Must Believe In Spring
Blue Tango
How To Train Your Dragon
Ashokan Farewell
Home Stretch
Salute To The Big Bands
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