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.

 

The Akron Pops Orchestra invites the community to come out and enjoy the orchestra's free annual Spring concert this Thursday March 23, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. in the Quirk Cultural Center's Newell Theater, 1201 Grant Ave., Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44223.
The hour long concert presented by the Pops 50 volunteer musicians under the direction of Mr. Kristan Crane will include the following musical selections:
When You're Smiling
March Militaire Francaise
Ballet Egyptien
The Blue Bells Of Scotland
Ashokan Farewell
Home Stretch
Still
March Of The Boyars
A Salute To The Big Bands

This concert is sponsored by the City of Cuyahoga Falls Park and Recreation department.
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The Akron Pops Orchestra would like to offer the public, not one, but two free opportunities to hear us perform in concert next week! Please invite friends and family to these concerts which will cover a wide range of music sure to please everyone.

1) Thursday March 9, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. the Pops will perform at Cardinal Retirement Village, 171 Graham Rd., Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44223. The concert will be held in the rear dining room and is open to the public.

2) Sunday March 12, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. the Pops will perform at the YMCA Active Adult Center, 500 W. Hopocan Ave., Barberton, OH 44203. This concert is open to the public and sponsored by the Barberton Public Library. Ample parking is located across the street from the YMCA. (Don't forget to "Spring Forward" for Daylight Savings Time and set your clocks an hour ahead Saturday night :-).)
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Please plan to come out and enjoy a free Christmas concert this week presented by the Akron Pops Orchestra on Thursday December 15, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. in Quirk Cultural Center's Newell Theater, 1201 Grant Ave., Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44223.
(Note, there is elevator access to the concert hall located on the 3rd floor.) The orchestra will perform a diverse selection of holiday music sure to please everyone. Please DO bring your friends and relatives along to enjoy this concert! But, you might want to arrive a bit early to park and get a good seat if we have as wonderful a turnout as we did last year :-).
This Akron Pops Orchestra Concert is sponsored by the City of Cuyahoga Falls Park and Recreation Department.
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