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.

 

For all Pops members and several new musicians joining the group:
Rehearsals for the Akron Pops Orchestra's 91st season begin tomorrow evening, Thursday September 7, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. Looking forward to another wonderful season of our performing together to make beautiful music!
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Please join the Akron Pops Orchestra tomorrow evening for the last Summer concert in the orchestra's 90th season: Thursday July 27, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. INDOORS at the Cuyahoga Falls Public Library, 2015 3rd Street, Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44221. The performance is free and will take place upstairs in Adult Services. Chairs will be provided.

This concert will feature solos by Pops Concertmaster, Ian McIntyre in "Ashokan Farewell" and Pops principal bassoon, Jennifer Kowalski in "Hungarian Andante and Rondo" by Carl Maria Von Weber.

Concert order:
When You're Smiling
March Militaire Francaise
Hungarian Andante and Rondo
Tschaikowski Symphony #5 (2nd Movement)
Lord of the Rings
Ashokan Farewell
Blue Tango
Home Stretch
Salute to the Big Bands

This concert is generously sponsored by The Friends of the Library.
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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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