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 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 the Pops Associate Conductor.

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

 

Please invite friends and family and come join us to celebrate the season on Thursday, December 21, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. as the Akron Pop Orchestra presents their annual FREE Christmas concert in the Newell Theater at Quirk Cultural Center, 1201 Grant Ave., Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44223.

The Pops will perform a wide variety of festive Christmas music as well as two new pieces to our orchestra's music library: " A Mad Russians Christmas" and" Festive Sounds of Hanukkah".

This concert is sponsored by the Cuyahoga Falls Park and Recreation Department.
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Please invite friends and family to come and celebrate the season with us this Thursday, December 21, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. as the Akron Pop Orchestra presents their annual free Christmas concert in the Newell Theater at Quirk Cultural Center, 1201 Grant Ave., Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44223.

The Pops will perform a wide variety of festive Christmas as well as two new pieces to our orchestra's music library: " A Mad Russians Christmas" and" Festive Sounds of Hanukkah".

This concert is sponsored by the Cuyahoga Falls Park and Recreation Department.
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Akron Pops Orchestra Annual Christmas Concert at Quirk

December 21, 2017, 7:30pm - December 21, 2017, 7:30pm

Please invite friends and family to come and celebrate the season with us this Thursday, December 21, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. as the Akron Pop Orchestra presents their annual free Christmas concert in the Newell Theater at Quirk Cultural Center, 1201 Grant Ave., Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44223. The Pops will perform a wide variety of festive Christmas as well as two new pieces to our orchestra's music library: " A Mad Russians Christmas" and" Festive Sounds of Hanukkah". This concert is sponsored by the Cuyahoga Falls Park and Recreation Department.

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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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