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.

 

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Want to let all the friends of the Akron Pops Orchestra know that another fine local group of musicians, the Cuyahoga Falls Community Band, will present a Spring concert this year that will be FREE and open to the community on Monday April 23, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. in the Newell Theater at Quirk Cultural Center, 1201 Grant Avenue in Cuyahoga Falls. Please invite family and guests to come out and enjoy the music and support these talented musicians who are also under the direction of Pops director, Kristan Crane.

The concert order will include:
Norwegian March, "Valdres" by Johannes Hanssen
Norwegian Rhapsody, by Clare Grundman
Armida Overture, by Franz Joseph Hayden
The Summit (featuring the trumpet section), by John Moss
Rejouissance, by James Curnow
Washington Greys march, by Claudio S. Grafulla
The Phantom of the Opera, by Andrew Lloyd Webber
That Old Hound Dog Rag, by Randall D. Standridge
The Glory of the Yankee Navy, by John Philip Sousa
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The public is invited to come and bring guests to enjoy a FREE hour-long concert presented by the Akron Pops Orchestra on Thursday April 12, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. in the Cedar Room at Stow-Glen Retirement Village, 4285 Kent Rd., Stow, OH 44224.
This concert will feature Dan Fackler on solo French Horn in Saint-Saens Morceau de Concert, and Phyllis Hans on solo Flute in Faure's Sicilienne.
Also included in the evening's entertainment will be:
Chorale-Fugue
Selections from The Music Man
South Pacific
The Girl in Satin
Highlights from Wicked
Rakoczy March
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