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.

 

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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If you're looking for a fun, free activity this fine Sunday afternoon, please head over to Rockynol in Akron at 3 p.m. today to enjoy a concert performed by the Akron Pops Orchestra in Rockynol's 3rd floor Carrell Center. The room is easily accessed by elevator from the rear of the property; so, park and enter via Exchange St, NOT the main entrance on Market St. ...

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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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