The Palm Beach Pops’ poppin’ season is just around the corner


pbpThe holiday season may be two months away, but we all know it’ll be here before we know it. So, why not start to find holiday entertainment now rather than later?

With that being said, individual tickets are now on sale for The Palm Beach Pops’ 2014-15 season. The season will kick off with a holiday concert by The Manhattan Transfer, a 10-time Grammy-award-winning vocal group, explained Laurent-Ottomane. The show will be at the Kravis Center Dec. 14, and tickets are available online or by calling (561) 832-7469.

Palm Beach Pops Executive Director Charlotte Laurent-Ottomane said The Pops’ season usually holds 36 concerts, but with the passing of Conductor Bob Lappin in 2013, the nonprofit organization’s model had to be reconsidered. There is no longer any type of subscription to The Palm Beach Pops, and there will only be five concerts this year.

“Our musicians have been with us for 23 years,” she said. “I think this year is going to be especially intense because Bob will no longer be with us, but we feel that we’ve continued his legacy. I think the musicians will be very proud to continue to play.”

The other concerts that patrons can look forward to attending include one with Frank Sinatra Jr. on Jan. 10 at the Boca Community Church and on Jan. 11 at the Kravis Center. The final concert of the season is titled “One Singular Sensation: A Tribute to the Music of Marvin Hamlisch.” This tribute will feature A Chorus Line’s original Cassie, Donna McKechnie, as well as Jodi Benson and Doug LaBrecque.

The dates for the tribute are March 7 at the Boca Community Church and March 8 at the Kravis Center. All tickets for the Boca Community Church’s concerts can be purchased over the phone at (561) 832-7677.

Besides its annual holiday season concerts, The Palm Beach Pops also holds a school music program simultaneously for children in grades 2-5. Laurent-Ottomane said members teach the children different parts of the orchestra over the course of four weeks, and as a closing ceremony, the children hold a concert. This year’s concert is Nov. 5 at the Eissey Campus Theatre in Palm Beach Gardens.

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