The 2019 Season

Educate, Entertain, Inspire

Welcome to the home of the Ocean State Pops Orchestra, one of Rhode Island's cultural gems!

The Orchestra is committed to educate, entertain, and inspire through music, and delivers orchestral and educational programming throughout the communities of Greater Rhode Island.

The Orchestra’s summer concert season begins in July and ends at Labor Day, and our repertoire includes a broad variety of light classical pieces, as well as movie and show music, marches, and other pops-style selections.

Performance locations are varied, and have included municipal and corporate-sponsored events, churches, private concerts, regional and national conventions, retirement facilities, fireworks displays, and other venues.

Smaller instrumental ensembles are also available for special events.

Opening Night

Sunday, June 9, 2019 / 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Join new Music Director Dr. Brian Cardany as he launches his inaugural season with the Ocean State Pops Orchestra. For the opening night of our 19th season, Dr. Cardany and the Orchestra are planning a special celebratory program, featuring musical masterworks and audience favorites, including Verdi's Triumphal March, Bizet's Carmen Suite No.1, music from Broadway, and more.

The setting for this concert is the dazzling and historic St. Ann Arts and Cultural Center in Woonsocket, RI. Constructed in the French Renaissance style, this former Catholic church is dubbed ‘The Sistine Chapel of North America.’ It is adorned with the largest collection of frescos in North America, meticulously executed to perfection by the Italian artist Guido Nincheri.

In 2011, Yankee magazine designated the St. Ann Arts and Cultural Center as "Best Attraction," noting: "The walls, vaults and ceilings of this former church are covered in frescos beautiful enough to convert an atheist."

The Ocean State Pops Orchestra looks forward to welcoming you to this special evening, featuring great music and high couture in a stunning and historic venue.

Tickets: $16 + processing fee

Children under 12 admitted free at the door, subject to seating availability.


Our Musicians

Violin I
Christina Dickson-Brownell,
Judy Bento
Gerri La Joie
Mari Ingesson
Vivianne Parent
Emily Plunkett
Lori Anderson
Corrine Ricketson

Violin II
Nika Webster, Principal
Timothy Nunes
Kelsey Foeller
Elizabeth O’Neil
Betsy Dubiel
Melody Albanese-Kelly *
Lynn Antonelli *
Marilyn Verma
Howard Boksenbaum
Roberto Ramos

Alicia Winslow, Principal
Christine Warren
Jose Guzman
Sarah McQueen

John Kelly, Principal *
Otto Guzman
Endy Nicol
Adam Nunes
Jeff Bianchine

René Fontaine, Principal
Garrett Campbell
George Piggott

Anne Diamond, Principal
Pamela Allen-Hunter
Bethani Chadbourne

Bethani Chadbourne

Danielle Kunis, Principal
Georg Noren

English Horn
Georg Noren

Kathleen Vallee, Principal
Anthony De Luca *
David Vallee

Bass Clarinet
Phillip Block *

Susan Winterbottom-Shadday,
Nicole Worzel
Charles Thomas

Dennis Martel, Principal *
Anthony Mazza
Jessica Hookway
Patrick Mont

Gary Vallee, Principal
Kevin Entwistle
Collin Tyrrell

Colin Kane

Peter T. Doiron, Principal

Richard Brownell
Lauren Cenedella
James Hoyt
Benjamin J. Keating

Terri Viveiros

Diana Sinina

Anthony Mazza
Jessica Hookway

Stage Manager
Patrick Mont

Music Director
Dr. Brian Cardany

Asst. Music Director
Daniel Healey

* 1993 Founding Member

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