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.
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.
Gerri La Joie
Nika Webster, Principal
Melody Albanese-Kelly *
Lynn Antonelli *
Alicia Winslow, Principal
John Kelly, Principal *
René Fontaine, Principal
Anne Diamond, Principal
Danielle Kunis, Principal
Kathleen Vallee, Principal
Anthony De Luca *
Phillip Block *
Dennis Martel, Principal *
Gary Vallee, Principal
Peter T. Doiron, Principal
Benjamin J. Keating
Dr. Brian Cardany
Asst. Music Director
* 1993 Founding Member