The 2019 Season

“Music is the divine way to tell beautiful poetic things to the heart.” ― Pablo Casals

Join the Ocean State Pops Orchestra for an inspirational and "divine" 19th season of spectacular music.

We have it all this season. Something for everyone.

Big Band and Broadway to Polkas and Patriotic Songs. Marches and Motown to Classical and Contemporary. Jazz and Jive to Swing and Show Music.

More diverse music from renowned composers and the celebrated American songbook than ever before – and every composition delivered with unfettered fervor from our hearts to yours.

A critical component of our orchestra is YOU – our audience! You make it all worthwhile, so please don’t miss a single performance!

Let our music touch and uplift you. Let us entertain and inspire you. Your applause moves us to perform from the depths of our hearts – and to give you more, season after season.

We love entertaining you!

Please join us for this exciting season – and be prepared for a few delightful "poetic" surprises along the way.

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

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