Lompoc’s acclaimed Pops Orchestra, composed of highly talented professional and semiprofessional musicians from up and down the entire Central Coast, will begin its 17th season at 7:30 p.m. Monday Sept. 23, at the First United Methodist Church, 925 North F St. in Lompoc.

The primary purpose and mission of most pops orchestras is to help keep alive beloved and well-known American music, much along the same lines as the famous Boston Pops. That means incorporating well-known selections from musicals, Broadway, jazz, American spirituals, Big Band and even tried-and-true popular artists. However, it is also not unusual for a pops orchestra to include a well-known short classical piece or even something completely unknown. Also, for the Lompoc Pops, many selections are played because of overwhelming patron requests. Talented soloists — or perhaps a small ensemble — are solicited and featured as well.

Maestro Rodolfo Fernandez of Las Vegas has chosen the bulk of the program, which will include “Syncopated Clock,” “Calypso,” “Theme from ‘The Apartment’,” “By the Light of the Silvery Moon,” excerpts from “South Pacific” and variations of the “1812 Overture.”

Santa Ynez’s popular Agin Brothers and Territorial Law will be featured following intermission. As of press time, their selections were still undecided.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for full-time students of all ages with student ID shown at the door, and for children 12 and under, admission is free.

For ticket reservations or more information, call 735-6463.

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