The Chorus of Westerly does its popular Summer Pops program
The tradition continues: Conductor George Kent leads the Chorus of Westerly and the Boston Festival Orchestra in the annual Summer Pops concert Saturday in Westerly's Wilcox Park. Alas, it will Kent's second-to-last time doing this as music director. He announced last week that he was retiring in June 2012.
A numbers game: The Summer Pops usually draws upwards of 25,000 people. This is the event's 31st year, and organizers estimate that, over that time, the concerts have attracted more than 600,000 people.
And introducing ... : The guest soloist is violinist Mina Um, who is studying in Julliard's College Division and is a member of the Julliard Orchestra. She has performed with the orchestra in Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall, and she's taken part in the Aspen Music Festival.
Make some noise: The grand finale - a choral version of Tchaikovsky's Overture of 1812 - turns the volume to 11. Expect the punctuating sounds of fireworks by Grucci, cannon fire by the Newport Artillery, and church bells at Christ Church.
The show before the show: The 6:30 p.m. pre-show is always a draw, too. Among this year's acts are the Westerly Morris Men and The Rivergods.
- KRISTINA DORSEY
Chorus of Westerly's Summer Pops, 8 p.m. Saturday, Wilcox Park, Broad Street, Westerly; pre-show at 6:30; rain dates Sunday and Monday; free; (401) 596-8663, chorusofwesterly.org.
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