The 55-member South Jersey Pops Orchestra is an all-volunteer community ensemble that presents concerts each fall and spring. The orchestra provides musicians of all ages an opportunity to express themselves musically in a friendly environment and provides its audiences an opportunity to enjoy live music close to home at moderate cost. The orchestra’s member musicians pay annual dues to help defray the organization’s expenses.
We are pleased to announce our 2013-2014 concert season.
Halloween 2013 Concert - 3pm Sunday October 27th, Lenape Regional Performing Arts Center at Cherokee High School, 130 Tomlinson Mill Rd, Marlton NJ 08053.
Holiday 2013 Concert, first show - 3pm Saturday December 14th, Pennsauken High School, 800 Hylton Rd, Pennsauken NJ 08110. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Pennsauken Neighbors Helping Neighbors.
Holiday 2013 Concert, second show - 3pm Sunday December 15th, Lenape High School, Medford NJ 08055. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Evesham Township Schools Music Program.
Spring 2014 Concert - 3pm Sunday May 18th, location to be announced
Admission is charged for adults; tickets are $7 and available at the door or can be purchased in advance online. Children middle school age and younger are admitted free.
The orchestra performs music of various genres: light classical, Broadway, film, patriotic, big band and pop.
Organized as a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization, the orchestra is governed by an 11-member board. Its volunteer members share the administrative duties. The orchestra provides a scholarship for graduating high school seniors who perform with the ensemble and has performed a benefit concert for Samaritan Hospice.
Frank Salicandro (1917-2008), known as Medford’s Music Man, founded the orchestra as the Burlington County Pops in 1969. When Mr. Salicandro, who conducted the ensemble for more than 30 years, stepped down, his daughter, Gia Walton, succeeded him. In 2006, Sylvia Bookbinder, a member of the orchestra since 1975, took the podium. In 2012, she decided to return to the orchestra’s percussion section and Robert Schiavinato was appointed as the orchestra’s fourth conductor.
The Salicandro family continue to support the orchestra by generously lending from their extensive music library.
Click here to learn more about joining the orchestra.