Pics Of The Day #781

In just 4 years, the Westport Schools’ Music Department Pops Concert has become one of the true highlights — and must-have tickets — of the spring.

The choruses, bands and orchestras are phenomenal. The Levitt Pavilion locale is stupendous. The evening is warm — in both the weather and community senses of the word.

It’s a sure sign that summer is almost here.

And that this is a town that loves and supports music, in all its forms.

A variety of chamber groups entertained early arrivals…

… as did the very talented Middle School Percussion Ensemble, playing traditional rhythms of Senegal.

A small part of the large Levitt Pavilion crowd.

The Westport Police Department color guard. (Photo/Tomas Curwen)

Symphonic and jazz band leader Nick Mariconda retires this year, after 41 years with the Westport schools. He was honored at his final concert.

Three of Mariconda’s former students — Jon Owens ’86, Andrew Willmott ’85 and Michael Ances ’90 — came back. They played trumpet — Mariconda’s instrument — on “Bugler’s Holiday.” All are now music educators.

Between sets, Staples musicians hung out by the river.

First Selectman Jim Marpe, interim superintendent of schools Dr. David Abbey and former Staples High School principal/Pops emcee John Dodig enjoyed the show.

The Orphenians wowed the crowd with selections like “And So It Goes” and “Unclouded Day.”

Orphenians director Luke Rosenberg.

Another view of the great crowd. (All photos/Dan Woog unless otherwise noted)

6 responses to “Pics Of The Day #781

  1. Peter Barlow

    This is only about the saxophonists in the first photo. I am a huge fan of saxophone groups, both classical and jazz. I heard this Staples Saxophone Ensemble a couple of years ago playing in the lobby before the Players’ production of “Newsies” and the group was absolutely terrific! I’ll come back to Westport for a whole concert with them!

  2. This is indeed a wonderful Spring evening event, thanks to all those who made it possible! One of the true gems for Westport residents.

  3. Sharon Paulsen

    These are great pics!

    • Thanks, Sharon!

      • Fred Cantor

        I especially love the photo of the musicians hanging out by the river. I guess you have picked up a few pointers from your sister over the years.

        • Sharon Paulsen

          I had the same thought about that pic of the students by the river! It’s quite narrative. Really good.