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Pic Of The Day #417

Okay, so it isn’t a picture. But it’s still worth far more than 1,000 words.

Here’s Adele Cutrali Valovich — Staples’ beloved orchestra director — leading the Symphonic and Sophomore Orchestras a few minutes ago in “Stars and Stripes Forever.”

It was the finale of Staples’ 3rd Annual Pops Concert — and the final performance of Valovich’s 36-year career in the Westport schools.

She sure went out on a high note! (Click the arrow below to play video.)

 

BONUS PHOTO: Here’s a small section of the jam-packed Levitt Pavilion:

 

Andrew Wilk Picks Up Pops’ Baton

Most days, Andrew Wilk works behind the scenes. As executive director of PBS’ “Live from Lincoln Center,” the longtime Westport resident has brought the magic of Luciano Pavarotti, Leonard Bernstein, George Balanchine, Yo-Yo Ma, Renée Fleming, Nathan Lane and many others to viewers across the country. The show is noted for stretching technical and creative boundaries.

Last year Wilk advised the Staples TV production staff, as they aired the high school’s 1st-ever Pops Concert at the Levitt Pavilion.

The event returns this Friday. (Tickets sold out as soon as they were available.)

This time, Wilk takes center stage: literally.

One of his passions is conducting. So — at the invitation of orchestra director Adele Valovich — Wilk will wield the baton for Friday’s grand finale: the rousing “Stars and Stripes Forever.”

Andrew Wilk, rehearsing the orchestra at Staples.

“It’s a beautiful facility,” Wilk says of the Levitt. “It’s so picturesque, smack on the river. It will be packed with musicians, and the audience will be full. I’ll be happy to stand up there, as a proud Westporter.”

For once he won’t have to worry about camera angles or cutaway shots.

Making sure the brass and piccolos don’t miss a beat — that’s a snap.

The Live From Lincoln Center remote truck during television production of Lincoln Center Theater’s production of FALSETTOS which is now nominated for five Tony Awards

Tanglewood Comes To The Courtyard

It wasn’t the Berkshires — just the Staples High School courtyard.

But several hundred music lovers packed picnic dinners, lugged lawn chairs, and enjoyed a (free) evening of a cappella, jazz and symphonic music, played by scores of talented Staples musicians, at tonight’s 1st-ever Outdoor Pops Concert.

The courtyard has lots of concrete.  But there are plenty of plants too, and the atmosphere was warm in every sense of the word.

Kudos to Carrie Mascaro, Adele Valovich, Justin Miller and Nick Mariconda for using the space — and their students — so creatively.

A small portion of the large courtyard crowd.

The jazz band kicks it at the Staples Pops Concert.

For a YouTube video of the Symphonic and Freshman Orchestras in action, click below: