Batavia Pops August concert in Auxier Hall

Batavia Pops August concert will be in Auxier Hall

The brand new Batavia Pops Orchestra will debut on Saturday, August 10.

The performance will be in Batavia’s Armory Town Hall, 65 N. Second St., and is free.

The concert celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Grand Canyon National Park. Paul Stanbery will conduct. Paul John Stanbery is acclaimed as a conductor and composer. Mr. Stanbery announced that the program will include:

•    Grofe “Grand Canyon Suite”
•    Wild, Wild West
•    Stars and Stripes
•    John Williams Soundtrack
•    Moon River
•    Outdoor Overture (Copland)
•    God Bless America (sing along)
•    Pops Hoedown
•    Bugler’s Holiday
•    Armed Forces Salute
•    Copland “Hoedown”
•    Copland “Variations on a Shaker Tune”
•    St. Louis Blues
•    The National Anthem

Funded by Chris and Sharon Hughes, the concert is the first for the Batavia Pops, sponsored by the Evergreen Center for Nature, Arts, and Music. Evergreen Center founder Angelo Santoro, a musician and civil engineer, practiced in Clermont County from the 1970s until retiring in the Santoro Engineering Company.

Mr. Santoro and Mr. Stanbery have collaborated in music for many years. Mr. Santoro founded the Clermont Philharmonic Orchestra in 1997, and Mr. Stanbery was the original conductor and music director.

Paul Stanbery led members of Hamilton, Ohio’s, Butler Philharmonic Chorus in Carnegie Hall in a special performance of his own “Music for Mass” last year. He is music director of the Butler Philharmonic and of the Ohio Mozart Festival, and he has been associate conductor of the Lima Symphony in Ohio. Mr. Stanbery directed the Great Miami Youth Symphony Orchestra, now the Butler Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, for more than 20 years.

As associate conductor for the Cincinnati May Festival, Mr. Stanbery collaborated with such noted conductors as Robert Shaw, Jesus Lopez-Cobos, James Conlon, Robert Porco, Eric Kunzel, Ivan Fischer, Kenneth Jean, and Keith Lockhart for performances in Carnegie Hall, Cincinnati’s Music Hall and the Riverbend Music Center. Mr. Stanbery served as chorus master for Telarc recordings of the Cincinnati Pops (The Hunt for Red October) and Cincinnati Symphony (Manuel de Falla’s La Vida Breve).

The Evergreen Center for Nature, Arts, and Music was founded by Angelo Santoro and is located at the former home of Santoro Engineering Company at 1501 Old State Route 74, Batavia, Ohio 45103. Information about the Evergreen Center, the concert series, and donation opportunities is available from Angelo Santoro at angelosantoro935@gmail.com, or at the Center’s address.