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New Glendale Pops Orchestra to debut Friday

May 12, 2011 | 12:52 pm

Mancini Southern California's diverse music scene will welcome another ensemble to the landscape when the new Glendale Pops Orchestra makes its official bow Friday at the Alex Theatre. The inaugural concert will feature a mix of music, including bossa nova and swing, along with guests Kenny Loggins, David Benoit and Monica Mancini.

Conductor Matt Catingub serves as the artistic director of the new group. The conductor previously served as artistic director of the Honolulu Symphony Pops and the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra Pops.

The Glendale Pops is scheduled to perform six concerts in its first season -– four at the Alex Theatre and two free concerts at the Americana at Brand.

The first concert at the Americana is titled "Summer Night Swing," on June 30, and will feature Patti Austin and Tierney Sutton. "Bossa Nova on Brand" will be on Sept. 22.

The remainder of the debut season will take place at the Alex Theatre. "Holiday Pops" (Dec. 9) will feature Benoit, while "This Is Romance" (Feb. 10) will feature Loggins. "A Night at the Movies" (May 11, 2012) will include appearances by Dave Koz and Mancini.

The Glendale Pops is co-sponsored by Glendale Arts, a nonprofit organization that manages the Alex Theatre and promotes the city's arts endeavors.

A spokeswoman said the Glendale Pops is privately funded through a mix of corporate sponsors and individuals. The orchestra consists of 40 musicians.


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-- David Ng

Photo (top): Monica Mancini. Credit: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

Photo (bottom): The Alex Theatre in Glendale. Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times