Atlantic Pops annual summer concert features sounds from Star Wars, Lord of Rings

The Atlantic Pops rehearse for the summer concert with guest conductor Joseph Higgins, director of bands at Rowan University.

Submitted by Atlantic Pops

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP — The Atlantic Pops will present a musical montage recollecting epic scenes from "Star Wars" and other themes at their fifth annual summer concert 7 p.m. Friday, July 28 at the Egg Harbor Township Community Center.

Doors open 6:30 p.m., and seating is general admission. Tickets are $5 per person or $10 per family.

The concert will include the celebrated “X-Wing Scherzo” from “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and the contemporary work “Lightning Field,” which was inspired by a sculpture in New Mexico in which steel poles installed over an expanse of desert draw lightning strikes and create manmade electrical storms.

Under the baton of summer guest conductor Joseph Higgins, the 90-member orchestra will also perform “Gandalf” from "The Lord of the Rings Symphony." Higgins, the director of bands at Rowan University, is making his second visit to the township.

“I love coming down to EHT and working with this fun and unique group” Higgins said.“It is also a great opportunity for the area musicians to become exposed to and learn about the programs we offer at our university.”

The Atlantic Pops has winter concerts scheduled for Dec. 8 in Egg Harbor Township and Dec. 17 in Ocean County, and will make its Carnegie Hall debut Feb. 12 in New York City.

As the ensemble in residence at Cygnus Creative Arts Centre, The Atlantic Pops have been bringing live music to Atlantic County and supporting music education for more than two decades. According to music director Mark Kadetsky, the Carnegie Hall concert is a way to showcase and reward the members for all their volunteer efforts and to represent Atlantic County and New Jersey at one of the most prestigious venues in the world.

The Harbor Township Community Center is at 5045 English Creek Ave. 

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