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TABLE OF CONTENTS Summer Pops Merchandise . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Welcome to Summer Pops Andrew Howell’s First Pops as Conductor . . . . 4 Turning of the Seasons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Entertainment 2013 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 The Unsung Heroes of Summer Pops . . . . . . . . 9 Pops Protocol . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Sing Along Lyrics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Special Thanks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 2013 Summer Pops Program . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Thank You, Generous Contributors to the Chorus! . . . . . 13 How to Contribute . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Rotary Club and Bess Eaton Lend Support . . . . 18 Street Closings and NEW Safety Precautions During the Concert . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 The Chorus of Westerly’s 55th Season . . . . . . . 21 Chorus of Westerly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Pops Festival Orchestra . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Do You Like to Sing? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23

Reserving your spot in Wilcox Park By 5:00pm on Friday, June 21, weather permitting, all seating areas, aisles and restricted areas will be clearly marked with color coded lines and barrier tape. Restricted areas not available to the public will be marked with Red barrier tape, and aisles and seating areas will be demarcated with yellow lines with supports. Please do not move these devices and lines. Restricted areas must be respected and are subject to enforcement. The areas directly in front of the stage on both sides of the center aisle, clearly demarcated with yellow lines are reserved for blankets, and LOW sand chairs only. Regular chairs are restricted to areas outside of these two locations. Any blankets placed in undesignated areas are subject to removal. We are not responsible for assuring

Pops Weather Updates Andrew Howell, music director George Kent, music director emeritus

George Kent Performance Hall • 119 High Street Westerly, RI 02891 • 401-596-8663 www.chorusofwesterly.org

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE Due to an extensive sprinkler system throughout the park, by park regulation, nothing may be driven into the ground to anchor blankets or other items. You will be held responsible for any damage incurred to the system by such disregard of this regulation. Remember that the park is owned by the Memorial & Library Association, and we are guests in this wonderful site. Please abide by the rules.

In the event of weather postponements listen to WBLQ 1230 AM, WCRI 95.9 FM, or check online at chorusofwesterly.org, facebook.com/chorusofwesterly, or follow on Twitter @choruswesterly.

RESTROOM FACILITIES Porta-Jons, including handicap accessible units are located in the Parking Lot to the left of the Park as you face the stage. These are located at the end of the Parking Lot nearest the Library. Follow the posted signs along the sidewalks in the Park. There is no access to these facilities by going over the hill. There are no public facilities behind the stage area. Please respect our Park and restricted areas!

your location, and are not responsible for your property. No blankets may be placed in the park unattended prior to 5:00pm on Friday. In view of the recent events at the Boston Marathon, it must be noted that nothing other than a blanket may be placed to reserve your spot and left unattended. This includes chairs and other materials utilized to keep your blanket in place. Any items other than a blanket will be subject to removal in accordance with Westerly Police directives. In the interest of your safety, and the safety of all, we ask your cooperation. ~ The Chorus of Westerly, The Westerly Public Library and Wilcox Park

Buying Merchandise Inside the Park Keeps The Chorus of Westerly Singing! A wide variety of Summer Pops merchandise is available at the Merchandise Tent at the end of the center aisle. All items feature the Summer Pops logo and include: • Summer Pops Lovable Bears • Fleece Pullovers • Summer Pops Denim Shirts

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Various merchandise items are for sale inside and outside the Park on the day of Summer Pops. Please remember that everything that you buy inside the Park directly benefits The Chorus of Westerly – Summer Pops or The Westerly Public Library and Wilcox Park. Outside street vendors have no relationship with The Chorus of Westerly nor the Park & Library and contribute in no way to this event.


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Welcome to the Chorus of Westerly’s 33rd Summer Pops

Andrew Howell’s First Pops as Conductor O n a summer night in 1981, Dixon Square in downtown Westerly overflowed with energy, music, and community. The Chorus of Westerly was about to embark on a journey to Great Britain for an international performance tour. This tour would take the Chorus to venues where they would sing in the halls of kings and queens. However, in order for this tour to be possible, the Chorus needed the support of its community. Thankfully, the community came through.

Such amazing support deserved a special thank you. The Chorus, grateful for all the community had done for the organization itself, decided the best way to offer this thanks was through music. With this in mind, the Chorus performed a special, free, “Summer Pops” concert on the steps of the post office in Dixon Square. There was never any plan to produce the concert again. But immediately after the concert there were questions about when the next “Summer Pops” would take place. It was clear that a very special new community tradition was born. Three decades later an exciting new chapter begins. The Chorus of Westerly and Pops Festival Orchestra, the Artillery Company of Newport, baritone William Sharp, Fireworks by Grucci, and the entire community gather together in Westerly’s Wilcox Park to celebrate the 33rd edition of Summer Pops. This year’s performance will indeed be an historical one as it marks the Pops conducting debut of Andrew Howell, new music director of The Chorus of Westerly. Howell takes over on the Pops podium for George Kent, music director emeritus of The Chorus of Westerly, who

retired last June after directing 32 Pops concerts. This concert will conclude Howell’s triumphant first season as music director of The Chorus of Westerly. Looking back, it is amazing to think about how much this “one time” concert has grown. Over 670,000 people have experienced the great music, magic, and celebration of community through Summer Pops. Generations of area children have grown-up knowing that this concert marks the start of their summer. These kids know no world without Summer Pops.

POPS 2013 Summer Pops 2013, scheduled for Saturday, June 22 at 8 pm in Wilcox Park, features a fantastic lineup of music and performers. Maestro Howell leads the Chorus and Pops Festival Orchestra in a program of American and Broadway favorites. Featured on this year’s program are several patriotic favorites including Stars and Stripes Forever, the Armed Forces Salute, and The Battle Hymn of the Republic. Music from The King and I will also be featured on the program. The featured Pops performer this year is GRAMMY-award winning baritone, William Sharp. A favorite with the Chorus of Westerly on its classical season, Mr. Sharp will sing with the Chorus a series of British Naval Songs entitled Songs of The Fleet by Charles Villiers Stanford. The Summer Pops pre-show features performances by many talented artists. Summer Pops concludes with Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture,” featuring cannons from the Artillery Company of Newport, ringing church bells, and the extraordinary fireworks by Grucci.

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Currently, the Chorus of Westerly ranks include 180 singers (with around 70 children/ teens ages 8-18) who sing an ambitious yearround season that includes a classical concert series, holiday Pops concerts, “A Celebration of Twelfth Night,” a musical/theatrical extravaganza that features the talents of nearly 300 community performers and volunteers, two guest artists series at Kent Hall, and other productions. Summer Pops is offered every June in

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In addition to its performance program, the Chorus also now offers a series of children’s educational programs and other adult outreach programs. These include an overnight summer music camp, a week-long choral workshop for adult singers with famous choral directors in New Hampshire, a week-long music and movement day camp at Kent Hall in Westerly (beginning this July for children ages 5 to 8), training choirs, music education classes for adult and teen singers, and a newly formed teen ensemble. The Chorus of Westerly also has been helping spread the “arts banner” in the community by being one of the founding members of WRAP – The Westerly Regional Arts Partnership.

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Since its founding over five decades ago, the Chorus of Westerly has sung in more than 570 performances for nearly 1 million people at home and abroad as part of three major international concert tours. Over 2,500 area residents have been members of the Chorus with over 1,500 singing as children or teenagers. When George Kent founded the Chorus in 1959, one of the primary missions of the ensemble was to become an organization where children and adults could sing major works of the choral repertoire in a setting of the highest artistic merit. Today, the Chorus has become nationally recognized as unique in its practice of having children sing a full concert season of challenging repertoire with adult singers. Indeed, the Chorus of Westerly is now one of only two intergenerational choruses in the country where children and adults sing together on every concert of a season regardless of work.

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his Chorus of Westerly Summer Pops concert marks the final major event for Andrew Howell in his first year as music director for the chorus. Asked for a few words to describe the year, Howell answers, “thrilling,” “inspiring,” and “whirlwind.” While the year may have flown by, Howell managed to pack a lot of punch into his debut season.

quite evident to the singers,” says Howell. Asked about other accomplishments for the year, Howell laughingly says, “making it through the year.” In all seriousness, he says his primary goal was to usher the chorus through this transition year. “Transitions are always challenging, particularly when your predecessor has been there for over five decades. I went into this year with the goal of putting my own stamp on the Chorus without shaking the foundation that has been laid since 1959.”

The year has been filled Under his direction, with momentous events the chorus perfor Howell, who says every formed the world concert “has been an premiere of a comabsolute joy.” Asked to missioned work by name a most memorable Peter Niedmann, like moment, he responded, “I Howell another talthink my favorite moment ented chorus alumfrom this year was when nus, and in the fall the entire Chorus put the chorus down their music and sang announced a sumMoses Hogan’s wild vermer 2014 three-city sion of Elijah Rock from European tour, the memory during our March Andrew Howell, Conductor and Music first the chorus has Director of the Chorus of Westerly concert. They absolutely undertaken in almost 20 years. blew me away!” Howell, who was awarded one of Southeastern Connecticut’s 40 under Forty The future is sure to hold many more musicalawards in November of 2012, also devoted ly exceptional moment for Howell. As part of energy to shaping the strength of sound and his vision for making the chorus the very best confidence of the chorus. “I am very proud of it can be, Howell is restructuring the children’s the work the Chorus has done this season and See HOWELL on page 15 of the musical growth that I think has become 441272

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BY ANNA MARIA TRUSKY Special to The Sun n Saturday, June 22 at 8:00 PM, the Chorus of Westerly will proudly present its 33rd annual Summer Pops in Westerly’s magnificent Wilcox Park. The Chorus’ 180 singers and 60 orchestral musicians have created a fun-filled program of traditional and recent popular music suitable for the entire family, including patriotic favorites, songs from stage and screen, and a stirring performance of maritime music by a special guest soloist. The event will close with Tchaikovsky’s famous 1812 Overture — complete with fireworks by Grucci, cannons of the Newport Artillery, and the bells of Christ Church.

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Chorus of Westerly Executive Director Ryan Saunders is thrilled to be introducing the world to the Chorus’ new director, Andrew Howell, who will be at the Pops podium for the first time. “He is a talented and brilliant musician with a wonderfully engaging personality,” Saunders says. “He’s been conducting all season, so 6,000 or so people have already seen his work, but now he is getting up in front of 25,000 more people — really the entire town. The fact that he is a native son will make the evening even more special.” Another standout of Summer Pops 2013 will be distinguished guest performer and recording artist baritone William Sharp, who has sung with the Chorus in its classical concerts for many years and has presented hundreds of solo recitals in the United States and abroad. “He is one of our favorites,” Saunders says. “It will be

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a real treat to have him at Summer Pops. He will be the lead in a larger work called Songs of the Fleet by C.V. Stanford. It is a collection of songs for soloist, chorus, and orchestra written in tribute of life in the British Navy.” There are scores of people and organizations Ryan would like to thank for their help with the event. “The list is exceptionally long,” he says. “There will be a donor page in our program with lot of names of people who make this all possible. We have hundreds of volunteers and donors without whom we could not do this. We also couldn’t do it without the support of the towns of Westerly and Stonington as well as the local police, fire, and ambulance departments.” Ryan is particularly grateful for See ENTERTAINMENT on page 14

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The Unsung Heroes of Summer Pops Special to The Sun or more than 30 years, The Chorus of Westerly has been putting on Summer Pops, a massive, day-long musical festival held in Wilcox Park featuring numerous performers from around the region and capped off by a sensational concert from our proud town’s 180-voice Chorus. Every year we cheer for the singers, dancers and instrumentalists who pour their hearts out to entertain us at an event that has been the real kick-off to summer since 1981.

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But what about the folks who we don’t cheer for? What about the hard working volunteers who, in some cases since the very first years, have been instrumental in making Summer Pops the fantastic event that it is? The Chorus of Westerly’s Summer Pops is one of the many things Westerly should be really proud of and grateful that we can call our own. So let’s take a moment to find out about some of the unsung heroes of this enormous undertaking. Here are just thirteen of the countless army of Summer Pops volunteers! 1. Bob Elmer, a Senior Care Advisor, Memory Care Specialist and Master Trainer of Alzheimer’s Care, has been serving as the Emcee of Summer Pops for 26 of its 32 years. With a strong background in public speaking, he was approached by good friend Doug Rayner years ago about being the Emcee, and being

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or thirty years, generations of southern New Englanders have come to downtown Westerly on or about the first weekend of summer to gather together for an evening of music, fireworks, and friendship. Indeed, in the three decades of Summer Pops more than 670,000 people have attended and heard the Chorus of Westerly sing, been awed by the firing cannons, and watched fireworks blast into the air during the 1812 Overture. It is a magical night that is more than just a concert. It’s a town wide party and celebration of everything that is good about our small community.

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It is perhaps the beauty of the setting, Wilcox Park, that sets the tone for this grand summer event. The park is owned and cared for by the Westerly Public Library. Each year, this pristine setting is turned into a huge outdoor concert hall complete with an enormous stage, professional lighting and sound, special security forces, and extra sanitary

the “boy that can’t say no,” he accepted willingly. “This event is magical and I’ve often said that if they ever told me I was “out” as Emcee, I’d be happy to come back to take out the trash just to be a part of it. It’s fantastic and very moving.” 2. Kim Rayner-Russell, daughter of Doug Rayner, manages, along with help from her sister Kristen, the POPS merchandise sales in the park. Born into her love for Summer Pops, Kim shared one of an innumerable trove of stories from a lifetime being at the concert. “One year an elderly individual had heard the music, so he decided to break out of his assisted living home and see what it was all about. By the time he reached the merchandise tent and told of his story, he was exhausted. After a fair amount of discussion, we decided the best thing was to get him a chair, let him enjoy the music and get him back, hopefully undetected, when it was over. Which we did! After all, there were tee shirts to be sold!!”

Chorus President, leads the team of volunteers who decorate the stage. The morning of Pops, with big bolts of fabric, bags of bows, ties, and ribbons, and plenty of staple guns, screwdrivers, pliers, staples, scissors, she and her team of experienced workers make the stage as beautiful as it is every year. Once the concert is over, they reverse the process and have everything wrapped up in about an hour. “I love the Chorus, Summer Pops, and have great admiration for Doug Rayner. I’m happy to do what I can to support him and the event. This is such a great expericontinued on page 16

3. Sandy Niles, graphic artist and photographer by day, Chorus member and Summer Pops volunteer by night, has had a hand in nearly every aspect of the design and signage of the event since the beginning. If you can read it you can thank Sandy. The design of the yearly Summer Pops t-shirts is also a task happily handled by Sandy Niles. When asked why she comes back year after year, she smiles, “Love and habit.” 4. Emily Finnegan, singer, board member and former

facilities. Within twelve hours of the events conclusion, Wilcox Park is quickly returned to a downtown park by a hardworking group of professionals and volunteers. However, this could not be accomplished without a few rules and the miraculous cooperation of you, one of our 25,000 audience members. Bring a picnic to share at the event. It can be plain or fancy, or, if you want to purchase food onsite, visit the bandstand and purchase from The Rotary Club of Westerly or Bess Eaton. Remember, regardless of how you dine, alcoholic beverages are not permitted in the park. Fires, be they wood, charcoal, hibachi, or propane, are also not allowed. Listen to the music. Be courteous to those around you and keep talking to a minimum. Over 300 musicians will sing, play, and perform for you tonight. You do not want to miss a moment of it and you want to make sure your neighbors in the park can hear just as well as you can! There are ample portable restroom facilities located in the parking lot nearest the library and post office. Please feel free to use them during the concert. Please note that the portable restrooms behind the stage are reserved for the performers. For safety and security reasons, we ask that you please do not go or attempt to go back stage. Stage

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Regular volunteer Myles Coatsworth fastens down the shell on the stage.

and backstage security will be enforced this year and only authorized, properly ID’d personnel and performers will be given access to the area. There are several hundred public safety and security personnel working this event thanks to support from our area towns. Please note the following safety precautions. Unattended personal property of ANY kind (including unattended coolers, backpacks, bags, chairs, anything besides a blanket) WILL be removed without warning by the police. These may be recovered from an area in the parking lot near the portable restroom facilities, but are not our responsibility to protect. Look for Summer Pops trash containers located throughout the park. Please pick up after yourself and even after those around you when necessary. Please take home everything you bring with you back home again when you leave. This includes any rocks or other items you may bring to hold down the corners of your blanket. Do not use spikes or similar items to anchor your blanket; irrigation pipes may be damaged. Any damage caused by such activity will be your responsibility. There is a new and extensive sprinkler system throughout the park. ALL volunteers are welcome to join the clean-up crew Saturday night and Sunday morning after 8 a.m. to help with the many

facets of park beautification. Many hands make light work. Thank you! Bring this program with you to the park! Some will be distributed there, but the number is limited and we want to be as “green” as possible for Summer Pops 2013. Although a plastic tarp may do a good job keeping your blanket dry, it also does a good job killing the grass. Plastic tarps or plasticized materials are prohibited, and will be removed. The Chorus will solicit donations in support of Summer Pops during the pre-show and perhaps at a point during the show. Chorus volunteers carrying fancy gold balloons and gold buckets will wander through the audience collecting contributions. If you have not already contributed to Summer Pops, we hope you will consider making at contribution at this time. Please note that this will be the only time during the event that the Chorus of Westerly will be soliciting contributions. Any other requests for donations are not being collected on behalf of the Pops. What if it rains? If it rains a little, then stops, the concert will continue as scheduled. If it continues to rain Saturday, the show will happen on Sunday. If it rains on Sunday the show will be postponed until Monday. If it rains on Monday, we give up! We thank you for your understanding and cooperation! ■


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THE CHORUS OF WESTERLY Andrew Howell, music director George Kent, music director emeritus

Pops Festival Orchestra

Summer Pops 2013 Andrew Howell, music director Saturday June 22, 8:00pm* •

Pre-Show at 6pm.

*Rain dates: June 23 and June 24.

Special Guest:

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baritone

The Battle Hymn of the Republic The Stars and Stripes Forever

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. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . John Philip Sousa

Irish Medley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . arr. Ralph Hermann Armed Forces Salute

Andrew Howell

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . arr. Bob Lowden

Selections from The King and I

. . . . . . Rogers & Hammerstein, arr. R.R. Bennett

conductor

INTERMISSION

Bob Elmer emcee

Artillery Company of Newport

All Things Bright and Beautiful Songs of the Fleet

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . John Rutter

. . . . . . . . . . Charles Villiers Stanford (text by Henry Newbolt)

Sailing at Dawn The Song of the Sou' Wester

Fireworks by Grucci The Bells of Christ Church Ryan Saunders carilloneur

The Little Admiral Fare Well Featuring William Sharp, baritone (The Chorus of Westerly performed the American premiere of “Songs of the Fleet” in 1984 with William Sharp as soloist) Overture of 1812

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . P.I. Tchaikovsky

The Star-Spangled Banner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . text Francis Scott Key MAJOR PRESENTING SPONSOR:

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For the enjoyment of everyone in the park, we ask you kindly to keep conversations quiet and to a minimum during the performance. We invite you to join in singing for the Irish Medley! Lyrics can be found on page 10.


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Ardelle F. Darling Mr. & Mrs. Malcolm Makin Mr. Walter Tomenson, Jr. Dr. & Mrs. Thomas P. Sculco

ROCKETS Citizens Bank The Freitas Family Katherine & Joseph J. Kirby Insu & Mary Kong Maura & Henry Laudone Lewiss Law Associates, LLP Lois Vars Mason Karin McCormick Olympia Tea Room Pucci & Greene Jean & Doug Rayner Ray Willis Toys & Bicycles Virginia & David Rittner Mr. & Mrs. Edwin Russell and family Alisa & Ryan Saunders Thorp & Trainer, Inc. Pat & Mac Turner Mr. & Mrs. Daniel H. Van Winkle SALUTES Ada & Whitney Addington Sen. & Mrs. Dennis L. Algiere Shirley & Denzel Andrews Avie’s Ski/Sports, Inc. Harriet & Frank Ayer Azzinaro, Larson, A.I.A. Architects The Bosworth Company Jane & Chet Buffum Bob Buffum Family Castaldi Financial Solutions, Inc.

The Chorus of Westerly receives funding for its programming from:

Rita Marcey Cataldo ConnRi Paper & Supply Co., Inc. Charlotte & Arthur Cottrell, III Dr. & Mrs. Donald Coustan Bill Craig & Carol Barnes Craig Jeanne & Harvey DeMovick Julie & Rich Dumas Deborah & Eric Dunham Mr. & Mrs. Grenville Emmet Joyce & Jerry Fingerut Emily & John Finnegan Jane & Francis Gencarelli Brenda Greene in memory of Louise Pittaway Rudi Hauser, Jr. Marge Healy Mr. & Mrs. Andrew Howell Nancy & Phil Jones Ann & Peter Kaschuluk Lynn & George Kent Jean & Eugene Kincaid Dan King Bob Liguori Gina & Michael Lynch Mary Jane & Robin Marvel Leonesse & Tyler McCabe Liz & Bill Meyer Marty Minich Mr. & Mrs. Neil Mount Mystic River Marina Mr. & Mrs. Henry J. Nardone Jean & Phil Newbury

The Humphrey Group at UBS Financial Services

Carol & Joe Potter Miriam & David Prigmore Kristen Rayner Tom Reid Susan & Gene Renz Betsey & Marshall Rice Kathy Romanella Mr. & Mrs. Douglas W. Ronaldson Rosemarie Russo Dr. Thomas Salimeno, Jr. Judy & Bob Serra Julie & Jim Slimmon Joyce Y. Stahl Mr. & Mrs. Kent Stepanishen Ann & Jay Stevenson, III H. A. Strickland M.D. Brenda & George Sylvestre J. B. Tunney V & M Construction Penelope & David Wartels Linda Watkins John S. Wilks Drs. Rebecca Woodward & Adam Kaufman ROMAN CANDLES Mary Ann & Bob Anthony Erma Basila Gilbert Bricault Joan & David Cunningham Mary & Richard Dreghorn

Jennifer & Lee Eastbourne Dr. & Mrs. A. John Elliot Sally & Jack Gordon Loretta Heller Mr. & Mrs. Robinson Hindle, Jr. Martha & Richard Hosp Mr. & Mrs. Philip Koretski Judy & Norm Lagerstrom Dr. & Mrs. Louis LaPere Barbara & Allen Leadbetter Mr. & Mrs. John H. Linton Mary & John Macomber Mr. & Mrs. Leo Mainelli Laurie, David, Kaelan, and Brenton Rayner John R. Roorbach Sinel, Wilfand & Vinci C.P.A, Inc. Nicholas Stahl Stonington Veterinary Hospital Olive Tamm Mr. & Mrs. Lawrence Vetelino Ruth H. Walsh Mrs. Howard E. Weston Elizabeth Wolf SPARKLERS Sally & Harold Buzzi Mr. & Mrs. David D. Donnarummo Ginger & Mike Girard Dora & Jim Georgeady Dynamic Physical Therapy

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Carol Kent & Jim Clark Janet & Charles Kepner M. Ann Lamb Becca Laudone Mansfield Insurance Agency, Inc. Mr. & Mrs. Austin Murphy Nigrelli’s Jewelry Mr. & Mrs. Sam Pierson Marge & Al Puhlick Cliff Rushlow Angela & Arthur Smith June Sylvestri Clare Stone & Marty Wencek Thanks to our Summer Pops front row box sponsors: 84 Tavern on Canal, Guytanno’s Café, The Mermaid Cafe, C.C. O’Briens, Shelter Harbor Inn, Bogue’s Alley Due to print deadlines, donations received after June 1st are not included in the above contributors list. Contributions to Summer Pops may be sent to SUMMER POPS, P.O. BOX 1952, WESTERLY RI 02891 or made online at chorusofwesterly.org/popsdonate

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the contributions of Dr. Douglas Rayner and his wife Jean, who have been “driving Summer Pops since it began over 30 years ago. I also am grateful to our music director emeritus, George Kent, for guiding us for so long artistically. This is the first Pops ‘gig’ we are doing without him. We shall miss him, but he taught Andrew Howell and me well. I hope we do him proud.�

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Summer Pops will be preceded by a 6:00 PM show featuring local area artists The Rivergods, Happy and the Moonshine, the Franklin Brothers Band, the Sue Menhart Band, and The Westerly Morris Men. Daniel Spano, a Chorus Board Member whose three daughters sing with the Pre-Show Line-Up Chorus of Westerly, was with the Chorus and The Sue Menhart Band: Summer Pops at their very Daniel Spano, Kevin Clark, Dave Foret, Don Bergeron, Rob first concert, which took Funk, Danny Motta, Matt Nemeth, Sue Menhart place on the steps of the Post Office in 1981. “This is a really unique event; it’s of the highest quality and it’s free! It is a true testament to the Chorus of Westerly that they can design, manage, and produce such an event year after year,� Spano says.

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Happy and the Moonshine: Michael Chicoria, David DeAngelis

The Rivergods: Daniel Spano, Ben Parent, Nancy Parent, Mike Palazolo, Trevor Chandonnait

The Franklin Brothers Band: Carl Franklin, Jay Franklin, Amie Coffey, Matt Covey, Mark Patton, Jeremy Taylor, Rob Funk, Matt Nemeth, Doug Woolverton

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program to include three tiers of singers: Training Chorister, Junior Chorister, and Full Chorister. “My goal is for each child to be able to open a piece of music and make sense of it – that each child be a self-sufficient and confident musician in their own right,” explains Howell who says that the tiered system will give young singer the opportunity to succeed and excel in the organization by allowing them to grow into the responsibility and intensity of full participation in the Chorus’ season. Howell is confident that his youngest singers will blossom under the new organization. “I am constantly amazed at how quickly they learn and how effortlessly they are able to accomplish the goals set for them. I am reminded of my beginnings in the Chorus of Westerly at the age of 12 and how exciting it is when all of your hard work learning a piece of music finally comes to life with orchestra and soloists in the concert,” says Howell.

“Touring is a wonderful way to strengthen community within a chorus,” shares Howell. “And the memories created and friendships strengthened will stay with the singers for many years after. Besides that, it will have been 19 years since the last Chorus of Westerly tour and we are long overdue to take our music on the road!”

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Changes to the children’s program constitute just one aspect of Howell’s ambitious plan to increase the musicianship, confidence, and camaraderie of his group. In July 2014, he will lead his choristers on a European tour that includes travel to Vienna, Prague, and Budapest where The Chorus will perform in

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continued from page 9 ence, both for the singers and the audience, so quintessentially American. You can’t help but get choked up when the flags unfurl and we launch into the Star Spangled Banner at the end of the concert.” 5. Sally Gordon has acted as the ‘balloon coordinator’ for Summer Pops for nearly 15 years. She organizes a group of people, mostly students, to inflate and then sell the balloons in the park. “The balloons make the park such a festive setting and the money we make helps support the Pops. I keep coming back because I really enjoy helping out and the balloons are such fun.” 6. Karen Raven, deputy director of philanthropy for The Nature Conservancy in New York and former Chorus manager, has cued the fireworks and church bells during the 1812 Overture since 1989. “They were looking for someone who could do the job, so I raised my hand, since I know how to call cues and read an orchestra score, and I have done it ever since!” 7. Mary Dreghorn, former singer, board member and Chorus president, has been writing the thank you letters to Summer Pops donors since she stopped singing around ten years ago. Expressing gratitude to those who help make the Pops possible is a major part of what makes it so special, so when the need for a donor correspondent arose, Mary said she’d be glad to do it. “The Chorus is very important. We were looking for music when we moved to Connecticut and so we joined The Chorus. It’s just great, sitting with friends, watching the cannons and meeting interesting people at The Pops. What The Chorus of Westerly does for the town is really important.” 8. Bill Brown, retired former 1st Selectman for Stonington, spends the Friday before the show at the park laying out and setting up the various seating sections and pedestrian aisles. He also helped design and construct the new rope railing system that became necessary when Wilcox Park updated its irrigation system and planting wooden stakes in the ground became impossible. “This is a wonderful event. I love doing it and Westerly wouldn’t be the same without it.” 9. Vin Gaccione has been cooking for the chorus, orchestra and backstage crew of Summer Pops since it first moved to Wilcox Park. No stranger to cooking for large events, he enjoys the interesting spectrum of people enjoying his delicious labors. “We feed everyone. The crew, the musicians, even the guys who fire the cannons. I think it’s a good project. I think The Chorus of Westerly does a lot for the town and I like to help out.” 10. Andrew Nathan, owner of The Cooked Goose and the recently opened Sea Goose

Grill and Raw Bar, has been donating his culinary services to The Chorus of Westerly’s Summer Pops since 2008. Besides hosting the donor dinner on the Thursday evening before Summer Pop’s weekend, Mr. Nathan makes sure everyone who isn’t an audience member gets fed. That’s about 350-400 mouths to feed. He does all this because he respects what The Chorus does for this community and because of Doug Rayner. “Dr. Rayner is one of my heroes. If you have to aspire to be like someone, Doug is that guy. Plus it’s a chance to work with Vin Gaccione. It’s the most remarkable event I have ever been a part of, all those people to feed and every one smiles and says “thank you.” It’s amazing to have something like this in a small town like Westerly.” 11. Cal Lord, Pastor at Central Baptist Church and President of The Westerly Rotary Club, explained how the Rotary has volunteered to fully manage Summer Pop’s concession stands since the event moved to Wilcox Park. Food, soda, Del’s lemonade and “pops-corn” are all sold by the hard working volunteer from the Rotary Club, with 100% of the proceeds going to The Chorus of Westerly. “Our motto is ‘Service above self.’ It’s so nice to be a part of something that is positive and uplifting in the community.” 12. Chris Beck, owner of E-Z Waste Systems, Inc, has handled all of the rubbish, recycling, portable bathroom facility needs and post-performance clean up of Summer Pops for six years. He was approached by Doug Rayner to be hired by The Chorus of Westerly for the job, but instead decided to volunteer his company’s services. “The Chorus of Westerly is a great organization. It’s the right thing to do to help after so many years of putting on that show and everything else they do for the community. We have a great crew and enjoy working with the camaraderie with the other vendors and volunteers. We don’t think of it as work.” 13. Alan Peck, Park Manager for Wilcox Park, helps facilitate the set up and tear down procedures for Summer Pops, along with countless other organizational details. From storing equipment and supplying golf carts to working on logistical details between Wilcox Park and The Chorus of Westerly, Summer Pops keeps Mr. Peck pretty busy, but all he can talk about is how much he loves it. “Every year I totally enjoy Summer Pops. Pre-show through the fireworks. It’s a great night, a great sense of community. Working with Summer Pops is a chance to work with a great group of people.” So as the fireworks explode and the music lifts you to you feet with applause this year, remember to direct some of that joy, appreciation and gratitude to the hardworking folk who make this fantastic event a reality. Join us, and sing along for the unsung heroes of Summer Pops! ■


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Bob Elmer has served as emcee of Pops for 26 of its 33 years. A Stonington resident, Elmer was in broadcast management for 25 years and now serves as a senior care advisor and memory care specialist with a focus on Alzheimer’s

care. Elmer is the immediate past president of The Rotary Club of Westerly, a past president of The Greater Westerly-Pawcatuck Chamber of Commerce, and is also the “voice” of the Mystic Seaport’s “Antique Boat Parade and Rendezvous.”

THE GRAND FINALE Every year, Summer Pops ends with a bang thanks to the Grucci family of Suffolk, New York. The Grucci family, known around the world as the “First Family of Fireworks,” has provided fireworks for the inaugurations of six American presidents, national celebrations of the bicentennial and the U.S. Constitution, and the wedding of Sheik Hazza of Abu Dhabi. The Grucci Firework show was added to Summer Pops in 1983 when the performance moved from Dixon Square to Wilcox Park. The Grucci Fireworks are first launched during the climatic end of the “1812 Overture” at a specially cued spot in the music. The fireworks then continue in “The Star Spangled Banner” and then for about 6-8 minutes after the concert ends. Joining Grucci as part of the grand finale are the cannons of the Artillery Company of Newport and the clanging church bells of Christ Church, Westerly, rung by Ryan Saunders. ■

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Westerly Police Announce Street Closings and NEW Safety Precautions for Summer Pops 2013 The 2013 Summer Pops is scheduled to be held on Saturday, June 22nd, 2013. As such, the following restrictions will be enforced. Grove Avenue will be closed to all vehicular traffic as of 5:00pm. Exceptions will be made for those needing handicapped parking until all spaces are filled. Other motorists will be detoured onto Newton Avenue or other adjacent streets. Wilcox Avenue will be closed off to all vehicular traffic at 5:00pm. Handicapped parking will be available on Grove Avenue, Broad Street, across from the Westerly Town Hall and extending to the Westerly Public Library, as well as parking areas in front of the United States Post Office. PARKING RESTRICTIONS WILL BE STRICTLY ENFORCED.

★ ★ NEW THIS YEAR ★ ★ Blankets are the only items to be left in the park prior to the event. This will only be allowed after 5:00pm on Friday, June 21st, 2013. Unattended, chairs, coolers and/or any other items WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO BE LEFT within the park prior to the event. THESE ITEMS WILL BE REMOVED. If items such as these are to be brought to the event, they must be brought with those attending at the time of the event. Also, any coolers and/or any other items left unattended during the event WILL BE REMOVED. Please note no bicycles, scooters, skateboards, or similar riding devices are permitted in the park. Dogs are also prohibited in the park for the event.

(10) ten minutes to (15) fifteen minutes to allow pedestrians to freely return to their vehicles. Motorists on Railroad Avenue heading south will be directed onto Canal Street in a westerly direction. Motorists on Canal Street heading east will be directed onto High Street in a northerly direction in order to alleviate the congestion in the Downtown Westerly area. Officers and/or traffic control signals will control all other traffic. Chief Edward St.Clair Westerly Police Department TOWN OF WESTERLY, POLICE DEPARTMENT 60 AIRPORT ROAD, WESTERLY, RHODE ISLAND 02891 401-596-2022 FAX 401-596-7501 ■

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The Chorus of Westerly’s 55th Season Andrew Howell, music director • KENT HALL MASTERS SERIES CHANTICLEER October 22 - 7:30pm • RUTTER Mass of the Children LAURIDSEN Lux Aeterna November 17 at 4 & 6pm • CHRISTMAS POPS December 15 at 4 & 6pm

• A CELEBRATION OF TWELFTH NIGHT January 10 - 7:30pm January 11 - 3 & 7pm January 12 - 2 & 6pm DVORAK Stabat Mater May 18 - 4 & 6:30pm • SUMMER POPS Free Concert June 21 - 8pm Pre-show at 6pm

To buy tickets, join and/or support the Chorus visit: www.chorusofwesterly.org or call 401.596.8663

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Eliane Aberdam Ivy Allik Cassidy Argo Ian Argo Alicia Babcock Erma Basila Alissa Becker Marie Bender-Lee Gail Bibeau Aimee Blanchette Martha Brewster Shaina Burrows Abigail Casey Eden Casteel Megan Celico Bill Cibarich Debbie Clark Bethany Clarke Kailey Costa Carolyn Curry Sharon Davis Deborah Dunham Grace Dunham Ann Ferrante Olivia Ferraro Grace Gagnon Emma Graebner Brenda Greene Ella Hayward Brianna Hudson Megan Hudson Mary Hurley Sarah Jarry Kailey Jones Krista Jones Lori Jones Trey Jones Peter Kelmelis Allison Kiss Flora Klise Tessa Kluver Elena Korte Janet Kitchen Melissa Kwan Sophia Lamphere Angelina Laudone Sukey Lutman Shannon Leo Molly MacLaughlin Belinda Maltz Anabel Makover Noam Makover Mercedez Martell Lisa McClure Owen McLaughlin Thomas McLaughlin

Marty Minich Hannah Moulton James Moulton Mariah Moulton Marissa Musitano Michaela Musitano Debby Musto Miranda Nazzaro Margo Novak Aine O’Donell Alex Pinto Julia Reid Klara Reisch Annalise Roy John Santini Julia Santini Evan Spalding Lisa Spalding Isabella Spano Margaret Spano Sophia Spano Kelsey Smith Sareba Smith Joseph Sullivan Tess Sullivan Spencer Svihla Angela Tafone Katie Thoman Emmy Walrath Faith Williams Lexi Woviotis Kaylee York Nancy Young

ALTOS Linda Adams Shirley Andrews Susan Bainbridge Phyllis Boggs Patricia Bold Susan Bosworth Jen Collins Cindy Dobbs Susan Durfee Brenna Evans Emily Finnegan Laurie Fitzgerald Meg Frost Whitney Frost Rozanne Fuller Dora Georgeady Robin Goodwin Lisa Gosselin Amanda Holdridge Deb Litterer Lora MacLaughlin Jeanne MacLaughlin Lisa Masse

Moira McGuinness Meredith Miller Barbara Mount Esther Nacci Sandy Niles Simone Nunes-Düby Araminta Poole Rosemarie Russo Jocelyn Rzewuski Elizabeth Saunders Genvieve-Ashley Spitale Clare Stone Anne-Marie Tavares Hannah Thomas Rachel Thomas-Shapiro Melinda Tyler Kaitlin Veninsky Ronnie Willetts Wanda Wyand Pam Young Wendy Zecchino

Charles Kitchen Ed Latimer David Luce Austin Murphy Joshua Naylor Anthony Nunes Joseph Pearce Nathan Reilly Bruce Reynolds Mac Richardson Randy Roorbach Paul Simmons George Sylvestre John Tafone Noah Thomas Ivan Walrath John Wilks

BASSES Ken Bitting G. Mark Blycker Seth Bueno Kevin Byrne Sami Deeb Edward Donovan Jacob Dowdal Tim Dreher James Fagan Alan Greener Mark Grigg Jacob Gross Eugene Kincaid

George Kent, music director emeritus

Administrative Staff of the Chorus of Westerly Ryan Saunders Executive Director

Jodie Drapal-Koretski Director of Development

Lee Eastbourne Operations and Marketing Manager

Elizabeth Robishaw Bookkeeper Richard Armstrong Facility Manager

Pops Festival Orchestra

TENORS Ben Baldwin John Bennett Harvey Blanchette Stephanie Blanchette Anthony Cibarich Bill Croasdale John Dempsey Eric Dunham Michael Freitas Michael Grillo Ruedi Hauser Jonathan Lobo John Mottinger Graham Raynolds Richard Roy Geoffrey Sewall Harrison Svihla Dan Van Winkle

Andrew Howell, music director

VIOLIN I

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Stephan Tieszen, concertmaster Mina Lacheva Maureen Taranto Barbara Lefkowitz Zoya Tsvetkova Arie Yaacobi Kay Rooney Zoia Bologovsky

Ted Mook Daniel Harp Sandy Kiefer Cameron Sawzin Kathy Monroe Laura Cetelia

Stevi Rhency Susan Wood

VIOLIN II Annie Rabbat Janet Boughton Viktoria Tchertchian Antoaneta Anguelova Ella Leone Amy Ripka Jean Gress

VIOLA Abby Cross Michael Holub Harold Lieberman Frank Grimes Diane Guilemette Dorcas MacCall

BASS Barry Boettger Luke Baker Eliot Porter Bob Weirath

FLUTE

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PICCOLO

Susan Thomas Jackie DeVoe Mary Ellen Kregler (piccolo)

FRENCH HORN Whitacre Hill Lee Wadenpfuhl Clark Matthews Liz Gates

TRUMPET Joe Foley Klancy Martin Greg Whitaker

TROMBONE Brian Sturm Mark Weaver A. Douglas Wauchope

OBOE

TUBA

Alison Doane Kris Seversen Denise Plaza Martin

PERCUSSION

CLARINET Kelli O'Connor Jim Forgey Karen Heninger

Gary Buttery Joseph DeMarco Rob McEwen Mike Iadevaia

TIMPANI Kuljit Rhency

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Do you like to sing? JOIN THE CHORUS OF WESTERLY! The Chorus of Westerly wants you! Have you ever wondered what it would be like to watch the fireworks from the stage of Summer Pops, to sing the great works of Bach, Beethoven, and Mozart with a huge orchestra in a real performance hall, or be a part of A Celebration of Twelfth Night? Do you just like to sing and want to try something fun? If you answered yes to any of these questions, join us in the Chorus of Westerly! Right now, the Chorus of Westerly is looking for new members — children and adults. Children can join the Chorus beginning at the age of 8. Adults can join at any age! Appointments will be available through June and July. Anyone wishing to audition for this fall should call the office to set up a special appointment before the month ends (401.596.8663).

Joining the Chorus of Westerly requires a commitment to a weekly rehearsal schedule and a more intense concert week rehearsal and performance schedule. Rehearsals for each season begin in September and continue through Summer Pops in June. Adults rehearse for two hours on Monday evenings. Children rehearse Monday and Friday each week after school for an hour.

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