The first Maine Pops Concert of July 2023 is now in the books, as the band successfully performed about a dozen compositions from its 2022 Fall and 2023 Spring concerts at the Park Danforth retirement community in Portland on July 12.
The concert was slated to be an outdoor affair, but a pop-up storm that arrived about an hour before concert time moved the performance indoors to the facilities auditorium. There was a mad scramble in the final hour to not only seat the 35+ members of the band, but to also provide comfortable and accessible seating for the 50+ community members in attendance. The Maine Pops thanks the staff at the Park Danforth for moving chairs from the outside venue and drying them for our performance inside.
Under the direction of David Watts, the Maine Pops performed the following compositions:
Entry of the Gladiators
Adele in Concert
In the Mood
Funeral March of a Marionette
Veni Vidi Vici
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
Fantasy on American Sailing Songs
The evening concluded with the band and the audience singing "Happy Birthday" to Maine Pops President Bob Swerdlow, who celebrated his birthday today. A cake was delivered to Park Danforth for residents and musicians to enjoy.
The band's next performance is a public concert on Wednesday, July 19 at Heseltine Park in Portland. The concert begins at 6 p.m.