Sr. Pops Orchestra

Senior Pops Orchestra to Perform at Huntington High School

LI Senior Pops Orchestra members during a previous Huntington concert.

March 16, 2017

The Long Island Senior Pops orchestra will be joined by the Huntington High School orchestra for an inter-generational concert this Sunday, (March 19) at 2 p.m. No tickets are required for the free performance.

The Senior Pops orchestra members say they look forward to the annual multi-generational performance with many expressing the feeling it is the highlight of their musical year.

The afternoon performance is expected to draw a large crowd. Stephen Michael Smith will once again serve as conductor of the Senior Pops. The high school orchestra members will include more than 50 string instrument students.

“The Senior Pops-Huntington High School inter-generational concert is a truly terrific show every year,” Huntington Superintendent James W. Polansky said. “It always includes the perfect blend of classical compositions, pop culture, Broadway hits and more. It’s a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon!”

Sunday’s musical program will include Best of the Beatles, Salute to the Big Apple, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, Night on Bare Mountain and Empire Strikes Back. 

“For almost 40 years, we in Huntington have been lucky enough to have the Senior Pops Orchestra of Long Island in our backyard,” said Eric Reynolds, district director of fine and performing arts. “The Senior Pops is just another example of how present and vital the arts are in the fabric of this town.”

Bringing the two orchestras together is no easy feat. “Huntington High School orchestra director Nicole Castaldo and the administration of the Senior Pops work closely to ensure that we develop and maintain our school-community relationship,” Mr. Reynolds said. “Our high school students participate in sectionals led by members of the Pops and perform during the concert as members of the orchestra. We are so grateful to have the Pops support our music programs and happy to always accept their invitation to perform in concert with them.”

Preparing for the concert is always a challenging undertaking. Under Ms. Castaldo’s tutelage the high school musicians learn a large repertoire of new and difficult music in a relatively short period of time. Rehearsals can be intense, but always leave observers impressed with how quickly the teenagers learn the music.

The high school students typically have just one joint rehearsal with the 60 member Senior Pops orchestra ensemble and need to be ready to perform up to two hours of music. The teenagers and senior citizens look forward to sharing a stand and getting to know one another during the event. Over the years, the students have formed friendships with their stand partners and look forward to seeing them each year.

The public is invited to attend the performance, which will be held in Huntington High School’s spacious and comfortable auditorium. The facility is handicapped accessible. A donation of $5 is suggested for those who would like to contribute to covering the costs association with the Senior Pops orchestra.

“The Senior Pops Orchestra of Long Island was established on September 12, 1979 when two local musicians formed and funded the group as a vehicle for senior citizen musicians to express their lifelong musical creativity, bringing entertainment and culture to an appreciative Long Island community,” according to the organization’s website. “Today we retain our well-known Senior Pols, however, we have evolved into a multi-generational orchestra with musicians of every age.”

Visit www.seniorpops.org for more information about the Senior Pops Orchestra of Long Island.

Nicole Castaldo
Huntington High School orchestra director Nicole Castaldo.
Stephen Michael Smith
Stephen Michael Smith conducts a previous inter-generational concert in the Huntington auditorium.