Tag Archives: Salem Pops Orchestra

A Grand Day Out

Oregonians, rejoice! The holidays have found their voice! It’s Dr. Kevin Helppie’s, true, But, Saturday, he’ll share with you His baritone so rich and fine It’s like your ears are filled with wine Fermented from Willamette fruit. Come hear the … Continue reading

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A Night In Old Vienna

Of course, we’ll begin With Johann Strauss’ Blue Danube, and then Die Fledermaus. Schatz-Walzer comes next (That’s “Treasure Waltz” In case you’re perplexed), Then social faults Like gossip and drink We’ll celebrate With Tritsch-Tratsch…I think It’s getting late, So Emporer, … Continue reading

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Debate No. 3

I’m just a bit delight chagrined I’ll dodge duck miss tonight’s debate And won’t be forced subjected able To participate By typing bitter snarky rhymes While Mitt and Barry posture. My Salem Pops rehearsal calls– Miss that, and it’ll cost … Continue reading

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Farewell To The Maestro

Salem, Oregon, Two Thousand Two: An orchestra of willing volunteers Was in the market for a leader who Could help them grow for, oh, let’s say ten years. Before the Maestro took up the baton A fertile field, unplanted, was … Continue reading

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No, Really

I just played a concert whose highlight was an orchestral piece Composed in honor of a guest musician who likes chasing fleece. The 19-year-old pianist was very good, as was her dad, But when you’ve played a waltz sung by … Continue reading

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