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JC Symphony Orchestra to perform annual Pops concert

JC Symphony Orchestra to perform annual Pops concert

February 8th, 2018 by Nicole Roberts in Life & Entertainment

Gary Sanders focuses intently on following the music while playing the piano during a rehearsal for the Jefferson City Symphony Orchestra at Jefferson City High School on Monday, Feb. 5, 2018. Having played the piano for 49 years, Sanders will be featured during the second half of the symphony's Feb. 13 performance.

Photo by Emil Lippe /News Tribune.

The Jefferson City Symphony Orchestra will pay tribute to several movies during its Feb. 13 Pops concert.

While the pieces will range over several genres, they all have one thing in common — they were performed in movies spread over seven decades.

Some musical pieces will include those from "Star Wars," American westerns and James Bond movies.

"It's a big production we're putting on this year," said Gary Sanders, Jefferson City Symphony Orchestra Board of Directors member. "The Pops (concert) needs to appeal to a wide range of people, (so) I tried to get as cross-generational as possible so that everybody would enjoy it."

Along with the 70-member symphony orchestra, the concert will feature Dancers' Alley and the Helias High School Choir. Dancers' Alley will perform to music from the "007" James Bond movies, while the Helias choir will sing Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody."

By collaborating with different groups, Sanders said, the community learns what resources and talents Jefferson City offers.

The second half of the concert will feature popular piano concertos from movies, performed by Sanders. There will be five pieces from older movies, including Alfred Hitch's 1945 movie "Spellbound."

The concert is scheduled at 7 p.m. at Lincoln University's Mitchell Auditorium.

Tickets cost $15 for adults and $5 for students. Those interested can purchase tickets at the door or online at

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