In order to protect the health and safety of our campers and staff, we are saddened to announce that the 6th Annual Pops ON! has been rescheduled to September of 2021.
5th Annual Pops ON! from 2019
Celebrate with Michael Nowak & Orchestra Novo as Pops ON!
with special musical guests
Jennifer Blomfield & James Brescia
Special Guest Conductor, Phyllis Madonna
On Sunday, September 1, Michael Nowak and Orchestra Novo go Hollywood as they bring movie music to life onstage at the Alex Madonna Expo Center.
The 5th Annual Pops ON! celebrates Michael’s rich Hollywood legacy with a day of beloved movie favorites. Film composer Christophe Beck has graciously provided selections from the delightful and romantic film score conducted by Michael from Under The Tuscan Sun.
Michael and Christophe have also collaborated on a number of films over the past 16 years including The Hangover, Cheaper By The Dozen, and The Year Of The Dog. Orchestra Novo will also be premiering a brand new arrangement of Ennio Morricone’s iconic Cinema Paradiso, created by arranger Tim Simonec.
We’re delighted to have San Luis Obispo’s Mayor Heidi Harmon as our Mistress of Ceremonies. This year’s guest musical artists are the gracious and talented Jennifer Blomfield and SLO County Office of Education Supervisor and tenor extraordinaire, James Brescia. Local icon, Phyllis Madonna will lead the orchestra for the very first time as our guest conductor.
Lights! Camera! Action! Be ready to capture your moment in the spotlight at our Hollywood-themed DIY photobooth, complete with props and backdrop. Prizes will be awarded for the best Hollywood table decor and fashion to the guests who want to get into the full spirit of the day.
For over 4 decades, Michael Nowak has performed on or led Hollywood orchestras for every variety of soundtrack. He has worked with some of the greatest names in Hollywood music such as John Williams, James Horner, Danny Elfman, John Barry, and Randy Newman. He was the conductor of the 2013 Academy award-winning original score for the film Life of Pi, composed by Mychael Danna and the recent heartwarming fan favorite, A Dog’s Journey, music by Mark Isham.
His career has seen him perform with the iconic likes of Henry Mancini, Jerry Goldsmith, and Elmer Bernstein as well as contemporary A-listers such as James Newton Howard, Michael Giacchino, and Alexandre Desplat.
We encourage guests to add some movie flare to their table with cinema-themed decor or to come as your favorite film star. There will also be a Hollywood-themed photo station for DIY commemorative photos.
We invite you to delight in your favorites on this magical Sunday afternoon.
Add some movie flare to your table with cinema-themed decor or come as your favorite film star.
Pops Boston Style!
Circle up with your favorite family and friends at our Boston-style Pops. Picnics are welcome as are non-alcoholic beverages. All beer, wine, and spirits are only available for purchase from our good friends at the Madonna Inn.
Be sure to reserve your seats early. Purchase individual seats or bring 9 of your friends for a full table of 10. Sponsor Tables receive premium placement, complimentary wine and glasses, and more!
- Individual seats $40 (Magenta Seats)
- $350 Table of 10 (Green Seats: see special instructions below)
- Sponsor Table $1,000 (Purple Seats: see special instructions below)
• When you view the seating layout, you will see some tables with a single Purple or Green seat along with 9 gray seats.
This indicates that the entire table is for sale as one item.
• Hold your cursor on the colored seat and click. It will give you an option to ‘Select a Price Level.’ Click on that price and add it to your cart. You should see the ‘Table of 10’ or ‘Sponsor Table’ show up for Checkout.
On the right-hand side of the seating layout, you will now see your order and the button to ‘Checkout Now.’ Click to complete your order.
If you have any questions or difficulty, please contact [email protected] or 805-792-2711
Sunday, September 1, Alex Madonna Expo Center
Doors open at 2:30 pm, concert at 4:00 pm