Macon Pops is an innovative, high energy, and world class orchestra event bringing together the most talented studio and orchestral musicians from around the southeast and across the country. But… this is no traditional orchestra.
What comes to mind when you think of the word orchestra?
If images of expensive tuxes, tight-lipped audiences, and conservative, structured performances float through your brain, let us change your outlook.
Picture this. As Hawkins Arena is transformed into a top-shelf nightclub, patrons will be encouraged to fill the dance floor, indulge in fabulous food and drinks, and enjoy lively music – all at an orchestra event.
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Multi Grammy®-nominated drummer and percussionist, Steve Moretti, and renowned pops conductor and Grammy®-award winning arranger, Matt Catingub, go way back. In February of 2013, Moretti and Catingub were a part of a show at Cox Capitol Theatre with the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings, and the concert was so well-received by the Macon community that an idea was planted in their minds.
So, in the way that many good ideas are born, they met at Starbucks over a cup of Joe to lay the groundwork for what is now Macon Pops.
Moretti and Catingub believe that society has put a barrier around the symphony, as if it were only for sophisticated, rich, or musical folk.
As the Macon Pops board was formed, NewTown Macon and the Community Foundation of Central Georgia became the fiscal agent for the orchestra event, giving Macon Pops the oomph it needed to get off the ground. As of October 2015, Macon Pops is an independent 501(c)3.
“It’s our goal to break down the barriers of what people think about orchestra – that it’s a stuffy, elitist, dress-up and sit-still type of thing. At Macon Pops, we want everyone from all walks of life and interests to experience the exciting event and have an opportunity to truly appreciate world class music.”
-Steve Moretti, Drummer, President & CEO
What the Future Holds
Well, the possibilities are endless, really. From August to March, we have scheduled three events in three different locations (Wellness Center Lawn at Middle Georgia State University, The Cox Capitol Theatre and Hawkins Arena) with maybe an additional surprise concert, here or there.
Our Macon Pops Board
Otis Redding Foundation
Executive Assistant, Georgia Sports Hall of Fame
Past President, The Junior League of Macon
Dr. Bill Barnes
Piedmont Orthopedic Surgeon
Dr. Christopher Blake
President, Middle Georgia State University
Freelance Writer, Artist
William Fickling, III
Manager, Executive Homes of Georgia, LLC
Wesleyan College Faculty (Retired)
General Manager, Homewood Suites
Musician, President & CEO of Macon Pops, Inc.
Co-Founder & Creative Director, M&R Marketing Group
Dr. David Keith
Dean, Townsend School of Music, Mercer University
Attorney, Jones, Cork & Miller, LLP