The Kingwood Pops Orchestra (KPO) is planning a concert in hopes of bringing many of the delights of fall — from vibrant foliage to the excitement of football — to the community through music. KPO, a local nonprofit organization, has announced that its first concert of the fall season, “Autumn Leaves,” will be held Oct. 16, with performances at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. The concert will be held at Woodridge Baptist Church, located at 5707 Kingwood Drive.

The orchestra is preparing many popular pieces, including “Shine on, Harvest Moon,” the 1930s classic “You Gotta Be a Football Hero,” the theme from “Ghostbusters,” and a medley of football fight songs.

“My favorite pieces on the program would have to include the iconic theme to the 1952 movie ‘Singin’ in the Rain,” said Dr. Robert Hunt, the orchestra’s conductor. He is also partial to the “exuberant arrangement” of Earth, Wind and Fire’s hit “September,” which was created by KPO’s own trumpet player, Denny Willen.

KPO will also perform two of Hunt’s arrangements, including “Colors of the Wind” (from Disney’s “Pocahontas”) and “Autumn in New York.” Hunt said he greatly enjoyed arranging this standard, “which so magically captures the mood of its subject.”

“The orchestra has been bringing quality, family-oriented musical entertainment to the community for over 25 years,” said Linda Forys, KPO’s president. “The organization is supported by approximately 60 dedicated, volunteer orchestra members who are passionate about their music,” she said, noting that KPO gives young music students the opportunity to gain experience by playing with seasoned instrumentalists. Local patrons are supportive of KPO, she said, and have consistently voiced their appreciation for being able to attend affordable music events in their own community. She observed that when KPO could not perform due to pandemic restrictions, both orchestra members and patrons felt the loss.

KPO is pleased to be performing its fall concerts at Woodridge Baptist Church. The large venue will allow for social distancing; it also provides exceptional sound equipment and acoustics, as well as ample parking and restroom facilities. For the safety of all, KPO requests that attendees wear face coverings. The orchestra is also planning a holiday concert to be performed at Woodridge Baptist Church on Saturday, Dec. 11. Performances are scheduled for 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

There is no reserved seating for the concerts. All adult tickets are $15; tickets for children 10 and under are $1. Tickets are available online (kingwoodpops.org) or at the door.

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