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Olympia Chamber Orchestra "Take Pop to the Pops" for Father's Day


The Olympia Chamber Orchestra (OCO) is celebrating Father’s Day with familiar and light hearted works conducted by Nickolas Carlson, the newly appointed conductor and music director. Enjoy an old fashioned Arthur Fiedler style pops concert with some Razzle Dazzle show tunes, light classical favorites and a surprise encore! Claudia Simpson-Jones and Darrell Born will be singing hits from "Chicago." OCO will play some of the most well-known and best loved music in the classical literature, pieces that are familiar from stage, screen and television as well as concert settings. Johann Strauss’ overture to “Die Fledermaus” brings highlights from the operetta, especially the lilting waltz. You will recognize the first movement of Mozart’s symphony #25 from the score to the movie “Amadeus." There are many recordings of von Suppe’s “Light Cavalry” overture from the mid-19th century operetta of the same name. From Bugs Bunny to the Lone Ranger, from the Flintstones to a chorus of clucking chickens in the Muppets, everyone knows and loves Rossini’s “William Tell" overture. And, you can’t forget one of Leonard Bernstein’s most famous Broadway musicals during his Centennial birthday year, “West Side Story." There will be a surprise encore! After a two year conductor search Nickolas Carlson is the new conductor of OCO. Maestro Carlson teaches at St Martin’s University. He holds a Bachelor of Music in organ performance from Bethany College in Kansas and his Master of Music in Orchestral Conducting from Wichita State University, Kansas. In addition to conducting orchestras, he has a wealth of experience conducting opera. Welcome, Maestro Nickolas Carlson!