Pops concert wows standing room only crowd

"Movie Magic" was alive and well last night, during the Emporia Symphony Orchestra's first-ever Pops concert. The group, as conducted by Dr. Jeremy Starr, performed a selection of film scores to a packed Granada Theatre.

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The opener was music from the 1969 science fiction movie "2001: A Space Odyssey." The evening's performance also included selections from Indiana Jones, Forrest Gump, The Lord of the Rings, and Star Wars. After a standing ovation, Starr and his group decided to give the audience a swashbuckling encore: the main theme from "Pirates of the Caribbean."

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During intermission, prizes were given away by the Emporia State Student Foundation. Emporia resident Dallas Shepherd won a $25 gift card for wearing his Stormtrooper costume. Photos of Shepherd and the concert are online at KVOE.com.

Starr says another pops concert is possible. One idea the orchestra is mulling around is a concert based on video game music. Starr says that kind of program would attract a new audience. He also says he's open to new ideas for future themed concerts.

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