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2017/18 Pops Series
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The Luken Holdings Pops Series begins with Nashville’s top country songwriters, Music City Hit Makers.  These talented musicians wrote more than 30 of country’s top hits recorded by some of the biggest names in country music including Dierks Bentley, Carrie Underwood, and Kelly Clarkson.  The series continues with its annual Home for the Holidays performances with special guest and Chattanooga native Neshawn Calloway, as well as the popular annual swing concert, Big Band Fever. In March we celebrate Women’s History month with a new show titled Women Rock with performances of music from the famous rock-n-roll female greats including Carole King, Tina Turner, Janis Joplin, and Heart.  Continuing the anniversary season theme, we close the series with a celebration of Principal Pops Conductor and Music Director Emeritus Bob Bernhardt’s 25th anniversary with the CSO, performing his favorite music from pops, light classical, opera, and music from the movies. All Pops concerts are performed at the Tivoli Theatre. Subscriptions start at $95 for all five programs.

Music City Hitmakers
Bob Bernhardt, conductor

Music City Hit-makers are bringing Music City to Chattanooga. They fuse the #1 hits of Nashville Grammy Award-winning songwriters and a band comprised of top studio musicians with the artistry of a live symphony orchestra. It’s an extraordinary musical experience you don’t want to miss.

One of the most award-winning prolific writers in country music will be here with the Music City Hit-makers.  Brett James has 24 #1 country music hits, Grammy Awards and scores of top 20 singles to his credit.  His songs include I Hold On (recorded by Dierks Bentley), Jesus Take the Wheel (recorded by Carrie Underwood), and Mr. Know It All (recorded by Kelly Clarkson).

Home for the Holidays
Holiday Favorites and Gospel Greats
12.16.17 and 12.17.17
Kayoko Dan, conductor
Neshawn Colloway, vocalist
CSO Chorus, Darrin Hassevoort, director
Metropolitan Bells, Gary Bynum, director
Center for Creative Arts Concert Choir

Special guest Neshawn Calloway brings jazz and gospel to the Home for the Holidays program along with your favorite traditional songs.  The Center for Creative Arts Concert Choir joins the CSO Chorus for a great evening of music you won’t want to miss.  As always, visits from Santa and other special guests are part of the evening’s festivities.


Big Band Fever
2.16.18 and 2.17.18

Dance, dance, dance the night away at Chattanooga’s favorite annual event – Big Band Fever!

Women Rock
Bob Bernhardt, conductor

Celebrate the women who changed rock and roll forever with this brand new show from Jeff Tyzik.  The music of Carole King, Tina Turner, Janis Joplin, Aretha Franklin, Pat Benatar, Heart, Carly Simon, and more is brought to life by the CSO and a cast of singers, with video footage of each iconic artist projected on the big screen.

Featuring songs “I Feel the Earth Move,” “What’s Love Got To Do With It,” “Freeway of Love,” “Proud Mary,” “Piece Of My Heart,” “Dancing In The Street,” “Hit Me With Your Best Shot,” “Invincible,” “These Dreams,” and “You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman.”

Bob Bernhardt’s 25th Anniversary
Bob Bernhardt, conductor
Michael Chertock, piano

Come celebrate Bob’s 25th Anniversary with the CSO.  He has put together a show from all his favorite genres – show tunes, movie music, classical pops and even opera come together for this fun evening of music and memories.

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