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Pops NB event to be held in Moncton

May 22, 2015

MONCTON – Today, in Moncton, the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra (NBYO) announced the creation of POPS NB, a signature, destination cultural event that will showcase New Brunswick talent and add to the reputation and stature of the province’s cultural sector. 

“A free, outdoor, summertime orchestral concert, POPS NB will feature music of the children, youth and professional orchestras of the NBYO, along with special guest orchestras and artists, performing concerts of light classical and popular music,” said Ken MacLeod, CEO of the NBYO.  

The first-annual Pops NB will be a 4-hour outdoor concert in downtown Moncton on July 10, 11 am to 3 pm, presented by the NBYO and the City of Moncton, in partnership with the Atlantic Nationals Automotive Extravaganza Friday Street Party. This addition of POPS NB to the Friday programming of Atlantic Nationals will allow event-goers to enjoy a full day of activity – from 11 am through to midnight.

“Pops NB will appeal to the widest possible audience and is the perfect orchestral concert for people who don’t know they like orchestras,” said MacLeod.

The featured, special guest orchestra for the first POPS NB is YOA Orchestra of the Americas.  Led by Artistic Advisor Plácido Domingo, YOA is a world-class symphony orchestra of gifted young musicians, ages 18 to 30, representing 25 countries in the Western Hemisphere. POPS NB will climax a two-week residency of YOA in Moncton, and serve as the launchpad for the YOA Canadian tour, including participation in a series of headlining performances at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto.  David Myles, Monique Poirier and Troiselle will be other featured guest artists for the event.

“The City of Moncton is pleased to be a part of the POPS NB summertime orchestral concert, in partnership with the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra and the Atlantic National Automobile Extravaganza festival,” said Mayor George LeBlanc.  “The Atlantic Nationals is one of Moncton’s signature festivals, with over 30 000 people attending each year.  From the excitement at Centennial Park, to the annual Main Street party on Friday night, it is definitely a must-attend event in Moncton. This year, the ambiance and the excitement in downtown will be enhanced by the addition of POPS NB and the energy of our talented youth, and I’m proud to see community groups collaborate in such a meaningful way!”    

Inspired by the Boston Pops and other such shows, POPS NB in downtown Moncton will include four orchestras and more than 350 musicians from more than 25 countries, in a 4-hour concert event - a treat for dedicated concert-goers and casual passers-by alike. 

Street Closures
The City of Moncton is pleased to be welcoming both exciting events to the downtown core and will be closing Main Street to vehicular traffic, making it the official event zone for Pops NB and Atlantic Nationals. 
From 1 p.m. on Thursday, July 9 to 3 a.m. on Saturday, July 11:
o Main Street closed from Mechanic Street to Downing Street leaving the intersections of Main/Mechanic and Main/Downing open.
From 6 a.m. on Friday, July 10 to 3 a.m. on Saturday, July 11:
o Main Street closed from Mechanic Street to Lutz Street leaving the intersections of Main/Mechanic and Main/Lutz open
o Botsford Street closed from Main Street to Queen Street leaving the intersection of Botsford/Queen open
o Downing Street closed from Main Street to Sommet Lane leaving the intersection of Downing/Sommet open
o Westmorland Street closed from Main Street to just past the entrance of the Moncton Market.

About the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra (NBYO)
Ever since its premiere concert on October 22, 1966 in Woodstock, NB, under the baton of Stanley Saunders, NBYO has remained true to its three-pronged mandate of involving young people in orchestral performance and study, increasing the accessibility of the classical orchestral repertoire, and deepening the appreciation of classical music in local audiences and abroad. All of this is done with an unwavering focus on musical excellence.
NBYO highlights include performances at Carnegie Hall in New York City in 2003, Auditorium Paganini in Parma, Italy in 2005, the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing, China in 2008, the Musikverein in Vienna, Austria in 2011 and Smetana Hall in Prague, Czech Republic in 2014.
As validation of its musical excellence, NBYO won an East Coast Music Award in 2008 for Classical Recording of the Year. In 2011 the NBYO participated in the Summa Cum Laude International Youth Music Festival in Vienna, Austria and was awarded 1st Place in the Orchestra Division.  In March, 2015, the NBYO received the Prime Minister’s Award for Social Innovation for its work in Sistema NB.
The NBYO Conductor and Music Director is Antonio Delgado.

About Sistema NB
In 2009, the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra (NBYO) partnered with “El Sistema," completed a fact-finding tour of the South American country, completed a one-year prototype program in New Brunswick and adopted a further 4-year plan to expand and replicate the program throughout the province.  Sistema NB now operates four centers, in Moncton, Saint John, Richibucto and the Tobique First Nation, and engages more than 600 children daily.  

About the Youth Orchestra of the Americas (YOA)
Led by Artistic Advisor Plácido Domingo, YOA is a world-class symphony orchestra of gifted young musicians, ages 18 to 30, representing 25 countries in the Western Hemisphere. YOA’s mission is to bring together energetic, talented musicians to pursue excellence and celebrate cultural diversity as a catalyst for social change. The season centerpiece is a July - August Residence and Concert Tour held each year in different regions of the world. YOA has performed more than 300 concerts since its 2002 Inaugural Tour in settings that range from the most prestigious concert halls of Europe and the Americas to outdoor venues not often associated with symphonic music. In addition to touring activities, YOA’s Global Leaders Program is a yearlong training course that supports the transformation of exceptional musicians into leading social entrepreneurs. YOA serves as a model for national youth orchestras in Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Uruguay, and elsewhere.

About the Atlantic Nationals Automotive Extravaganza 
For four days, upwards of 2,000 cars and tens of thousands of spectators will turn the City of Moncton into a hot rod and classic car paradise. Top it off with North America's largest prize pool, some very cool special guests, a whole lot of world-renowned Maritime hospitality, and you've got a Canadian Hot Rod Mardi Gras that every gearhead should have on his or her bucket list. The program will involve a series of tours to various attractions in the region, highlighted by a Friday, July 10 car exhibit and outdoor concert on Main Street, and the major car show in Centennial Park on Saturday, July 11 and Sunday, July 12.

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NOTE:  For more info, visit:


Ken MacLeod
President / CEO
New Brunswick Youth Orchestra / L’Orchestre des jeunes du Nouveau-Brunswick
(506) 384-1255;  (506) 961-1530 (C)

Nicole O. Melanson
Communications, City of Moncton
506-383-6214 / Nicole.melanson@moncton.ca