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Macon Pops heats things up for Mercer with Latin Concert

The Macon Pops will create a giant night club atmosphere at Mercer's Hawkins Arena with their "Latin Pop Revolution" concert.
The Macon Pops will create a giant night club atmosphere at Mercer's Hawkins Arena with their "Latin Pop Revolution" concert.

The Macon Pops orchestra is firing things up in Hawkins Arena on Friday with their end-of-season Latin concert.

Titled “Latin Pop Revolution,” the concert begins at 7:30 p.m.

General admission is $14 for students and $24 regular price. Tickets can be purchased online from the Macon Pops website.

The Latin American inspired concert will feature new and classic music from the past 75 years of Latin pop music.

“All of our shows are completely handcrafted,” said Pops Co-Founder and President Steve Moretti.

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Macon Pops president and co-founder Steve Moretti plays the drums for the orchestra and is most excited for their rendition of Luis Fonsi's "Despacito."

Grammy award-winning composer Matt Catingub has created all new musical arrangements specifically for this concert.

Catingub is the artistic director and conductor for the Macon Pops.

“Matt and I come up with the concepts, and he comes up with the arrangements,” Moretti said.

Moretti, who also plays the drums for the pops, is most looking forward to their rendition of Luis Fonsi’s “Despacito.”

Music from Tito Puente, Sergio Mendes, Jennifer Lopez, Christina Aguilera and more will also be featured.

The innovative, high energy pops orchestra wants to play music that makes people dance.

Attendees do not have to come dressed up, said Moretti. The group is putting a fresh spin on what a pops group is.

There is a dance floor and a giant video screen showing live close-ups of the musician.

“It’s like a giant nightclub with a 40-piece orchestra,” Moretti said.

The symphonic pops orchestra will feature a group of 40 musicians with a special guest performance from singer-actress, Christina Souza.

“I enjoy the juxtaposition of pop music with the orchestra,” Souza said.

Soza has performed with legendary musicians Bette Midler, Barbra Streisand and Taylor Dayne.

She will be singing songs in both Spanish and Portuguese.

Moretti urges Mercerians to attend, because tickets have been discounted to suit student budgets, and it gives people access to a “big city concert.”

“Year number five is certainly a milestone,” Moretti said regarding their end-of-season show.

They want everyone to have a good time, he said.


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