Columbia Orchestra Summer Pops Concert


Join us for the Third Annual FREE Summer Pops Concert!

Doors at 4:00 p.m., show at 5:00 p.m.

Join the Columbia Orchestra for its third annual Free Summer Pops Concert, and the first 2019 of the series free Community Concerts at the Chrysalis! The whole family will love film favorites from SupermanMagnificent Seven, and The Lion King, plus Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody, patriotic songs, and the ultimate outdoor classic: The 1812 Overture! Crowd-favorite Sola Fadiran joins the Orchestra for hits from South PacificRagtime and Toy Story

The Columbia Orchestra is hailed as “a pillar of the local arts community” by The Washington Post. A community orchestra with 85-100 members, it performs Classical, Symphonic Pops, Chamber, Holiday, and Young People’s Concerts. In 2016, the Orchestra joined forces with the Columbia Jazz Band to offer jazz programming. The Orchestra also offers educational programs such as "Meet the Instruments" for pre-k students, a free concert for HCPSS 3rd graders, an annual Young Artist Competition, free open rehearsals, and pre-concert discussions. The Orchestra has experienced tremendous growth under the leadership of Music Director Jason Love and now reaches an annual audience of 14,000.

Now in its third year, the annual Columbia Orchestra FREE Summer Pops Concert is a partnership between the Orchestra, the Trust, and a variety of community organizations to present the gift of music to Howard County as part of the Columbia Festival of the Arts in June.


Sola Fadiran, Vocalist

Mr. Fadiran is a Nigerian-American lyric baritone and is currently studying acting at the Yale School of Drama. He has performed as a Young Artist with the Cincinnati Opera, as well as their "Opera Fusion: New Works", in conjunction with the Canadian Opera Center and the Metropolitan Opera/Lincoln Center Theater New Work Commission. He has also performed as a Festival Artist with the Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theater, and as a Festival Artist at the Virginia Arts Festival Duffy Institute for New Opera. Mr. Fadiran has performed as a soloist with the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, the Columbia Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and most recently with the Yale Institute of Sacred Music, under the baton of the BBC Singers conductor David Hill, in the American premier of the Royal Master of the Queen's Music, and renowned composer Judith Weir's "In The land of Uz." Sola will next be seen performing in the third annual Cantos Para Hermanar al Mundo concert event in Torreón, Mexico at the Teatro Isauro Mattinez. He is extremely excited to be singing with the Columbia Orchestra for the second time this summer.

Mr. Fadiran is a graduate of Howard County Public School System’s Glenelg High School, and won the Howard County Arts Council 2015 Rising Star and 2017 All Star awards.