Author: Rachel Meier
Date: November 26, 2012
Categories: Campus Life|Community|Music

The Houghton Pops Orchestra is pleased to present A Tribute to John Williams on Friday, November 30, at 7:30 p.m. in the Chapel. Houghton Pops is currently under the direction of Kevin Dibble, a conducting graduate student.  For more information, please visit

This is the Houghton Pops’ second concert since becoming a student organization. The idea was Robert Martin’s (’13), back in October 2011. “[It] started originally as an idea to create an opportunity for student conductors on campus… The Hearts of the Highlands concert [in March] was conceived as a celebration of our Highlander mascot and my personal love for Celtic Music.” The first concert was a complete success, with a packed house and many people asking for another Celtic concert soon.

This semester, the Houghton Pops is singing a different tune. The upcoming concert will have the theme of John William’s music. Current conductor Kevin Dibble says, “It is my hope that this concert will allow people to enjoy the music they know and love, while engendering a love for even more of John Williams’ music.” The performance will include known and loved excerpts  from productions such as Star Wars, Jurassic Park and Superman. Nathaniel Efthimiou, Houghton Pops’ assistant conductor, will also be conducting during the concert.

The ensemble will return to Rob’s direction in the spring semester, with at least two concerts planned. Rob hopes to create a tradition of Celtic music on campus, and the Houghton Pops will perform Hearts of the Highlands II: A Song to Remember. It will include music from Dreamworks’ How to Train Your Dragon as well as Disney’s Brave and other Celtic classics.

The Houghton Pops is a flexible group of about 50 orchestral musicians, including strings, winds, and percussion, both music majors and non-music majors.