Harvard Pops Orchestra
|The Harvard Pops Orchestra|
|Concert hall||Lowell Lecture Hall and Sanders Theatre|
The Harvard Pops Orchestra is a collegiate orchestra composed of Harvard students and based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The orchestra has about 70 members and specializes in playing a variety of classical repertoire, standard pops works, and arrangements and original compositions written by students. The Pops is known for its unconventional and creative programs which feature student-written scripts, original films, and a strong emphasis on new music by undergraduate composers. Each of its concerts is built around a creative theme (like cartoons, murder mysteries, and pirates) and employs theatrical and visual elements.
Founded in 1996, the orchestra is the nation's oldest collegiate pops orchestra. The orchestra, founded by Eric Damast '97, was entirely student-run from its inception until it hired music director Allen Feinstein, who continues to lead the Pops, in 1998.