First encore will be a surprise

Published 12:00 am Sunday, May 29, 2011

By Joanie Morris
For the Salisbury Post
SALISBURY — We won’t tell you what the first encore is for the annual Pops at the Post on June 4. David Hagy wants it that way.
As director of the Salisbury Symphony, Hagy is in charge of setting the program for the night’s concert.
The concert is separated into two sections, broken up by an intermission. He’s also planned two encores for the seventh year of Pops at the Post. The second encore — that one he’ll tell you all about.
“It’s always the same,” said Hagy. “America the Beautiful.”
Audience members like to sing along, or just sit and listen to the beautiful music. Generally, during the encore — and even before, during the “1812 Overture” — families with children like to leave.
While he’ll announce to London and back what that last encore is, it’s the first encore that he likes to keep a surprise. In years past, this has included television themes such as Danny Elfman’s theme to “The Simpsons” and even movie themes.
This year is no different.
“I’m not even going to tell you except to suggest the children will want to stay for the first encore, because they will recognize it,” said Hagy. When asked for hints, he said those as young as first-graders may have gone to see the movie with this theme song.
“The music is magical,” he said, giving another hint at the theme.
Joanie Morris is a freelance writer. She can be reached at 704-797-4248 or