• 50°

The sun’s shining on Pops at the Post on Saturday

The program

• Star-Spangled Banner, concert version

• Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6: III. Allegro molto vivace

• Handel’s Water Music: Allegro deciso

• Salute to Ol’ Blue Eyes

• Theme from “Fresh Prince of Bel Air” rap-along

• Prince Medley

• Elegy

• Pops Hoedown

• Pause to Pass the Hat and Meet Neighbors

• The Flintstones Meet the Jetsons

• 1812 Overture

• Salisbury Post March

• Stars and Stripes Forever

• Encore

By Rebecca Rider


SALISBURY — When the Salisbury Symphony sets up in the loading dock of the Salisbury Post, it’s sure to be an evening of magic and music. This evening’s concert marks the 12th year of Pops at the Post, and the theme, “Let’s Have Fun,” embodies the spirit of the event.

Weather reports are calling for partly cloudy skies in the evening, but the music making will happen outside regardless, symphony Executive Director Linda Jones said.

This year, the Salisbury Symphony program includes a variety of pieces, including tributes to two musical icons: Frank Sinatra and Prince.

In January, the symphony performed a Sinatra Big Band Bash in honor of the crooner’s 100th birthday. Following up on the event’s big success, Pops at the Post will feature a Sinatra medley featuring many of the same singers who performed at the Big Band Bash.

And with a medley of songs by Prince, the symphony will tip its hat to the late singer, who died in April. The piece was arranged by John Stafford, and includes bits from the songs “Let’s go Crazy,” “Purple Rain,” and “1999.”

For a little dash of extra fun, the symphony will play a “Pops Hoedown” section with toe-tapping favorites like “Turkey in the Straw” and the “Chicken Reel.”

[Story continues below video]

And what’s more fun than a sing-along? Or in this case, a rap-along. During the evening performance the audience will be invited to join in the music by rapping a piece set to the theme from “Fresh Prince of Bel Air.”

While fun and flow are the names of the game for tonight’s show, the event will still tether itself to Pops tradition with the “1812 Overture,” “America the Beautiful,” and the “Washington Post March” renamed the “Salisbury Post March” in honor of the occasion.

The event is held in the 100 block of South Church Street downtown. The Salisbury Swing Band will perform from 5 to 7 p.m. The symphony concert begins at sundown.

Spots to watch the free concert are available in the former First Bank parking lot and the Salisbury Post parking lot; bring your own chairs and blankets. Chairs can be set up starting at noon; tailgaters can park their vehicles from 1 to 7 p.m.

Food vendors will include Kabobs Gourmet Food Truck, TnG BBQ, Kaye’s, Mr. Cone, Dolce Italian Ice and Som’s Meat on a Stick. Cheerwine will provide free Cheerwine and Diet Cheerwine.

Contact reporter Rebecca Rider at 704-797-4264. 



‘People are the parade’: Salisbury’s annual Christmas parade reinvents itself in year of coronavirus


Commissioners grant permit, allow Reaper’s Realm to continue operations for remainder of Halloween season


Republican Rep. Budd maintains fundraising lead over Democratic challenger Huffman


City council to consider ‘Share 2 Care’ fund for locals behind on water, sewer payments


None speak against closure during hearing to shutter Faith Elementary


Blotter: Police find car windows shot out, bullet holes in home on West Horah Street


Five held at gunpoint in East Lafayette Street robbery

Ask Us

Ask Us: Readers ask questions about Shober Bridge, voting safeguards


Political notebook: More than 1.4 million votes cast already in North Carolina


‘Souls to the polls’: More than 1,300 cast ballots on first Sunday of early voting


Crime blotter: Salisbury man faces charges for firing shotgun in city limits, drug possession


Search continues for missing hiker from Asheville


A stroll through the scarecrows: fall-themed activity draws visitors to NC Transportation Museum


Despite scandal, Cunningham maintains small lead in Senate race; supporters say policy positions more important


Rowan Helping Ministries golf tournament raises $20,000


Town of Spencer forging ahead five years after drafting plans for Park Plaza


Biz Roundup: RCCC to host conference on diversity, equity and inclusion


Elderberry syrup: the popular purple product that has become a mainstay in local stores


Trinity Oaks to host Halloween Spooktacular


Lee Street theatre improves virus prevention tactics, “determined” for ‘Fun Home’ to open


Deficient NC absentee ballots frozen pending further rulings


Cunningham outraises Tillis, enters October with less cash


Ex- GOP lawmaker charged with assaulting poll worker


Trump leans into fear tactics in bid to win Midwest states