Saturday, August 30, 2014
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Orchestra concert a family affair

MEDFORD When the South Jersey Pops takes the stage for its spring concert this weekend, it will be a family affair for a Cherry Hill trio.

Three members of the Michel family who perform in the orchestra will be part of the concert Sunday at Lenape High School.

Oboist Charles Michel will play Ennio Morricone's "Gabriel's Oboe," the main theme from the 1986 film The Mission.

The orchestra will also perform an original Concerto No. 1 composed by his son Thomas, 17. A Cherry Hill West senior, he plays in the Pops' bass section with grandfather Allan.

The Michel family traces its musical tradition to World War I, when Charles' grandfather played in Army bands. His mother, who died last year, also played in the orchestra. An older son, also named Allan, plays clarinet in the wind ensemble at Drexel University, where Thomas Michel plans to join him in the fall on a music scholarship.

Associate conductor Cheryl Reifsteck will also be showcased during the concert, the orchestra's final performance for the season. She will play Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major.

And Mark Inchoco will put aside his trumpet and take the podium to conduct Brahms' Hungarian Dances (Nos. 5 and 6).

"All of our musicians bring creative energy, skill, and dedication to the Pops," said Christian Stebbins, president of the group's board of trustees. "So the spring concert's focus on the special talents of our members is a fitting way to conclude this season."

The performance will also include selections from Les Miserables arranged by the late Bob Lowden of Medford, and "Satchmo," a medley in tribute to Louis Armstrong.

The all-volunteer community orchestra includes musicians of various ages. The nonprofit holds three concerts annually.

The spring concert will be Sunday at 3 p.m. at Lenape High School, 235 Hartford Rd., Medford. Doors open at 2:30 p.m. Admission is $7 for adults, free for middle school children and younger. Tickets can be purchased at or at the door. - Melanie Burney

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