South Jersey Pops Presents Holiday Spectacular Dec. 12th and 14th

Young Conductors Will Take the Baton for Concerts in Medford and Marlton
By: South Jersey Pops
Robert Schiavinato, Conductor of the South Jersey Pops
Robert Schiavinato, Conductor of the South Jersey Pops
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CHERRY HILL, N.J. - Nov. 18, 2015 - PRLog -- When South Jersey’s own pops orchestra takes the stage in December for its Holiday Spectacular, it won’t just be another Christmas concert.  It will be an opportunity to shine for two young assistant conductors from the area.

The South Jersey Pops will play old and new holiday standards and other popular tunes at Lenape High School in Medford on Dec. 12, 2015 and at Marlton United Methodist Church on Dec. 14.  Those nights, Emma Gibbins, an elementary school music teacher in Waterford and an oboist in the orchestra, and Rachel Smith, an elementary school music teacher in Medford and flutist in the group, will each take the baton for portions of the concert.

Robert Schiavinato, the orchestra’s conductor who has mentored them, says this marks the next step in the development of both longtime musicians.

“They have pinch hit, conducting large portions of our season-opening Broadway Concert in my absence and doing so phenomenally, but this is our biggest event of the year, in front of what likely will be our biggest audience, so it’s going to be an exciting couple of evenings for Emma and Rachel,” Schiavinato says.  “Rachel will be leading the flute ensemble, and Emma will lead the bass choir.”

Also marking her second concert with the orchestra and holiday concert debut is Bridget Kasinskas, the Pops’ new concertmaster.   Kasinskas, who was a string teacher and conductor in the Cherry Hill School District for 28 years, also serves as assistant concertmaster of the Philharmonic of Southern New Jersey and has been a frequent soloist with that ensemble.

Featured selections in the Holiday Spectacular include "The Christmas Song," "Carol of the Drum," Trans Siberian Orchestra's "Mad Russian's Christmas," featuring Rob Bradshaw on electric violin, and Leroy Anderson's "Christmas Festival," popularized by the Boston Pops under Arthur Fielder.

Holiday Spectacular will be performed at Lenape High School, 235 Hartford Road, Medford, on Dec. 12, 2015, and at Marlton United Methodist Church, 2 Marlborough Road, Marlton, on Dec. 14.  Both performances begin at 7 p.m.; doors open at 6:30.  Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door or online at  Children under 13 are free.

Founded in 1969 as the Burlington County Pops, the 60-member South Jersey Pops Orchestra is an all-volunteer community ensemble that presents several concerts annually. The orchestra provides musicians of all ages an opportunity to express themselves musically in a friendly environment and provides its audiences an opportunity to enjoy live music close to home at moderate cost. The orchestra’s member musicians share administrative duties and pay annual dues to help defray the organization’s expenses.  For more information on the South Jersey Pops, visit

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