Macon Pops prepares to honor the memory of Ray Charles

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Image: Courtesy of Macon Pops

Ashley Antoine, Contributing Writer

For the Macon Pops’ annual fundraiser, the community orchestra is bringing back iconic Georgia music to Macon with a concert entitled “Macon Pops: The Music of Ray Charles.” The concert will take place on Friday, Feb. 24 at 7:30 p.m. at the Cox Capitol Theatre. “The Music of Ray Charles” will be a celebration of the iconic singer, songwriter, musician and composer.

The Macon Pops was formed to bring the highest-quality production and performance of popular music to a broader audience than traditional symphonic concerts. The orchestra blends classical instruments with popular music. Macon Pops has a unique music style and popular food and drinks since Moonhanger is catering.

According to the orchestra’s website, “the musical group showcases an orchestra of accomplished studio and symphonic musicians that encourages an interest in the musical arts for people of diverse ages and backgrounds.”

The event’s audience will also experience the musical talents of two local artists, Charles Davis and Kim Epps. Davis is local singer/songwriter and has performed as part of many events in and around Middle Georgia. Epps is a Grammy Urban Music Award Winner and a semi-finalist on American Idol. The concert will also be catered by El Camino, the Moonhanger group’s newest restaurant.

Because February is Black History Month, the founders of the Macon Pops, Steve Moretti and Matt Catingub, want to showcase the music of one of America’s most influential African American artists.

It’s always a joy celebrating the music of one of the greatest musical talents of the 20th century,” Catingub said.

To find out more about the Macon Pops, the concert, and ticketing, visit www.maconpops.com.