The Reading Pops Orchestra will present their exciting collaboration with drummer/bandleader Sherrie Maricle and her all-female quintet, Five Play, on Sunday, Oct. 24, at 3 p.m. in the Miller Center for the Arts.
The concert, “A Celebration of Women in the Arts,” was originally scheduled to be performed in 2020 as part of a year-long, community-wide celebration of the 100th anniversary of women achieving the vote.
Most of those events were postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Reading Pops conductor Willis Rapp said he was excited to be working with Maricle and Five Play, who are renowned jazz artists. He said the program will include a spectacular “Wizard of Oz” medley, with arrangements by Maricle (an uptempo swing version of “If I Only Had a Brain”), Dick Lieb and Tommy Newsom.
Along with other pops arrangements like “Pure Imagination” and “Andalucia,” there will be a Big Band Themes medley by the late Robert “Doc” Mulligan and the grand finale, a “Salute to Benny Goodman.”
“It’s going to be great fun,” Rapp said.
Maricle, a celebrated jazz drummer, educator, arranger/composer and bandleader, performs with her quintet, Five Play, the DIVA Jazz Orchestra, and the DIVA Jazz Trio, and co-leads the 3D Jazz Trio. She also performs with the New York Pops, and is music director and drummer for Broadway star Maurice Hines.
With her bands, Maricle has performed all over the world, in prestigious concert halls and festivals. In addition, she is a tireless advocate for jazz and working with high school and college jazz students, both as a performer and adjudicator.
DIVA also co-starred in the award-winning 2011 documentary, “The Girls in the Band.”
Maricle will lead Five Play from her drum set; the group also features Tomoko Ohno on piano, Norika Ueda on bass, Jami Dauber on trumpet and Janelle Reichman on tenor sax and clarinet.
The concert is being presented as part of the “Sunday with the Pops” series.
Tickets, on sale for $35 (reserved seating), can be purchased online at www.millercenter.racc.edu
Audience members will be required to wear masks.