MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – The Myrtle Beach Pelicans are teaming up with the Long Bay Symphony and Duplin Winery for an event that will bring the arts to the beach, and it's sure to be a home run.
It's called POPs with the Pelicans. The symphony concert is planned for Labor Day weekend at the ballpark. The Long Bay Symphony will perform under the direction of Charles Jones Evans on September 3. The two-hour performance will include a number of familiar selections from popular movies and Broadway shows, like Star Wars, James Bond, West Side Story, and Wicked. Other arrangements will include iconic orchestral classics and patriotic favorites. The concert will conclude with Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture, followed by John Philip Sousa's 'The Stars and Stripes Forever' in conjunction with a fireworks show.
Many of the events planned along the Grand Strand are designed to attract tourists to the beach. That is not necessarily the case with this concert. Labor Day weekend tends to end the massive summer tourist season, and the Pelicans will be ending their season over the Labor Day weekend. So the co-owner of Duplin Winery says this is the perfect way to kick off the off-season by giving back to the locals with a really unique experience.
"When we thought about this, we thought about the locals in this area," said Jonathan Fussell, Duplin Winery co-owner. "And having them come together and get to see what they have to offer. Because they may be like me and not know the Long Bay Symphony actually existed!"
This will be the first time for this event. And there are hopes it won't be the last. Fussell said he grew up in a rural town and distinctly remembers the time he got the chance to see a symphony orchestra perform as a boy. The hope is by having POPs at the ballpark in a less "stuffy" setting, the fine arts will reach kids, locals, and tourists who might never set foot in a concert hall otherwise.
"Having this Long Bay Symphony in a ballpark – that's not a place you would expect to see them," said Fussell. "So we're hoping to make this a very relaxed setting. Something fun where you can go out there with your flip flops on!"
The performance will start at 7:30 p.m. and gates will open at 6:00 p.m. Individual tickets are on sale now for $25. There are VIP options available. Click here for ticket information.
Duplin Winery has the honor of being the official wine of POPs with the Pelicans and will giving away a POPs Getaway. You can enter to win two VIP POPs tickets, a two-night stay at the Marina Inn, a $100 gift certificate for American Tap House, a dinner and boat cruise for two on the Big M Casino Boat, a Myrtle Beach Pelicans team signed baseball, two deluxe wine tastings and a Duplin prize pack. You can submit your name to win by clicking here.