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Join us for our 5th Annual Pops ON!

Hollywood conductor, Michael Nowak brings your favorite film music to SLO

Celebrate with Michael Nowak & Orchestra Novo!

On Sunday, September 1, Michael Nowak and Orchestra Novo go Hollywood as they bring movie music to life onstage at the Alex Madonna Expo Center. The 5th Annual Pops ON! will be a splendid celebration of Michael’s rich Hollywood legacy with Orchestra Novo’s family and friends. As always, the community is invited to circle up for picnics at this indoor Boston-style Pops.

This year’s special musical guests are Central Coast leading lady and gifted chanteuse, Jennifer Blomfield, and SLO County Office of Education Supervisor and tenor extraordinaire, James Brescia. And, as always, the real musical stars are the members of Orchestra Novo. We're delighted to have San Luis Obispo Mayor Heidi Harmon as our Mistress of Ceremonies.

A film score creates the sweeping romance, daring adventure, and thrilling suspense for any movie. We invite you to delight in your favorites on this magical afternoon. It promises to be a spirited day of food, connection, and engaging music.

For over 4 decades, Michael Nowak has performed on or led Hollywood orchestras for every variety of soundtrack. He has worked with some of the greatest names in Hollywood music such as John Williams, James Horner, Danny Elfman, John Barry, and Randy Newman. He was the conductor of the 2013 Academy award-winning original score for the film Life of Pi, composed by Mychael Danna and the recent heartwarming fan favorite, A Dog’s Journey, music by Mark Isham.

With over 70 films and nearly 200 TV episodes as the studio orchestra’s conductor, and hundreds more as a violist, Michael has swapped baseball stories with Billy Crystal, was called in to pinch-hit conduct for Alan Silvestri, and led the orchestra for the movie Fever Pitch which was filmed at the very moment the Boston Red Sox claimed their first World Series victory in 86 years.

Michael Nowak has been privileged to be among the select group of musicians who have witnessed the genius and charisma of many outstanding and legendary musical storytellers. His career has seen him perform with the iconic likes of Henry Mancini, Jerry Goldsmith, and Elmer Bernstein as well as contemporary A-listers such as James Newton Howard, Michael Giacchino, and Alexandre Desplat.

Once again, there will be a guest conductor to lead the orchestra for a special musical piece, wide-spread picnicking, and conviviality for all who attend. Wine, spirits, and beer are available for purchase onsite from the Madonna Inn.

We encourage guests to add some movie flare to their table with cinema-themed decor or to come as your favorite film star. There will also be a Hollywood-themed photo station for DIY commemorative photos.


Be sure to reserve your seats early. Purchase individual seats or bring 9 of your friends for a full table of 10. Sponsor Tables receive premium placement, complimentary wine and glasses, and more!

  • Individual seats $40 (Magenta Seats)
  • $350 Table of 10 (Green Seats: see Special Instructions below)
  • Sponsor Table $1,000 (Purple Seats: see Special Instructions below)

Visit OrchestraNovo.org for more information

***Special Instructions for purchasing full tables***

When you view the seating layout, you will see some tables with a single Purple or Green seat along with 9 gray seats.

This indicates that the entire table is for sale as one item.

Hold your cursor on the colored seat and click. It will give you an option to 'Select a Price Level.' Click on that price and add it to your cart. You should see the 'Table of 10' or 'Sponsor Table' show up for Checkout.

On the right-hand side of the seating layout, you will now see your order and the button to 'Checkout Now.' Click to complete your order.

If you have any questions or difficulty, please contact [email protected] or 805-792-2711

Venue Information

Alex Madonna Expo Center
100 Madonna Road
San Luis Obispo, CA 93405
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Organizer Information

Orchestra Novo

P.O. Box 1555
Morro Bay, CA 93443
(805) 792-2711

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