Chorus of Westerly 2016


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The 36th Annual Concert

Produced and Performed by The Chorus of Westerly

Presenting Sponsor:
The Washington Trust Company

Washington Trust

Saturday, June 18, 2016 (rain dates June 19/20)
Wilcox Park, Westerly, Rhode Island

Pre-show begins at 6 pm, Main show begins at 8:00 pm

The Chorus of Westerly
The Pops Festival Orchestra
The Artillery Company of Newport, RI
Fireworks by Grucci
The Bells of Christ Church 

This is a free event that is open to the entire region.  No tickets required.


Summer Pops Logo
Blankets may be put down in the park beginning at 5 pm on Friday, June 17, 2016.
Blankets MAY NOT be put down before 5 pm.

Prohibited in the park for the event:
Animals, fires, grills, candles, alcohol, skateboards, bikes, scooters, et cetera.

You may not leave bags or coolers or similar items unattend.  Unattended items will be removed from the park by Westerly Police Department.

The stage area and back stage area is for performers only.  The back stage restrooms are for performers only.  There are ample restroom facilities for the public in the parking near the library and post office.


The 2016 Summer Pops is scheduled to be held on Saturday, June 18, 2016. As such, the following restrictions will be enforced.

- Grove Avenue will be closed to all vehicular traffic as of 5:00 pm on June 18.  Exceptions will be made for those needing handicapped parking until all spaces are filled. Other motorists will be detoured onto Newton Avenue or other adjacent streets.
- Wilcox Avenue will be closed off to all vehicular traffic at 5:00pm on June 18.
- Handicapped parking will be available on Grove Avenue, Broad Street, across from the Westerly Town Hall and extending to the Westerly Public Library, as well as parking areas in front of the United States Post Office.

Unattended coolers and/or any other items WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO BE LEFT within the park prior to the event. THESE ITEMS WILL BE REMOVED. If items such as these are to be brought to the event, we are encouraging that they be brought with those attending at the time of the event. Also, any coolers and/or any other items left unattended during the event WILL BE REMOVED.

Please note no bicycles, scooters, skateboards, or similar riding devices are permitted in the park. Dogs are also prohibited in the park for the event.  Fires, grills, candles or other similar items are prohibited in the park. At the conclusion of the event, all vehicular traffic will be delayed for approximately (10) ten minutes to (15) fifteen minutes to allow pedestrians to freely return to their vehicles.

Motorists on Railroad Avenue heading south will be directed onto Canal Street in a westerly direction. Motorists on Canal Street heading east will be directed onto High Street in a northerly direction in order to alleviate the congestion in the Downtown Westerly area.  Officers and/or traffic control signals will control all other traffic.

Chief Edward St.Clair
Westerly Police Department


In 1981, as a salute to the entire region for helping to fund its first international concert tour that year, the Chorus of Westerly held a huge festive "Summer Pops" concert in downtown Westerly. Meant as a one-time performance, the audience was so enthusiastic with the event that many asked if the Chorus would do it again and think about doing it annually.

Thankfully, the Chorus agreed to give it another try, and soon the audience grew from 5,000 to 10,000 to, within five years, 25,000 people attending the "Summer Pops" concert annually. Next June, the Chorus will triumphantly present its 35th (!) Summer Pops in Westerly's beautiful Victorian strolling park, Wilcox Park! The concert will not only includes the Chorus of Westerly and Boston Festival Orchestra, but will also feature fireworks by Grucci, canons from the Newport Artillery, and the pealing church bells of Christ Church in the breathtaking finale of the concert, Tchaikovsky's world famous Overture of 1812.

We are so very proud to say that since 1981, over a half a million people have experienced Summer Pops and have made it their annual kick-off to summer. Pretty good for a concert that was supposed to be a one-time deal!


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