Starlight Pops offers food, art

PROVIDED Conductor Alex Agrest leads the Charleston Symphony Orchestra at the 2011 Starlight Pops event. This year’s program features Broadway favorites and vocalist Nancy Clayton Lefter. More than 2,000 Lowcountry residents enjoyed an evening of music and food at Starlight Pops 2011.

The music, food and outdoor ambience of Starlight Pops are planned for April 28, this year in a new venue, The Grove at Patriots Point.

Starlight Pops has been a spring staple on Lowcountry calendars for more than 25 years and is presented annually by First Federal.

This year’s event will feature a Broadway performance from the Charleston Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Alex Agrest. Agrest is the music director of the Summerville Community Orchestra.

The performance includes selections from “Mamma Mia,” “Chicago,” “Guys & Dolls” and “Westside Story.” Lowcountry vocalist Nancy Clayton Lefter will join the CSO for several songs.

Those who arrive early can enjoy Patriots Point at a special discount rate. Starlight Pops ticketholders can get a free Patriots Point admission ticket of equal or lesser value with purchase of a full priced ticket. The special Starlight Pops discount is good April 28 only.

Gates will open at The Grove at 5:30 p.m. to allow time for picnicking, a stroll through the Charleston Artist Guild Art Village and dinner from participating food vendors. Beer and wine will be available for purchase.

You can participate in the annual picnic judging contest beginning at 6:30 p.m. The performance begins at sundown.

Ticket are on sale at First Federal locations and online at

Tickets: $5 for students, 12 and older, $15 for adults; children under 12 are free.