Pops on the Plaza

City of Monroe Pops on the Plaza
Sunday, May 8, 2022, 6 PM
Union Symphony Orchestra
Deanna Tham, music director
Main Street Plaza in Downtown Monroe

This season’s pops will feature solo vocalist, Maria Howell, and jazz pianist, Noel Freidline.

A gifted actress & voiceover artist, Maria Howell’s captivating presence & talent go beyond singing to the big & small screen. Mere words can only capture the refrain of her awesome talent. She is the ballad of beauty and elegance. The melodies flowing from the petite vocalist are truly amazing. While casting a spellbinding smile, she mesmerizes her captive audience with incredible harmonies and rhythms. Read more about Maria Howell.

Noel Freidline is a 1991 graduate of the University of North Florida, BA in Music (magna cum laude).  A pianist, vocalist, writer, arranger and educator, Noel has been the leader of his own group since 1991.  In February of 2018, Noel released his eighth album, “Old Devil Moon,” a collaboration with vocalist Maria Howell. Read more about Noel Freidline.

This family-friendly FREE outdoor event is a seasonal favorite.

Picnics and lawn chairs are welcome.

Grazing boxes are available for pre-order from East Frank Superette & Kitchen. The box includes artisan meats & cheese, fruit, nuts, spreads, crackers….a few surprises! Feeds 2–3. Pre-orders need to be received by Saturday and will be available for pick-up on Sunday at 5 PM.


Sponsored by City of Monroe
Additional support by Union County Community Foundation




Details are subject to change. Check the website for updates.



Thank you to our Season Partner, Union County Community Arts Council.

Union Symphony is pleased to have the support of The Braswell Trust, City of Monroe, The Dowd Foundation, Union County Community Foundation, Union County Public Schools and Wingate University.

For a complete list of our partners and patrons, please view our membership page.