ERA OF ABBA, LEGENDS OF ROCK and More Set for The Philly POPS' 2014-15 Season
Music Director and Conductor Michael Krajewski, the nationally recognized Pops conductor who performs with orchestras throughout the country, brings back his innovative programming and lighthearted approach with the 2014-2015 concert season of The Philly POPS. Encore Series, Inc, the presenter of The Philly POPS, is pleased to introduce this exciting series of concerts which begins in October, 2014 with the Era of ABBA, followed by Classic Soul. It continues with a salute to the American Songbook Then and Now and a visit to the movies with Epic Hollywood Soundtracks. The season ends with the Legends of Rock.
Krajewski planned this season true to his vision of The Philly POPS, "I want every Philly POPS concert to be a joyous experience, one that brings a smile to faces, that evokes fond memories and lifts spirits. The 2014-15 season does all that and more with a wide variety of music - Top 40's hits, movie soundtracks, classic rock, smooth soul, American songbook standards, and much more - performed live by the incomparable Philly POPS."
The Philly POPS concerts will continue to be presented in a series of Friday evenings at 8 p.m., followed by Saturday and Sunday matinees at 3 p.m. at Verizon Hall of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts on Avenue of the Arts in Philadelphia.
Here's the concert schedule for The Philly POPS 2014-2015 concert season:
· October 17-19, 2014 - ERA OF ABBA
Presenting heartwarming musical memories from the '70s, for this concert The Philly POPS has
re-imagined music by The Bee Gees, John Denver, Carole King, Elton John and ABBA. Guests will practically dance in their seats to a spectacular selection of ABBA music featuring Rajaton, an internationally renowned vocal ensemble direct from Finland. They'll include such songs from the Broadway smash hit Mamma Mia! as Dancing Queen and Take A Chance on Me.
· CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR!
Fri., Dec. 5 at 8 p.m., Sat. Dec. 6 at 3 p.m., Sun. Dec. 7 at 3 p.m., Wed. Dec. 10 at 8 p.m., Sat., Dec. 13 at 3 p.m., Sun. Dec. 14 at 3 and 7 p.m., Wed. Dec. 17 at 8 p.m., Fri., Dec. 19 at 3 p.m., Sat. Dec. 20 at 3 p.m.
Celebrated conductor David Charles Abell returns "by popular demand" with vocalist Hugh Panaro, Philadelphia native who currently plays the role of the Phantom in Broadway's Phantom of the Opera. Of course, the expected variety of extraordinary choirs including The POPS Festival Chorus make this Philadelphia tradition a true Christmas spectacular!
· February 6-8, 2015 - CLASSIC SOUL
With a beautiful blend of powerful sounds and soulful voices, the Philly POPS Orchestra and award-winning guest vocalists Capathia Jenkins and Darius de Haas perform classic songs from R&B legends like Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner, James Brown, Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye. They will be singing such popular songs as Natural Woman, Let's Stay Together, Proud Mary, You Are Everything, Respect, and I Heard it through the Grapevine.
· March 13-15, 2015 - AMERICAN SONG BOOK THEN AND NOW
Internationally acclaimed vocalist, pianist, and composer Tony DeSare provides a fresh take on
old-school classics when he performs with The Philly POPS playing standards with his unique contemporary approach from Frank Sinatra and Billy Joel to Jerry Lee Lewis, including Night And Day, How Sweet It Is (to Be Loved By You), Great Balls of Fire and more.