Michael Krajewski to Open Philly POPS' VIVA PHILADELPHIA! Season with Guest Eddie Bruce, 10/11-13
Philly POPS, Eddie Bruce, Michael Krajewski
It's a new era for The Philly POPS and a chance for audiences to share in the excitement of this first season under the baton of new music director Michael Krajewski. The Philly POPS opens its 2013-14 season with the theme "Viva Philadelphia!" - a celebration of the City and of Philadelphia's Italian spirit as well as a demonstration of the maestro's special love for vocal music. It's a fitting theme, as the new maestro celebrates the City that will be another POPS home for this nationally recognized conductor. It's also fitting as this first series of The POPS 35th season falls on Columbus weekend, a time of special significance in a city with a rich Italian heritage. With performances on Friday, October 11 through Sunday October 13, 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.
Frank Giordano, President & CEO of The Philly POPS, is very excited about this new season for The POPS. "The Philly POPS is all about fun," said The POPS' enthusiastic leader. "From the moment our guests enter The KimMel Center, we plan to have surprises right there in the lobby of this magnificent concert hall each time we have a performance. It's just one of the many new features our audiences will come to love about going to a POPS concert." Krajewski shares his own enthusiasm. "I am very proud to have been selected to follow the great Peter Nero in this post. The Philly POPS is one of the most outstanding POPS orchestras in the world and the welcome I have received from the members of the orchestra and all Philadelphians is overwhelming and very much appreciated."
In this concert, Krajewski shares the stage with such talents as one of Philadelphia's own singing sensations, Eddie Bruce, the "Poperazzi" vocal trio and The POPS Festival Chorus. They will deliver tributes to one of Philadelphia's legendary singers, the great Mario Lanza, as well as to Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra and Andrea Bocelli. Instrumental arrangements from The Godfatherwill be on the program along with traditional favorites like Funiculi Funicula, plus a crowd-pleaser from the era of the "Hit Parade," That's Amore. Elton John's rousing anthem Philadelphia Freedom will celebrate the region's passionate sports fans.
The season reflects the creative instincts of Krajewski, who also leads successful series in Houston, Atlanta and Jacksonville, and is known for his excellent programming. "The Poperazzi trio is a great example of wonderful guest artists I've worked with in other cities, and I know Philadelphia audiences will embrace them too," Krajewski shared. Poperazzi features the talents of tenors George DeMott and Cody Shawn Gay and soprano Janien Valentine. The trio has toured nationally and internationally, been featured on PBS, and played on the Las Vegas Strip with a signature blending of opera, classical music and pop-inspired energy.