The New York Pops Opens its 2018-2019 Carnegie Hall Season this Friday

The New York Pops Opens its 2018-2019 Carnegie Hall Season this Friday

The New York Pops, led by dynamic Music Director and Conductor Steven Reineke, opens its 2018-2019 Carnegie Hall season this Friday, October 19 at 8:00 p.m. in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage, with a program entitled Roll Over Beethoven: A Different Kind of Orchestra. The concert-which honors rock giants including Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley, The Beatles, and others-features three-time "Las Vegas Headliner of the Year" winner Frankie Moreno who is joined by vocalists, dancers, and a rocking band for this performance. Mr. Moreno last appeared at Carnegie Hall with The New York Pops and Mr. Reineke in 2015, performing the music of Frank Sinatra.

Additional New York Pops performances at Carnegie Hall this season include Song and Dance: The Best of Broadway on Friday, November 16 at 8:00 p.m., featuring favorite moments from the musical theater canon, including compositions by Leonard Bernstein, Richard Rodgers, and Jule Styne. Judith Clurman's Essential Voices USA and dancers from New York Theatre Ballet, under the artistic direction of Diana Byer, are spotlighted in this performance.

On Friday, December 21 at 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, December 22 at 8:00 p.m., The New York Pops and Mr. Reineke reunite with Ashley Brown-Broadway's original Mary Poppins-and Judith Clurman's Essential Voices USA for Under the Mistletoe, a festive holiday program of classic and contemporary carols.

Nikki Renée Daniels and Ryan Shaw join The New York Pops and Music Director Steven Reineke for Unforgettable: Celebrating Nat King Cole and Friends on Friday, February 8 at 8:00 p.m. in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage. The previously announced soloist Billy Porter has withdrawn from this performance due to a schedule conflict. Unforgettable celebrates Nat King Cole's centennial, featuring his greatest hits alongside special selections from legends that he inspired.

The New York Pops concludes its Carnegie Hall season on Friday, March 15 at 8:00 p.m. with Movie Mixtape: Songs from the Silver Screen, celebrating the soundtracks that have captivated generations of movie lovers. Guest artists for this concert include Mykal Kilgore, Storm Large, Ashley Park, and Ryan Silverman. Kilgore steps in for the previously announced guest artist Ryan Shaw who is now featured in Unforgettable on February 8.

"I am so excited to be announcing my tenth season as Music Director and Conductor of The New York Pops," said Steven Reineke. "We've got quite a lineup this year, with concerts that truly span the popular music spectrum. The musicians of this orchestra are incredibly talented, and the guest artists joining us this season are stellar performers, each and every one. I can't wait to celebrate ten years of performances with this great orchestra at the legendary Carnegie Hall!"

About the Artists
Steven Reineke has established himself as one of North America's leading conductors of popular music. He is the Music Director of The New York Pops at Carnegie Hall, principal pops conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and principal pops conductor of the Houston and Toronto symphonies.

Reineke is a frequent guest conductor with The Philadelphia Orchestra and his extensive North American conducting appearances include Atlanta, Cincinnati, Edmonton, San Francisco, and Sarasota.

On stage, Reineke has created programs and collaborated with a range of leading artists from the worlds of hip hop, Broadway, television and rock including Common, Kendrick Lamar, Nas, Sutton Foster, Megan Hilty, Cheyenne Jackson, Wayne Brady, Peter Frampton, and Ben Folds, among others. In 2017, National Public Radio's "All Things Considered" featured Reineke leading the National Symphony Orchestra performing live music excerpts between news segments - a first in the show's 45-year history. In 2018, Reineke led the National Symphony Orchestra with hip hop legend Nas performing his seminal album "Illmatic" on PBS's Great Performances.

As the creator of more than 100 orchestral arrangements for the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, Reineke's work has been performed worldwide and can be heard on numerous Cincinnati Pops Orchestra recordings on the Telarc label. His symphonic works Celebration Fanfare, Legend of Sleepy Hollowand Casey at the Bat are performed frequently. His Sun Valley Festival Fanfare was used to commemorate the Sun Valley Summer Symphony's pavilion, and his Festival Te Deum and Swan's Island Sojourn were debuted by the Cincinnati Symphony and Cincinnati Pops. His numerous wind ensemble compositions are published by the C.L. Barnhouse Company and are performed by concert bands worldwide.

The New York Pops is the largest independent pops orchestra in the United States and the only professional symphonic orchestra in New York City specializing in popular music. Led by Music Director Steven Reineke, the orchestra performs an annual subscription series at Carnegie Hall, enjoying one of their highest subscription renewal rates. The New York Pops' annual birthday gala is celebrated each spring, raising funds for the orchestra and its education programs. The New York Pops performs an annual series at its summer home, Forest Hills Stadium in Queens, NY, reaching audiences of more than 10,000. Now in its 36th season and Steven Reineke's 10th as Music Director, The New York Pops celebrates the diversity of popular music's evolving songbook. Every concert is a unique experience, with influences ranging from Broadway melodies to film scores, jazz, rock, pop and everything in between. Under Reineke's dynamic leadership, The New York Pops continues to re-imagine orchestral pops music.

The New York Pops is dedicated to lifelong learning, and collaborates with public schools, community organizations, children's hospitals, and senior centers throughout the five boroughs of New York City. PopsEd allows thousands of New Yorkers of all ages and backgrounds to participate in fully customizable music programs that blend traditional education with pure fun.

The New York Pops is committed to creating access for all members of the community. Thousands of children and their parents have the opportunity to see the orchestra during interactive and educational family concerts in partnership with Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute.

The New York Pops is a non-profit organization supported solely through the generosity of individual donations, institutional grants, corporate sponsorships and concert income.

Program Information
Friday, October 19 at 8:00 p.m.
Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Steven Reineke, Music Director and Conductor
Frankie Moreno, Guest Artist


Program to include:
VARIOUS "A Tribute to the King" Medley (arr. Ted Ricketts)
CHUCK BERRY "Roll Over Beethoven" (arr. Adam Podd and Frankie Moreno; orch. Adam Podd)
AARON SCHROEDER / SIDNEY WYCHE "A Big Hunk o' Love" (orch. Adam Podd)
CLARENCE QUICK "Come Go With Me" (arr. Frankie Moreno)
BARRY MANN / CYNTHIA WEIL "I Just Can't Help Believing" (arr. Eri Allen)
JOHN LENNON / PAUL MCCARTNEY "Eleanor Rigby" (arr. Matt Podd and Frankie Moreno; orch. Matt Podd)
OTIS BLACKWELL / JACK HAMMER "Great Balls of Fire" (arr. and orch. Brad Haak)
LOUIS PRIMA "Jump, Jive & Wail" (arr. Oran Eldor)
DEAN KAY / KELLY GORDON "That's Life" (arr. and orch. Matt Podd)
CHARLES TRENET / ALBERT LASRY / JACK LAWRENCE "Beyond the Sea" (arr. Eric Allen)
DENNIS LINDE "Burning Love" (arr. Antonio Ciacca)
PAUL SIMON "Bridge Over Troubled Water" (arr. Frankie Moreno and Nick Greer)

Friday, November 16 at 8:00 p.m.
Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Steven Reineke, Music Director and Conductor
New York Theatre Ballet
Diana Byer, Founder and Artistic Director
Essential Voices USA
Judith Clurman, Music Director and Conductor


Program to include:
COLE PORTER Overture from Anything Goes (arr. and orch. Bill Elliott)
LEONARD BERNSTEIN / STEPHEN SONDHEIM Quintet ("Tonight") from West Side Story
STEPHEN SONDHEIM "Sunday" from Sunday in the Park with George (arr. and orch. Jason Robert Brown)
BENJ PASEK / JUSTIN PAUL "You Will Be Found" from Dear Evan Hansen (arr. Mac Huff)
STEPHEN FLAHERTY Prologue: "Ragtime" from Ragtime (orch. Steven Reineke)
STEPHEN FLAHERTY / LYNN AHRENS "Make Them Hear You" from Ragtime (arr. Mark Hayes)
RICHARD RODGERS / OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN Selections from Oklahoma! (orch. Robert Russell Bennett)
JOHN KANDER / FRED EBB Suite from Chicago (arr. Michael Gibson)
LEONARD BERNSTEIN "Mambo" from West Side Story

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Friday, December 21 at 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 22 at 8:00 p.m.
Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Steven Reineke, Music Director and Conductor
Ashley Brown, Guest Artist
Essential Voices USA
Judith Clurman, Music Director and Conductor


December 21 concert Sponsored by KPMG LLP

December 22 concert Sponsored by Mastercard, the Official Card of Carnegie Hall

Friday, February 8 at 8:00 p.m.
Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Steven Reineke, Music Director and Conductor
Nikki Renée Daniels, Guest Artist
Ryan Shaw, Guest Artist


Friday, March 15 at 8:00 p.m.
Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Steven Reineke, Music Director and Conductor
Mykal Kilgore, Guest Artist
Storm Large, Guest Artist
Ashley Park, Guest Artist
Ryan Silverman, Guest Artist


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