Tickets Now On Sale For The Philly POPS 40th Anniversary Season Spring Shows
Tickets are now on sale for the final four Philly POPS shows of the 40thAnniversary 2018-19 concert season - POPS Rocks: The '80s, Uptown Nights with Byron Stripling, Cole Porter's Broadway: Too Darn Hot and American Bandstand: A Philadelphia Story. Tickets for all shows start at $35.
"In the second half of our 2018-2019 season, we're continuing our theme of highlighting Philadelphia's rich musical history." said Frank Giordano, President and CEO of The Philly POPS. "Philadelphia was a vibrant musical city in the '80s, and our POPS Rocks: The '80s program showcases songs by Philadelphia artists like Robert Hazard, The A's, the Hooters and more. Uptown Nights underscores Philly's unique jazz heritage and includes a POPS first-tap dancing! Cole Porter's Broadway highlights the importance that Porter's music has had for the POPS over the last 40 years. Finally, to round out the season, a celebration of Philly's own American Bandstand. This show will celebrate classic POPS and its integral connection to the culture of Philadelphia."
Guests may also purchase Create Your Own mini-subscriptions to save up to 15% on any three Verizon Hall concerts for the POPS 40th Anniversary Season. Create Your Own subscribers enjoy advance-notice of special events, flexible ticket exchanges, ticket replacements, pre-paid parking, dining discounts, and more.
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When Stuart Chafetz conducted his "Riffer Madness" last season, the standing ovation audience wanted much more of the huge, new rock 'n' roll band that he had just created with The Philly POPS. He's back with his cover of the '80s - the decade that saw an explosion of new music and the advent of MTV! Featuring music by Michael Jackson, George Michael, Huey Lewis & The News, Blondie, and Cyndi Lauper, the set list includes Cher's "If I Could Turn Back Time" and this program does just that. "Wake Me Up Before You Go", a spectacular King of POP medley, "Call Me", and "True Colors" are sure to leave us all "Addicted to Love!" Singer, TV star, and comedian Nicole Parker of Wicked fame joins Broadway's Aaron Finley as featured vocalists.
Byron Stripling, who sold out his memorable Ella, Louis & All That Jazz show in 2017, is heralded as a "powerhouse trumpeter gifted with a soulful voice and a charismatic onstage swagger." Uptown Nights with Byron Stripling is something new for the POPS - he'll explore a magical world of song and dance popularized in the clubs of the '40s and '50s. Inspired by Harlem's famed musical hot spots like The Cotton Club and The Savoy, this swingin' night of musical sensations focuses on Harlem's heyday - a time when Duke Ellington's orchestra was the house band, and Cab Calloway, Ella Fitzgerald, and Ethel Waters showcased the classics! Vocalist Carmen Bradford and tap dancer Ted Louis Levy round out the package.
Recently appointed POPS Principal Guest Conductor David Charles Abell has long combined his Philly roots with an international flair. Cole Porter, one of the best American songwriters, owns a legacy that continues to charm Broadway audiences today. Abell's tribute is an original program of Porter's best, sung by Broadway stars Catherine Russell, Marin Mazzie, and Jason Danieley. "Too Darn Hot", "Night and Day", and "Easy to Love" are certain to deliver the infectious Porter magic with this modern twist.
May 3-5, 2019
Michael Krajewski, conductor featuring The Doo Wop Project, vocalists
American Bandstand, produced at 4548 Market Street in West Philadelphia from 1952-1964, set the tone for the first generation of teenagers. Michael Krajewski's original program celebrates the early years of American Bandstand before its move to LA. The program includes "At the Hop", "The Twist", and "Pretty Little Angel Eyes". It will also feature a tribute to Bobby Rydell, Frankie Avalon, and Fabian - and that moment in time when Philly was the POP center of the world. The Doo Wop Project performs these hits from the Philly years with their unparalleled authenticity of sound and vocal excellence.
About The Philly POPS??
The Philly POPS, the largest standalone pops orchestra in the United States, delights audiences with the inspired performance of American popular music. The POPS celebrates this distinctive musical heritage through an expanding repertoire of innovative concert performances and a robust set of educational and engagement initiatives.
Now celebrating its 40th Anniversary Season, the POPS, the official POPS orchestra of Pennsylvania and the City of Philadelphia's partner in civic celebration, serves a consistently growing audience of over 200,000 annually. Music Director Michael Krajewski and the 65-piece Philly POPS orchestra keep listeners tapping their toes to an impressive repertoire of songs from American traditional music up through to today's chart-toppers. The Philly POPS BIG Band, an 18-20 piece ensemble performing a rock and rhythm and blues repertoire, premiered in 2017 to enthusiastic response at the July 4 Welcome America Concert on the Parkway.
Outside the concert hall, free Salute Series performances - including Memorial Salute, July 3 POPS on Independence, July 4 POPS on the Parkway and the I'll Be Home for Christmas: A Salute to the Military and First Responders concert - celebrate the American tradition of service around important national holidays. POPS in Schools enhances music education for Philadelphia School District students; POPS Outside brings POPS music to local communities. The Philly POPS performs as a founding resident company of The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, and at venues throughout the mid-Atlantic region.