Elvis: The King's Songbook

Michael Krajewski, Conductor
Oct 21-23, 2016
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Dave Bennett and Allison Blackwell rock the POPS’ world premiere of ELVIS: The King’s Songbook!

Elvis Presley single handedly changed the course of American popular music with a hypnotic mix of blues, southern rock and country sounds. From the mid-fifties into the late seventies, the King topped the charts with infectious rock and soulful ballads. Don’t miss this incredible performance of Elvis’ best—from "Burnin’ Love" and "Jailhouse Rock" to "Suspicious Minds" and "Always on My Mind"—you’ll be All Shook Up 

Allison Blackwell, vocalist

The Dave Bennett Quartet

Dave Bennett, vocalist

Tad Weed, Piano

Shelly Berger,  Bass

Pete Siers, Drums

Guest Artists

Allison Blackwell, vocalist

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A frequent collaborator with Maestro Michael Krajewski and the Philly POPS, Allison Blackwell is thrilled to be returning to her hometown of Philadelphia to celebrate the music of Elvis Presley.

Last seen with the Philly POPS for its July 3rd Independence Hall concert, Philadelphia Inquirer reviewer Peter Dobrin noted, “…for my money it was vocalist Allison Blackwell who made the evening. In a luscious orchestration of Gershwin’s ‘Someone to Watch Over Me’, the Pops and Blackwell created one of those great city moments when everything seems to stop. The sounds of goodness, sincerity, and warmth poured forth.”

A singer with a versatile range from opera to gospel, Allison has been seen in such Broadway shows as The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, A Night With Janis Joplin and Disney’s The Lion King. She has been a guest artist with various orchestras across the country and made her Philly POPS debut last February in Tapestry: Carole King Songbook. Ms. Blackwell has also been seen in two Live from Lincoln Center on PBS productions: Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street starring Bryn Terfel and Emma Thompson and Show Boat starring Vanessa Williams and Norm Lewis. Allison is a graduate of Springfield Township High School in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. She holds a M.M. in Musical Theatre from The Boston Conservatory and a B.A in English from Spelman College. She dedicates these concerts to her mother and father who taught her to dream without fear.

Dave Bennett, vocalist

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A multi-instrument phenomenon, Dave Bennett is a clarinet virtuoso who plays electric guitar, piano, drums and vocalizes. He is the only artist anywhere saluting The Roots of Pop: covering music from the Swing Era to early Rockabilly and Country, to Elvis Presley, the Beatles and more. His 2013 CD Don't Be That Way met with critical acclaim.  His second CD , slated for 2016 release is currently in production featuring original compositions influenced by Dave’s appreciation of jazz, blues, swing, gospel, and pop. 

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This program, including intermission, is approximately two hours in length. Artists and program are subject to change without notice.

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