Philly POPS to Perform Before Crowd of 30,000 at Papal Event | The Philly Pops

Philly POPS to Perform Before Crowd of 30,000 at Papal Event

Sep 15, 2015


Saturday, September 26, 2015
4 p.m.


Independence Hall
520 Chestnut St, Philadelphia


The Philly POPS Festival Brass will perform Aaron Copland's Fanfare for the Common Man as Pope Francis enters the stage for his highly anticipated address on religious liberty and immigration at Independence Hall.


The Philly POPS Festival Brass delights audiences with music from the Great American Songbook, Broadway Shows, jazz legends, and patriotic songs and marches – and pop culture surprises along the way. The Festival Brass has performed extensively throughout the Philadelphia region, including at the Taney Dragons Welcome Parade, a Citizens Bank Park Philadelphia Phillies game, at Macy’s storied Eagle during the holidays and, of course, at numerous Christmas tree lightings.  The Festival Brass will kick off the much-anticipated, inaugural Philadelphia Veterans Day Parade this November. 


Matthew Gallagher
Robert Gravener
George Rabbai

John David Smith
Adam Lesnick
Todd Williams
George Barnett

Brian Pastor
Michael Purdy
Jon Schubert

Brian Brown

David Nelson
Ralph Sorrentino
Zachary Crystal

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 presentations and a robust set of educational and engagement initiatives.

Now in its 37th season, the official POPS orchestra of Pennsylvania serves a consistently growing audience of over 75,000 annually. Music Director Michael Krajewski and the 65-person Philly POPS orchestra keeps listeners tapping their toes to an impressive repertoire of songs from the 1920s up through 2015. One day, The Philly POPS is performing Frank Sinatra. The next, Rock ‘n’ Roll. Then, Broadway, ABBA, Billy Joel and on into contemporary chart toppers.

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. For more information about The Philly POPS, please visit