Era of ABBA | The Philly Pops

Era of ABBA

Michael Krajewski, Conductor

Verizon Hall, Kimmel Center for Performing Arts

300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
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Oct 17-19, 2014
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Rajaton, vocalists

The Philly POPS launches its 36th season with the sound of the '70s, highlighting the electrifying music of ABBA, known worldwide through the successful Broadway musical Mamma Mia!. Also included on the program will be disco hits and music of Carole King, Paul Simon, and John Denver. On Friday, October 17 (8 p.m.), Saturday, October 18 (3 p.m.), and Sunday, October 19 (3 p.m.), the Era of ABBA will be conducted by Music Director Michael Krajewski and feature the internationally renowned vocal ensemble Rajaton from Finland. 

Krajewski looks forward to the new season and shares his enthusiasm for this program. He said, “I’m excited about launching my second season with The Philly POPS, and I hope it will be even better than last year. Philadelphia has welcomed my wife Darcy and me so warmly. We are both excited about this year.” Philly POPS audiences appreciate Krajewski’s refreshing programming, and he describes how this concert was developed. He continued, “When I think of the 70’s I think of ABBA, whose music has always been popular and really exploded in the hit Broadway show Mamma Mia!. Knowing of the vocal group Rajaton, whose specialty is singing their music, I thought it would be fun to turn the first concert of the 2014-15 season into music of that era. In addition to ABBA, we’ll play the music of John Denver, Carole King, and many more wonderful artists of the '70s. We wanted the cream of the crop, and that’s what we’ll be presenting in this program.”

Swedish rock group ABBA became one of the most commercially successful acts in the history of popular music when they topped the charts worldwide from 1975 to 1982. In 1999, the musical Mamma Mia!, based on ABBA’s music, gave the group a resurgence, along with the album ABBA Gold. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on March 15, 2010, ABBA has sold more than 380 million albums worldwide — making them one of the best-selling bands of all time. 

Helpful Information

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

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