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A Philly POPS Christmas

Michael Krajewski, Conductor

Verizon Hall, Kimmel Center for Performing Arts

300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
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Dec 2-18, 2016
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Tony DeSare, vocalist and piano

Peter Richard Conte, organ

The Philly POPS Festival Chorus

Philadelphia Boys Choir

African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas Gospel Choir

SEE VIDEO: Tony DeSare's 19 versions of Jingle Bells with the Philly POPS

SEE VIDEO: Tony DeSare's I'll Be Home for Christmas

Philadelphia's favorite holiday show is back!

Maestro Michael Krajewski conducts an all-new spectacular lineup of exciting musical arrangements, featuring over 300 remarkable musicians and singers, including: the 65-piece POPS orchestra, internationally acclaimed pianist and vocalist Tony DeSare dubbed “two parts Sinatra, one part Billy Joel”, organist Peter Richard Conte, the Philly POPS Festival Chorus, the Philadelphia Boys Choir and the African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas Gospel Choir. The festive show is full of heartwarming surprises sure to delight your entire family! It just wouldn’t be Christmas in Philadelphia without the most treasured holiday musical tradition from The Philly POPS.

Musical highlights from the show include:

O, Come All Ye Faithful 
We Need a Little Christmas 
Go Tell It on the Mountain 
Let It Snow
Hark the Herald Angels Sing
Ave Maria
Silver Bells
A Merry Christmas Sing-Along

The POPS usher in holiday cheer before and after each concert with lobby entertainment, including Santa and Mrs. Claus and strolling Victorian Carolers.

The 10-show run begins on December 2 with I’ll Be Home for Christmas: A Salute to the Military and First Responders—the annual benefit concert at which the POPS host 2,000 members of the military, police and fire departments, and their families. Tickets are not for sale to the public for that concert.

Note: Conductor’s Circle seating is not available for this event.

"A PHILLY POPS CHRISTMAS" album is now available on iTunes! 

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Helpful Information

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

Discounted parking passes are available from select garages. For more information, please call 215.893.1999 or add a parking pass during checkout when purchasing your tickets.


We hope all of our guests will have a great time and make many memories at our concerts and events. Post your photos or videos on social media and include #phillypops for a chance to win a pair of tickets to any upcoming concert in the current or following season! Please refrain from flash photography in the concert hall. 

Enjoy the show!

Guest Artists

Tony DeSare, vocalist & piano


Tony DeSare performs with infectious joy, wry playfulness and robust musicality. Named a Rising Star Male Vocalist in Downbeat magazine, DeSare has lived up to this distinction by winning critical and popular acclaim for his concert performances throughout North America and abroad. From jazz clubs to Carnegie Hall to Las Vegas headlining with Don Rickles and major symphony orchestras, DeSare has brought his fresh take on old school class around the globe. DeSare has three top ten Billboard jazz albums under his belt and has been featured on the CBS Early Show, NPR, A Prairie Home Companion, the Today Show and his music has been posted by social media celebrity juggernaut, George Takei.

Peter Richard Conte, Organist


Peter Richard Conte is highly regarded as a skillful performer and arranger of organ transcriptions. He has been featured several times on National Public Radio and on ABC television’s Good Morning America and World News Tonight. His monthly radio show, The Wanamaker Organ Hour, airs on the first Sunday of each month and can be accessed online via WRTI.org. He performs extensively throughout the United States and Canada under the management of Phillip Truckenbrod Concert Artists, and was a featured artist at the American Guild of Organists’ National Convention in 2002, and at the International Organ Festival in Aosta, Italy, in September 2004. In 2013, the Philadelphia Music Alliance honored him with a bronze plaque on the Avenue of the Arts’ Walk of Fame. He has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, The Philly POPS, and with Delaware and Allentown Symphonies.

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