2019-20 TOPS of the POPS Season | The Philly Pops

2019-20 TOPS of the POPS Season

TOPS of the POPS 

This season features some of music’s most award-winning artists. Throughout the season, we’ll celebrate their amazing musical contributions, as well as their stellar collection of accolades. 

Across all categories, this season’s artists have achieved 76 Grammys, 9 Tonys, 15 Academy Awards, 15 Golden Globes and 5 stars on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame.

Past Events

POPS Goes To Hollywood: From Raiders to Gotham

POPS Goes To Hollywood
Sep 27-29, 2019
Todd Ellison, Conductor

The POPS takes flight in a night of action and adventure! Enter the worlds of your favorite films with the soundtracks from legendary composers like John Williams, Danny Elfman, Howard Shore, Michael Giacchino, and Hans Zimmer. Featuring the unforgettable music of the Avengers, Black Panther, Game of Thrones, Wonder Woman, Star Wars, Jurassic Park, and a whole lot more, you’ll leave the hall feeling like a hero! As an added bonus, come in costume—you'll be right at home with an expected visit from a passel of superhero characters to add to the fun.

A Philly POPS Christmas: Spectacular Sounds of the Season!

Dec 6-21, 2019
David Charles Abell, Conductor

After the energy and sparkle of his hugely successful 2013, 2014, and 2015 Christmas shows, audiences eagerly anticipated Principal Guest Conductor David Charles Abell’s holiday homecoming. Joining in for the fun is Broadway royalty Mandy Gonzalez — fresh from her breakout performance in Hamilton — returning her incandescent warmth and fabulous dresses to Philly’s favorite holiday tradition.  Last Christmas, audiences fell in love with Mandy’s celestial vocal power and infectious charm. The program will also feature the Melodica Men, two Juilliard and Peabody Conservatory graduates who achieved fame on YouTube with their hilarious videos. They are true virtuosos of an under-appreciated musical instrument.

Hamlisch: With Love

Broadway: Hamlisch, With Love
Jan 17-19, 2020
Todd Ellison, Conductor

Todd Ellison gets personal with this heartwarming program dedicated to his mentor and longtime friend. Dynamic vocalist Ashley Brown returns from her colossal Sinatra & Friends performance from last season


Feb 14-16, 2020
Byron Stripling, Conductor

The Philly POPS welcomes back conductor Byron Stripling as we pay R-E-S-P-E-C-T with the dynamic combination of Broadway Powerhouse Capathia Jenkins and Grammy-Nominated R&B Singer Ryan Shaw. It’s “Chain of Fools,” “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” “Amazing Grace,”  “Respect,” and more!

POPS Rocks Phil Collins: The Music of Genesis and Phil Collins

POPS Rocks Phil Collins
Mar 6-8, 2020
Stuart Chafetz, Conductor

Philly’s Biggest Rock Band turns up the volume with frequent guest conductor and rock specialist Stuart Chafetz in this tribute to an icon—featuring Broadway rock 'n’ roll headliner Aaron Finley from “Rock of Ages” and “Kinky Boots” with acclaimed percussionist and Temple University graduate Brian Kushmaul.  It’s “One More Night,” “Two Hearts,” “Another Day In Paradise,” and the unforgettable “In The Air Tonight.” 

Hammerstein: The Song is You

Apr 1-3, 2022
David Charles Abell, Conductor

With credits to over 1,589 unforgettable songs and 5 ground-breaking musicals, including Oklahoma!The Sound of Music, and South Pacific, Oscar Hammerstein 2nd shaped both American musical theater and the careers of his successors, particularly that of his neighbor and protégé, Stephen Sondheim. 

Sinatra: A Man and His Music

Sep 24-26, 2021
Rickey Minor, Conductor

The program highlights some of the most memorable greatest hits from Sinatra’s nine-time GRAMMY-winning career—it’s "Come Fly with Me," "Luck Be a Lady," "One for My Baby," "Fly Me to the Moon," "My Kind of Town," and "I’ve Got a Crush on You."  A show that’s certain to make you feel SOOO young!