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A Philly POPS Christmas: Spectacular Sounds of the Season!

Dec 4-18, 2021
David Charles Abell, Conductor

All the glitter and warmth of Philly’s favorite holiday tradition is back for another dazzling season! It’s Philly’s favorite holiday tradition — this year featuring Music Director and Principal Conductor David Charles Abell, West End & Broadway star Scarlett Strallen, and Philadelphia native and Broadway legend Hugh Panaro! The POPS is back for another unforgettable holiday celebration! Also featured in this year’s show will be the young virtuoso pianist Charlie Albright, whose excitable, energetic style is sure to wow. 

This all-new original program will feature the perennial POPS favorites: The Philly POPS Festival Chorus, The African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas Gospel Choir, and The Philadelphia Boys Choir for another can’t-miss holiday extravaganza.

The Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia Harlem Nutcracker

18 December 2021
Terell Stafford, Conductor

The Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia returns to the stage with its annual holiday tradition—The Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia Harlem Nutcracker, December 18 at 8 p.m. at Penn Live Arts!

Dancin' In The Streets: THE MUSIC OF MOTOWN

Feb 18-20, 2022
Byron Stripling, Conductor

Experience the magic of MOTOWN! This program features smash hits made famous by artists like Marvin Gaye, The Four Tops, Martha Reeves, Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, The Temptations, and the one and only Stevie Wonder. Songs include “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” “Reach Out I’ll Be There,” “Dancing In The Street,” “I Heard it Through The Grapevine,” “My Girl,” “Superstition,” and more. 

Celebrate the legendary “Motown Sound” with Hairspray stars Shayna Steele and Chester Gregory, with American Idol finalist and charted R&B artist Michael Lynche. Audiences will be transformed by the powerful music of Motown with these authentic arrangements and exciting, young talented musicians.

POPS Rocks Let It Be

Mar 11-13, 2022
David Charles Abell, Conductor

The Beatles changed the rock and roll landscape forever. The Philly POPS continues its celebration of the 50th anniversaries of their last set of ground-breaking, memorable albums - the music that cemented their enduring legacy. As the final album released by “The Fab Four” Let It Be turns 50 this year!

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. 


May 13-15, 2022
Byron Stripling, Conductor

Peter Nero performed a memorable “Rhapsody in Blue” at the POPS’ first-ever performance in 1979, kicking off the POPS’ storied 42-year history with one of America’s greatest songwriters and composers, George Gershwin.  
Guest conductor Byron Stripling presents the best work of this incandescent talent with this program, featuring music from Porgy and Bess, An American in Paris, and more! The program features some of the hottest stars of new Broadway, POPS favorites Nikki Renée Daniels, unforgettable Disney princess Allison Blackwell—fresh from her July 3rd triumph, and Ryan Silverman, last seen with the POPS in Abell’s Bernstein retrospective. Piano virtuoso Charlie Albright will perform “Rhapsody in Blue” with his dynamic, exciting style. 
“'S Wonderful,” “I Got Rhythm,” “Summertime,” “Love is Here to Stay” and more! 

Star Wars: A Galaxy of Music

Star Wars
Jun 17-19, 2022
David Charles Abell, Conductor

The force is strong with this one! The Philly POPS sets course for a galaxy far, far away with the music that changed cinema forever! Join the Rebellion and come in costume as your favorite character to hear the 65-piece Philly POPS orchestra performing the iconic soundtracks as they were recorded.