Press Release • September 12, 2016

Philadelphia, PA (September 8, 2016) — On September 15, Music Director Michael Krajewski and the Philly POPS orchestra return to the Hyatt at the Bellevue for the Fourth Annual POPS Ball.

Over 250 POPS supporters will enjoy a night of dinner and dancing to the full 65-piece POPS orchestra. The musicians of the orchestra donate their time for this colorful beginning to their season. The POPS Ball is the Philly POPS’ major fundraiser of the 2016/2017 season.

Themed Let’s Dance, POPS librarian Vince Leonard has created a special orchestral arrangement of David Bowie’s song “Let’s Dance” for the occasion. After a 6-7:30pm cocktail reception, doors will open to the ballroom while the orchestra plays “Let’s Dance” and twelve professional dancers (with ladies in red shoes and men in red bow ties and tails) from Power Surge Performing Arts Centre, led by director Joanne McBride, will bring guests to the dancefloor. 

Ann Catania of Ten Pennies Florist has created a décor scheme dedicated to the POPS season and Let’s Dance with dozens of miniature shoes placed throughout the room and blocks of colored tables tied to corresponding concerts in the POPS’ subscription series (Elvis, The Beatles, Broadway, Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong, and The Eagles, Fleetwood Mac and Journey, and Christmas) with lucite chairs, vivid colors and themed props. The Beatles table will feature sunglasses similar to John Lennon’s iconic pair, green accessories including linens, chair cushions and lighting all to match the green theme of the logo for the upcoming POPS show. A “King’s Table” centered in the Ballroom will seat 14 with a stack of Elvis memorabilia, all in honor of the October 21-23 season opening POPS concert, ELVIS: The King’s Songbook. Ann Catania’s signature floral designs will include roses, orchids and calla lilies.

Musical program:

Let’s Dance (David Bowie song, arranged by Vince Leonard)
Let’s Dance
Rockin’ With the Beach Boys
American Patrol
I Heard It Through the Grapevine
I’m Getting Sentimental Over You
My Girl
Stompin at the Savoy
Disco at the Pops
I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm
Can’t Help Falling in Love
A String of Pearls
I’ve Got You Under My Skin
You Made Me Love You
Mack the Knife
Begin the Beguine
Sing, Sing, Sing
Take the A Train
New York New York
Moonlight Serenade
April in Paris/One O’Clock Jump
In the Mood
Bandstand Boogie 

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 38th season, the official POPS orchestra of Pennsylvania serves a consistently growing audience of over 100,000 annually. Music Director Michael Krajewski and the 65-peice Philly POPS orchestra keeps listeners tapping their toes to an impressive repertoire of songs from American traditions of music up through today’s chart toppers.

 Outside the concert hall, Salute Series performances – including POPS on Independence on July 3 and the I’ll Be Home for Christmas: A Salute to the Military and First Responders – celebrate the American tradition of service around important national holidays; POPS in Schools enhances music education for Philadelphia School District students; and POPS Outside brings POPS music to local communities. 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.