Press Release • December 3, 2015


Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at 8pm


Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts 300 Broad St. Philadelphia, PA 19102


The Philly POPS welcomes Miss America 2016 Betty Cantrell to sing I’ll Be Home for Christmas in the December 9th Christmas Spectacular show.

About Miss America 2016 Betty Cantrell

This past year thousands of young women vied for the coveted title of Miss America and on September 13th, Betty Cantrell, from Warner Robins, Georgia, won the title of Miss America 2016, after an astounding performance of Tu, Tu Piccolo Iddio during the live ABC telecast.

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. Now in its 37th season, the POPS celebrates this distinctive musical heritage through an expanding repertoire of innovative concert presentations and a robust set of educational and engagement initiatives.

The holidays are truly the most wonderful time of the year for the POPS. We get in the holiday spirit in November and December with our Festival Brass playing carols at tree lightings around the Philadelphia region. Our annual I’ll Be Home for Christmas concert kicks off the season with a free concert for military, police and fire department families. The nine concerts that follow bring more than 20,000 people to the Kimmel Center to enjoy our popular Christmas Spectacular Series.

About the Miss America Organization

The Miss America Organization, a 501(c)4 non-profit organization, is the nation’s leading advocate for women’s education and the largest provider of scholarship assistance to young women in the United States, awarding millions of dollars annually. The Miss America Organization is comprised of 52 licensed organizations, including all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico. Miss America contestants contribute tens of thousands of community service hours annually and have raised over $12 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and Miss America scholarships since 2007.