Press Release • April 10, 2018

Philadelphia (April 10, 2018) — The Philly POPS 2017-18 season ends with a Classic Rock sing along, featuring Broadway power vocalist Bryce Ryness and the 170-voice Festival Chorus. POPS Rocks runs April 27-29 at the Kimmel Center.

The audience is encouraged to sing along to the most memorable songs of the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Queen, and more. The show features hits like “Satisfaction”, “Stairway to Heaven”, and “Bohemian Rhapsody” with chart-toppers from The Beatles, ELO, Peter Gabriel, Styx, Bon Jovi, Coldplay, and more.

Bryce Ryness most recently delighted Philly POPS audiences in 2016’s The Carole King Songbook and has starred in MatildaHair, and Legally Blonde on Broadway. He was last seen on Broadway in Matilda after originating the role of ‘Miss Trunchbull’ on the first national tour. He’s appeared in First Date, Leap of Faith, the 2009 Tony Award-winning revival of Hair at the Hirschfeld Theater (where he received a Drama Desk nomination for ‘Best Featured Actor in a Musical’) and Legally Blonde at the Palace. With his band, Ryness, he’s written and recorded two albums, available on iTunes. He’s been seen on screen in the film Tangled and on TV in Law & Order: SVUPeter Pan Live!, It Could Be WorsePolitical AnimalsJust For Kicks, the Late Show, and the Tonight Show. Bryce has sung backup for international recording artists Josh Groban, Roger Daltrey, and Sarah Brightman.


Rock Overture
Bohemian Rhapsody
Rolling Stones Medley
Mr. Blue Sky
Come Sail Away
A Day in the Life
Beatles Medley
Viva La Vida
Solsbury Hill
Stairway to Heaven
Livin’ On A Prayer
Joy to the World
Queen Medley

Special events
All guests are welcome to arrive 90 minutes prior to each concert for free pre-concert entertainment, including a conversation led by CBS Radio Philadelphia’s RJ McKay and the following special guests:

Friday, April 27: WMMR’s Pierre Robert
Saturday, April 28: WMGK’s House Band, The Mad Trio
Sunday, April 29: HOME, the Andrew Jackson Elementary School Rock Band

The Philly POPS Subscription Series is made possible thanks to Presenting Sponsor Parx Casino®.

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 39th season, the official POPS orchestra of Pennsylvania serves a consistently growing audience of over 150,000 annually. Music Director Michael Krajewski and the 65-piece 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. The Philly POPS BIG Band, an 18-20 piece ensemble performing a rock and rhythm and blues repertoire , premiered in 2017 to enthusiastic response at the July 4 Welcome America Concert on the Parkway.

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 concert – 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.