MUSIC DIRECTOR DAVID CHARLES ABELL CONDUCTS THE FULL ORCHESTRA, FEATURING BROADWAY LEGEND LIZ CALLAWAY AND ARTISTIC DIRECTOR FOR JAZZ TERELL STAFFORD IN A BLACK-AND-WHITE-THEMED EVENING
The Philly POPS steps back to a magical time for the Eighth Annual POPS Ball, September 16, 2021 at the Hyatt at the Bellevue.
Music Director and Principal Conductor David Charles Abell brings POPS fan-favorite and Broadway legend Liz Callaway back for another night of elegance. The evening will also feature a much-anticipated performance by Artistic Director for Jazz Terell Stafford, performing “Candy” on trumpet and joining Liz for “Love is Here to Stay.”
The theme for this year is “The Black and White Ball”—an homage to Truman Capote’s legendary party of the last century. The Eighth Annual POPS Ball is the major fundraiser of the 2021-22 POPS season. POPS supporters will enjoy a sophisticated soirée, dancing to the full Philly POPS orchestra. This black-and-white-themed masquerade gala will feature two songs that were performed during the original Black and White Ball by the Peter Duchin Orchestra and the Soul Brothers: “Put on A Happy Face,” and “Twist and Shout.”
“I’m thrilled to be leading the POPS for my first and our eighth POPS Ball,” said Music Director & Principal Conductor David Charles Abell. “The evening’s program will have some fun with this black and white theme— songs like ‘Night and Day,’ ‘Moon River’ and ‘Me and My Shadow.’ I’m delighted we can include two songs performed at Truman Capote’s 1966 ball. Having the incredible Liz Callaway and Terell Stafford together with The Philly POPS will surely make this a night to remember.”
“This year’s gala has a special meaning—it will be the first live performance for many of the POPS’ closest friends since the interruption began,” said Frank Giordano, President of The Philly POPS. “Dottie and I could not be more excited to see our supporters again and to hear the POPS playing and swinging in its trademark style!”
This year’s POPS Ball Honorees will be Daniel and Monica DiLella. Dan and Monica have been members of the POPS family for 10 years. Dan has served on the Board throughout that time and has helped the POPS achieve its unprecedented attendance growth and programmatic expansion.
For more details on The Eighth Annual POPS Ball, visit www.phillypops.org/popsball
This event is a black-tie formal masquerade. This event will follow all current health and safety guidelines.