Press Release • September 25, 2021

The Philly POPS raises a glass in a toast to the Chairman with SINATRA: A Man and His Music presented by Citizens, September 24–26, 2021 at the Kimmel Cultural Campus.

Starting Monday, September 27, POPS fans will be able to watch a streamed performance of the show, presented by Rothman Orthopaedics, on The Philly POPS’ YouTube Channel and 6abc’s streaming apps.

“It is such a privilege to be partnering with The Philly POPS, an iconic brand in the Philadelphia performing arts community,” said Christopher T. Olivia, MD, CEO of Rothman Orthopaedic Institute. “We look forward to supporting such a memorable performance and reaching a whole new audience via the various streaming platforms.”

The program features highlights from the immortal Sinatra at the Sands album—Sinatra’s first major live album. It was originally performed with the dynamic Count Basie Orchestra, under the direction of the legendary Quincy Jones, who arranged and conducted. Sinatra at the Sands reinfused Sinatra’s career with new energy—featuring definitive versions of many of his songs. The album is a snapshot of a night where The Chairman, The Count’s Orchestra and Q made musical history, starting right off the bat with an invigorated take on “Come Fly With Me.” The program also features favorites like “My Kind of Town,” “Luck Be a Lady” and “Fly Me to the Moon.”

When talking about Sinatra at the Sands in his autobiography, Q: The Autobiography of Quincy Jones, Quincy Jones said, “Frank was at the height of his powers then, and I was steering his musical ship, [the Count Basie Orchestra,] the greatest band in the world.”

Stepping into the shoes of the original arranger and conductor Quincy Jones is the explosive Rickey Minor. Rickey is a mentee of Quincy and has worked with many household names and contemporary talents, including Whitney Houston, Jennifer Hudson, Adele, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Ariana Grande and many more.

“Quincy Jones is the quintessential renaissance man,” said Minor. “He has shown that talent, hard work and perseverance can be a formula for a successful life in any career. He not only set the stage, he built it. He’s my friend, mentor and an inspiration to us all.” 

Returning for his fourth performance with the POPS is fan-favorite Michael Andrew. Michael previously performed two Sinatra programs, including 2015’s Sinatra: A Centennial Celebration and 2018’s Sinatra & Friends. Michael is an acclaimed singer, bandleader and an authority on Sinatra.

Sinatra started singing at the Sands in 1953, and by the early ‘60s, it had become the home of the Rat Pack. Quincy Jones first worked with Sinatra in 1958. Later, Sinatra hired Jones to arrange and conduct his second collaboration with Count Basie, It Might as Well Be Swing. Jones arranged and conducted a benefit, which featured the Rat Pack and the Count Basie Orchestra, and Jones was the arranger and conductor when Sinatra and Basie appeared on The Hollywood Palace TV show. After all of these performances, the three men were musically in-sync and primed for this historic live album.

“Frank Sinatra took me to a whole new planet. I worked with him until he passed away in ’98,” said Quincy Jones. “He left me his ring. I never take it off.”

SINATRA: A Man and His Music, presented by Citizens, runs September 24–26, 2021 at Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Cultural Campus. This performance is part of The Philly POPS Legacy Series. The streamed performance is presented by Rothman Orthopaedics.

About Rickey Minor
Rickey Minor is an Emmy award-winning music director, conductor, composer and producer.

He has worked with renowned recording artists such as: Whitney Houston, Adele, Rihanna, Gwen Stefani, Janelle Monáe, Demi Lovato, Keith Urban, Diana Ross, Aretha Franklin, Khalid, Katy Perry, Sting, Jennifer Lopez, Celine Dion, Stevie Wonder, H.E.R., Ariana Grande, John Legend, Carrie Underwood, Lenny Kravitz, Gladys Knight, Brandi Carlile, Garth Brooks, Ray Charles, Ella Mai, Faith Hill, Jennifer Hudson, Elton John, Common, Andra Day, Cynthia Erivo, Ed Sheeran, Usher and Beyoncé.

His numerous television credits include The Tonight Show, starring Jay Leno, American Idol, The Kennedy Center Honors, The American Music Awards, The Super Bowl, The GRAMMY Awards, The Emmy Awards and The Academy Awards.

He has received 12 Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Music Direction: Aretha! A Celebration for the Queen of Soul, The 91st Academy Awards, Taking the Stage: African American Music and Stories That Changed America (winner), Stayin’ Alive: A Grammy Salute to the Music of the Bee Gees, The Smithsonian Salutes Ray Charles: In Performance at the White House, The 51st Annual GRAMMY Awards, The 50th Annual GRAMMY Awards, An Evening of Stars: A Tribute to Chaka Khan and Genius: A Night for Ray Charles.

About Michael Andrew
For two years, Michael Andrew was the headline singer and bandleader at the world-famous Rainbow Room atop Rockefeller Center in New York City, where he entertained audiences nightly and hosted a live radio broadcast, Live from the Rainbow Room. He was the bandleader and singer at Merv Griffin’s “Coconut Club” in the Beverly Hilton in California. While on Larry King Live, Merv called Michael Andrew “one of the great singers of all time.”

A frequent symphonic pops guest artist, Michael Andrew has appeared with orchestras in Akron, Albuquerque, Birmingham, Charlotte, Melbourne (Florida), Houston, Jacksonville, Long Beach, Missoula, Orlando, Pasadena, Philadelphia, Providence, Palm Beach, Palm Springs, San Antonio, Sarasota and other cities across America.

He wrote the musical comedy, Mickey Swingerhead & the Earthgirls, that was a hit with audiences and the press. The hit show led to the formation of his band, Swingerhead, which remains a favorite among audiences and has toured extensively throughout the country. Michael also formed the Atomic Big Band, an 18-piece band that has performed in Hollywood for the premier of the Warner Bros. movie, Poseidon, and his bands continue to play engagements from Presidential Inaugural Balls to high society fundraisers.

On the other side of the curtain, as a composer, lyricist and book writer, he’s created shows paying tribute to the writers of the American Songbook including Johnny Mercer, Sammy Cahn and the Gershwins. He composed / performed his music for motion pictures including Heartbreakers, Inglourious Basterds, Mad Hot Ballroom, Bobby Jones – Stroke of Genius and The Five People You Meet in Heaven. Recently, he produced music for Mitch Albom’s new musical, Hockey, which debuted in Detroit.

Michael Andrew starred in the world premiere of the new musical, The Nutty Professor, written by Marvin Hamlisch and Rupert Holmes and directed by Jerry Lewis. Time Magazine praised his “terrific lead performance” and Jerry Lewis called him “one of the best talents to come down the pike in 50 years.”

About The Philly POPS Legacy Series 
The Philly POPS Legacy Series is one of The Philly POPS signature brands. The Legacy Series includes performances of American popular music from the early 20th century, including swing, big band, ragtime and pieces from the Great American Songbook.

Through the Legacy Series, The Philly POPS celebrates artists who are representative of the formative years of American popular music, as well this music’s strong connections to Philadelphia and the community. Past Philly POPS Legacy Series shows have included The Carole King Songbook, Elvis: The King’s Songbook, Sinatra & Friends, Leslie Odom, Jr: Celebrating The POPS 40th Anniversary and At The Hop! A Philadelphia Story at The Birth of Rock ‘N’ Roll.

The 2021 Philly POPS Legacy Series performance, SINATRA: A Man and His Music, is sponsored by Citizens. 

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 performances and a robust set of educational and engagement initiatives.

As the official POPS orchestra of Pennsylvania and the City of Philadelphia’s partner in civic celebration, The Philly POPS serves a consistently growing audience of over 250,000 annually. Music Director and Principal Conductor David Charles Abell and the 65-piece Philly POPS orchestra keeps listeners tapping their toes to an impressive repertoire of songs from American traditional music up through to today’s chart-toppers.

In addition to Subscription Series performances at The Kimmel Center, The Philly POPS presents innovative programming with contemporary artists at the Met Philadelphia in The Philly POPS at the Met Philadelphia series. Other ensembles that make up The Philly POPS are: The Philly POPS BIG Band, which plays a rock and rhythm and blues repertoire and The Philly POPS Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia, under the direction of Artistic Director for Jazz, Terell Stafford.

Outside the concert hall, free Salute Series performances – including Memorial Salute, July 3 POPS on Independence, July 4 POPS on the Parkway 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 3,000 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, as the Principal Orchestra of the Met Philadelphia, and at venues throughout the mid-Atlantic region.

About Rothman Orthopaedic Institute

Rothman Orthopaedic Institute is the largest musculoskeletal practice in the United States according to Becker’s Review. A world-leader in the field of orthopaedics, Rothman Orthopaedics partners with health systems, hospitals and physicians to build enduring musculoskeletal systems of care in communities that are high-quality, compassionate, affordable and grounded in evidence-based medicine.

Rothman Orthopaedic Institute orthopaedists treat patients in over 50 locations in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and most recently in Florida through its partnership with AdventHealth. Rothman also has surgical privileges at 58 facilities across the tri-state region. With experts in nine orthopaedic sub-specialties including spine, hip and knee, foot and ankle, shoulder and elbow, hand and wrist, sports medicine, physical medicine and rehabilitation, orthopaedic oncology and trauma, Rothman Orthopaedic Institute is recognized for excellence in clinical treatment methods, research, education and technology.

Consistently recognized as national and regional “Top Docs,” Rothman Orthopaedic Institute is proud to be the official team physicians for the Philadelphia Eagles, Phillies, 76ers, the iconic Radio City Rockettes, The Big East Conference, as well as over 40 college and high school teams.

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