Philadelphia, PA (October 18, 2018) — A whole lotta love comes to Philadelphia as The Philly POPS presents: Storm Large: A Crazy Kind of Love November 9, 10 and 11.
A musician, actor, playwright and author, Storm Large is an unforgettable interpreter of American pop music. Storm thundered into the spotlight as a contestant on CBS’ reality show Rock Star: Supernova, gaining herself a fanbase that follows her around the world to this day. Storm’s popularity took another leap when she joined the band Pink Martini as a guest vocalist—earning praise from The New York Times as “sensational.”
In A Crazy Kind of Love, Storm will perform with the 65-piece Philly POPS orchestra—Philly’s biggest rock ‘n roll band. Picking up right where the POPS left off last season, this POPS Rocks show features an explosive first half, filled with towering arrangements of classic rock hits, including a Beatles medley and an audience-picked rock overture from Classic Rock 102.9 WMGK. In the second half, Storm will light the stage on fire with her sizzling takes on rock classics. Audiences will hear hits from Led Zeppelin, Elton John, George Michael and more. No matter the artist, Storm puts her unique stamp on the classics.
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 festive music in the Plaza in the Kimmel Center lobby. The pre-concert entertainment will include performances by Girls Rock Philly. During the Friday show, Morris Animal Refuge will be at the Kimmel to raise awareness for animal adoption.
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About Storm Large
Storm Large: musician, actor, playwright, author, awesome. She shot to national prominence in 2006 as a finalist on the CBS show Rock Star: Supernova, where despite having been eliminated in the week before the finale, Storm built a fan base that follows her around the world to this day.
Recent highlights include engagements with the New York Pops, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Louisville Orchestra, Memphis Symphony, and the Knights, as well as performances at the Grant Park Music Festival in Chicago. She joined Michael Feinstein as special guest on the Jazz at Lincoln Center Popular Song series, as well as with Liza Minnelli, Joel Grey, and the Pasadena Pops. She debuted with the Oregon Symphony in 2010, and has returned for sold out performances each year thereafter. Storm made her Carnegie Hall debut in 2013, singing Weill’s Seven Deadly Sins with the Detroit Symphony as part of the Spring for Music festival. The New York Times called her “sensational,” and the classical music world instantly had a new star.
Storm made her debut as guest vocalist with the band Pink Martini in April 2011, singing four sold-out concerts with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. She continues to perform with the band, touring nationally and internationally, and she was featured on their CD, Get Happy.
Storm’s autobiographical musical memoir, Crazy Enough, played to packed houses in 2009 during its unprecedented 21-week sold out run at Portland Center Stage. Storm went on to perform a cabaret version of the show to critical acclaim at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Adelaide Festival in Australia, and Joe’s Pub in New York. Her memoir, Crazy Enough, was released by Simon and Schuster in 2012, named Oprah’s Book of the Week, and awarded the 2013 Oregon Book Award for Creative Nonfiction.
About Morris Animal Refuge
America's First Animal Shelter has been helping the Philadelphia area’s homeless pets since 1874, and no animal has ever been turned away from our doors. Located at 12th and Lombard in the heart of Center City, The Morris Animal Refuge offers innovative and high quality care for cats, dogs, and other small animals. We provide a full range of preventative, protective, and adoption services for neglected, abused, and abandoned animals. The Morris Animal Refuge is a non-profit charitable organization. Morris relies on the support of foundations, corporations, and especially the generosity of concerned citizens and animal lovers to help provide a second chance and forever homes for animals in need in the Philadelphia Area. For more information, please call (215)735-9570 or visit www.morrisanimalrefuge.org.
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.
Now celebrating its 40th Anniversary Season, the POPS, the official POPS orchestra of Pennsylvania and the City of Philadelphia’s partner in civic celebration, serves a consistently growing audience of over 200,000 annually. Music Director Michael Krajewski and the 65-piece Philly POPS orchestra keep listeners tapping their toes to an impressive repertoire of songs from American traditional music up through to 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, 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 Philadelphia School District students; 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.