The New York Pops
The New York Pops is the largest independent pops orchestra in the United States and the
only professional symphonic orchestra in New York City that specializes in popular music.
Led by Music Director Steven Reineke, the orchestra performs an annual subscription series
at Carnegie Hall, enjoying one of its highest subscription renewal rates. The New York
Pops' annual birthday gala is celebrated each spring, raising funds for the orchestra and
its education programs.
Now in its 32nd season, The New York Pops celebrates the diversity of popular music's
evolving songbook. Every concert is a unique experience, with influences that range from
Broadway melodies to film scores, jazz, rock, pop, and everything in between. The orchestra
collaborates with stars from the stage and screen, such as Tony Bennett, Michael Feinstein,
Megan Hilty, Idina Menzel, Kelli O'Hara, Miss Piggy, Pink Martini, John Pizzarelli, and
many more. Under the leadership of Steven Reineke, The New York Pops continues to reimagine
orchestral pops music.
The New York Pops is dedicated to lifelong learning, and collaborates with public schools,
community organizations, children's hospitals, and senior centers throughout the five
boroughs of New York City. PopsEd allows thousands of New Yorkers of all ages and
backgrounds to participate in fully customizable music programs that blend traditional
education with pure fun. PopsEd makes music open to all, and uses tools like composition,
lyric writing, performance, and mentorship to foster learning and unbridled creativity. In
doing so, these programs excite students and give them skills they can apply to all areas
of their lives.
The New York Pops is committed to creating access for all members of the community.
Thousands of children and their parents have the opportunity to see The New York Pops
during interactive and educational family concerts in partnership with Carnegie Hall's
Weill Music Institute. The orchestra has toured throughout the world. Past media projects
include the Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular on NBC, a nationally
syndicated radio series, and performances on PBS. The orchestra's discography includes
recordings of popular standards, theater and film scores, and music for the holidays.
The New York Pops was founded by Skitch Henderson in 1983 with a mission to create greater
public awareness and appreciation of America's rich musical heritage through presentation
of concerts and education programs of the highest quality. The New York Pops is a
non-profit organization supported solely through the generosity of individual donations,
institutional grants, corporate sponsorships, and concert income.
Steven Reineke's boundless enthusiasm and exceptional artistry have made him one of the
nation's most sought-after pops conductors, composers, and arrangers. Mr. Reineke is the
music director of The New York Pops at Carnegie Hall, principal pops conductor of the
National Symphony Orchestra at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and
principal pops conductor of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.
Mr. Reineke is a frequent guest conductor with The Philadelphia Orchestra, and has also
conducted the Boston Pops, The Cleveland Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at
Ravinia, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl. His extensive North
American conducting appearances include performances with the orchestras of San Francisco,
Houston, Seattle, Edmonton, Pittsburgh, Vancouver, Ottawa (National Arts Centre), Detroit,
Milwaukee, and Calgary.
As the creator of more than 100 orchestral arrangements for the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra,
where he served as associate conductor, Mr. Reineke's work has been performed worldwide,
and can be heard on numerous Cincinnati Pops Orchestra recordings on the Telarc label. His
symphonic works Celebration Fanfare, Legend of Sleepy Hollow, and
Casey at the Bat are performed frequently in North America, including performances
by the New York Philharmonic and Los Angeles Philharmonic. His Sun Valley Festival
Fanfare was used to commemorate the Sun Valley Summer Symphony's pavilion, and his
Festival Te Deum and Swan's Island Sojourn were debuted by the Cincinnati
Symphony and Cincinnati Pops orchestras. This season, he will write a new composition
titled The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, based on the popular children's
book of the same name by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith; the piece will have its premiere with
the National Symphony Orchestra. His numerous wind ensemble compositions are published by
the C. L. Barnhouse Company and are performed by concert bands around the world.
A native of Ohio, Mr. Reineke is a graduate of Miami University of Ohio, where he earned
bachelor of music degrees with honors in both trumpet performance and music composition. He
currently resides in New York City with his husband Eric Gabbard. Mr. Reineke is
represented by Peter Throm Management, LLC.