Performance Friday, April 10, 2015 | 8 PM

The New York Pops

Let's Be Frank

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
In Frank Sinatra’s centennial year, four of today’s finest entertainers pay tribute to America’s original idol.


  • The New York Pops
    Steven Reineke, Music Director and Conductor
  • Tony DeSare, Storm Large, Frankie Moreno, and Ryan Silverman, Guest Artists


  • 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.

    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.

    Steven Reineke

    Steven 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, principal pops conductor of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and principal pops conductor designate for the Houston Symphony, beginning in the 2017-2018 season. Mr. Reineke is a frequent guest conductor with The Philadelphia Orchestra and has been on the podium with the Boston Pops, The Cleveland Orchestra, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Ravinia. His extensive North American conducting appearances include performances with the orchestras of San Francisco, Houston, Seattle, Edmonton, and Pittsburgh. As the creator of more than 100 orchestral arrangements for the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, 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. 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.

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  • Tony DeSare

    Named a Rising Star Male Vocalist by DownBeat magazine, Tony DeSare has lived up to the distinction by winning critical and popular acclaim for his concert performances throughout North America and abroad. From jazz clubs to Carnegie Hall to Las Vegas, where he has headlined with Don Rickles, Tony has brought his fresh take on old-school class around the globe. He has three Billboard Top-10 jazz albums under his belt, and has been featured on the CBS Early Show, NPR, and The Today Show. His music was recently posted by social media celebrity George Takei.

    In addition to his critically acclaimed turns as a singer and pianist, Tony is also an accomplished, award-winning composer. He won first place in this year's USA Songwriting Competition, and wrote the theme song for the motion picture My Date with Drew as well as several broadcast commercials. His compositions include a wide range of romantic, funny, and soulful tunes that can be found on his top-selling recordings as well as his YouTube page.

    Appearances this season include performances with The Philly Pops, Dallas Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra, Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, and Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, as well as at 54 Below, Stamford Center for the Arts, and the Dr. Phillips Center for the Arts in Orlando, Florida. Tony DeSare is a Yamaha Artist.

    Storm Large

    Storm Large shot to national prominence in 2006 as a finalist on the CBS show Rock Star: Supernova, where she built a fan base that follows her around the world to this day.

    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 ensemble, touring nationally and internationally.

    Storm debuted with the Oregon Symphony in 2010, and has returned for sold-out performances every year since. She made her Carnegie Hall debut in May 2013, singing Weill's Seven Deadly Sins with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

    In 2007, Storm starred in Portland Center Stage's production of Cabaret with Wade McCollum. Her next endeavor, the autobiographical musical memoir Crazy Enough, played to packed houses in 2009 during its unprecedented 21-week sold-out run in Portland. Storm went on to perform a cabaret version of the show at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Adelaide Festival in Australia, and Joe's Pub in New York.

    In the fall of 2014, Storm and her band Le Bonheur released the record Le Bonheur. This season, Storm also makes her debut with The New York Pops, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Houston Symphony, and RTÉ Concert Orchestra in Dublin, among others. Storm is also busy creating a new musical with The Public Theater in New York City.

    Frankie Moreno

    Frankie Moreno has been wowing audiences from coast to coast with his mix of Rat Pack glamour, original and classic hits, and vintage funk-infused sounds. A piano prodigy and multi-instrumentalist, Frankie has performed with many greats, including award-winning classical violinist Joshua Bell.

    Frankie is currently collaborating on new music with producer, engineer, and guitar legend Pat Thrall, who has worked with Katy Perry, Christina Aguilera, Beyoncé, and Justin Bieber. In 2013, Frankie's performance of his hit "Tangerine Honey" on ABC's Dancing with the Stars brought him into America's living rooms. This led to many other TV shows, magazine write-ups, and sold-out concerts, including his own nationwide PBS special, Frankie Moreno in Concert.

    Frankie played a nationwide tour with Grammy Award-nominated artist Billy Currington and country superstars Sugarland. He also joined multi-platinum artists Air Supply for their world tour as musical director and wrote their latest radio single, "Dance with Me." Frankie's last collaboration for Sony Records with Joshua Bell reached No. 1 on the Billboard charts in two categories.

    Frankie was first introduced to American audiences at the age of 10 with his debut on CBS's Star Search.

    Ryan Silverman

    Ryan Silverman recently received critical acclaim for his starring role in the Broadway production of Side Show. He received Drama Desk and Drama League nominations for his role as Giorgio in the Classic Stage Company's production of Passion. Ryan's additional credits include Billy Flynn in Chicago (Broadway) and Raoul in The Phantom of the Opera (Broadway and Las Vegas). He starred as Lancelot in Camelot and as Terry Connor in Side Show at the Kennedy Center, and has also been featured in Music in the Air (Karl) at City Center Encores!, Cry-Baby on Broadway, and The Most Happy Fella (Al) at New York City Opera. His portrayal of Tony in the Olivier-nominated 2008 West End production of West Side Story received universal raves. He starred as Sky in the first national tour of Mamma Mia!, and as José in the world premiere of the new musical Carmen at La Jolla Playhouse. He also performed in the Chicago production of Wicked. Regional credits include Thoroughly Modern Millie (Jimmy); Cinderella (Prince); Grease! (Danny); Hello, Dolly! (Cornelius); Assassins (John Wilkes Booth); Sweeney Todd (Anthony); Forever Plaid (Smudge); and Blood Brothers (Eddie Lyons). TV and film credits include Gossip Girl, Five Minarets in New York, Sex and the City 2, and True Blood. Ryan has performed his club act at the Café Carlyle, where he had a month-long residency, and Feinstein's at the Regency. Concert appearances include performances with The New York Pops, Seattle Symphony with Marvin Hamlisch, The Philadelphia Orchestra and Philly Pops, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Pops, Utah Symphony, Houston Symphony, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, among others. Visit for more information.

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The Program

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This performance is part of The New York Pops.