• Monday, Aug 29, 2011

    The New York Pops Opens Its 2011–2012 Concert Season at Carnegie Hall with Star-Studded Irving Berlin: Rags To Ritzes Program Under the Baton of Guest Conductor Jack Everly on Friday, October 14 

     

    Season Continues With Music Director Steven Reineke Leading
    Five Additional Programs Including Music of the Mad Men Era with
    Guest Artist Cheyenne Jackson on Friday, November 18
     

    On Friday, October 14 at 8:00 p.m. in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, The New York Pops, under the direction of guest conductor Jack Everly, opens its 2011–2012 concert season at Carnegie Hall with a program featuring the music of legendary composer and lyricist Irving Berlin. Having penned over 1,500 songs—many of which are American classics, including “Blue Skies,” “How Deep is the Ocean,” “I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm,” “God Bless America,” “Cheek to Cheek” and “White Christmas,” among many others—Berlin is considered to be one of the greatest songwriters in American history. As noted by The New York Times, "Irving Berlin set the tone and the tempo for the tunes America played and sang and danced to for much of the 20th century."

    For this concert, The New York Pops recognizes Berlin’s tremendous contribution to American popular music with a program entitled Irving Berlin: Rags to Ritzes, featuring performances by a stellar line up of guest artists, including: Ashley Brown (Mary Poppins, Beauty and the Beast), Hugh Panaro (The Phantom of the Opera), jazz singer and pianist Tony DeSare, actor and dancer, James T. Lane (The Scottsboro Boys, A Chorus Line, Chicago) and singer Natasha Yvette Williams (The Mahalia Jackson Story, The Color Purple). Everly conducts an all-star cast in a stirring program that includes “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” “Blue Skies” and “Puttin’ on the Ritz.”

    New York Pops Music Director and Conductor Steven Reineke returns to Carnegie Hall for his third season on Friday, November 18 at 8:00 p.m. teaming up with Cheyenne Jackson (singer, Broadway actor, and star of television’s Glee and 30 Rock) for a program entitled Cheyenne Jackson’s Cocktail Hour: Music of the Mad Men Era. Audiences will be treated to classic tunes from the 1950s and ‘60s performed by Jackson and The New York Pops. The concert will also feature a suite of music by David Carbonara, the official composer of the Mad Men series.

    Additional New York Pops performances this season include two holiday concerts with jazz guitarist John Pizzarelli and his wife, singer Jessica Molaskey, along with choral group Essential Voices USA (John Pizzarelli and Jessica Molaskey Wish You A Swingin’ Christmas on December 16 and December 17); jazz singer Patti Austin’s special concert recreation of Ella Fitzgerald’s classic album of Gershwin songs (Patti Austin Sings Ella Fitzgerald’s Gershwin Songbook on March 16); The New York Pops’ performance of works from Academy Award–winning movie scores, including songs from Doctor Zhivago, Out of Africa, Titanic, and The Lord of the Rings, featuring Essential Voices USA (Hollywood Award Winners on April 13); and finally the Carnegie Hall Family Concert presentation of Jim Henson’s Musical World. For these final performances of the season—presented in partnership with the Weill Music Institute—the magic of the classic Muppets comes alive as The New York Pops pays a musical tribute to Jim Henson's great legacy through song and puppetry (April 14).

    About Steven Reineke
    Steven Reineke’s boundless enthusiasm and exceptional artistry have made him one of the nation’s most sought-after pops conductors, composers, and arrangers. As Music Director of The New York Pops, Reineke conducts the orchestra’s annual Carnegie Hall concert series, leads concert tours, recordings, and nationwide telecasts. Mr. Reineke is the newly appointed Principal Pops Conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra. In addition, he serves as Principal Pops Conductor of the Long Beach and Modesto Symphony Orchestras. Previously, he was Associate Conductor of the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, where for fifteen years he served as a composer, arranger, and conducting protégé of the late celebrated pops conductor Erich Kunzel. Steven Reineke’s notable guest conducting appearances include the Boston Pops, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra and his debut at the Hollywood Bowl in 2007. Reineke is also an established symphonic composer, with his works most recently performed by the New York Philharmonic and Los Angeles Philharmonic.

    About 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 specializing in popular music. Led by Music Director Steven Reineke, the orchestra performs an annual subscription series and birthday gala at Carnegie Hall, enjoying one of their highest subscription renewal rates. 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. Along with performing at Carnegie Hall, The New York Pops tours throughout the world and gives free concerts in New York City parks. The New York Pops’ extensive education programs allow thousands of public schoolchildren to participate in concert and music-making experiences at Carnegie Hall and in schools throughout the five boroughs of New York City.


    Program Information
    Friday, October 14, 2011 at 8:00 p.m.
    Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage
    THE NEW YORK POPS

    Jack Everly, Guest Conductor
    Ashley Brown, Guest Artist
    Tony DeSare, Guest Artist
    James T. Lane, Guest Artist
    Hugh Panaro, Guest Artist
    Natasha Yvette Williams, Guest Artist

    IRVING BERLIN: RAGS TO RITZES

    “Irving Berlin has no place in American music. He is American music,” declared Jerome Kern. Jack Everly conducts an all-star cast in a stirring program that includes “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” “Blue Skies” and “Puttin’ on the Ritz.”

    Sponsored by Ernst & Young LLP

    Tickets: $37–$108
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    Friday, November 18, 2011 at 8:00 p.m.
    Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage
    THE NEW YORK POPS

    Steven Reineke, Music Director and Conductor
    Cheyenne Jackson, Guest Artist

    CHEYENNE JACKSON'S COCKTAIL HOUR: MUSIC OF THE MAD MEN ERA

    Star of Broadway, Glee, and 30 Rock, Cheyenne Jackson invites you to snap your fingers and tap your toes to the cool, swinging tunes of the 1950s and ’60s—a time when bossa nova was new, the lounges of Las Vegas were hip, and catchy dance music spun on every hi-fi.

    Tickets: $37–$108
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    Friday, December 16, 2011 at 8:00 p.m.
    Saturday, December 17, 2011 at 8:00 p.m.
    Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage
    THE NEW YORK POPS

    Steven Reineke, Music Director and Conductor
    John Pizzarelli, Guest Artist
    Jessica Molaskey, Guest Artist
    Essential Voices USA
    Judith Clurman, Music Director and Conductor

    JOHN PIZZARELLI AND JESSICA MOLASKEY WISH YOU A SWINGIN' CHRISTMAS

    The couple described by The New York Times as “a musical match made in heaven” swing seasonal favorites from the era when Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole and Rosemary Clooney ruled the airwaves.

    Tickets: $37–$108
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    Friday, March 16, 2012 at 8:00 p.m.
    Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage
    THE NEW YORK POPS

    Steven Reineke, Music Director and Conductor
    Patti Austin, Guest Artist

    PATTI AUSTIN SINGS ELLA FITZGERALD'S GERSHWIN SONGBOOK

    One of today’s top jazz vocalists, Patti Austin recreates Ella Fitzgerald’s classic album of Gershwin songs with Nelson Riddle’s original symphonic arrangements – live for the first time at Carnegie Hall with a special guest appearance by Christopher Riddle. Produced in association with the Ella Fitzgerald Foundation and the Nelson Riddle Trust.

    Tickets: $37–$108
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    Friday, April 13, 2012 at 8:00 p.m.
    Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage
    THE NEW YORK POPS

    Steven Reineke, Music Director and Conductor
    Essential Voices USA
    Judith Clurman, Music Director and Conductor

    HOLLYWOOD AWARD WINNERS

    Stroll the red carpet in an evening of Academy Award–winning scores and songs, including music from Doctor Zhivago, Out of Africa, Titanic, and The Lord of the Rings, plus an 80th birthday tribute to John Williams with Oscar–winning music from Jaws, Star Wars, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, and Schindler’s List.

    Sponsored by KPMG LLP

    Tickets: $37–$108
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    Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 12:30 p.m
    Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 3:30 p.m.
    Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage
    CARNEGIE HALL FAMILY CONCERT: THE NEW YORK POPS

    Steven Reineke, Music Director and Conductor
    John Tartaglia, Special Guest
    Essential Voices USA
    Judith Clurman, Music Director and Conductor
    Craig Shemin, Writer

    JIM HENSON'S MUSICAL WORLD

    The magic of the classic Muppets comes alive as The New York Pops pays a musical tribute to Jim Henson's great legacy through song and puppetry.

    Carnegie Hall Family Concerts are made possible, in part, by generous endowment gifts from Mr. and Mrs. Lester S. Morse Jr., and the Henry and Lucy Moses Fund.

    Tickets: $9–$20


    Bank of America is the Proud Season Sponsor of Carnegie Hall.

    Ticket Information
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    For Carnegie Hall Corporation presentations taking place in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, a limited number of seats, priced at $10, will be available day-of-concert beginning at 11:00 a.m. Monday through Saturday and 12:00 noon on Sunday until one hour before the performance or until supply lasts. The exceptions are Carnegie Hall Family Concerts and gala events. These $10 tickets are available to the general public on a first-come, first-served basis at the Carnegie Hall Box Office only. There is a two-ticket limit per customer.

    In addition, for all Carnegie Hall presentations in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage a limited number of partial view (seats with obstructed or limited sight lines or restricted leg room) will be sold for 50% of the full price. For more information on this and other discount ticket programs, including those for students, Notables members, and Bank of America customers, visit carnegiehall.org/discounts.
     


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