Performance Friday, November 18, 2011 | 8 PM

The New York Pops

Cheyenne Jackson's Cocktail Hour: Music of The Mad Men Era

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
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.


  • The New York Pops
    Steven Reineke, Music Director and Conductor
  • Cheyenne Jackson, Guest Artist


  • 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 its 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. In addition to 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.

    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. In recognition of his successful leadership, The New York Pops has extended his contract through the 2015-2016 season. In addition to conducting the orchestra's annual Carnegie Hall concert series, Mr. Reineke leads concert tours, recordings, and nationwide telecasts, including the Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular on NBC. New York's only permanent and professional symphonic pops orchestra, The New York Pops is the largest independent pops orchestra in the United States.

    Mr. Reineke is the newly appointed principal pops conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra and begins his first season in 2011-2012. 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 15 years he served as a composer, arranger, and conducting protégé of the late celebrated pops conductor Erich Kunzel.

    Mr. Reineke's recent guest conducting appearances include the orchestras of Houston, Toronto, Detroit, Indianapolis, Baltimore, and Edmonton. He returns to the Boston Pops and The Philadelphia Orchestra in 2011 and debuts with The Cleveland Orchestra at Blossom Music Center. He made his Hollywood Bowl debut in 2007 with the multifaceted entertainer Wayne Brady, and returned to the Hollywood Bowl in 2008 to conduct the Los Angeles Philharmonic. In addition, Mr. Reineke conducted, arranged, and orchestrated the music for Mr. Brady's orchestral show, and played the same role in his collaboration with rock legend Peter Frampton.

    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. Mr. Reineke is also an established symphonic composer. His works Celebration Fanfare, Legend of Sleepy Hollow, and Casey at the Bat are performed frequently in North America, with recent performances by the New York and Los Angeles philharmonics. In August 2008, his Sun Valley Festival Fanfare debuted with the Sun Valley Summer Symphony to commemorate the opening of the orchestra's new pavilion. In 2005, his Festival Te Deum and Swan's Island Sojourn were performed by the Cincinnati Symphony and Cincinnati Pops orchestras, respectively. 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.

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  • Cheyenne Jackson

    Cheyenne Jackson is thrilled to be making his solo Carnegie Hall debut with The New York Pops. On Broadway, Mr. Jackson has appeared in Finian's Rainbow (Drama Desk nomination), Xanadu (Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations), Thoroughly Modern Millie, The 24 Hour Plays, On the Twentieth Century, 8, Aida, and All Shook Up (Drama Desk nomination, Theatre World Award). Other New York theater includes Damn Yankees opposite Jane Krakowski and Sean Hayes at New York City Center, The Agony & the Agony at the Vineyard Theatre, and Altar Boyz at New World Stages. Mr. Jackson's television work includes roles on NBC's 30 Rock, FOX's Glee, and HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm, as well as other appearances on Family Practice, Life on Mars, Lipstick Jungle, Ugly Betty, Law and Order, It Takes a Village, and the upcoming USA pilot On We Go opposite Nathan Lane.

    Mr. Jackson has appeared in such films as The Green, the Oscar-nominated United 93, Curiosity, Hysteria, Photo Op, and Smile. Upcoming films include Price Check opposite Parker Posey, Mutual Friends, and Fox Searchlight's Lola Versus with Greta Gerwig, Debra Winger, and Bill Pullman. Mr. Jackson is an ambassador for amfAR (The Foundation for AIDS Research), serves as the national ambassador and spokesperson for the Hetrick-Martin Institute, and is currently finishing his first solo album, which will be released in 2012.

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"Someone to Watch Over Me" (Gershwin)
Cheyenne Jackson, Voice; Michael Feinstein, Piano
Harbinger Records

The Program

Good evening, and welcome back to The New York Pops. If it’s your first time visiting us, I hope you have so much fun this evening that you’ll join us again. Tonight, we take you back to a time when dance music was smooth and new opportunities were around every corner. The Mad Men era of the 1950s and ’60s introduced a new type of culture in America that combined social decadence with suave sophistication. For those special nights out on the town, elegance was the mode, with ladies in beautiful gowns and gentlemen in tuxedos. Of course, a martini and the occasional cigarette were popular accessories to complete the “look.”

This period contributed so many great standards to our musical landscape, and we celebrate the spirit of those songs tonight. Cheyenne Jackson and I first discussed the idea for this program over a year ago, and have finally made it a reality for you. We’ve chosen some of the most popular music of the time, as made famous by Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, and even Tom Jones. We’ve even included some contemporary numbers by Joni Mitchell and the late Amy Winehouse that are real throwbacks to that era.

It’s so appropriate to host the world premiere of this new concert here in New York City, since the booming advertising industry of that era was based nearby on Madison Avenue, inspiring the name Mad Men. Cheyenne’s amazing voice, versatility, and persona are a perfect fit for this music. Combined with the incredible talent of The New York Pops and many new arrangements created just for this evening, I hope we transport you back to that time. More than anything, I want you to leave here tonight “Feeling Good.”

—Steven Reineke

This performance is part of The New York Pops.