Performance Friday, March 11, 2011 | 8 PM

The New York Pops


Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Fifty years after her legendary Carnegie Hall concert, The New York Pops remembers Judy Garland with “Over the Rainbow,” “The Trolley Song,” “The Man That Got Away,” and other gems from her historic 1961 performance.


  • Ashley Brown, Guest Artist
  • Heather Headley, Guest Artist
  • Karen Olivo, Guest Artist
  • Special Guest Star: Lorna Luft
  • The New York Pops
    Steven Reineke, Music Director and Conductor


  • Ashley Brown

    Ashley Brown recently finished her run in Los Angeles playing the title role in Disney's national tour of Mary Poppins, for which she won a 2010 Garland Award for Best Performance in a Musical. Ms. Brown originated the role of Mary Poppins on Broadway, for which she received Outer Critics Circle, Drama League, and Drama Desk award nominations for best actress. She has also starred on Broadway as Belle in Beauty and the Beast and in the national tour of Disney's On the Record. Ms. Brown has performed with many orchestras during the past several years, including the Boston Pops and Keith Lockhart, the New York Philharmonic and Marvin Hamlisch, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra at Disney Hall with John Mauceri, the Pittsburgh Symphony opposite Shirley Jones, the Cincinnati Pops with Erich Kunzel, and the BBC Orchestra opposite Josh Groban.

    Future projects include a PBS special to be released nationwide in June 2011; concerts at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC; and performances with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, the Fort Worth and Houston symphonies, and the Detroit, Indianapolis, and Memphis symphony orchestras. Ms. Brown recently made her cabaret debut to great acclaim at Feinstein's at Loews Regency in New York City. Her long-awaited debut album of American Songbook standards, Speak Low, is available on Ghostlight/Sony. Last fall, Ms. Brown starred at the La Jolla playhouse in a production of Limelight, based on the life of Charlie Chaplin.
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  • Heather Headley

    Born in Barataria, Trinidad, Heather Headley was blessed with creative and supportive parents, both ministers, who lovingly encouraged her passions. She learned to play the piano at the age of four, competed in talent contests, and later immersed herself in her Christian upbringing and the sounds of her eclectic culture, becoming musically versed in calypso, soca, and reggae. Although she and her family moved to Fort Wayne, Indiana, when she was 15 years old, Trinidad remains her spiritual and traditional compass.

    Ms. Headley brought her sense of culture and self-reliance to Northwestern University, where she majored in musical theater and communications. In 1997, Disney recruited her for the role of Nala in the Tony Award-winning musical The Lion King, and she followed that up with the marquee role in Elton John and Tim Rice's production of Aida. She received a Tony Award in 2000 for her performance in Aida, which led to an album with RCA. This Is Who I Am was released in 2002, achieving gold status and earning Ms. Headley two Soul Train Awards for Best R&B Soul Album of the Year and Best Solo R&B / Soul New Artist. She also received dual nods from the BET and NAACP awards, and earned Grammy nominations for Best New Artist and Best R&B Vocalist. Her second album, In My Mind, was released in 2005. In 2009, Ms. Headley released her first gospel album, Audience of One, which won a Grammy Award.
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  • Karen Olivo

    Karen Olivo starred as Anita in the acclaimed Broadway revival of West Side Story directed by Arthur Laurents, winning the 2009 Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical. She also earned Drama Desk, Drama League, Outer Critics Circle, and Astaire award nominations for her portrayal of the iconic character. Ms. Olivo originated the role of Vanessa in both the Off-Broadway and Broadway productions of the Tony Award-winning musical In the Heights, and was the recipient of the 2008 Astaire Award for Best Female Dancer for her role in the show. Ms. Olivo joined Lin-Manuel Miranda and the rest of the multi-ethnic cast for the televised documentary In the Heights: Chasing Broadway Dreams, which chronicled the cast's road to the New York stage.

    Ms. Olivo made her Broadway debut in Jonathan Larson's Pulitzer- and Tony Award-winning musical, Rent. She also originated the role of Faith in the Broadway production of Brooklyn: The Musical, directed by Jeff Calhoun. Additional theater credits include the Off-Broadway production of The Miracle Brothers, directed by Tina Landau, at the Vineyard Theatre; the Public Theater's 40th-anniversary concert production of Hair, directed by Diane Paulus; and Ford's Theatre's production of Children of Eden.

    Ms. Olivo's many television credits include recurring and guest-starring roles on Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior, Chase, The Good Wife, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Conviction, and Law & Order. She will be seen opposite Keanu Reeves in the upcoming Mark Mann film Generation Um, scheduled to hit theaters in 2012. Additional film credits include Adrift in Manhattan, featuring Heather Graham and nominated for Best Narrative Feature at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival; The New Twenty; Sibling; and Shanghai Hotel.
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  • 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 former NBC Music Director 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 orchestra's media projects include performing for the Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular on NBC since 2005, nationwide radio broadcasts, and numerous recordings. 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. He is in his second season as Music Director of The New York Pops. In addition to conducting the orchestra's annual concert series at Carnegie Hall, he leads concert tours, recordings, and nationwide telecasts. Mr. Reineke is also 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 engagements include appearances with the orchestras of Houston, Toronto, Detroit, Indianapolis, Baltimore, Vancouver, and Edmonton, as well as the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, DC. He made his Boston Pops and Philadelphia Orchestra debuts in 2009, and appeared twice with The Philadelphia Orchestra in 2010. He made his Hollywood Bowl debut in 2007 with the multi-faceted 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 arrangements have 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, respectively, by the Cincinnati Symphony and Cincinnati Pops 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.
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“Falling in Love with Love” (Rodgers and Hart)
Ashley Brown

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This performance is part of The New York Pops, and The New York Pops Mini.