Performance Friday, April 13, 2012 | 8 PM

The New York Pops

Hollywood Award Winners—Plus John Williams 80th Birthday Celebration

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Stroll the red carpet in an evening of Academy Award–winning scores and songs, including music from Gone with the Wind, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Lawrence of Arabia, and The Godfather, plus an 80th birthday tribute to John Williams with Oscar-winning music from Harry Potter, Star Wars, Saving Private Ryan, and Schindler’s List.


  • The New York Pops
    Steven Reineke, Music Director and Conductor
  • Essential Voices USA
    Judith Clurman, Music Director and Conductor



    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. Mr. Reineke is music director of The New York Pops, the newly appointed principal pops conductor of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and principal pops conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, DC. He also serves as principal pops conductor of the Long Beach and Modesto symphony orchestras through the end of the 2011-2012 season, and was associate conductor of the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra.

    Mr. Reineke is a frequent guest conductor with The Philadelphia Orchestra, and during the past year he has conducted both the Boston Pops and The Cleveland Orchestra. He makes his Chicago Symphony Orchestra debut on July 4, 2012, at the Ravinia Festival. His extensive North American conducting appearances include Los Angeles, Houston, Seattle, Edmonton, Vancouver, Ottawa (National Arts Centre), Detroit, Fort Worth, Jacksonville, Tampa (Florida Orchestra), Calgary, Memphis, and Oklahoma City.

    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, including performances by the New York and Los Angeles philharmonics. 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. 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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    Essential Voices USA

    Judith Clurman's Essential Voices USA (EVUSA) promotes the love of music and the art of ensemble singing. Hailed by The Sondheim Review as a "world-class chorus," the group has a flexible roster of professional singers, auditioned volunteers, and high school students who perform a wide range of musical genres and styles. The group's size varies according to the musical needs of each project. EVUSA is currently in residence with The New York Pops at Carnegie Hall, and also produces its own classical concerts, workshops, and recordings. As part of its mission, EVUSA is committed to improving children's lives through music, and has involved more than 100 high school students in concerts at Carnegie Hall and Symphony Space.

    During the 2010-2011 season, EVUSA participated in the Bernstein celebration at Symphony Space, sang world premieres by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Shulamit Ran as part of the series The Composer Speaks, and performed as part of the Stephen Sondheim 80th Birthday Celebration at Carnegie Hall. The group was also featured at the 2011 Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting, and participated in the Sing Out Mr. President vocal series on National Public Radio. That series, which reached over 26 million listeners worldwide, will soon be available on the recording Reason to Be Thankful along with celebrated Broadway stars Kelli O'Hara and Brian Stokes Mitchell, pianist Tedd Firth, and members of the instrumental group Appoggiatura. This spring, Ms. Clurman will conduct members of EVUSA in a recording for Marvin Hamlisch's children's book Marvin Makes Music (scheduled for release in November 2012) and in The Composer Speaks programs featuring the music of Larry Hochman, Bruce Ruben, Joshua Schmidt, and Paul Schoenfield.

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John Williams Main Theme from Star Wars
The Skywalker Symphony Orchestra; John Williams, Conductor

Sponsored by KPMG LLP
This performance is part of The New York Pops, and Pop Culture - Students.