Performance Friday, October 4, 2013 | 8 PM

The New York Pops

An Evening with Chris Botti

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
International jazz trumpet superstar Chris Botti joins The New York Pops for a one-night-only concert experience that features songs from his Grammy Award–winning album Impressions, as well as other popular favorites.


  • The New York Pops
    Steven Reineke, Music Director and Conductor
  • Chris Botti, Special Guest


  • 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.

    Now in its 31st season, The New York Pops celebrates the diversity of popular music's evolving songbook. Every concert is a unique experience, with influences that range from Broadway melodies to film scores, jazz, rock, pop, and everything in between. The orchestra collaborates with stars from the stage and screen, such as Tony Bennett, Michael Feinstein, Megan Hilty, Idina Menzel, Kelli O'Hara, Miss Piggy, Pink Martini, John Pizzarelli, and many more. Under the leadership of Steven Reineke, The New York Pops continues to reimagine orchestral pops music.

    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. Pops Education allows thousands of New Yorkers of all ages and backgrounds to participate in fully customized music programs that blend traditional education with pure fun. Pops Education makes music open to all, and uses tools like composition, lyric writing, performance, and mentorship to foster learning and unbridled creativity. In doing so, these programs excite students and give them skills they can apply to all areas of their lives.

    The New York Pops is committed to creating access for all members of the community. An annual collaboration with Central Park SummerStage pairs the orchestra with contemporary artists for free outdoor concerts. Thousands of children and their parents have the opportunity to see The New York Pops during interactive and educational family concerts in partnership with Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute. The orchestra has toured throughout the world. Past media projects include the Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular on NBC, a nationally syndicated radio series, and performances on PBS. The orchestra's discography includes recordings of popular standards, theater and film scores, and music for the holidays.

    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 through presentation of concerts and education programs of the highest quality. The New York Pops is a non-profit organization supported solely through the generosity of individual donations, institutional grants, corporate sponsorships, and concert income. Visit for more information; you can also follow The New York Pops on Facebook ( and Twitter (@newyorkpops).

    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 and conductor of The New York Pops at Carnegie Hall, principal pops conductor of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and principal pops conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC.

    Mr. Reineke is a frequent guest conductor with The Philadelphia Orchestra, and has also conducted the Boston Pops, The Cleveland Orchestra, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at the Ravinia Festival. His extensive North American conducting engagements include appearances with the orchestras of San Francisco, Houston, Seattle, Edmonton, Pittsburgh, Vancouver, Ottawa (National Arts Centre), Detroit, Milwaukee, and Calgary.

    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 Philharmonic and Los Angeles Philharmonic. 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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  • Chris Botti

    Since the release of his 2004 critically acclaimed CD When I Fall in Love, Chris Botti has become the largest-selling instrumental artist in the US. His success has crossed over to audiences usually reserved for pop music, and his ongoing association with PBS has led to four number-one jazz albums, as well as multiple gold and platinum records, and Grammy Awards. His latest album, Impressions, won Best Pop Instrumental Album at this year's Grammy Awards. Performing worldwide and selling more than three million albums, he has found a form of creative expression that begins in jazz and expands beyond the limits of any single genre.

    Over the past three decades, Mr. Botti has recorded and performed with artists who include Sting, Barbra Streisand, Josh Groban, Yo-Yo Ma, Michael Bublé, Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell, John Mayer, Joshua Bell, Aerosmith's Steven Tyler, and even Frank Sinatra. Hitting the road for as many as 300 days per year, the trumpeter has also performed with many of the finest symphonies and at some of the world's most prestigious venues, from Carnegie Hall and the Hollywood Bowl to the Sydney Opera House and the Teatro di San Carlo in Italy.

    Impressions, Mr. Botti's 2012 Grammy Award-winning release for Columbia Records, is the latest in a stellar parade of albums-including When I Fall in Love (2004), To Love Again (2005), Italia (2007), and the CD/DVD Chris Botti in Boston (2009)-that has firmly established him as a clarion voice in the American contemporary music scene. Playing with his uniquely expressive sound and soaring musical imagination, Botti is joined on the disc by featured artists Andrea Bocelli, Vince Gill, Herbie Hancock, Mark Knopfler, and David Foster in a warm, intimate celebration of melodic balladry.

    With Impressions and the albums that preceded it, Chris Botti has thoroughly established himself as one of the important and innovative figures of the contemporary music world.

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"When I Fall in Love"
Chris Botti, Trumpet | Boston Pops | Keith Lockhart, Conductor

The Program

Welcome to the opening night of another fantastic season with The New York Pops here at glorious Carnegie Hall! We've crafted a year of unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime performances, and I'm excited to kick them off with one of my favorite musicians: Grammy Award-winning trumpeter Chris Botti.

Chris and I first met a few years ago. Since then, I've had the pleasure of working with him and different orchestras across the country. Tonight, I'm thrilled to present Chris in his debut with The New York Pops.

While he has performed with legendary artists such as Frank Sinatra, Buddy Rich, Paul Simon, and Aretha Franklin, it was Chris's relationship with singer and bassist Sting that really put him on the map. After touring the world with Sting as a featured soloist from 1999 to 2001, Chris went on to create several solo CDs and PBS television specials. His latest release, 2012's Impressions, garnered his first Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Album, solidifying him as one of the great jazz and pop crossover artists of our time.

Not only is Chris a tremendous musician in his own right, but he has a knack for surrounding himself with immense talent. You'll hear that for yourself tonight as we're also joined by the incredible members of his band.

So sit back, relax, and enjoy!

—Steven Reineke
Program Notes
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This performance is part of The New York Pops.