Performance Friday, November 1, 2013 | 8 PM

The New York Pops

Sing Sing Swing

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Return to the days when big bands ruled the dance floor, as ravishing Tony Award nominee Montego Glover joins the orchestra in an all-swing program, featuring a tribute to the 75th anniversary of Benny Goodman’s legendary live recording at Carnegie Hall.


  • The New York Pops
    Steven Reineke, Music Director and Conductor
  • Montego Glover, Guest Artist
  • Dave Bennett, Clarinet
  • Nathan Bugh and Josephine Say, Swing Dancers

Event Duration

The printed program will last approximately two hours, including one 20-minute intermission.


  • 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. PopsEd allows thousands of New Yorkers of all ages and backgrounds to participate in fully customizable music programs that blend traditional education with pure fun. We make music open to all, and use tools like composition, lyric writing, performance, and mentorship to foster learning and unbridled creativity. In doing so, we 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. 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.

    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 the 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 appearances include performances 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, where he served as associate conductor, 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 with his partner Eric Gabbard. Mr. Reineke is represented by Peter Throm Management, LLC.

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  • Montego Glover 

    Award-winning actress Montego Glover last starred on Broadway as Felicia Farrell in the hit musical Memphis, for which she won Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk awards, in addition to being recognized with Tony and Drama League nominations.

    Ms. Glover made her Broadway debut in the roles of Celie and Nettie in The Color Purple. She has been privileged to travel around the country, performing at the Geffen Playhouse, La Jolla Playhouse, Seattle's 5th Avenue Theatre, Huntington Theatre Company, and Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, among many other venues. Favorite roles include Sarah in Ragtime, Lorrell in Dreamgirls, Hermia in A Midsummer's Night Dream, the title character in Aida (for which she won an IRNE Award for Best Actress in a Musical), and Ti Moune in Once on This Island (for which she received a Helen Hayes Award nomination). Ms. Glover has also performed in concert in New York and throughout the US with artists that include The New York Pops, Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Atlanta and Indianapolis symphony orchestras, as well as at the Smith Center in Las Vegas. Her television credits include Hostages, Smash, Golden Boy, The Good Wife, White Collar, NYC 22, Law & Order, and Made in Jersey. She has been featured in commercial campaigns for Campbell's Soup, Charmin, Subway, Verizon, Wishbone, Nickelodeon, and McDonald's.

    Ms. Glover is a member of the Artists Committee for the Kennedy Center Honors, and is thrilled to be invited back to Carnegie Hall. Visit for more information.

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  • Dave Bennett

    Michigan clarinetist Dave Bennett is a self-taught musical prodigy who brings to life the classic sound and music of Benny Goodman. Dave began playing at age 10, teaching himself to play Goodman songs by ear. At age 12, he was invited to the bandstand of the famous Sweet Basil jazz club in New York to sit in with trumpet great Doc Cheatham. At 17, Dave was selected as one of two high school students to have the opportunity to perform as a special guest soloist with the Count Basie Orchestra. Dave has performed in 35 US states and in Canada, and has appeared with 30 orchestras with his Tribute to Benny Goodman  combo. Several of Goodman's famous band members-vibraphonist Peter Appleyard, guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli, and pianist Dick Hyman-have all strongly endorsed him as "the closest ever" to Goodman in terms of sound and style. Dave has performed with these icons in the US, Canada, and Europe, and has recorded with them on two albums. Dave was featured on two NPR programs with the Jim Cullum Jazz Band on Jazz at Riverwalk. In April 2008, he made his European debut at the Bern International Jazz Festival in  Switzerland. Visit for more information.

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  • Nathan Bugh

    Nathan Bugh presents a unique, rhythmic style of jazz movement on screen and on stages worldwide. He danced in David Tutera's "Great Gatsby Bride" wedding on the hit reality series My Fair Wedding. He and Ramona Staffeld also exhibited Lindy Hop in Noémie Lafrance's "Agora II," and later with the Vanaver Caravan at the legendary dance mecca Jacob's Pillow. Mr. Bugh is a principal dancer in The Weepies' music video "Be My Honeypie." He also danced in Ric Mysterie's "Up All Night" and "I Don't Want Your Love" music videos. He has made stage appearances in Germany, Austria,  Sweden, Canada, and extensively in Italy with the Nine Pennies Big Band. A competitive dance champion for more than a decade, Mr. Bugh holds first-place titles in Lindy Hop, Solo Charleston, Team, Cabaret, and Slow Dance divisions across the US.

    Josephine Say

    Josephine Say is an international choreographer, performer, and teacher. With a vast background in dance and theater, spanning the swing era to hip-hop, she founded the collective Harlem Soul. One of the first vernacular jazz revivalists in the early 1990s, Ms. Say is known for her fusion of traditional and modern styles. She studied and worked with Lindy Hop pioneer and Tony Award winner Frankie Manning. She has also appeared in videos for Georgia Anne Muldrow, Carney, and the Jonas Brothers; on film, TV, and stage; and in print (photographed by Annie Leibovitz for Vanity Fair with Leonardo DiCaprio). She has been on faculty at Broadway Dance Center, dance festivals throughout Europe and Asia, NYC and LA tap festivals, and several universities. Ms. Say also teaches vinyasa, AntiGravity, and AcroYoga. She holds a degree in movement and exercise science from Chapman University.

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"Oh, Lady Be Good!"
Dave Bennett, Clarinet
Arbors Records

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