Performance Friday, October 24, 2014 | 8 PM

The New York Pops

All You Need is Love: The Music of the Beatles

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Fab Four's arrival in America with their greatest hits recreated by the acclaimed Finnish vocal ensemble Rajaton.


  • The New York Pops
    Steven Reineke, Music Director and Conductor
  • Rajaton, Guest Artists

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 32nd 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. PopsEd 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. 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 of The New York Pops at Carnegie Hall, principal pops conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and principal pops conductor of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

    Mr. Reineke is a frequent guest conductor with The Philadelphia Orchestra, and has also conducted the Boston Pops, The Cleveland Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Ravinia, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl. 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. This season, he will write a new composition titled The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, based on the popular children's book of the same name by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith; the piece will have its premiere with the National Symphony 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 with his husband Eric Gabbard. Mr. Reineke is represented by Peter Throm Management, LLC.

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  • Rajaton

    The Finnish word Rajaton translates as "boundless"--a word that accurately describes the way this six-voice a cappella ensemble approaches music. Regularly performing around 100 concerts and workshops each year, Rajaton exposes its audiences to the kind of diversity of repertoire, singing style, and stage presentation that has made it a phenomenon on the world stage.

    Performing at concert halls, churches, and jazz and choral festivals, this distinct group of musicians approaches all styles of music with the same level of commitment and integrity, making it difficult to imagine an audience it could not inspire or a type of music the group could not make its own. In its native Finland, Rajaton is a bona fide pop phenomenon, successfully bridging the gap that often exists between classical and mainstream convention.

    Rajaton has released 13 different albums, its latest a children's album, Suomen lasten lauluja (Songs of Finland's Children), that was released in 2012. The group's three most recent albums were released through the group's own record label, Boundless Records. In 2013, the group released a Christmas movie, filmed in the magical Ylläs fell in Lapland. In fall 2014, Rajaton celebrates 17 years of music making with one double-platinum, three platinum, and eight gold records in Finland under its belt, as its worldwide record sales total near 400,000 copies.

    Always seeking new artistic challenges, the group has grown immeasurably through collaborations with other a cappella artists, including The King's Singers and The Real Group, as well as productions with film directors and choreographers. But it is perhaps the group's deep passion for choral art, its generosity of spirit, and its sheer enjoyment of singing that has won the hearts and acclaim of audiences and critics everywhere.

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The Program

Welcome to opening night of another wonderful season with The New York Pops at glorious Carnegie Hall! In the year to come, you'll hear everything from orchestral masterpieces to swing standards to Broadway showstoppers. But tonight, we're turning to an unexpected page in the pops songbook to celebrate some of the greatest hits in the history of rock 'n' roll.

It all started with four lads from Liverpool who first came together in 1960. Just a few years later, the band known as The Beatles took its first trip to the United States. On February 9, 1964, they made their debut appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show with 73 million American viewers tuning in. On February 12, 1964, the Fab Four played two back-to-back concerts right here at Carnegie Hall, confirming their status as a stateside sensation.

With these early performances, The Beatles helped to change the course of American popular music. They would go on to become the best-selling musical act of all time, and they still hold the record for most No. 1 singles ever. With Abbey Road as much a part of our cultural heritage as Tin Pan Alley, it's only fitting that this evening celebrates the 50th anniversary of The Beatles' arrival on our shores.

To help me lead the festivities, I've asked for a little help from my friends who also hail from across the pond. Based in its native Finland, the band Rajaton  has captivated audiences the world over. The name Rajaton is a Finnish word meaning "boundless," and it perfectly captures the broad styles of repertoire the group performs—from sacred a cappella music to Europop—as well as its endless energy and enthusiasm on stage. Rajaton  made its own Carnegie Hall debut four years ago with The New York Pops, and I'm thrilled to have the group back for the American premiere of this brand-new Beatles program.

So lend us your ears and we'll sing you a song!

—Steven Reineke
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