Performance Friday, November 14, 2014 | 7:30 PM

The New York Pops

By Special Request: An Evening with the Orchestra

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
This concert features popular symphonic pieces by European masters; selections from great American composers such as Copland, Gershwin, and Bernstein; and the New York premiere of “Festival Te Deum” written by The New York Pops’ very own Steven Reineke.


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


  • DVOŘÁK Carnival Overture, Op. 92
  • ORFF "O Fortuna" from Carmina Burana
  • BIZET Selections from Carmen
  • STEVEN REINEKE "Festival Te Deum"
  • COPLAND Fanfare for the Common Man
  • COPLAND Variations on a Shaker Melody
  • COPLAND "The Promise of Living" from The Tender Land
  • COPLAND "Hoe-Down" from Rodeo
  • GERSHWIN An American in Paris
  • BERNSTEIN "Times Square" from On The Town
  • BERNSTEIN "Make Our Garden Grow" from Candide

  • Encore:
  • BERNSTEIN "Mambo" from West Side Story

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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  • Essential Voices USA

    Essential Voices USA (EVUSA) was recently featured under Judith Clurman's baton in the 2014 telecast of Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular on NBC. The ensemble performs regularly at Carnegie Hall with The New York Pops and produces The Composer Speaks series at The DiMenna Center for Classical Music. EVUSA produced and performed on the critically acclaimed CD Celebrating the American Spirit (Sono Luminus), recorded Marvin Hamlisch's song "The Music in My Mind" for his children's book, was featured in Leonard Bernstein: A Celebration at Symphony Space in 2010, and performed on NBC's 2011 and 2012 national broadcasts of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting. EVUSA was thrilled to participate in the 2013 Presidential Inaugural activities: it performed in a community sing-along of the "Sing Out, Mr. President" song cycle at the Church of the Presidents in Washington, DC, and had selections from Celebrating the American Spirit featured on NPR on Inauguration Day. Engagements in the 2014-2015 season include performances with The New York Pops at Carnegie Hall; The Composer Speaks programs of Bach (with commentary by Bach scholar Christoph Wolff) and Mozart (with participation by noted music librarian and editor Michael Ochs); the musical launch of Harvard University professor Carol J. Oja's book Bernstein Meets Broadway; and the release of the recording Cherished Moments on Sono Luminus, which includes "Songs of Freedom: A Celebration of Chanukah," "Set Me as a Seal" by Nico Muhly, and other traditional and new works of the Jewish musical tradition.

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“Alexander’s Ragtime Band” (Irving Berlin)
The New York Pops / Skitch Henderson, Conductor
Centaur Records

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