Performance Friday, April 4, 2014 | 8 PM

The New York Pops

Lights, Camera, Action: A Night in Hollywood

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
You can almost taste the popcorn when The New York Pops performs great film music classics. This concert of Hollywood’s memorable musical moments includes favorites from The Wizard of Oz, celebrating the beloved classic’s 75th anniversary, and the music of the late Marvin Hamlisch. There will also be selections from some of today's most popular cinema scores, including The Dark Knight, Forrest Gump, Pirates of the Caribbean, and others.


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

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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  • Essential Voices USA

    One of New York's preeminent choral ensembles, Essential Voices USA (EVUSA) brings together a roster of seasoned professionals and auditioned volunteers. With this unique choral model, created by Music Director and Conductor Judith Clurman, the size of the ensemble is constantly changing, dictated by the specific musical needs of each project. The ensemble is completely at home in New York's iconic performance venues. It performs regularly at Carnegie Hall as part of The New York Pops' subscription series and at The DiMenna Center for Classical Music. EVUSA also participated in the spirited Leonard Bernstein Celebration at Symphony Space.

    The ensemble's wide-ranging and adaptable musicality is evident from the variety of its activities. EVUSA produces its own classical choral, musical theater, and operatic readings, as well as workshops and recordings. EVUSA was in residence with National Public Radio for the month of February 2011. That same year, the ensemble launched The Composer Speaks, a series of concerts in workshop format moderated by Ms. Clurman and designed to encourage dialogue with composers. Past events have included the music of established and up-and-coming composers such as Michael Cohen, Larry Hochman, Bruce Ruben, Paul Schoenfield, Shulamit Ran, and Joshua Schmidt. The group performed on the critically acclaimed CD Celebrating the American Spirit (Sono Luminus) that featured Kelli O'Hara and Ron Raines, with repertoire ranging from Milton Babbitt to Irving Berlin. The disc includes the exciting song cycle Sing Out, Mr. President, a collection of 16 short pieces based on the words of 16 American presidents. EVUSA recorded the song "The Music in My Mind" for Marvin Hamlisch's children's book Marvin Makes Music, and was honored to participate in Hamlisch's stirring memorial service at The Juilliard School. In 2011 and 2012, EVUSA rocked "the rock" on NBC's national broadcasts of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting. In 2012, EVUSA premiered the SATB arrangement of Stephen Schwartz's important and deeply moving work Testimony at Carnegie Hall with The New York Pops under Ms. Clurman's direction. A highlight of EVUSA's 2012-2013 season was participating in the presidential inaugural activities, including a sing-along of the Sing Out, Mr. President song cycle at the Church of the Presidents in Washington, DC. The ensemble's CD was also featured on NPR on Inauguration Day 2013. During the 2013-2014 season, engagements include concerts with The New York Pops at Carnegie Hall, Composer Speaks programs, and a performance and recording of Mozart's Raunchy Canons. In addition, a new recording is on the way: the Clurman-Hochman-Mitchell arrangement of Songs of Freedom: A Celebration of Chanuka and Set Me as a Seal by Nico Muhly.

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The Program

This year, The New York Pops has explored the diversity of the orchestral pops songbook, performing everything from crossover classical to jazz to musical theater. Tonight, we close our 2013-2014 season with some of my favorite repertoire of all: movie music.

One of the signs of a great film score is its ability to transport you to another world—so even when no words are spoken, you're completely immersed in the lives of the characters onscreen. And since the landscape of cinema is as limitless as the human imagination, film scores are as varied as the pops songbook itself. The selections this evening will take you everywhere from an ancient Roman arena, to the swashbuckling high seas, to the far reaches of outer space.

Tonight, I'm also thrilled to have the musicians of this fantastic orchestra take center stage. In the second half of the concert, we'll be joined by Judith Clurman's superb Essential Voices USA, who will help us perform some of the most iconic vocal music ever written for the silver screen.

As some of you may know, I once pursued the idea of becoming a film composer myself. After I graduated from college with degrees in trumpet performance and music composition, I even moved to Hollywood (until my mentor Erich Kunzel invited me to become staff arranger for the Cincinnati Pops). Part of my heart will always belong to the movies and the great composers who score them. To that end, we'll conclude tonight's program by paying tribute to two milestones in movie music history. First, we'll celebrate the legendary life of Marvin Hamlisch, whose legacy has transformed the soundtrack of American life. And finally, we'll commemorate the 75th anniversary of the quintessential MGM musical, which has inspired generations to dream what lies over the rainbow. Because isn't that what the movies are all about?

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