Performance Friday, November 13, 2015 | 8 PM

The New York Pops

Sophisticated Ladies

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
In the centennial year of her birth, the orchestra celebrates Billie Holiday and other groundbreaking icons of American popular song, from Ella Fitzgerald to Sarah Vaughan to Dinah Washington.


  • The New York Pops
    Steven Reineke, Music Director and Conductor
  • Montego Glover, Guest Artist
  • Capathia Jenkins, Guest Artist
  • Sy Smith, Guest Artist

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 specializing 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 33rd season, The New York Pops celebrates the diversity of popular music's evolving songbook. Every concert is a unique experience, with influences ranging from Broadway melodies to film scores, jazz, rock, pop and everything in between. Under the leadership of dynamic Music Director Steven Reineke, The New York Pops continues to re-imagine 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.

    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 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, principal pops conductor of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and principal pops conductor designate of the Houston Symphony, beginning in the 2017-2018 season.

    Mr. Reineke is a frequent guest conductor with The Philadelphia Orchestra, and has been on the podium with 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 and Los Angeles philharmonics. 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, and will debut the piece 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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  • Montego Glover

    Tony nominee and award-winning actress Montego Glover is currently starring as Fantine in Les Misérables at the Imperial Theatre on Broadway. Previously, she co-starred in the original Broadway musical It Shoulda Been You. Ms. Glover originated the starring role of Felicia Farrell on Broadway in Memphis (Tony Award, Best Musical 2010), for which she received a Tony nomination for Lead Actress in a Musical and a Drama League nomination, and won Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk awards.

    Ms. Glover made her Broadway debut in The Color Purple, and has been a guest artist at the Old Globe Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Seattle's 5th Avenue Theatre, Huntington Theatre Company, and Geffen Playhouse, among others. Concert work includes The New York Pops, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Lincoln Center Theater, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Caramoor Music Festival, Delacorte Theater, and The Smith Center for the Performing Arts (PBS special). Television and film roles include FOX's The Following, ABC's Black Box, Hostages, Smash, Golden Boy, The Good Wife, White Collar, NYC 22, Law & Order, Made in Jersey, and the upcoming feature Alone.

    Ms. Glover has served as a member of the Artists Committee for the Kennedy Center Honors, and is a New York PopsEd Ambassador. She received her bachelor of fine arts degree from Florida State University. Visit for more information.

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  • Capathia Jenkins

    Capathia Jenkins's Broadway credits include Newsies; Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me; Caroline, or Change; The Look of Love; and The Civil War. Additional stage credits include Nora Ephron's Love, Loss, and What I Wore; (mis)Understanding Mammy: The Hattie McDaniel Story (Drama Desk nomination); Caroline, or Change; Godspell; and The Colored Museum (Huntington Theatre Company). Ms. Jenkins has been featured on original cast recordings for Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me; Caroline, or Change; Godspell; and Children of Eden. Her television and film credits include 30 Rock, The Practice, Law & Order, The Sopranos, Third Watch, Law & Order: SVU, Top Five, and Musical Chairs. She has appeared as a soloist with symphony orchestras in the US and abroad that include The Cleveland Orchestra, the Cincinnati and Philly pops orchestras, the National Symphony Orchestra, and the Hong Kong and Calgary philharmonic orchestras. Ms. Jenkins is also featured on the soundtracks for Smash (seasons 1 and 2), Nine, Chicago, Mission to Mars, and Legally Blonde 2. Visit for more information.

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  • Sy Smith

    Sy Smith was born in New York City and raised in Washington, DC. After graduating from Howard University, she moved to Los Angeles, where she got the attention of her musical contemporaries and heroes, earning her coveted tours as a backing vocalist for the likes of Whitney Houston, Chaka Khan, Meshell Ndegeocello, and many more. Ms. Smith continued to work with musical director Rickey Minor as a supporting vocalist on American Idol, and later joined his band on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

    As an indie-soul recording artist, Ms. Smith has released four albums to critical acclaim, pioneering the nu-soul scene in LA and taking her sound all over the world. As an actress, she has starred in numerous television, film, and stage productions, including FOX's Ally McBeal, How I Met Your Mother, and American Dad. She also received two nominations for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical/Comedy from the NAACP Theatre Awards for her roles in If You Don't Believe and Body Language. As a songwriter, Ms. Smith garnered an Emmy nod for Best Original Music / Lyrics for her original song "Welcome Back (All My Soulmates)" for the HBO film Dancing in September.

    Ms. Smith was a featured guest on the Grammy-nominated DVD Chris Botti in Boston, and she currently tours with the jazz trumpeter, dazzling audiences with her multi-octave range, unique style of improvisation, and soulful interpretations of jazz standards. Visit for more information.

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This performance is part of The New York Pops.