The New York Pops
Steven Reineke, Music Director and Conductor
Colin Donnell, Guest Artist
Nathan Gunn, Guest Artist
Laura Osnes, Guest Artist
Essential Voices USA
Judith Clurman, Music Director and Conductor
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. Under the leadership of dynamic Music Director Steven Reineke, The New York Pops continues to re-imagine orchestral pops music. The orchestra performs an annual subscription series and birthday gala at Carnegie Hall and a summer series at Forest Hills Stadium in Queens, New York. 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.
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. He previously held the posts of principal pops conductor of the Long Beach Symphony and Modesto Symphony Orchestra, and associate conductor of the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra.
Mr. Reineke is a frequent guest conductor with The Philadelphia Orchestra and has been on the podium with the Boston Pops, The Cleveland Orchestra, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Ravinia. His extensive North American conducting appearances include performances with the orchestras of San Francisco, Seattle, Edmonton, Pittsburgh, Vancouver, Ottawa (National Arts Centre), Detroit, Milwaukee, and Calgary.
On stage, Mr. Reineke has created programs and collaborated with a range of leading artists from the worlds of hip-hop, Broadway, television, and rock, including Kendrick Lamar, Nas, Sutton Foster, Megan Hilty, Cheyenne Jackson, Wayne Brady, Peter Frampton, and Ben Folds, among others.
As the creator of more than 100 orchestral arrangements for the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, 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. His numerous wind ensemble compositions are published by the C. L. Barnhouse Company and are performed by concert bands worldwide.
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.
Colin Donnell currently stars in NBC's drama Chicago Med as Dr. Connor Rhodes, a trauma surgery fellow who is brilliant, buttoned-down, and trained to handle anything that might come through the hospital doors. Mr. Donnell was recently seen in the role of Scotty Lockhart on Showtime's hit series The Affair, and is also familiar to television audiences as Tommy Merlyn in CW's Arrow. Other appearances include Pan Am, Person of Interest, and The Mysteries of Laura. He made his big-screen debut in 2014 with Every Secret Thing, which also starred Diane Lane and Elizabeth Banks.
Mr. Donnell is well known for his work on stage, with Broadway credits that include Violet, Anything Goes (for which he received Drama Desk, Outer Critics, and Astaire award nominations), and Jersey Boys. Among his other notable stage appearances are Follies, Merrily We Roll Along, and Lady, Be Good! at New York City Center; the Public Theater's Shakespeare in the Park production of Love's Labour's Lost; and Meet Me in St. Louis. Additionally, he toured with productions of Wicked and Mamma Mia!
Born in St. Louis, Mr. Donnell is a current resident of New York City when not shooting Chicago Med on location in Chicago.
Baritone Nathan Gunn has made a reputation as one of the most exciting and versatile baritones performing today. He has sung leading lyric baritone roles and appeared in several world premieres in many of the most renowned opera houses of the world, including the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Opéra de Paris, Bavarian State Opera, and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Also a distinguished concert performer, Mr. Gunn appears regularly with the New York Philharmonic, the Boston and Chicago symphony orchestras, The Cleveland Orchestra, and the London Symphony Orchestra, and has been presented in recitals in New York, Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Toronto, London, and Brussels.
Mr. Gunn's growing discography includes Billy Budd (Virgin Classics), which won a 2010 Grammy Award; Rodgers and Hammerstein's Allegro (Sony Masterworks Broadway); Il barbiere di Siviglia (SONY Classics); and his solo albums Just Before Sunrise (Sony/BMG Masterworks) and American Anthem (EMI). He also starred in the Metropolitan Opera's HD broadcasts of Die Zauberflöte and The Merry Widow. Mr. Gunn recently ventured outside the standard opera repertoire with performances of the title role in Sweeney Todd at Houston Grand Opera, Camelot and Carousel with the New York Philharmonic (both broadcast on PBS's Great Performances), and Show Boat at Carnegie Hall and Lyric Opera of Chicago. He is also a professor of voice at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and general director of the Lyric Theater @ Illinois.
Laura Osnes was last seen on Broadway as the title role in Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella (Drama Desk Award; Tony, Outer Critics Circle, Drama League, and Astaire award nominations). She also starred in Bonnie and Clyde (Tony Award nomination) at Asolo Repertory Theatre and La Jolla Playhouse (San Diego Theatre Critics Circle Award). She has appeared as Hope Harcourt in the Tony Award-winning revival of Anything Goes (Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, and Astaire award nominations) and Nellie Forbush in Lincoln Center Theater's production of South Pacific, and made her Broadway debut as Sandy in the most recent revival of Grease.
Other New York and regional credits include the Broadway-bound musical The Bandstand at Paper Mill Playhouse; The Threepenny Opera (Drama Desk Award nomination) at the Atlantic Theater Company; City Center Encores! productions of The Band Wagon, Randy Newman's Faust, and Pipe Dream; The Sound of Music in concert at Carnegie Hall; and Carousel opposite Steven Pasquale at Lyric Opera of Chicago. On television, she has been seen in the CBS series Elementary, the HBO pilot The Miraculous Year, Sondheim: The Birthday Concert at Avery Fisher Hall, HBO's documentary Six by Sondheim, and the Kennedy Center Honors salutes to Barbara Cook (2011) and Dustin Hoffman (2012). Her many concert and cabaret appearances include performances with Michael Feinstein, the New York Philharmonic, The New York Pops, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and the Boston and Pasadena pops, as well as appearances at such venues as Carnegie Hall, Café Carlyle, Feinstein's / 54 Below, Lincoln Center, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Smith Center for the Performing Arts in Las Vegas, and Minnesota's Orchestra Hall. In addition to being heard on several cast recordings, Ms. Osnes has recorded two solo albums, Dream a Little Dream: Live at the Café Carlyle and If I Tell You: The Songs of Maury Yeston.
Judith Clurman's Essential Voices USA (EVUSA) is one of New York's preeminent choral ensembles. It performs at many of the city's iconic venues and events, records and premieres works by America's finest composers and lyricists, and regularly appears with The New York Pops on its Carnegie Hall subscription series. It performed on NBC's televised broadcast of the Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular in 2014, and at the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting in 2011 and 2012. The ensemble comprises a talented roster of seasoned professionals and auditioned volunteers, dynamically fitted to the unique needs of each project. Among other national highlights, EVUSA participated in the 2013 Presidential Inaugural activities, and held a monthlong residency at National Public Radio. The impressive cohort of musicians who have worked with EVUSA run the gamut from young opera sensation Jamie Barton, to Broadway star Idina Menzel, to musical theater luminaries Stephen Schwartz and Sheldon Harnick, to composers Milton Babbitt and Jennifer Higdon. EVUSA currently produces The Composer Speaks, a series of musical performances complemented by panel discussions with composers and lyricists at The DiMenna Center for Classical Music. EVUSA Youth Workshop provides selected high school students with the opportunity to participate with the main ensemble in the heart of New York City's music scene. It has recorded works by Marvin Hamlisch and Howard Shore. EVUSA has recorded several CDs for Sono Luminus, and its latest release, Season of Light: Songs of Thanksgiving, Christmas, Chanukah, New Year, will be released in November 2016.