The New York Pops
You've Got a Friend: A Celebration of Singers and Songwriters
The New York Pops
Steven Reineke, Music Director and Conductor
Will Chase, Guest Artist
Christopher Jackson, Guest Artist
Jessie Mueller, Guest Artist
Adrienne Warren, Guest Artist
Event DurationThe printed program will last approximately two hours, including one 20-minute intermission.
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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. 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.
Critically acclaimed, Tony Award-nominated actor and singer Will Chase is currently filming the new HBO series Sharp Objects and appearing in HBO's The Deuce. He most recently starred on ABC's Nashville as country music superstar Luke Wheeler and as Griffin Monroe in the ABC drama Time After Time.
Other television appearances include recurring roles on CBS's The Good Wife, FX's Rescue Me, and as Michael Swift on NBC's Broadway-inspired Smash, as well as appearances on Blue Bloods, White Collar, Pan Am, Royal Pains, and Law & Order: Criminal Intent.
Film credits include Butterflies of Bill Baker (Best Actor, Chain NYC Film Festival), Four Single Fathers, and Shaft with Samuel L. Jackson.
Best known as one of Broadway's "most versatile leading men," Mr. Chase received 2013 Tony Award and Outer Critics Circle Award nominations for Best Featured Actor in a Musical for his portrayal of John Jasper in the Broadway revival of The Mystery of Edwin Drood, and most recently starred on Broadway as William Shakespeare in Something Rotten!. His other Broadway credits include Billy Elliot, Aida, Lennon, Nice Work If You Can Get It, High Fidelity, The Full Monty, Miss Saigon, and Roger in Rent, which was captured on the big screen in Rent: Filmed Live on Broadway.
Mr. Chase can be heard on several original Broadway cast recordings, as well as three seasons of cast albums for the show Nashville. He has performed all over the world and has sung with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra and the Colorado Symphony. Having studied conducting with Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Music Director Robert Spano, Mr. Chase has premiered countless compositions, and has worked and performed with some of the most important composers and musical luminaries in the world.
Born and raised in rural Kentucky, Mr. Chase trained as a percussionist, conductor, and actor, and received his degree from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. He has two daughters, Daisy and Gracie, and calls Brooklyn, New York, home. He can be followed on Twitter at @WillChaseMe.
Christopher Jackson is a Tony-nominated actor as well as a Grammy- and Emmy-winning songwriter-composer best known for starring as George Washington in the critically acclaimed and award-winning musical Hamilton. Other Broadway credits include Holler If Ya Hear Me, After Midnight, Bronx Bombers (Derek Jeter), In the Heights (Benny), Memphis (Delray Farrell), and The Lion King (Simba). Off-Broadway credits include Bronx Bombers (Primary Stages); The Jammer (Atlantic Theater Company); Lonely, I'm Not (Second Stage Theater); In the Heights (37 Arts); and Cotton Club Parade (City Center Encores!).
Mr. Jackson can currently be seen in the hit CBS drama Bull, in which he plays Chunk, a stylist who prepares defendants for trial. He also recorded an original song written by Lin-Manuel Miranda for the Disney film Moana.
In film and television, Mr. Jackson has appeared in Freestyle Love Supreme, Person of Interest, A Gifted Man, Fringe, Gossip Girl, Tracers, and Afterlife. He was also a composer-songwriter for Sesame Street (Emmy Award, six Emmy nominations), and co-music supervisor and writer for The Electric Company (PBS).
Mr. Jackson won an Emmy Award for his song with will.i.am, "What I Am." In 2010, he released his first solo album, In the Name of Love (Yellow Sound Lab Records), and is currently working on his second album. He also has several musical projects in development for the musical stage.
Jessie Mueller was recently nominated for a 2016 Tony Award and Drama Desk Award for her performance as Jenna in Waitress. The talented actress won the 2014 Tony and Drama Desk awards and a 2015 Grammy Award for her performance as Carole King in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. She made her Broadway debut opposite Harry Connick Jr. in On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, for which she received Tony and Drama Desk nominations.
She was also seen on Broadway in The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Drama Desk nomination) and Nice Work If You Can Get It. In addition, she appeared in Carousel with the New York Philharmonic and as Cinderella in Into the Woods at the Delacorte Theater.
In her native Chicago, Ms. Mueller has won acclaim for starring roles in She Loves Me (Joseph Jefferson Award), Guys and Dolls, Fiddler on the Roof, Curtains, and Carousel (Joseph Jefferson Award), among other musicals.
Adrienne Warren was most recently seen in the Broadway production of Shuffle Along as Gertrude Saunders / Florence Mills, for which she received a Tony nomination for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical. She recently finished filming the USA pilot The Tap. She originated the role of Danielle in the Tony-nominated Bring It On: the Musical on Broadway, and was also seen at the Apollo Theater as Lorrell in Dreamgirls, followed by a national tour. Other New York theater credits include The Wiz at City Center Encores!. She has toured and recorded with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, for which she received her first Platinum and Gold records. She has been seen in live performances on The Today Show, The Wendy Williams Show,America's Got Talent, and the 67th Annual Tony Awards, and she performed as well as recorded as a vocalist for the 2012 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Television credits include the Amazon pilot Point of Honor, Orange Is the New Black, Blue Bloods, Royal Pains, People in New Jersey, Irreversible, and Black Box. She is currently the voice of Maybelline New York.