The New York Pops
Steven Reineke, Music Director and Conductor
Matt Doyle, Guest Artist
Ali Ewoldt, Guest Artist
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. The New York Pops performs an annual series at its summer home, Forest Hills Stadium in Queens, New York, reaching audiences of more than 7,500.
Now celebrating its 35th season, The New York Pops embraces 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, including Darren Criss, Megan Hilty, Queen Latifah, Idina Menzel, Matthew Morrison, Kelli O’Hara, Miss Piggy, Pink Martini, and many more. Under the leadership of Mr. 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. 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 Ruth and Skitch Henderson in 1983 with a mission to create greater public awareness and appreciation of America’s rich musical heritage through the presentation of concerts and education programs of the highest quality. The New York Pops is a nonprofit organization supported solely through the generosity of individual donations, institutional grants, corporate sponsorships, and concert income.
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Steven Reineke has established himself as one of North America’s leading conductors of popular music. 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 Houston Symphony and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. He previously held the posts of principal pops conductor of the Long Beach and Modesto symphony orchestras, 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 Common, Kendrick Lamar, Nas, Sutton Foster, Megan Hilty, Cheyenne Jackson, Wayne Brady, Peter Frampton, and Ben Folds, among others. In 2017, he was featured on NPR’s All Things Considered, leading the National Symphony Orchestra in performance of live music excerpts in between news segments—a first in the show’s 45-year history.
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.
Matt Doyle’s Broadway credits include The Book of Mormon (Elder Price), War Horse (Billy Narracott), Spring Awakening (Hanschen), and Bye Bye Birdie (Hugo Peabody). National tour credits include Spring Awakening (Melchior). Off-Broadway credits include Sweeney Todd (Anthony), Brooklynite (Trey), and Jasper in Deadland (Jasper). Regional credits include West Side Story at Paper Mill Playhouse (Tony), Jasper in Deadland at the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle (Jasper), and Giant at Dallas Theater Center (Jordy Jr). Film and television credits include recurring roles on Gossip Girl (Jonathan) and Private Romeo (Glenn). Recordings include Bare: A Pop Opera (Peter). Matt’s solo EPs, Daylight and Constant (co-written by Will Van Dyke), are available on iTunes. Matt is currently starring in the Off-Broadway production of A Clockwork Orange at New World Stages.
Ali Ewoldt is currently starring as Christine in The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway. Her other credits include Lincoln Center Theater’s revival of The King and I, Cosette in the first Broadway revival and national tour of Les Misérables, Luisa in The Fantasticks (Off-Broadway), Maria in West Side Story (Broadway, first national tour, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, The Muny, and Music Theatre Wichita), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (The Muny), Tuptim in The King and I (Lyric Opera of Chicago), Lili in Carnival! (Musicals Tonight!), Fan in A Christmas Carol (McCarter Theatre), Rose in The Secret Garden (Friends in Theater Company), and concerts at Alice Tully Hall, Town Hall, and Feinstein’s / 54 Below. Television and film credits include The Michael J. Fox Show, YIELD (Leviathan Lab), and the web series Drama. Ali received a bachelor of arts degree in psychology from Yale University. Visit aliewoldt.com for more information.