The New York Pops
Women of Notes: In Dedication to Female Composers and Lyricists
The New York Pops
Steven Reineke, Music Director and Conductor
Adam Kantor, Guest Artist
Betsy Wolfe, Guest Artist
with Special Guests
Event DurationThe 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 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.
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Steven 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.
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.
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.
Adam Kantor is thrilled to make his debut as part of The New York Pops series at Carnegie Hall. Adam returns to Broadway this fall in the new musical The Band’s Visit by David Yazbek and Itamar Moses, directed by David Cromer. He recently played Motel Kamzoil in the Broadway revival of Fiddler on the Roof, directed by Bartlett Sher. Adam made his Broadway debut playing Mark in the final cast of Rent, which was preserved on DVD in Rent: Filmed Live on Broadway. He reunited with Rent director Michael Greif to play Henry in Next to Normal on Broadway. Adam played Jamie in the New York revival of The Last Five Years at Second Stage, starring opposite Betsy Wolfe and directed by the show’s writer, Jason Robert Brown. Also Off-Broadway, he played Princeton/Rod in Avenue Q. At the Old Globe, he played Proteus in Shakespeare’s The Two Gentlemen of Verona, directed by Mark Lamos, and Jeff in the world premiere of Nobody Loves You by Gaby Alter and Itamar Moses. In addition, he played Eddie in the world premiere production of Diner by Sheryl Crow and Barry Levinson, directed by Kathleen Marshall. On television, he has appeared as Pununzio in Billions on Showtime and Ezra in The Good Wife on CBS. Adam was a co-founder of the nonprofit arts organization Broadway in South Africa, which provided arts education to underprivileged youth in the townships of South Africa. He graduated from Northwestern University and also studied at the British American Drama Academy. Follow Adam on Twitter at @AdamJKantor.
Betsy Wolfe is currently starring in the hit Broadway musical Waitress. She was last seen on Broadway as Cordelia in Falsettos, directed by James Lapine. Her other Broadway credits include Woody Allen’s musical adaptation of Bullets over Broadway, in which she starred opposite Zach Braff under the direction of Susan Stroman. Previously, she appeared in the Off-Broadway revival of The Last Five Years at Second Stage Theatre and as Rosa Bud in the Broadway revival of The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Prior to that, she played Beth in Merrily We Roll Along at New York City Center’s Encores! and created the role of Mary Ann Singleton in American Conservatory Theater’s world premiere of Tales of the City, a musical based on the Armistead Maupin novels. Other Broadway credits include Everyday Rapture with Sherie Rene Scott, 110 in the Shade, and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Betsy made her Metropolitan Opera debut in Douglas Carter Beane’s adaptation of Die Fledermaus, which she recently returned to for an encore engagement. She starred in the La Jolla Playhouse’s world premiere production of Bobby Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez’s new musical Up Here, as well as in the San Francisco and Boston companies of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Betsy has been a guest artist with more than 40 symphony and pops orchestras across the US and internationally, including the New York Philharmonic and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. She made her Carnegie Hall debut with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra under Erich Kunzel, and last season, she performed with Steven Reineke and Darren Criss in their show Broadway Today at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center. She can be seen in the film adaptation of The Last Five Years. Betsy has appeared as a guest soloist for the New York City Ballet, with which she has performed at Lincoln Center and the London Coliseum. Recordings include Falsettos, Bullets over Broadway, The Last Five Years, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Stage Door Canteen, 35MM, and Merrily We Roll Along. Betsy earned her bachelor’s degree in musical theater from the University of Cincinnati–College-Conservatory of Music.