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The New York Pops

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year
Friday, December 15, 2017 8 PM Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
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Megan Hilty by Sidney Beal
It's the season for the orchestra’s annual program of holiday classics and festive surprises.


The New York Pops
Steven Reineke, Music Director and Conductor
Megan Hilty, Guest Artist
Essential Voices USA
Judith Clurman, Music Director and Conductor

Event Duration

The printed program will last approximately two hours, including one 20-minute intermission.

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Steven Reineke

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. 

Megan Hilty

Megan Hilty portrayed Ivy Lynn in NBC’s musical drama Smash. She received critical acclaim for her performance as Brooke Ashton in the Roundabout Theatre Company’s revival of Noises Off, earning Tony, Drama Desk, and Drama League award nominations and winning a Audience Award for Favorite Featured Actress in a Play. Earlier this year, she appeared on Bravo’s Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce and the final season of CBS’s The Good Wife.

Megan Hilty Live at the Café Carlyle was released after her residency at the famed New York City cabaret venue. Additionally, she released a Christmas album entitled A Merry Little Christmas. In 2013, Megan released her debut solo album, It Happens All the Time. She starred as Lorelei Lee in the Encores! production of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and as Rosetta in Disney’s Tinker Bell: Secret of the Wings. She has recorded vocals for Disney’s The Secret of the Magic Gourd; Phineas and Ferb; Glenn Martin, DDS; American Dad!; Pixie Hollow Games (Tinker Bell); Robot and Monster; and Shrek the Third (Snow White). She can also be heard in the animated film Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return and alongside Plácido Domingo on the opera star’s duet album.

A native of Seattle, Megan made her Broadway debut as Glinda in Wicked and went on to perform the role on both the national tour and in Los Angeles. She received Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, and Drama League award nominations for her portrayal of Doralee Rhodes in Broadway’s 9 to 5: The Musical. Megan has performed with the National Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Boston and Cincinnati pops orchestras, and Houston and Phoenix symphonies, among other ensembles. She was featured on TNT’s 2012 special Christmas in Washington and is a frequent guest on PBS’s televised A Capitol Fourth concerts.

Megan’s television credits include Sean Saves the World, Difficult People, BrainDead, Melissa & Joey, Bones, The Closer, Desperate Housewives, CSI, Shark, Ugly Betty, Eli Stone, and The Suite Life of Zack & Cody. Film credits include Warren Beatty’s Rules Don’t Apply, Bitter Feast, and the short film The Happiest Man Alive opposite Justin Chambers.

Essential Voices USA
Judith Clurman, Music Director and Conductor

Judith Clurman’s Essential Voices USA (EVUSA) is one of New York’s preeminent choral ensembles. It performs in many of the city’s iconic venues and at many notable events, records and premieres works by America’s finest composers and lyricists, and appears with The New York Pops on its Carnegie Hall subscription series. It performed on NBC’s televised July 4 Macy’s 2014 Fireworks Spectacular and at the Rockefeller Center 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 month-long residency at National Public Radio. The ensemble has performed with a diverse and impressive array of artists, such as opera sensation Jamie Barton and Broadway star Idina Menzel, as well as numerous musical theater luminaries. EVUSA has premiered works by composers who include Milton Babbitt, Jennifer Higdon, Nico Muhly, and Howard Shore. The group 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 the opportunity to participate with the main ensemble in the heart of New York City’s music scene. The ensemble’s recordings include Celebrating the American Spirit; Cherished Moments: Songs of the Jewish Spirit; Holiday Harmonies: Songs of Christmas; and Season of Light: Songs of Thanksgiving, Christmas, Chanukah, New Year. EVUSA’s music director, Judith Clurman, is an Emmy- and Grammy-nominated conductor and educator. She is also the musical director for The Symphony Singers and is on the faculty of the Manhattan School of Music.

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 an annual 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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