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.
Tony Award winner James Monroe Iglehart is a native of the San Francisco Bay area. He currently plays the dual roles of Lafayette/Jefferson in the Broadway production of Hamilton. He made his Broadway debut in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and subsequently originated the role of Bobby in Memphis on Broadway before landing the role of the Genie in Aladdin. For his work as the Genie, Mr. Iglehart won both Tony and Drama Desk awards for Best Featured Actor in a Musical. He made his sold-out solo debut at Feinstein’s / 54 Below in a show entitled How the Heck Did I Get Here?. He was brought back for a sold-out return engagement shortly thereafter and has brought his act to concert venues across the country. He had a recurring role on the Netflix series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt as Coriolanus Burt, the rival of male protagonist Titus Andromedon, played by Tituss Burgess. Mr. Iglehart also guest-starred on the Fox television show Gotham and on CBS’s Elementary, and voiced the role of Lance Strongbow on all three seasons of the hit Disney animated television show Tangled. Upcoming work includes his feature film debut opposite Richard Gere, Peter Dinklage, and Julianna Margulies in Three Christs, and a major recurring role in the new Netflix series Maniac opposite Jonah Hill and Emma Stone.
Born and raised in Brooklyn, actress Capathia Jenkins most recently starred as Medda in the hit Disney production of Newsies on Broadway. She has also been seen on Broadway in The Civil War, in which she created the role of Harriet Jackson; The Look of Love; Caroline, or Change; and Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me, in which she brought the house down every night. Ms. Jenkins was also seen on the NBC production of The Wiz Live!. An active concert artist, Ms. Jenkins has appeared with orchestras around the world, including The Cleveland Orchestra, the Cincinnati Pops, The New York Pops, the Philly Pops, and the National Symphony and Hong Kong Philharmonic orchestras, among many others. She had the great honor of performing in the Broadway Ambassadors to Cuba concert as part of the Festival de Teatro de la Habana. Additional highlights have included a tribute to her friend Marvin Hamlisch at the Library of Congress. Ms. Jenkins has been featured on original cast recordings for Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me; Caroline, or Change; Godspell; and Children of Eden; as well as on the soundtracks for Smash (seasons 1 and 2), Nine, Chicago, Mission to Mars, and Legally Blonde. Visit capathiajenkins.com for more information.
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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