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, and has appeared on the nationally televised Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular.
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 has established himself as one of North America’s leading conductors of popular music. This season, Mr. Reineke celebrates his 10th anniversary as music director of The New York Pops at Carnegie Hall. Additionally, he is 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 his extensive North American conducting appearances include performances with the orchestras of Atlanta, Cincinnati, Edmonton, San Francisco, and Sarasota. On stage, he has created programs and collaborated with a range of leading artists from the worlds of hip-hop, Broadway, television, and rock who include 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 National Public Radio’s All Things Considered with the National Symphony Orchestra performing live music excerpts between news segments—a first in the show’s 45-year history. In 2018, Mr. Reineke led the National Symphony Orchestra with hip-hop legend Nas performing his seminal album Illmatic on PBS’s Great Performances.
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. 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 child prodigy on the piano and a gifted multi-instrumentalist, Frankie Moreno was first introduced to American audiences at the age of 10 with his debut on CBS’s Star Search. Since then, he has been named Las Vegas Headliner of the Year three times, wowing audiences with his own brand of piano-pounding rock ‘n’ roll.
Frankie’s performance of his self-penned hit “Tangerine Honey” on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars brought him back into America’s living rooms. He has gone on to perform sold-out concerts at such venues as Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and the Hollywood Bowl. The recipient of an Emmy nomination for his television special Songs at Home, Frankie also starred in a PBS special titled Frankie Moreno in Concert.
Frankie has sold more than one million albums worldwide and has collaborated on new music with producer, engineer, and guitar legend Pat Thrall. His collaboration for Sony Records with violinist Joshua Bell reached No. 1 on the Billboard charts in two separate categories. Other artists who performed on the album include Sting, Josh Groban, Chris Botti, Kristin Chenoweth, and Regina Spektor. Together, they filmed Great Performances: Live at Lincoln Center for PBS.
Frankie has toured the US with Grammy-nominated country artist Billy Currington and country superstars Sugarland. In addition, he joined Air Supply as musical director for its world tour and wrote the group’s recent single “Dance with Me,” which reached Billboard’s Top 40.
In September 2018, Frankie released his new album, Future Greatest Hits. He also recently launched his new symphony show, which opened at the Kennedy Center and continued in Baltimore, Indianapolis, Houston, Omaha, Toronto, and New York.
Frankie Moreno continues to command audiences with his highly contagious music and playful stage antics. His songs are cleverly crafted and his musicianship is virtuosic. He is unquestionably a unique artist and an all-around talent who puts his heart and soul into his music.