The New York Pops
Steven Reineke, Music Director and Conductor
Mykal Kilgore, Guest Artist
Storm Large, Guest Artist
Laura Osnes, Guest Artist
Ryan Silverman, Guest Artist
Program to include:
RICHARD WHITING "Hooray for Hollywood" from Hollywood Hotel
IRVING BERLIN "Blue Skies" from The Jazz Singer
HAROLD ARLEN / YIP HARBURG "Over the Rainbow" from The Wizard of Oz
HAROLD ARLEN / IRA GERSHWIN "The Man that Got Away" from A Star Is Born
HENRY MANCINI / JOHNNY MERCER "Moon River" from Breakfast at Tiffany’s
RICHARD RODGERS / OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN II "The Sound of Music" from The Sound of Music
ALAN BERGMAN / MARILYN BERGMAN / MARVIN HAMLISCH "The Way We Were" from The Way We Were
PAUL WILLIAMS / KENNETH ASCHER "The Rainbow Connection" from The Muppet Movie
KENNY LOGGINS / DEAN PITCHFORD "Footloose" from Footloose
ALAN MENKEN / HOWARD ASHMAN "Part of Your World" from The Little Mermaid
GLEN HANSARD / MARKÉTA IRGLOVÁ "Falling Slowly" from Once
ADELE ADKINS / PAUL EPWORTH "Skyfall" from Skyfall
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.
Mykal Kilgore studied voice at Florida State University, where he learned to hone his ability to go from singing a Broadway show tune, to soul and jazz scatting, to gospel. In addition, his multifaceted and multi-octave tenor can easily slide up to a crystal-clear soprano, a feat unmatched even by today’s most popular male vocalists. Mykal’s sound is a gumbo of American roots music and modern feels, soul, and storytelling. He was most recently seen in the critically acclaimed production of Songs for a New World at Encores! Off-Center and as Simon in Jesus Christ Superstar at Lyric Opera of Chicago. Other theater credits include Motown: The Musical and Hair on Broadway, as well as the first national tour of The Book of Mormon. His film and television appearances include roles in NBC’s live productions of Jesus Christ Superstar and The Wiz, as well as Collateral Beauty. Mykal racked up more than 10 million views on social media through his videos with Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox and his viral video “Reclaiming My Time.” Mykal has also performed for sold-out audiences at Joe’s Pub, Roseland, Birdland, and the Kennedy Center, and has performed cabaret shows at Feinstein’s / 54 Below and the Apollo Music Café. Visit mykalkilgore.com for more information.
A musician, actor, playwright, and author, Storm Large shot to national prominence in 2006 as a finalist on the CBS show Rock Star: Supernova. Despite being eliminated in the week before the finale, she built a fan base that follows her around the world to this day.
In the 2018–2019 season, Storm performs her one-woman autobiographical musical memoir, Crazy Enough, at Portland Center Stage and La Jolla Music Society, celebrating the show’s 10-year anniversary. Additional highlights of the season include debuts with members of the Chicago and Maryland symphony orchestras, the Seattle Symphony, and the Philly Pops, as well as return engagements with the Houston Symphony, The New York Pops, and the Louisville Orchestra, with which she recorded the 2017 album All In. Storm continues to tour concert halls across the country with her band, Le Bonheur, and as a special guest on Michael Feinstein’s Shaken & Stirred tour.
Storm made her debut as guest vocalist with the band Pink Martini in April 2011, singing four sold-out concerts with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. She continues to perform with the band, touring nationally and internationally, and is featured on its CD Get Happy. Storm has also sung with Grammy Award winner k.d. lang, pianist Kirill Gerstein, punk rocker John Doe, Rufus Wainwright, and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer George Clinton.
Storm’s musical memoir, Crazy Enough, played to packed houses in 2009 during its unprecedented 21-week sold-out run. Her memoir, Crazy Enough, was released by Simon & Schuster in 2012, named Oprah’s Book of the Week, and awarded the 2013 Oregon Book Award for Creative Nonfiction.
Grammy- and Tony-nominated actress Ashley Park was born in Glendale, California, and raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she graduated from the famed musical theater program at the University of Michigan. Most recently, she starred on Broadway in Mean Girls, originating the role of Gretchen Wieners, which garnered her a Tony nomination for Best Featured Actress in a Musical, as well as Drama League, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, and Chita Rivera award nominations in 2018. In the same season, she starred in the award-winning KPOP and was honored with the esteemed Lucille Lortel Award for Lead Actress in a Musical, as well as Drama League and Drama Desk award nominations.
Previously, Ashley made her Broadway debut in Mamma Mia!, originated the role of stepsister Gabrielle in the national tour of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, and starred as Tuptim opposite Ken Watanabe and Kelli O’Hara in the Tony Award–winning Broadway revival of The King and I at Lincoln Center Theater. Ashley then appeared in Broadway’s Sunday in the Park with George starring Jake Gyllenhaal while filming the second season of Nightcap (Pop TV / Lionsgate / Dakota Pictures). She can be heard on the original Broadway cast recordings of Mean Girls, Sunday in the Park with George, and The King and I, for which she received a Grammy nomination.
Ashley is the proud recipient of the Actors’ Equity Association’s 2018 Clarence Derwent Award and recently wrapped shooting on the first season of Netflix’s highly anticipated Tales of the City, which will be released in June 2019.
Ryan Silverman recently starred on Broadway in Side Show, for which he received a Drama Desk Award nomination. Other Broadway credits include star turns as Billy Flynn in Chicago and Raoul in The Phantom of the Opera. Ryan received Drama Desk and Drama League award nominations for his performance as Giorgio in Classic Stage Company’s production of Passion. He has appeared at the Kennedy Center as Sir Lancelot alongside Brian Stokes Mitchell in Camelot and as Terry Connor in Side Show. Internationally, Ryan has starred in the Théâtre du Châtelet’s acclaimed production of Passion opposite Natalie Dessay and as Tony in the Olivier-nominated 2008 West End production of West Side Story. He also recently starred in a concert version of West Side Story with The Philadelphia Orchestra and a staged concert version of The Golden Apple at City Center Encores!.
Other credits include Cry-Baby on Broadway, Finian’s Rainbow (Irish Repertory Theatre), and The Most Happy Fella at New York City Opera. Ryan recently made his debut at Paper Mill Playhouse starring in Ken Ludwig’s play A Comedy of Tenors. He starred as Sky in the first national tour of Mamma Mia! and as José in the world premiere of the new musical Carmen at La Jolla Playhouse, and played the role of Rapunzel’s Prince in Into the Woods at The Muny in St. Louis. Regional credits include Thoroughly Modern Millie (Jimmy), Cinderella (Prince), Grease (Danny), Hello, Dolly! (Cornelius), Assassins (John Wilkes Booth), Sweeney Todd (Anthony), Forever Plaid (Smudge), and Blood Brothers (Eddie Lyons). Television and film credits include The Good Fight, Gossip Girl, Five Minarets in New York, Sex and the City 2, and True Blood.
Ryan has performed his club act at the Café Carlyle (monthlong residency) and Feinstein’s at the Regency. He has appeared in concert with the Seattle Symphony and Marvin Hamlisch; The Philadelphia Orchestra; the Philly and Cincinnati pops; the Vancouver, Detroit, and Edmonton symphony orchestras; and the Utah and Houston symphonies, among others. Visit ryansilverman.com for more information.