The New York Pops
One Night Only: Jeremy Jordan
The New York Pops
Steven Reineke, Music Director and Conductor
Jeremy Jordan, Guest Artist
Program to include:
LEONARD BERNSTEIN/STEPHEN SONDHEIM "Something's Coming" from West Side Story
SARA BAREILLES "She Used To Be Mine" from Waitress
CLAUDE-MICHEL SCHÖNBERG/HERBERT KRETZMER/ ALAIN BOUBLIL "Bring Hime Home" from Les Misérables
JASON ROBERT BROWN "Moving Too Fast" from The Last Five Years
ALAN MENKEN/JACK FELDMAN "Santa Fe" from Newsies
Event DurationThe printed program will last approximately two hours, including one 20-minute intermission.
In honor of the centenary of his birth, Carnegie Hall’s 2019–2020 season is dedicated to the memory of Isaac Stern in recognition of his extraordinary contributions to Carnegie Hall, arts advocacy, and the field of music.
The New York Pops
Composed of 78 musicians, 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 is among the venue’s most presented ensembles. The New York Pops’ annual birthday gala is celebrated each spring, raising funds for the orchestra and its education programs. The New York Pops performs annually in Queens at Forest Hills Stadium, a historic, 14,000-seat venue.
Now in its 37th season, The New York Pops celebrates the diversity of popular music’s evolving songbook. Every concert is a unique experience, with influences that range from Broadway melodies to film scores, jazz, rock, pop, and everything in between. The orchestra collaborates with stars from the stage and screen, such as Sara Bareilles, Darren Criss, Roger Daltrey, Megan Hilty, Carly Rae Jepsen, Angela Lansbury, Queen Latifah, Cyndi Lauper, Idina Menzel, Matthew Morrison, Kelli O’Hara, Miss Piggy, Pink Martini, and many more.
Through its PopsEd music education programs, The New York Pops fulfills its dedication to lifelong learning and collaborates with public schools, community organizations, 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 residency programs that blend traditional education with pure fun. PopsEd makes music open to all and uses tools like composition, lyric writing, performance, and mentorship to foster learning and unbridled creativity. In doing so, these programs excite students and give them skills they can apply to all areas of their lives.
The New York Pops is committed to serving members of the community. Through its Kids in the Balcony and Kids in the Stadium programs, thousands of children and their parents have had an opportunity to see The New York Pops at Carnegie Hall and Forest Hills Stadium free of charge. Over the years, the orchestra has presented free concerts in community centers and senior clubs, performed the “The Star-Spangled Banner” at sports venues, and toured around the world. Past media projects include the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular on NBC, a nationally syndicated radio series, and performances on PBS. The orchestra’s discography encompasses recordings of popular standards, theater and film scores, and music for the holidays.
The New York Pops was founded by Ruth and Skitch Henderson in 1983 with a mission to create greater public awareness and appreciation of America’s rich musical heritage through presentation of concerts and education programs of the highest quality. The New York Pops is a nonprofit organization supported solely through the generosity of individual donations, institutional grants, corporate sponsorships, and concert income. Follow The New York Pops on Facebook (facebook.com/thenewyorkpops), Instagram
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Steven Reineke has established himself as one of North America’s leading conductors of popular music. In addition to serving as music director and conductor of The New York Pops at Carnegie Hall, Mr. Reineke 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.
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, Mr. Reineke has created programs and collaborated with a range of leading artists from the worlds of hip-hop, R&B, Broadway, television, and rock, including Maxwell, Common, Kendrick Lamar, Cynthia Erivo, 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, leading 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 across North America. His Sun Valley Festival Fanfare was used to commemorate the Sun Valley Summer Symphony’s pavilion, and his Festival Te Deum and Swans 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 native of Ohio, Mr. Reineke is a graduate of Miami University of Ohio, where he earned bachelor of music degrees with honors in both trumpet performance and music composition. He currently resides in New York City with his husband, Eric Gabbard.
Jeremy Jordan was born and raised in Corpus Christi, Texas. Originally a singer, he was cast at the age of 17 as the Mute in the musical The Fantasticks. After high school, he studied drama at Ithaca College before moving to New York City. In 2009, Jeremy performed in his first Broadway show, Rock of Ages. Later that year, he played Tony in West Side Story and Clyde Barrow opposite Laura Osnes in the out-of-town tryout of Bonnie & Clyde. After writer-director Todd Graff saw him perform in Rock of Ages, Jeremy was cast in his first feature, Joyful Noise, opposite Dolly Parton and Queen Latifah.
In 2011, Jeremy was cast as Jack Kelly in Disney’s world premiere of Newsies at Paper Mill Playhouse. He played Jack at night and during the day rehearsed Bonnie & Clyde, which opened on Broadway shortly after Newsies finished its regional run. On Broadway, Newsies played to sold-out houses and earned critical raves for Jeremy, who received a Tony nomination as Best Actor in a Musical and a Grammy nomination for the cast album. During the show’s run, Jeremy pulled double duty again, filming a regular role on NBC’s Smash.
Jeremy then starred opposite Oscar and Tony nominee Anna Kendrick in the film adaptation of Jason Robert Brown’s beloved musical The Last Five Years, directed by Richard LaGravenese. He also starred as Peter Pan author J. M. Barrie in the stage musical Finding Neverland at Boston’s American Repertory Theater and reprised the role of Jack Kelly in Disney’s live filmed stage production of Newsies, which opened in movie theaters in 2016. Jeremy also voices the character Varian in the Disney Channel’s new animated series Tangled, based on the 2010 hit movie.
Jeremy starred from 2015 to 2018 in the CBS and CW drama Supergirl, and returns for several episodes in the winter of 2020. Most recently, he starred on Broadway opposite Kerry Washington in American Son and played Dr. Pomatter in Waitress. He is currently starring as Casablanca Records founder Neil Bogart in Spinning Gold. He is married to Broadway actress Ashley Spencer.