• Monday, Feb 27, 2012

    Carnegie Hall Presents The New York Pops and Music Director Steven Reineke in a Salute to Academy Award-Winning Film Music on Friday, April 13 at 8:00pm

    Photo at top of release by Michael Tammaro.
    Program Information
    Friday, April 13 at 8:00 p.m.
    Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage

    Steven Reineke, Music Director and Conductor
    Essential Voices USA
    Judith Clurman, Music Director and Conductor


    Sponsored by KPMG LLP
    On Friday, April 13 at 8:00 p.m. in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, The New York Pops under the direction of Steven Reineke pays tribute to iconic Academy Award-winning music scores and songs that have been the soundtrack of the American film experience over the past forty years. Joined by Essential Voices USA and its director Judith Clurman, The New York Pops winds down its 2011–2012 season at Carnegie Hall by taking audiences through music from films including Doctor Zhivago, Out of Africa, Titanic, and The Lord of the Rings. In addition, the orchestra will celebrate the 80th birthday of New York-born composer, conductor, and legendary film score writer John Williams by performing the composer’s Oscar-winning music from films including Jaws, Star Wars, E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, and Schindler’s List.

    Academy Awards for Best Original Song and Best Original Score are given annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). The awards are presented to the songwriters who have composed the best original song written specifically for a film and to the best substantial body of music in the form of dramatic underscoring written specifically for a film by the submitting composer. Both award categories were introduced at the 7th Academy Awards in 1934, the ceremony honoring the best in film.

    The New York Pops’ Hollywood Award Winners performance marks the penultimate concert of the orchestra’s 2011—2012 concert season at Carnegie Hall. The orchestra’s final performances—two Carnegie Hall Family Concerts entitled Jim Henson’s Musical World—take place on April 14 at 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m., and pay tribute to Jim Henson's great legacy through song and puppetry.

    About the Artists
    Steven Reineke’s boundless enthusiasm and exceptional artistry have made him one of the nation’s most sought-after pops conductors, composers and arrangers. Mr. Reineke is Music Director of The New York Pops at Carnegie Hall, the newly appointed Principal Pops Conductor of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and Principal Pops Conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra at The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. He also serves as Principal Pops Conductor of the Long Beach and Modesto Symphony Orchestras through the end of the 2011—2012 season and was Associate Conductor of the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra. Mr. Reineke is a frequent guest conductor with The Philadelphia Orchestra and in the past year he’s been on the podium with the Boston Pops and The Cleveland Orchestra. He makes his Chicago Symphony Orchestra debut on July 4, 2012 at Ravinia. His extensive North American conducting appearances include Los Angeles, Houston, Seattle, Edmonton, Vancouver, Ottawa (National Arts Centre), Detroit, Fort Worth, Jacksonville, Tampa (The Florida Orchestra), Calgary, Memphis and Oklahoma City. Mr. Reineke is also an established symphonic composer, with frequent performances of his works around North America, including by the New York Philharmonic and Los Angeles Philharmonic.

    The New York Pops is the largest independent pops orchestra in the United States, and the only professional symphonic orchestra in New York City specializing in popular music. Led by Music Director Steven Reineke, the orchestra performs an annual subscription series and birthday gala at Carnegie Hall, enjoying one of Carnegie Hall’s highest subscription renewal rates. The New York Pops was founded by Skitch Henderson in 1983 with a mission to create greater public awareness and appreciation of America’s rich musical heritage. Along with performing at Carnegie Hall, The New York Pops tours throughout the world and gives free concerts in New York City parks. The New York Pops’ extensive education programs allow thousands of public school children to participate in concert and music-making experiences at Carnegie Hall and in schools throughout the five boroughs of New York City.

    Essential Voices USA (EVUSA) promotes the love of music and the art of ensemble singing. The ensemble is known for musical excellence, innovative programming, and its emphasis on education as well as for its director, acclaimed conductor Judith Clurman. The group is currently in residence with The New York Pops at Carnegie Hall, and produces its own classical concerts, workshops, and recordings. It boasts a flexible roster of professional singers, auditioned volunteers, and high school students who perform a wide range of musical genres and styles. During their 2010-2011 season, EVUSA participated in the Bernstein celebration at Symphony Space, sang world premieres in the Shulamit Ran Composer Speaksat Hebrew Union College, and performed as part of The New York Pops’ 80th Birthday concert honoring Stephen Sondheim at Carnegie Hall. In addition, the group recorded Mr. President, a choral cycle featured on National Public Radio with music ranging from works by Milton Babbitt to those by musical theater composer Jason Robert Brown. The 2011-2012 season featured three appearances with The New York Pops at Carnegie Hall: John Pizzarelli and Jessica Molaskey’s Wish You A Swingin’ Christmas (December 16 and 17), Hollywood Award Winners (April 13) and A Tribute to Jim Henson’s Musical World (April 14); a pair of workshops entitled, "The Composer Speaks” with vocal and choral works by Bruce Ruben, Larry Hochman and Paul Schoenfield at Hebrew Union College (May 10), and a birthday tribute to Walt Whitman entitled “To the East and the West,” with music by Joshua Schmidt (May 31). EVUSA was featured on NBC for the 2011 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting.

    Bank of America is the Proud Season Sponsor of Carnegie Hall.
    Ticket Information
    Ticket Information Tickets, priced from $37—$108, are available at the Carnegie Hall Box Office, 154 West 57th Street, or can be charged to major credit cards by calling CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800 or by visiting the Carnegie Hall website, www.carnegiehall.org.

    For Carnegie Hall Corporation presentations taking place in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, a limited number of seats, priced at $10, will be available day-of-concert beginning at 11:00 a.m. Monday through Saturday and 12:00 noon on Sunday until one hour before the performance or until supply lasts. The exceptions are Carnegie Hall Family Concerts and gala events. These $10 tickets are available to the general public on a first-come, first-served basis at the Carnegie Hall Box Office only. There is a two-ticket limit per customer.

    In addition, for all Carnegie Hall presentations in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage a limited number of partial view (seats with obstructed or limited sight lines or restricted leg room) will be sold for 50% of the full price. For more information on this and other discount ticket programs, including those for students, Notables members, and Bank of America customers, visit carnegiehall.org/discounts.
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