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The Camp Broadway Kids Ensemble can’t wait to head back to Carnegie Hall to perform this April at The New York Pops Annual Birthday Gala!

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Read on for The New York Pops announcement!




January 15, 2020, New York, NY The New York Pops, led by Music Director and Conductor Steven Reineke, today announces an initial line-up of guest artists for its 37th Birthday Gala, Into the Unknown! The Songs of Kristen and Bobby Lopezhonoring the Academy and Grammy Award winning songwriting duo, on Monday, April 27, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.  in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall, presented by The New York Pops.

Guest artists from across the Broadway, film and television community will pay tribute to the Lopezes, including Jennifer Barnhart (original Mrs. T and Bad Idea Bar in Avenue Q), Jaime Camil (Broadway star; the voice of Pap á Rivera in Pixar’s Coco)Stephanie D’Abruzzo (Tony Award nominee for originating the roles of Kate Monster and Lucy the Slut in Avenue Q), Santino Fontana (Tony winner for Best Actor in Tootsie; Disney’s FrozenCrazy Ex-Girlfriend), Nikki M. James (Tony Award winner for the role of Nabulungi in The Book of Mormon), Mykal Kilgor (first national tour of The Book of Mormon), Caissie Levy (originated the role of Elsa in Disney’s Frozen on Broadway), Rick Lyon (original Nicky and Trekkie Monster in Avenue Q), Patti Murin (original Anna in Disney’s Frozen on Broadway), Andrew Rannells (Tony Award nominee for originating the role of Elder Price in The Book of Mormon), and John Tartaglia (Tony Award nominee for originating the roles of Princeton and Rod in Avenue Q). Additional guest artists to be announced.

Proceeds from the Gala support the orchestra and the organization’s PopsEd music education programs. The concert is followed by a black tie dinner and dance at the Mandarin Oriental New York.

The New York Pops 2019-20 season additionally includes: Find Your Dream: The Songs of Rodgers and Hammerstein on January 24 with Laura Michelle Kelly and Max von Essen, and Judith Clurman’s Essential Voices USAI’m Every Woman: Divas on Stage on February 14 with Mandy Gonzalez, Carrie Manolakos, and Alex Newell; and Movie Night: The Scores of John Williams on March 27.


Concert Information
Into the Unknown! The Songs of Kristen & Bobby Lopez
Monday, April 27, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.
Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall
Steven Reineke, Music Director and Conductor
Kristen and Bobby Lopez, Music Honorees
Jennifer Barnhart, Jaime Camil, Stephanie D’Abruzzo, Santino Fontana, Nikki M. James, Mykal Kilgore, Caissie Levy, Rick Lyon, Patti Murin, Andrew Rannells, and John Tartaglia, Guest Artists

Kids on Stage Students
Children of Ronald McDonald House New York
The Camp Broadway Kids Ensemble, Cindy Thole, Director/Choreographer, Christine Riley, Music Director

American Airlines is the Official Airline of The New York Pops.

Ticket Information
Concert-only tickets, priced from $75, are available at newyorkpops.org or by calling 212-765-7677.
Tickets are also available at the Carnegie Hall Box Office, at 57th and Seventh, or by phone at CarnegieCharge 212-247-7800, or at carnegiehall.org.

Tickets to the full gala evening range from $1,500 (concert and dinner seating for one) to $50,000 (premier concert seating and VIP dinner table for eight). For more information about the black-tie dinner and dance at the Mandarin Oriental New York, call 212-765-7677 or visit www.newyorkpops.org.

About the Artists

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 and Conductor 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, NY at Forest Hills Stadium, a 14,000-seat historic concert venue. Now in its 37th season, The New York Pops celebrates the diversity of popular music’s evolving songbook. Every concert is a once-in-a-lifetime experience with influences ranging from Broadway melodies to film scores, jazz, rock, pop, and everything in between.

Through its PopsEd music education programs, The New York Pops fulfills its dedication to lifelong learning by collaborating 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 music programs that blend traditional education with pure fun.

The New York Pops is committed to serving all 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. The New York Pops is a non-profit organization supported solely through the generosity of individual donations, institutional grants, corporate sponsorships, and concert income.

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Steven Reineke has established himself as on of North America’s leading conductors of popular music. Mr. Reineke is the Music Director/Conductor 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 and Toronto Symphony Orchestras.

Reineke is a frequent guest conductor with The Philadelphia Orchestra and his extensive North American conducting appearances include Atlanta, Cincinnati, Edmonton, San Francisco, and Sarasota.

On stage, 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, Nas, Cynthia Erivo, Sutton Foster, Megan Hilty, Cheyenne Jackson, Wayne Brady, Peter Frampton, and Ben Folds, among others. IN 2017, National Public Radio’s “All This Considered” featured Reineke leading the National Symphony Orchestra performing live music excerpts between news segments – a first in the show’s 45-year history. In 2018, 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, 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, Lengend of Sleepy Hollow, and Casey at the Bat are performed frequently. His Sun Valley Festival Fanfare was used to commemorate the Sun Valley Summer Syphony’s pavilion, and his Festival Te Deum and Swan’s Island Sojourn were debuted by the Cincinnati Symphony and Cincinnati Pops. His numerous wind ensemble compositions are published by the C.L. Barnhouse Company and are performed by concert bands worldwide.

About the Honorees
Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez are the Oscar- and Grammy-Award winning, married songwriting team behind the Disney and animated films Frozen and Frozen 2. Together they also wrote the Oscar winning song “Remember Me” from Pixar’s Coco and adapted Frozen for the Broadway stage. Robert co-conceived and co-wrote the hit musicals Avenue Q and The Book of Mormon, both earning him Tony Awards. Kristen’s show In Transit made history as the first all a cappella musical to run on Broadway, after earning recognition at the Drama Desk, Drama League, and Lucille Lortel Awards for its Off-Broadway run. Lopez and Anderson-Lopez have written for television, film, and stage, including Finding Nemo: The Musical, songs for “The Wonder Pets” (two Emmy Award wins), and the Winnie the Pooh animated film. Their original musical Up Here premiered at the La Jolla Playhouse. Lopez and Anderson-Lopez both serve on the Dramatist Guild Council. Graduates of Yale University and Williams College, respectively, they now reside in Brooklyn with their two daughters.

About PopsEd
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 background to participate in fully customizable music 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, PopsEd excites students and gives them skills that they can apply to all areas of their lives.


Photo of Jennifer Barnhart by Stephen Poff; Jaime Camil by Fer Piña; photo of Stephanie D’Abruzzo by Dave Cross; photo of Santino Fontana by Warren Elgort; photo of Mykal Kilgore by Ambe J.; photo of Caissie Levy by Justin Patterson; photo of Nikki M. James by Deborah Lopez; photo of Steven Reineke by Michael Tammaro
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