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Letter from the President

Dear Friends, 

I am so glad to welcome you back to the POPS! This weekend is our first concert series since March 2020—and we’ve missed you. 

Throughout the interruption, we kept the music playing with record-setting streamed performances and virtual programs. Our partnerships with 6abc and the American Forces Network brought the sounds of the POPS throughout the City, the nation, and the world. And, to date, our virtual education programs have reached over 38,000 students.  

Our Lights Up! Showtime! season is full of moments you’ll love. Music Director and Principal Conductor David Charles Abell has plenty of exciting shows this season, including ABBALet It BeHammerstein, and Star Wars. And of course, his sixth Christmas with the POPS!

We look forward to an exciting season, 

Frank Giordano 

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Come Fly With Me - Jimmy Van Heusen

They Can't Take That Away From Me - George Gershwin

Get Me To The Church On Time - Frederick Loewe

Night and Day - Cole Porter

I Get a Kick Out of You - Cole Porter

All of Me - Gerald Marks, Seymour Simons

Ring-A-Ding-Ding - Jimmy Van Heusen

I Only Have Eyes For You - Harry Warren

I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself A Letter - Frederick E. Ahlert

Angel Eyes - Matt Dennis

Luck Be A Lady - Frank Loesser

~ Intermission ~

Come Fly With Me - Jimmy Van Heusen

I've Got A Crush On You - George Gershwin

I've Got You Under My Skin - Cole Porter

One For My Baby (And One More For The Road) - Harold Arlen

Fly Me To the Moon - Bart Howard

You Make Me Feel So Young - Josef Myrow

One O'Clock Jump - Count Basie

The Lady is a Tramp - Richard Rodgers

My Kind of Town - Jimmy Van Heusen

That's Life - Dean Kay, Kelly Gordon

New York, New York - John Kander

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Featured Artists
The Philly POPS Roster

Violin 1 

Michael Ludwig 
Rachael Ludwig 
Robert Viera 
Emma Kummrow 
Ghislaine Fleischmann 
Guillaume Combet 
Blake Espy 
Kate Suk 
Charlene Kwas 
Jean Puleo 

Violin 2 

Michelle Bishop 
Tamae Lee 
Greg Teperman 
Diane Barnett 
Sarah Dubois 
Rachael Segal  
Rebecca Ansel 
Gabriella Mandescu  


Davis Barnett 
Marj Goldberg  
Scott Wagner  
Sarah Sutton  
Gerry Rice  
Nina Cottman 


Ulrich  Boeckheler 
Jon Fink   
George Atanasiu  
Brooke Beazley  
Glenn Fischbach  
Pat Daniels 

String Bass  

Miles Davis 
Anne Peterson 
Stephen Groat 


Andre  Tarantiles   


Ed Schultz 
Ron Kerber 
Frances Tate 


David Schneider 
Evan Ocheret 


Joe Smith  
Mark Allen  
Patrick Hill


Norman Spielberg
Greg Riley

French Horn 

John David-Smith  
Adam  Lesnick   
Todd Williams   
George Barnett 


Matt Gallagher
Bob Gravener  
George  Rabbai 
Dan Wright 
Dave DiValentino 


Paul Arbogast
Brian Pastor
Dion Tucker 
Joe McDonough
Dave  Cianci 


Dave Nelson 


William Kerrigan  
Victor Pablo


Jeffrey Smith  

Electric Bass

Dan McCain 


Monnette Sudler 


Joe Nero  

Stream This Performance!

Thank you to our Digital Distribution Partner Rothman Orthopaedics!

Starting Monday, September 27, in the afternoon POPS patrons will be able to watch a streamed performance of the show, presented by Rothman Orthopaedics, on The Philly POPS’ YouTube Channel and 6abc’s streaming apps.  

Sinatra at the Sands

Tonight's program features highlights from the immortal Sinatra at the Sands album—Sinatra’s first major live album. It was originally performed with the dynamic Count Basie Orchestra, under the direction of the legendary Quincy Jones, who arranged and conducted. Sinatra at the Sands reinfused Sinatra’s career with new energy—featuring definitive versions of many of his songs.

The album is a snapshot of a night where The Chairman, The Count’s Orchestra and Q made musical history, starting right in with the invigorated take on "Come Fly With Me."

Sinatra started singing at the Sands in 1953, and by the early ‘60s, it had become the home of the Rat Pack.

Quincy Jones first worked with Sinatra in 1958. Later, Sinatra hired Jones to arrange and conduct his second collaboration with Count Basie, It Might as Well Be Swing. Jones arranged and conducted a benefit, which featured the Rat Pack and the Count Basie Orchestra, and Jones was the arranger and conductor when Sinatra and Basie appeared on The Hollywood Palace TV show. After all of these performances, the three men were musically in-sync and primed for this historic live album.

The following year, Sinatra continued his big band success at the Sands with a new album with Duke Ellington and his big band—Francis A. & Edward K.

Behind the Scenes
Musicians Joe Smith (Clarinet, Saxophone), Norman Spielberg (Bassoon), and Miles Davis (Bass) have performed with The Philly POPS since the founding of the orchestra in 1979. Take a walk down memory lane with them.
Miles Davis
Miles Davis has been playing bass since he was nine. “In fourth grade, I was the only kid big enough to carry the instrument!” In the early years of the POPS, he remembers playing in what he calls the orchestra’s most ambitious show: Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 led by Maestro Peter Nero. Davis also fondly recalls a show when British jazz pianist George Shearing and Nero improvised duets. He’s also Principal Bass of Santa Fe Opera, Opera Philadelphia, the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, and the Academy of Vocal Arts. Davis recently loved the energy in the Aretha Franklin show and says POPS “audiences are the best!”
Joe Smith
A few of Joe Smith’s favorite POPS memories include when the orchestra performed with Mel Torme at Carnegie Hall and with John Glenn in the Voyage into Space show. “Of course, there were other great entertainers too, like Dionne Warwick, Mickey Rooney, Patti Page, and Elton John,” he says. Smith likes that the POPS allows him perform popular music. “I’m a crossover musician,” he says. “One night might be swing, the next opera.” For the multi-instrumentalist, who started learning to play the saxophone at age four, the POPS is an energizing experience. “I love the energy and enthusiasm of the musicians!” he says.
Norman Spielberg
Norm Spielberg remembers performing in the very first POPS concert in late 1979 at the Academy of Music. “It featured Peter Nero at the piano with many of his Gershwin selections, including “Rhapsody in Blue,”” he recalls. “There was also a trio segment featuring Peter with bass and drums.” As a freelance musician, Spielberg has performed all over the country and Europe, but especially remembers some POPS shows, including those that featured Philadelphia Phillie Tug McGraw, Mel Torme, Hal Linden, Mickey Rooney, and Mario Lanza. A big fan of the POPS, the bassoon player calls out the “good vibes at rehearsals and shows, great maestros, creative programs, quality performances, good management, and talented guest artists.”
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The Philly POPS Board of Directors

Joseph Del Raso, 

Tony Mahon, 

James M. Matour, 

Will Abele 
Tim Alles 
Dominic Caglioti 
Joan Carter 
Pam Cyr 
Jim Dever 
Dan DiLella 
Rollo Dilworth 
Bobby Donio 
Carol Eggert 
Frank Giordano 
Lisa Hale 
Adriana Herrera 
Ali Houshmand 
Dermid Kelly 
Marc Lucca 
Harry Madonna 
David Marion 
John Meko 
Steve Mignogna 
Denise Monahan 
Greg Montanaro 
Ryan Peters 
Dino Petrongolo 
Phil Rinaldi 
Jon Sirlin 
Rogers Stevens 
Ashley Widger 

Salvatore M. DeBunda, Esq., 
Chairman Emeritus 

In memory of
Samuel Savitz, 
Chairman Emeritus 

The Philly POPS Staff

Frank Giordano, President
Karen Corbin, Chief Operating Officer
David Charles Abell, Music Director & Principal Conductor
Terell Stafford, Artistic Director for Jazz

Keith Obaza, VP of Production
Daniel Palmieri, VP of Sales and Customer Relations
Joshua Thomas, VP of External Relations
Jason Ward, VP of Brand, Strategy and Business Development

Austin Berner, Senior Manager of Communications
Jessica Cook, Staff Accountant
Matthew Koveal, Manager of Artistic Operations
Kelly McMurtry, Stewardship and Events Manager
Alyssa Pagano, Digital Content Specialist

Jeffrey Kern, Chorus Master
Vincent Leonard, Music Librarian
Debbie Lobel, Stage Manager
Jeffrey Smith, Assistant Conductor

Mark Gisi, Partner, Brand Strategist, Eastern Standard
David H. Marion Esq., POPS General Counsel
Dr. Gary W. Dorshimer, MD, FACP, FCPP, POPS Physician
Peter Blaikie, Bachrach Photography, POPS Photographer

Polly MacIntyre, Sales and Customer Relations Co-Op
Daniel McCain, Student Co-Op
John Meko, Student Co-Op


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