The Philly POPS, the largest standalone pops orchestra in the United States, delights audiences with the inspired performance of American popular music. The POPS celebrates this distinctive musical heritage through an expanding repertoire of innovative concert performances and a robust set of educational and engagement initiatives.
As the official POPS orchestra of Pennsylvania and the City of Philadelphia’s partner in civic celebration, The Philly POPS serves a consistently growing audience of over 900,000 annually. Music Director and Principal Conductor David Charles Abell and the Philly POPS orchestra keep listeners tapping their toes to an impressive repertoire of songs from American traditional music up through to today’s chart-toppers.
In addition to Subscription Series performances at The Kimmel Cultural Campus, The Philly POPS presents innovative programming with contemporary artists at the Met Philadelphia in The Philly POPS at the Met Philadelphia series.
Outside the concert hall, free Salute Series performances – including Memorial Salute, July 3 POPS on Independence, July 4 POPS on the Parkway and the I’ll Be Home for Christmas: A Salute to the Military and First Responders concert – celebrate the American tradition of service around important national holidays. POPS in Schools enhances music education for 3,000 Philadelphia School District students; and POPS Outside brings POPS music to local communities. The Philly POPS performs as a founding resident company of The Kimmel Cultural Campus, as the Principal Orchestra of the Met Philadelphia, and at venues throughout the mid-Atlantic region.
JULY | 2022 Byron Stripling is appointed as Principal Guest Conductor of The Philly POPS.
FEBRUARY| 2020 David Charles Abell is appointed Music Director of The Philly POPS.
JULY | 2020 The Philly POPS performs its first-ever streamed performance with POPS on Independence from the Met Philadelphia.
JULY | 2019 Terell Stafford is appointed as The Philly POPS Artistic Director for Jazz.
JULY| 2018 The Philly POPS celebrates its 40th Anniversary Season and is honored at the Wawa Welcome America festival.
MAY| 2016 The Philly POPS holds Philadelphia’s first-ever Memorial Day concert: Memorial Salute.
DECEMBER| 2016 The Philly POPS performs its first concert with renowned tenor Andrea Bocelli at the Wells Fargo Center.
SEPTEMBER| 2015 The Philly POPS performs for Pope Francis on Independence Mall.
JUNE| 2015 Launch of POPS in Schools kicks off with a presenting sponsorship of the Philadelphia School District’s All-City Jazz Festival directed by Terell Stafford
JULY| 2013 Michael Krajewski becomes Music Director of The Philly POPS.
JULY| 2012 Frank Giordano takes the reins as President of The Philly POPS.
JULY| 2005 The Philly POPS performs with Elton John on Independence Day at the Philadelphia Freedom Concert on the Parkway, organized by Mark Segal.
APRIL| 2002 Peter Nero and The Philly POPS performs Voyage into Space with astronaut John Glenn at the Kimmel Center.
DECEMBER | 2001 The Kimmel Center opens with The Philly POPS as a founding resident company.
1999 The Philly POPS is designated as the official Pops Orchestra of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
1980 Peter Nero and The Philly POPS perform at Philadelphia’s first July 4 concert.
1979 The Philly POPS is founded by Moe Septee with virtuoso pianist and conductor Maestro Peter Nero as Music Director