About The Philly POPS

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 presentations and a robust set of educational and engagement initiatives.

Now in its 37th season, the official POPS orchestra of Pennsylvania serves a consistently growing audience of over 75,000 annually. Music Director Michael Krajewski and the 65-person Philly POPS orchestra keeps listeners tapping their toes to an impressive repertoire of songs from the 1920s up through 2015. One day, The Philly POPS is performing Frank Sinatra. The next, Rock ‘n’ Roll. Then, Broadway, ABBA, Billy Joel and on into contemporary chart toppers.

The Philly POPS performs as a founding resident company of The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, and at venues throughout the mid-Atlantic region.

Spotlight: The POPS Today

‚ÄčThanks to its passionate supporters, the Philly POPS is generating significant growth in ticket sales and attendance, with particular growth in the POPS subscription base. These advances are the driving force behind innovative programming for new audiences, meaningful work that benefits local communities, and a new slate of in-school education programs.

The Philly POPS are breaking out of the concert hall and bringing music to the streets of Philadelphia and its surrounding towns. Look for POPS artists performing in pop-up beer gardens, city parks, leisure venues, public schools, alongside some of the greatest vocalists of our time, and at events featuring renowned guest artists.

Salute Series
The POPS Salute Series, an expanding portfolio of programs performed on American holidays, celebrates those who serve our country, its cities and communities. The first three performances this year — POPS at Longwood on Memorial Day weekend, POPS on Independence on July 3 and POPS in Wildwood on July 4 — showcased the magic of the orchestra to diverse and enthusiastic crowds. Our second annual I’ll Be Home for Christmas concert rings in the holiday season with a free concert for active military, police and fire department families.

POPS in Schools
POPS in Schools enhances music education for approximately 1,000 students in the Philadelphia School District by embedding POPS artists in ten high schools to coach and mentor music students participating in the All City Jazz program. The Philly POPS is the presenting sponsor of the All City Jazz Festival held each June.

POPS Outside
Outside concert hall, POPS Outside brings the talented and experienced musicians of The Philly POPS to unexpected places, including monthly community engagement experiences, free pre-concert activities and in-school events.

POPS Presents
POPS Presents events expand The Philly POPS reach into a variety of genres and with guest artists of ever-greater reputation and talent, including Andrea Bocelli and Deana Martin.

The Philly POPS has proudly been a Philadelphia icon for the last four decades and happily anticipates reaching tens of thousands of new listeners through these expanding programs.

Memorable Moments

July 2015
The Philly POPS performs outside for 11,000 shore-goers for the first time in Wildwood, New Jersey on Independence Day.

June 2015
Launch of POPS in Schools kicks off with a presenting sponsorship of the Philadelphia School District's All City Jazz Festival.

May 2015
The Philly POPS performs for the first time at Longwood Gardens.

December 2014
Launch of POPS Outside! brings the vibrant programming, musicians and featured guest artists of the POPS family to a growing list of holiday tree lightings and celebrations around the Delaware Valley.

December 2014
The Philly POPS salutes military and first responders by giving away 2,000 free tickets to the inaugural I'll be Home for Christmas Spectacular: A Salute to the Military and First Responders.

October 2013
Music Director Michael Krajewski takes over the “baton” of The Philly POPS.

November 2012
Frank Giordano takes the reins as CEO of the The Philly POPS.

December 2001
The Kimmel Center opens with The Philly POPS as a founding resident company.

The Philly POPS is designated as the official Pops Orchestra of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

The Philly POPS is founded by Moe Septee.