About The Philly POPS

It’s an all-new Philly POPS®, playing the music audiences know and love to hear. The Philly POPS, presented by Encore Series, Inc., continues to exude revitalized energy under the music direction of Maestro Michael Krajewski.

The combined leadership of Krajewski and Philly POPS President and CEO Frank Giordano has brought record-setting sales to The Philly POPS, the largest stand-alone POPS orchestra in America. Highly respected throughout the United States and Canada, Krajewski holds similar posts with the Atlanta, Houston, and Jacksonville Symphonies, and guest conducts internationally. The orchestra boasts a blend of talented musicians from the musically rich Philadelphia region and entertains audiences with an eclectic mix of musical genres — from Broadway to the Beatles, Gershwin to The Bee Gees, and beyond. The Philly POPS is proud to perform as a founding resident company of The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, as well as throughout the tri-state region, and in New York.

History of The Philly POPS®

​First launched in 1979, The Philly POPS was founded by impresario Moe Septee as part of his All-Star Forum with the highly respected Marc Mostovoy. It was Septee who had the foresight to bring a major national pianist/conductor to Philadelphia to serve as the music director — Grammy Award-winning pianist Peter Nero, who led the orchestra for 34 years.

Under the leadership of Maestro Michael Krajewski and President and CEO Frank Giordano, The Philly POPS exudes a new vitality. Giordano says, “Our goal is to provide a music experience like none other in the region. Attending a Philly POPS concert should always be fun, even before our guests enter the concert hall. We love to plan surprises and provide outstanding music with exceptional experiences. Our Music Director, Michael Krajewski, is a first-class conductor who knows how to keep an audience entertained.”

Throughout its history, the orchestra has been proud to have been recognized throughout the country. It was designated as the official Pops Orchestra of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and has always been a significant part of Philadelphia’s cultural scene. The orchestra has played a role in the City of Philadelphia’s Fourth of July celebration since its inception. This immensely popular annual event, which includes a musical tribute to all branches of the armed forces, draws thousands of attendees. A long list of notables have joined the POPS for their city celebrations, including Sir Elton John, Garth Brooks, Patti LaBelle, Ray Charles, Boyz II Men, Julius Erving, Dionne Warwick, and such actors as James Earl Jones, Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Spacey, Whoopi Goldberg, Kathy Bates, and many others.


Memorable Moments

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

September 2013
The Philly POPS hosts its inaugural POPS Ball. Guests dance to our 65-piece orchestra conducted by Maestro Michael Krajewski.

The wedding of premier historic re-enactors Ralph Archbold and Linda Wilde — better known to Philadelphians as Ben Franklin and Betsy Ross — takes place with music provided by The Philly POPS. 

July 4, 2003
The Philly POPS performs at the National Constitution Center’s opening ceremonies.

July 4, 2002
National Public Radio’s nationwide radio broadcast features The Philly POPS.

April 2002
U.S. Senator and astronaut John Glenn makes a guest appearance with The Philly POPS in a special performance of Peter Nero’s original composition Voyage Into Space at the Kimmel Center.
July 2001
The Philly POPS performs during ABC-TV’s national broadcast of Independence Day 2001, a live, star-studded national broadcast produced by Norman Lear.

The Philly POPS performs at the Republican National Convention.

NASA’s 40th anniversary commemorative gala in Washington, D.C., features a performance by The Philly POPS.

The Philly POPS performs during CBS-TV’s national broadcast of Philadelphia’s We the People concert, a celebration of the signing of the U.S. Constitution.

The Philly POPS makes its debut performance at Carnegie Hall (with a return visit in 1997).

The Philly POPS is founded by impresario Moe Septee.