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I'll Be Home for Christmas: A Salute to the Military & First Responders

Michael Krajewski, Conductor

Verizon Hall, Kimmel Center for Performing Arts

300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
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Dec 1, 2017
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Fri, Dec 1, 2017
8PM Concert
8PM Concert
Featuring

Justin Hopkins, vocalist
Peter Richard Conte, organist
The Philly POPS Festival Chorus
Philadelphia Boys Choir
African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas Gospel Choir

This concert is by invitation only and is presented for members of the active military, police and fire departments and other first responders in recognition of their ongoing service.

Honorary Chair: Governor Tom Wolf

A Philly POPS Salute Series performance honoring our nation's traditions, values, and commitment to service. 

Your sponsorship (information and levels below) or donation will help to offset the cost of hosting the veterans, military and first responders at Salute Series events throughout the year.

On December 1, 2017, in Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center, the Fourth Annual Comcast NBCUniversal I’ll Be Home for Christmas — A Salute to the Military and First Responders will usher in the holiday season for 2,000 members of the service community with a night of magical music and generosity of spirit. This very special event also marks the culmination of the Philly POPS 2017 Salute Series. The Philly POPS Salute Series encourages recognition of service and commitment through an expanding set of events and activities—each transformative moments of celebration for our community. It recognizes the service and sacrifice of those dedicated to a collective identity of American values and tradition. 

This benefit concert takes place on opening night of the 2017 A Philly POPS Christmas concert series. Individual tickets for this event on December 1 are not available for purchase.

Your sponsorship (levels and information below) or donation will help to offset the cost of hosting the veterans, military and first responders at Salute Series events throughout the year. Learn more about how you can support this event and all Salute Series events.

Helpful Information
This program, including intermission, is approximately two and a half hours in length. Artists and program are subject to change without notice.
Discounted parking passes are available from select garages. For more information, please call 215.893.1999.

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Enjoy the show!

Guest Artists

Justin Hopkins

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Hailed by the LA Times for his “beautifully focused bass baritone” and “commanding presence onstage,” Philadelphia-native Justin Hopkins is establishing himself as one of the most sought-after and versatile artists on the scene today. Equally comfortable in operatic, concert, pops, and musical theater repertoire, he has been featured in such concert halls and theaters as Carnegie Hall, Théâtre Royal de La Monnaie, Brussels; Symphony Hall, Boston, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, Koerner Hall, Toronto. He has been a guest soloist with the Philly POPS, the Philadelphia Orchestra, Boston Pops, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Verbier Festival Orchestra, Leipzig Radio Symphony, and Grand Rapids Symphony Pops.

Hopkins made his debut with the Philly POPS in 2016 for POPS On Independence at Independence Mall.  Other pops appearances include Happy Holidays With The Boston Pops, broadcast nationally on PBS in 2016, Florida and Midwest tour of By George! The Boston Pops Plays Gershwin, The Golden Age of Broadway with the Boston Pops, Grand Rapids Symphony Holiday Pops, and Kurt Weill On Broadway with the BBC Concert Orchestra in London. Equally at home in the world of jazz and jazz standards, Hopkins most recently performed with famed singer Peggy King and the All-Star Jazz Trio in the RRazz Room at the Prince in Philadelphia.

Recent and upcoming opera and classical performances include Stephen Kumalo in Lost in the Stars and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Aaron Copland’s Old American Songs with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem with Dayton Philharmonic, Fantasia On Christmas Carols at Alice Tully Hall with New York Choral Society, Elijah with The Choristers of Lansdale, Il Servo and Il Medico in Macbeth with Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie, Mozart’s Requiem with Dayton Philharmonic, Kurt Weill’s Die Verheissung with Leipzig Radio Symphony, Bartolo in Le Nozze di Figaro with Opera Memphis, Revered Salvation in The Cradle Will Rock with Opera Saratoga, Sparafucile/Monterone in Rigoletto with Baltimore Concert Opera, Orazio in Amleto with Opera Delaware, Gesler in Guillaume Tell with Opera Southwest.

Born and raised in Philadelphia, Justin Hopkins was a member of the Philadelphia Boys Choir and Chorale from 1993-2002. He attended St. Joseph’s Prep where he was a member of the Cape and Sword Drama Society. He has sung for numerous dignitaries and heads of state, including a command solo performance for the Dalai Lama in 2010. He took second place in the 2012 Lotte Lenya Competition.

Peter Richard Conte, Organist

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Peter Richard Conte is highly regarded as a skillful performer and arranger of organ transcriptions. He has been featured several times on National Public Radio and on ABC television’s Good Morning America and World News Tonight. His monthly radio show, The Wanamaker Organ Hour, airs on the first Sunday of each month and can be accessed online via WRTI.org. He performs extensively throughout the United States and Canada under the management of Phillip Truckenbrod Concert Artists, and was a featured artist at the American Guild of Organists’ National Convention in 2002, and at the International Organ Festival in Aosta, Italy, in September 2004. In 2013, the Philadelphia Music Alliance honored him with a bronze plaque on the Avenue of the Arts’ Walk of Fame. He has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, The Philly POPS, and with Delaware and Allentown Symphonies.

The Philly POPS Festival Chorus

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The Philly POPS Festival Chorus is a 180-voice ensemble that performs with the Philly POPS under the direction of Jeff Kern, Head of the Vocal Division for University of the Arts.

The Philly POPS Festival Chorus began performing in 2002 and performs with the POPS orchestra during the annual Christmas concert series and Broadway series. The chorus has performed with many professional artists including Faith Prince, Capathia Jenkins, Ashley Brown, Lisa Howard, Lauren Kennedy, Rachel York, Alice Ripley, Ann Hampton Callaway, and The von Trapp Family Children.

The Festival Chorus is an auditioned, volunteer organization composed of singers ranging from high school students to retired professionals.

Presenting Sponsor
$100,000 + $25,000 In Kind/year for each of three years

  • Above the title naming rights in all media and press for The Salute Series
  • Press Release regarding Presenting Sponsorship
  • Category exclusivity
  • Centerfold Full Page Spread in the Salute Christmas commemorative program book; 1/3 page flyer logo at four other events
  • Sponsor Page Listing in the Salute Christmas commemorative program book and in all applicable partnership materials
  • Name/Company listed on digital signage two hours before, during and one hour after all Philly POPS Salute concerts as permitted
  • Name/Company listed on The Philly POPS Website and on any partner websites made available
  • Speaker at one or more of the events and Christmas in July Press Conference
  • Donor Listing in all program books through the Subscription Series Season
  • Tent/table display where applicable at each event
  • Two VIP Tables (16) at Salute Christmas, one (1) VIP table at July 3 and Memorial Day event’s  pre-concert dinners
  • (20) VIP tickets to Salute Christmas, Memorial Day, July 3 and July 4
  • Access to complementary tickets for affinity group partners
  • Post-concert invitations for (20) for Salute Christmas Dessert Reception

Major Sponsorship
$75,000

  • Below the title naming rights in all media and press for The Salute Series
  • Press release regarding Major Sponsorship
  • Category Exclusivity
  • Full Page Front Inside Cover Ad in the Salute Christmas commemorative program book
  • Sponsor Page Listing in the Salute Christmas commemorative program book
  • Name/Company listed on digital signage two hours before, during and one hour after all Philly POPS Salute concerts as permitted
  • Name/Company listed on The Philly POPS Website and on any partner websites made available
  • Donor Listing in all program books through the Subscription Series Season
  • (10) Tickets to the Salute Christmas performance and pre-concert sponsor dinner; (8) tickets to the pre-concert dinners for Memorial Day, July 3 and 4
  • (8) additional tickets to each Salute Series performance
  • Post-concert invitation for (12) to Salute Christmas Dessert Reception

Key Sponsorship
$50,000

  • Press Release mention in all press materials for The Salute Series
  • Category exclusivity
  • Full-page Back Cover color ad in the Salute Christmas commemorative program book
  • Sponsor Page Listing in the Salute Christmas commemorative program book
  • Name/Company listed on digital signage two hours before, during and one hour after all Philly POPS Salute concerts as permitted
  • Name/Company listed on The Philly POPS Website
  • Donor Listing in all program books through the Subscription Series Season
  • (6) tickets to the Salute Christmas performance and pre-concert sponsor dinner; (4) tickets to the pre-concert dinners for Memorial Day, July 3 and 4
  • (6) additional tickets to each Salute Series performance
  • Post-concert invitations for (6) to Salute Christmas Dessert Reception

Sponsorship
$25,000

  • Press Release mention in all press materials for The Salute Series
  • Full-page color ad in the Salute Christmas commemorative program
  • Sponsor Page Listing in the Salute Christmas commemorative program book
  • Name/Company listed on digital signage two hours before, during and one hour after all Philly POPS Salute concerts as permitted
  • Name/Company listed on The Philly POPS Website
  • Logo representation and Donor Listing in all program books through the Subscription Series Season
  • (4) tickets to the Salute Christmas performance and pre-concert sponsor dinner; (4) tickets to the pre-concert dinners for Memorial day, July 3and 4
  • (4) additional tickets to each Salute Series performance
  • Post-concert invitations for (4) to Salute Christmas Dessert Reception

Responders Citation      
$10,000

  • (4) tickets to the December 2 pre-concert sponsor dinner and tribute concert
  • Post-concert reception invitation for (4) on December 2
  • (4) tickets to either Memorial Salute or July 3 pre-concert dinner and concert
  • Full-page ad in the December 2 Encore! commemorative program
  • Sponsor Page Listing in the Encore! commemorative program book
  • Name/Company listed on The Philly POPS Website
  • Name/Company listed on the Kimmel Center lobby digital signage two hours before, during and one hour after all Christmas POPS concerts

Protectors Accolade       
$5,000

  • (4) tickets to the December 2 pre-concert sponsor dinner and tribute concert
  • Post-concert reception invitation for (4) on December 2
  • Half-page ad in the December 2 Encore! commemorative program
  • Sponsor Page Listing in the Encore! commemorative program book
  • Name/Company listed on The Philly POPS Website
  • Name/Company listed on the Kimmel Center lobby digital signage two hours before, during and one hour after all Christmas POPS concerts

Sentinel Honor 
$2,500

  • (2) tickets to the December 2 pre-concert sponsor dinner and tribute concert
  • Post-concert reception invitation for (2) on December 2
  • Half-page ad in the December 2 Encore! commemorative program
  • Sponsor Page Listing in the Encore! commemorative program book
  • Name/Company listed on The Philly POPS Website

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