On May 6, 2019, The Philly POPS and Live Nation Philadelphia announced a partnership, designating The Philly POPS as the Principal Orchestra of the Met Philadelphia, and bringing with it the announcement of a new concert series at the Met Philadelphia, featuring innovative concerts from Philly’s favorite orchestra in this wildly popular restored venue.
Over the next 24 months, Live Nation and The Philly POPS will present a series of Disney-themed performances, beginning with a Halloween screening of Tim Burton’s iconic The Nightmare Before Christmas on October 24 and 25, 2019, accompanied by the full POPS orchestra.
The Philly POPS’ legendary holiday tradition, A Philly POPS Christmas, makes its 2019 premiere at The Met Philadelphia, but with an exciting twist. The Philly POPS Principal Guest Conductor David Charles Abell brings Hamilton star Mandy Gonzalez to the stage for this “Christmas in The City” show, pairing her with a soon-to-be-announced R&B talent for this holiday spectacular. These performances are scheduled for November 29 and December 1, 2019.
These performances join the two previously announced The Philly POPS at The Met Philadelphia shows: Sarah McLachlan with The Philly POPS on August 5 and A Night at the Opera House: The Music of Queen on November 30. Tickets for these are available at themetphilly.com.
With this partnership comes a combined effort by Live Nation and The Philly POPS to directly benefit the School District of Philadelphia. Live Nation is already donating $0.25 from every ticket sold to a performance at The Met Philadelphia to Philadelphia Public Schools. The Philly POPS, through its POPS in Schools program, currently provides supplemental music education to 3,000 students throughout the School District, including six schools in North Philadelphia neighborhoods surrounding the Met Philadelphia.