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

Todd Ellison, Conductor

Verizon Hall, Kimmel Center for Performing Arts

300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
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07 December 2018
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Featuring

Mandy Gonzalez, 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 7, 2018 in Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center, the Fifth 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 2018 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 the fourth night of the 2018 A Philly POPS Christmas: Spectacular Sounds of the Season! concert series. Individual tickets for this event on December 7 are not available for purchase.


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

Todd Ellison, conductor

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Hailed by The New York Times as one of “Broadway’s Electric Conductors,” Ellison is one of the most accomplished and sought-after music director/composers working today.

Currently the Music Supervisor/Conductor/arranger of the new Broadway-bound musical Roman Holiday, he is also the composer of the award-winning new musical The Black and White Ball with Stephen Cole, as well as The Canterville Hotel with Brendan Cull. He also composed the songs “The Long Way” for Emily Skinner, and “Gettin’ Nowhere Fast” for Guy Haines.

He is currently the Music Supervisor of An American in Paris at the Dominion Theater in London’s West End, as well as 42nd Street at the Drury Lane Theater.

His Broadway credits include Michel Legrand’s Amour, Monty Python’s Spamalot (Best Musical Tony Award), La Cage aux Folles (Best Musical Revival Tony Award), 42nd Street (Best Revival Tony Award ), Elton John’s Lestat, Annie, The Wild Party, On the Town, Once Upon a Mattress (starring Sarah Jessica Parker), How To Succeed (starring Matthew Broderick), She Loves Me, Taller than a Dwarf and A Class Act.

He was the music director of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular at the famed Radio City Music Hall for several seasons.

As Marvin Hamlisch’s music director, Ellison worked with him on his productions of Ballroom and The Nutty Professor directed by Jerry Lewis.

For City Center’s Encores!, he conducted their acclaimed version of On The Town and The Bandwagon.

Internationally, he has conducted at the Vienna Konzerthaus with Dawn Upshaw and Jerry Hadley, The Dublin Film Orchestra, Radio City Christmas Spectacular (Mexico City), World Science Festival at Lincoln Center, Cole Porter’s Jubilee at Carnegie Hall, the Pittsburgh Symphony, San Diego Symphony, The Philly POPS, Nashville Symphony, Long Beach Symphony, New Haven, New Jersey, and York Symphonies.

He has conducted more than 20 albums including the Grammy Award-winning cast albums of his shows. He has accompanied such stars as Beyoncé, Meryl Streep, Mike Nichols, Nicole Kidman, Barry Manilow, Jane Lynch, Bea Arthur, David Hyde Pierce, Tracey Ullman, and Kelsey Grammar.

Born in Essex, Connecticut, Ellison began his piano lessons at age 6 and is a graduate of Boston University School of Music with a degree in piano performance.

Mandy Gonzalez

Mandy Gonzalez, vocalist

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Mandy Gonzalez possesses one of the most powerful and versatile contemporary voices of our time. Currently starring as Angelica Schuyler in the Broadway juggernaut Hamilton, she is perhaps best known for her emotional portrayal of Nina Rosario in the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, In The Heights, a role she originally created Off-Broadway at 37 Arts, and for which she received a Drama Desk Award for Best Ensemble. She has starred as Elphaba in the Broadway production of Wicked, blowing the roof off of New York’s Gershwin Theatre each night as she belted out the signature song, “Defying Gravity,” and for which she was honored with a Broadway.com Award for Best Replacement. Other Broadway roles include Princess Amneris in the Elton John and Tim Rice musical, Aida, and Lennon, where she portrayed multiple roles including Beatles icon John Lennon. Mandy made her Broadway debut in Jim Steinman’s Dance of the Vampires, starring opposite Michael Crawford.

Mandy received an OBIE Award and overwhelming critical praise for her performance in the Off-Broadway production of Eli’s Comin’, directed by Diane Paulus, and based on the music and lyrics of singer-songwriter Laura Nyro. Television viewers have had the pleasure of seeing Mandy recur as Agent Susan Combs on the hit series “Quantico,” as well as guest appearances on “Doubt,” “White Collar,” “The Good Wife,” among others.

Equally at home on the big and small screen, she has appeared in “Across the Universe,” directed by Julie Taymor, “After,” starring opposite Pablo Schreiber, and “Man on a Ledge” with Sam Worthington. Mandy can be heard as the voice of Mei in Disney’s “Mulan 2,” on recordings of the original Broadway cast album of “In the Heights,” “Kerrigan-Lowdermilk Live,” and “The Man Who Would Be King."

A frequent concert soloist, she has performed with symphony orchestras including Cleveland Orchestra, Philly Pops, Naples Philharmonic, Jacksonville, Indianapolis, Baltimore, Arkansas, Edmonton, Ottawa, and Youngstown Symphonies She has also started working on her first solo album with plans for a 2017 release. Mandy can currently be seen as the recurring character Lucy Knox on the hit CBS drama, “Madam Secretary.”

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
A Philly POPS Salute Series Performance