2019-20 TOPS of the POPS Season | The Philly Pops

2019-20 TOPS of the POPS Season

TOPS of the POPS 

This season features some of music’s most award-winning artists. Throughout the season, we’ll celebrate their amazing musical contributions, as well as their stellar collection of accolades. 

Across all categories, this season’s artists have achieved 76 Grammys, 9 Tonys, 15 Academy Awards, 15 Golden Globes and 5 stars on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame.

POPS Rocks Abbey Road

POPS Rocks Abbey Road
Nov 8-10, 2019
Todd Ellison, Conductor

Joining the POPS for this 50th anniversary celebration is acclaimed Beatles tribute band, Classical Mystery Tour, whom POPS fans will remember from the POPS’ sold-out 50th Anniversary Sgt. Pepper Celebration concert series in 2017. 

A Philly POPS Christmas: Spectacular Sounds of the Season!

Dec 6-21, 2019
David Charles Abell, Conductor

After the energy and sparkle of his hugely successful 2013, 2014, and 2015 Christmas shows, audiences eagerly anticipated Principal Guest Conductor David Charles Abell’s holiday homecoming. Joining in for the fun is Broadway royalty Mandy Gonzalez — fresh from her breakout performance in Hamilton — returning her incandescent warmth and fabulous dresses to Philly’s favorite holiday tradition.  Last Christmas, audiences fell in love with Mandy’s celestial vocal power and infectious charm. The program will also feature the Melodica Men, two Juilliard and Peabody Conservatory graduates who achieved fame on YouTube with their hilarious videos. They are true virtuosos of an under-appreciated musical instrument.

Hamlisch: With Love

Broadway: Hamlisch, With Love
Jan 17-19, 2020
Todd Ellison, Conductor

Todd Ellison gets personal with this heartwarming program dedicated to his mentor and longtime friend. Dynamic vocalist Ashley Brown returns from her colossal Sinatra & Friends performance from last season


Feb 14-16, 2020
Todd Ellison, Conductor

As a celebration of Aretha’s incomparable contribution to American popular music, The Philly POPS pays its RESPECTs with the dynamic combination of Broadway powerhouse Capathia Jenkins and GRAMMY-nominated R&B singer Ryan Shaw. The program features Aretha’s signature renditions of “Chain of Fools,” “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” “Amazing Grace,” and “Respect.”

POPS Rocks Phil Collins: The Music of Genesis and Phil Collins

POPS Rocks Phil Collins
Mar 6-8, 2020
Stuart Chafetz, Conductor

Philly’s Biggest Rock Band turns up the volume with frequent guest conductor and rock specialist Stuart Chafetz in this tribute to an icon—featuring Broadway rock 'n’ roll headliner Aaron Finley from “Rock of Ages” and “Kinky Boots” with acclaimed percussionist and Temple University graduate Brian Kushmaul.  It’s “Easy Lover,” “One More Night,” “Two Hearts,” “Another Day In Paradise,” and the unforgettable “In The Air Tonight.” 

SONDHEIM: A 90th Birthday Celebration

Sondheim: A 90th Birthday Celebration
Apr 17-19, 2020
David Charles Abell, Conductor

David Charles Abell, who premiered a new Sweeney Todd in Zurich this year, brings the best of Sondheim to Philly in a big birthday bash, starring some of the world’s best “Sondheimians” Liz Callaway, Fra Fee, and Damian Humbley.

Sinatra: A Man and His Music

Sinatra: A Man and His Music
May 1-3, 2020
Todd Ellison, Conductor

The program highlights some of the most memorable greatest hits from Sinatra’s nine-time GRAMMY-winning career—it’s "Come Fly with Me," "Luck Be a Lady," "One for My Baby," "Fly Me to the Moon," "My Kind of Town," "It was a Very Good Year," and "I’ve Got a Crush on You."   A show that’s certain to make you feel SOOO young! 

Past Events

POPS Goes To Hollywood: From Raiders to Gotham

POPS Goes To Hollywood
Sep 27-29, 2019
Todd Ellison, Conductor

The POPS takes flight in a night of action and adventure! Enter the worlds of your favorite films with the soundtracks from legendary composers like John Williams, Danny Elfman, Howard Shore, Michael Giacchino, and Hans Zimmer. Featuring the unforgettable music of the Avengers, Black Panther, Game of Thrones, Wonder Woman, Star Wars, Jurassic Park, and a whole lot more, you’ll leave the hall feeling like a hero! As an added bonus, come in costume—you'll be right at home with an expected visit from a passel of superhero characters to add to the fun.