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POPS Rocks Abbey Road

POPS Rocks Abbey Road

Todd Ellison, Conductor

Verizon Hall, Kimmel Center for Performing Arts

300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
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Nov 8-10, 2019
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Fri, Nov 8, 2019
8PM
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8PM
Sat, Nov 9, 2019
3PM
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3PM
Sun, Nov 10, 2019
3PM
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3PM
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Todd Ellison, conductor

Classical Mystery Tour

It’s one of rock’s most iconic album covers, boasting some of the Beatles’ most legendary songs. Abbey Road features the final album of “The Fab Four” as a group. At its release in 1969, Abbey Road’s breakthrough use of new instruments and techniques rocketed it to the top of the charts in both the U.S. and U.K. Abbey Road is one of The Beatles’ four multi-platinum albums. For its seminal influence on music, Abbey Road was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1995 and holds 14th place on Rolling Stone’s “500 Greatest Albums of All Time” list.  

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. The program will feature the shuddering groove of "Come Together," the shimmering smile of "Here Comes the Sun," and the genuine warmth of George Harrison’s "Something."  

GRAMMY Awards: 15 nominations, 10 wins 
World Music Awards: 1 win 
Brit Awards: 3 wins 
Rock And Roll Hall of Fame: 1 induction 
Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame 

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Todd Ellison, Music Director

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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.

Classical Mystery Tour

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Since its initial performance at the Orange County Performing Arts Center (now renamed Segerstrom Center for the Arts) in 1996, Classical Mystery Tour has become the #1 Symphony Pops attraction over the last decade. The group has been performing consistently for nearly 20 years with more than 100 orchestras in the US, Canada, Europe, Asia, and Australia. The group played to packed houses at the Sydney Opera House, and has performed with America’s most prestigious orchestras: The Cleveland Orchestra, The Boston Pops, The Philadelphia Orchestra, The San Francisco Symphony, among many others.

"*bah-dum tsss*"
-Ringo Starr