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Get Up, Stand Up: An Encyclopedia of Soul

David Charles Abell, Conductor

Verizon Hall, Kimmel Center for Performing Arts

300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
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Nov 18-20, 2022
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Fri, Nov 18, 2022
8 PM
8 PM
Sat, Nov 19, 2022
3 PM
3 PM
Sun, Nov 20, 2022
3 PM
3 PM
Featuring

Joshua Henry, vocalist

America’s trademark rhythm and blues covered by an unforgettable talent! Hamilton and Into the Woods star Joshua Henry made his POPS debut on July 3, 2021, with electric takes on “Feeling Good” and “Uptown Funk.”   

Now, Joshua grooves through his very own encyclopedia of soul! The program covers favorites like “Heard it Through the Grapevine,” “A Change is Gonna Come,” and “Let’s Get it On,” celebrating the sounds of funk, R&B, and soul.  

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Joshua Henry, vocalist

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Joshua Henry can currently be seen starring opposite Jason Momoa in SEE Season 1 for Apple TV. Stay tuned for Season 2!  Most recently, Joshua appeared Off- Broadway in THE WRONG MAN at MCC Theatre. Prior to his critically acclaimed performance in THE WRONG MAN,  Joshua starred on Broadway as the iconic 'Billy Bigelow' in the revival of CAROUSEL for which he received a coveted Tony and Grammy nomination. Before headlining in CAROUSEL, Joshua starred as  'Aaron Burr' in the cultural phenomenon, HAMILTON, in Los Angeles. Joshua has also starred on Broadway as 'Noble Sissle' in George C. Wolfe’s Tony-nominated musical SHUFFLE ALONG. Joshua was Tony- nominated for his star turn as ‘Flick’ in the musical VIOLET. He received Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Drama League Award nominations for his thrilling, show-stopping performance. He was previously nominated for a Tony Award for his leading role in Susan Stroman’s THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS. Other Broadway credits include leading roles in PORGY & BESS and Green Day’s AMERICAN IDIOT. Upcoming: Tick, Tick...Boom (Netflix/ Imagine Entertainment). 

David Charles Abell, Music Director & Principal Conductor

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Throughout his distinguished career, conductor David Charles Abell has excelled in a wide range of musical genres, from contemporary opera to worldwide TV broadcasts of Les Misérables. He has appeared four times at the BBC Proms and has worked with such distinguished artists as Judi Dench, Emma Thompson, Lea Salonga, Idina Menzel, Heather Headley, Petula Clark, Bryn Terfel, Josh Groban, Matthew Morrison, Michael Ball, Michael Feinstein and Stephen Hough.

David was appointed Music Director of the Philly POPS a few weeks before the COVID-19 pandemic began. He helped the organization pivot by planning and conducting one of the first US orchestral streaming events in July, 2020. The subsequent Christmas celebration he conducted was broadcast to half a million US servicemen and women by the American Forces Network.

Born in North Carolina, David earned degrees from Yale University and the Juilliard School after intensive viola, piano and composition studies. Turning his attention to conducting at the age of fourteen, he went on to study with Leonard Bernstein and Nadia Boulanger.

Recent projects have included a new production of La bohème at Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Francesca Zambello’s Porgy and Bess at Atlanta Opera, Barrie Kosky’s Die Zauberflöte at Opera Philadelphia, and Tomer Zvulun’s Eugene Onegin at Hawaii Opera Theatre. He is a regular guest conductor at Cincinnati Opera, where he has led Die Fledermaus and Kevin Puts’ Silent Night among others. In the UK, David made his debut with English National Opera in Sweeney Todd (starring Bryn Terfel and Emma Thompson). subsequently returning for an equally-acclaimed Carousel. He recently conducted his own new critical edition of Kiss Me, Kate for Opera North and the Théâtre du Châtelet.