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POPS on Independence 2019

03 July 2019
Todd Ellison, Conductor

With the stunning backdrop of Independence Hall, Music Director Todd Ellison will conduct the POPS in a patriotic show, mixing Great American Songbook classics with today’s popular music. POPS on Independence has become a Philadelphia tradition, enjoyed by 15,000 locals and visitors each year. 

The POPS will be joined by Disney Broadway sensation Susan Egan. Susan played Belle in the original Broadway production of Beauty and the Beast (for which she received Tony and Drama Desk Award nominations), was the voice of Megara in the movie Hercules, has appeared in many hit TV shows, and has released seven solo albums. POPS fans will remember Susan’s powerful, energetic performance in 2018’s Best of Broadway concert series.

The Philly POPS At The 2019 Celebration of Freedom

04 July 2019
Todd Ellison, Conductor

Music Director Todd Ellison and The Philly POPS BIG Band return to Independence Hall for the POPS at the Celebration of Freedom. The performance will begin at 10 a.m., followed by the annual July 4 Parade, routing from Independence Mall to Penn's Landing.


04 July 2019
Todd Ellison, Conductor

The Philly POPS BIG Band returns to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway for a third year running—in its biggest performance yet. The Philly POPS BIG Band + Strings will play under the direction of Music Director Todd Ellison, alongside Academy and Grammy Award-winning international superstar Jennifer Hudson.

Sarah McLachlan with The Philly POPS

05 August 2019
Sean O’Loughlin, Conductor

Originally from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Sarah achieved international fame with her multi-platinum album Surfacing, which includes tracks like “Building a Mystery” and “Angel,” the latter of which achieved meteoric success in commercials with the ASPCA. The POPS, under the direction of maestro Sean O’Loughlin, will perform some of Sarah’s signature hits, including, “Building a Mystery,” “Adia,” “I Will Remember You,” and “Angel.”

The Seventh Annual POPS Ball

12 September 2019
Todd Ellison, Conductor

Please join us for an intimate concert, dinner, and an evening of dancing to the POPS Orchestra on Thursday, September 12, 2019. Broadway supernova Mandy Gonzalez will perform.

POPS Goes To Hollywood: From Raiders to Gotham

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

time. Their music transports you to a new world of magic and fantasy. This program features music from Star Wars, Batman, Lord of the Rings, Raiders of the Lost Ark with some Incredibles and more. It’s a night of musical action and adventure for everyone!

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 Night at the Opera House: The Music of Queen

30 November 2019
Brent Havens, Conductor

In an exciting new expansion of its POPS Rocks brand, The Philly POPS announces A Night at the Opera House: The Music of Queen, a one-night-only performance, November 30, 2019, at The Met Philly. 

This performance will bring the legendary songs of Queen to the Philadelphia Metropolitan Opera House’s incredible stage, and in blending the genres of rock and opera, the show pays homage to the transformation of the Met itself—a once-opera house turned to a Live Nation venue.  

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!