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Eighth Annual POPS Ball

David Charles Abell, Conductor

The Bellevue Hotel

200 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
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17 September 2020
Featuring

Mandy Gonzalez, vocalist

Eighth Annual POPS Ball Co-Chairs: Dottie and Frank Giordano

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.

6:00 pm – Reception
7:30 pm – An evening of dinner and dancing to the full, 65-piece Philly POPS orchestra conducted by Music Director & Principal Conductor, David Charles Abell featuring guest artist and POPS favorite Mandy Gonzalez.

To reserve single tickets or a full table, request an invitation, or make a pledge, please call Director of Development, Joshua Thomas at 215-546-3207 or send an e-mail to POPSBall@phillypops.org

Guest Artists

David Charles Abell, Music Director & Principal Conductor

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Born in North Carolina, Music Director & Principal Conductor David Charles Abell grew up in the Mt. Airy neighborhood of Philadelphia, attending Germantown Friends School through the sixth grade. A gifted musician from a young age, his study of trumpet, viola, piano, and composition eventually led to a concentration on conducting. He attended Yale University, the Juilliard School, and the Conservatoire Américain in France, where he studied under Nadia Boulanger. At age 13, David met Leonard Bernstein while singing in the world premiere of Bernstein’s Mass in Washington, D.C. Ten years later, David assisted his teacher John Mauceri in the tenth anniversary production of Mass, leading to a close association with Bernstein—as both a conducting student and as an editor of Bernstein’s music.   

David made his debut with The Philly POPS in 2013’s Christmas Spectacular, returning again in 2014 and 2015. He has since conducted Blockbuster Broadway in 2017, Lenny’s Revolution in 2018, and will lead 2019’s A Philly POPS Christmas and 2020’s Hammerstein: The Song Is You! In addition to his work with The Philly POPS, David conducts concerts, opera, and theatre performances around the world. He has performed with such distinguished artists as Dame Judi Dench ,Dame Emma Thompson, Heather Headley, Idina Menzel, Petula Clark, Andrea Bocelli, Josh Groban, and Matthew Morrison. He has conducted many prominent orchestras, including the London Symphony, Royal Philharmonic, Vienna Symphony, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Atlanta and Cincinnati Symphonies, and Boston Pops.

David is widely known to TV audiences for the 10thand 25th anniversary Les Misérables concerts, both of which have become PBS fund-raising perennials. In the UK, he has performed many times on television, most notably as conductor of the immensely successful Sondheim 80th birthday Prom and as the conductor for four years of the Olivier Awards, the UK’s equivalent to the Tony Awards. Recently, he made his Zurich Opera debut with Sweeney Todd, starring Sir Bryn Terfel.

David currently lives in London.

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 in the megahit Hamilton as Angelica Schuyler, Mandy also originated and starred as Nina Rosario in the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, In The Heights, for which she received a Drama Desk Award. 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,”  

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 the pleasure of seeing Mandy in the recurring role of Lucy Knox on the hit CBS drama, “Madam Secretary.” Mandy also appeared 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 also be heard as the voice of Mei in Disney’s “Mulan 2.” 

A frequent concert soloist, Mandy has performed with symphony orchestras around the country including Cleveland Orchestra, Philly Pops, Naples Philharmonic, Fort Worth, Jacksonville, Indianapolis, Baltimore, Arkansas, Anchorage, Edmonton, Ottawa, and Youngstown Symphonies, among many others.  Mandy made her Carnegie Hall debut with the New York Pops in February 2020 and will return to the Philly Pops for the third consecutive year in December 2020. 

Mandy released her debut album, FEARLESS, with Warner Music which debuted at #13 on the iTunes charts. Her album – hailed as “a genre-defying, highly-personal, daring, and brilliant debut” (Pop Bytes) – delivers new, original songs from some of the most accomplished writers in the music industry, including Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jennifer Nettles, Bill Sherman, and Tom Kitt. 

The Eighth Annual Pops Ball Ticket Packages

The Chairman’s Table
$5,000 per couple

- (2) Tickets to The POPS Ball, seating at the President’s, Chairman’s, or Green tables
- Sponsor Listing in The POPS Ball Program Book
- Donor List in 2020/2021 Season Program Books

Concertmaster Circle Table
$12,000

- Table of (8), Best Available Seating
- Full Page Ad in The POPS Ball Program Book
- Sponsor Listing in The POPS Ball Program Book
- Name/Company listed on The Philly POPS Website
- Donor List in 2020/2021 Season Program Books
 

Encore! Circle Table
$8,000 

- Table of (8)
- Half Page Ad in The POPS Ball Program Book
- Sponsor Listing in The POPS Ball Program Book
- Name/Company Listing on The Philly POPS Website
- Donor List in 2020/2021 Season Program Books

Baton Circle 
$1,000 per couple

*Single Tickets may be purchased at 50% of the published package price at any level.

The Philly POPS is part of Encore Series, Inc., a nonprofit, 501(c)(3), corporation. Contributions are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. In compliance with tax law regulations, we hereby certify that no goods or services were provided in consideration for your contribution.