Ninth Annual POPS Ball OLD HOLLYWOOD: A Night on the Red Carpet | The Philly Pops

Ninth Annual POPS Ball OLD HOLLYWOOD: A Night on the Red Carpet

David Charles Abell, Conductor

The Bellevue Hotel

200 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
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22 September 2022
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David Charles Abell, conductor
Terell Stafford, trumpet
Scarlett Strallen, guest vocalist

Join us for the Ninth Annual POPS Ball OLD HOLLYWOOD: A Night on the Red Carpet! on Thursday, September 22, 2022.

This year, we honor POPS Official Physician Dr. Gary Dorshimer’s extraordinary service helping us navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Dorshimer’s expertise and support of the health and safety of our community have ensured our safe and successful return to the stage. Led by Music Director and Principal Conductor David Charles Abell featuring several solos from trumpet legend Terell Stafford with special guest West End sensation Scarlett Strallen, you’ll enjoy an evening of dinner and dancing to the lush scores from your favorite classic films!

It will truly be an evening fit for the stars of the silver screen!

Honoring: Dr. Gary Dorshimer, Official POPS Physician
6:00 PM—Cocktail Reception 
7:30 PM—Dinner and dancing to The Philly POPS conducted by Music Director and Principal Conductor, David Charles Abell

Attire: Come dressed as your favorite actors. Actresses, and couples! Don’t miss an unforgettable evening of glitz and glamour, calling back to the magnificent cinematic era, with the full POPS orchestra. 

For personal concierge service in finding your best experience, please call Blythe Tarbox at 215-309-4341 or by emailing

The Philly POPS raises a glass to Dr. Dorshimer!

Sponsorship/Ticket Levels & Benefits:

Concertmaster Circle $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 Listing during the 2022-23 Season 
Encore! Circle $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 Listing during the 2022-23 Season  
The Chairman’s Table $5,000 
  • (2) Tickets to the POPS Ball 
  • Reserved seating at the President’s, Chairman’s, or Honoree’s Tables 
  • Quarter-Page AD in The POPS Ball Program Book 
  • Sponsor Listing in The POPS Ball Program Book 
  • Donor Listing during the 2022-23 Season 
Tickets Levels 
  • $1,000 per couple, 2 tickets 
  • $500 per person, 1 ticket 

Guest Artists

David Charles Abell, Music Director & Principal Conductor


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.

Terell Stafford

Terell Stafford , Artistic Director for Jazz, trumpet


Terell Stafford, acclaimed trumpet player based in New York, has been hailed as “one of the great players of our time, a fabulous trumpet player” by piano legend McCoy Tyner. Stafford is recognized as an incredibly gifted and versatile player, he combines a deep love of melody with his own brand of spirited and adventurous lyricism. Stafford’s exceptionally expressive and well defined musical talent allows him to dance in and around the rich trumpet tradition of his predecessors while making his own inroads.

Since the mid-1990s, Stafford has performed with groups such as Benny Golson’s Sextet, McCoy Tyner’s Sextet, Kenny Barron Quintet, Frank Wess Quintet, Jimmy Heath Quintet and Big Band, Jon Faddis Jazz Orchestra, Carnegie Hall Jazz Band and Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Alumni Band. Stafford with the HamiltonClayton Jazz Orchestra, performed on Diana Krall’s Grammy-nominated From this Moment On (2006). John Clayton invited Stafford to perform with the Clayton Brothers Quintet and Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra. Stafford is a member of the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra and they were awarded a Grammy in 2009 for Best Large Ensemble, Live at the Village Vanguard.

Stafford can be heard on over 130 albums. His latest recording This Side of Strayhorn has been hailed as “the first must have album of 2011” and “genius.” Stafford is the Director of Jazz Studies and Chair of Instrumental Studies at Temple University, founder and band leader of the Terell Stafford Quintet, and Managing and Artistic Director of the Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia (JOP). Stafford is renowned in the jazz world as an educator, performer and leader and has received countless award nominations and accolades.

Stafford was born in Miami and raised in Chicago, Illinois and Silver Spring, Maryland. He received a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from the University of Maryland in 1988 and a Masters of Music from Rutgers University in 1993.

Scarlett Strallen, Featured Artist


Scarlett Strallen has starred in productions on Broadway, London’s West End, and is a frequent soloist on the concert stage. She is currently starring on Broadway as Gwendolyn in Travesties and has appeared in the title role of Mary Poppins, a role she also played in the West End and as Sibella Hallward in A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder. Additional theater credits include Mabel in Pirates of Penzance at Barrington Stage Company, Lady Macduff in Macbeth at the Armory in New York, Cunegonde in Candide at the Menier Chocolate Factory, Cassie in A Chorus Line at The London Palladium, Kathy Selden in Singin’ in the Rain at Chichester Festival Theatre and The Palace Theatre London (Olivier Award Nomination for Best Actress in a Musical), Amalia in She Loves Me at the Chocolate Factory, and Clara in Passion at Donmar Warehouse. Prior to this she played Marian in The Music Man at Chichester Festival Theatre and at the Royal Shakespeare Company playing Anne Page in Merry Wives of Windsor. Her performance of Josephine at Regents Park Open Air Theatre in HMS Pinafore won her an Olivier nomination. Other productions at Regents Park include Cymbeline and Twelfth Night, Truly Scrumptious in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (London Palladium), and original casts of Mamma Mia! (Prince Edward), The Witches of Eastwick (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane) and Peggy Sue Got Married (Shaftesbury). In 2014, Scarlett received the ‘Whatsonstage’ awards for best actress in a musical for A Chorus Line at the London Palladium and Candide at the Menier. A frequent soloist with orchestras around the world, Scarlett made her German debut at the Philharmonie in Berlin with the John Wilson Orchestra in “A Celebration of the MGM Film Musicals”. Recent concerts include "Disney on Broadway" at the Royal Albert Hall, “I Love Musicals” arena tour of Sweden with Peter Joback, “Cole Porter in Hollywood” UK tour with the John Wilson Orchestra, a broadcast on Sky television from the Royal Albert Hall in London and “Bernstein Stage and Screen” at the BBC Proms with the John Wilson Orchestra which was broadcast on BBC television. Scarlett has recorded with Simon Keenleyside “Something’s Gotta Give” for Chandos conducted by David Charles Abell. Film and television credits include: Kevin Spacey's movie Beyond The Sea, the title role in the BBC production of Mary Poppins celebrating HM Queen Elizabeth’s 80th birthday.