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Fifth Annual POPS Ball

Michael Krajewski, Conductor

The Bellevue Hotel

200 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
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14 September 2017
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Michael Andrew, Guest Artist

Calli Graver, Guest Artist

Honoring Philly POPS Chairman of the Board: Salvatore M. DeBunda

Fifth Annual POPS Ball Honorary Chair: Governor Tom Wolf

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

The Philly POPS proudly presents the Fifth Annual POPS Ball!
Please join us for an intimate concert, dinner, and an evening of dancing to the POPS on Thursday, September 14th, 2017.

6:00 pm – Reception
7:30 pm – An evening of dinner and dancing to The Philly POPS conducted by Michael Krajewski and guest artists Michael Andrew and Calli Graver

The Fifth Annual POPS Ball is The Philly POPS' major fundraiser of the 2017/2018 season. Ticket sales do not cover the costs of presenting great orchestral music. The Ball provides additional support from our generous patrons for which we are extremely grateful.

To reserve single tickets or a full table, request and invitation, or make a pledge, please call Jason Ward at 215.735.2841 or send us an e-mail to

In Honor of Philly POPS Chairman of the Board
Salvatore M. DeBunda

Salvatore M. DeBunda, Esquire, has served for five years as Chair of The Philly POPS Board of Directors and spent over a decade as a member. As he and his significant other, Cheryl Finocchiaro, complete his final year as Chairman, the POPS dedicates this Fifth Annual POPS Ball to them.

Sal led the POPS Board through uncharted waters when the organization became independent with its innovative model of orchestral success in 2011. Today, The Philly POPS enjoys sold-out concerts, a growing subscription and donor base, a dramatically expanded Salute Series, which celebrates American holidays by saluting those who serve, and a successful POPS in Schools program that transforms the lives of Philadelphia students by supplementing their music education.

The Philly POPS tips its hat to Sal and Cheryl for his leadership and her support of his efforts and as music lovers and friends of The Philly POPS.

Guest Artists

Michael Krajewski, Music Director


Philly POPS Music Director Michael Krajewski’s earliest memories of hearing symphonic music were summertime concerts in local parks in his hometown of Detroit. “My parents enjoyed music, but didn’t go to classical concerts,” Michael says. “My first tastes of hearing an orchestra live were in that informal setting and that’s what probably steered me toward becoming a pops conductor.”

He knew he wanted a career in music and always harbored the idea of becoming a conductor in the back of his mind. “I decided to get serious about myself as a musician and see how far I could push myself,” he says. “It seemed like a pipe dream – no one around where I grew up even thinks about something like becoming an orchestra conductor, but I didn’t want to live the rest of my life wondering what would have happened if I hadn’t tried.”

Michael’s big break came when he was named Antal Dorati Fellowship Conductor of the Detroit Symphony in 1979 and gained experience conducting a major American orchestra. He went on to become assistant conductor of the Detroit Symphony, resident conductor of the Florida Symphony and music director of Modesto Symphony – all the while splitting his time between conducting classical, educational , pops and outdoor concerts, often before non-traditional audiences.

He is now a full-time pops conductor and serves as principal pops conductor of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Houston Symphony, and the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra and since 2013, as Music Director and Conductor of The Philly POPS®.

Michael especially enjoys creating pops programs from scratch. “We’re playing music that wasn’t written for symphony orchestra – we create all new arrangements and match the right artists to the programs,” he says. “It’s really satisfying.” His favorite experiences include pairing music with Cirque du Soleil-style acrobatics and creating tributes to American popular music legends like Simon & Garfunkel and Carole King.

“I feel that the Philly POPS is the best pops orchestra in the country and the best at doing these kinds of concerts,” Michael says. “And I love Philadelphia – it has a wonderful history and tradition of excellence in music and the performing arts.”

Michael has conducted throughout North America and around the globe, and has collaborated with a diverse group of internationally-renowned artists, including Art Garfunkel, Kenny Loggins, Ben Folds, Wynona Judd, Jason Alexander, Chicago, and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy.

Michael lives in Orlando, Florida with his wife Darcy. He enjoys solving crossword puzzles, photography and traveling – especially to Italy.

Michael Andrew, vocalist


For two years, Michael Andrew was the headline singer and bandleader at the world famous Rainbow Room atop Rockefeller Center in New York City, where he entertained audiences nightly and hosted a live radio broadcast, Live from the Rainbow Room. He was the bandleader and singer at Merv Griffin’s “Coconut Club” in the Beverly Hilton in California. While on Larry King Live, Merv called Michael Andrew “one of the great singers of all time.”

A frequent symphonic pops guest artist, Michael Andrew has appeared with orchestras in Akron, Albuquerque, Birmingham, Charlotte, Melbourne (Florida), Houston, Jacksonville, Long Beach, Missoula, Orlando, Pasadena, Philadelphia, Providence, Palm Beach, Palm Springs, San Antonio, Sarasota, and other cities across America.

He wrote the musical comedy, Mickey Swingerhead & the Earthgirls, that was a hit with audiences and the press. The hit show led to the formation of his band, Swingerhead, which remains a favorite among audiences and has toured extensively throughout the country. Michael also formed the Atomic Big Band, an 18-piece band that has performed in Hollywood for the premier of the Warner Bros. movie, Poseidon, and his bands continue to play engagements from Presidential Inaugural Balls to high society fundraisers.

On the other side of the curtain, as a composer, lyricist and book writer, he's created shows paying tribute to the writers of the American Songbook including Johnny Mercer, Sammy Cahn, and the Gershwins. He composed / performed his music for motion pictures including Heartbreakers, Inglourious Basterds, Mad Hot Ballroom, Bobby Jones – Stroke of Genius, and The Five People You Meet in Heaven. Recently, he produced music for Mitch Album’s new musical, Hockey, which debuted in Detroit.

Michael Andrew starred in the world premiere of the new musical, The Nutty Professor, written by Marvin Hamlisch and Rupert Holmes and directed by Jerry Lewis. Time Magazine praised his “terrific lead performance” and Jerry Lewis called him “one of the best talents to come down the pike in 50 years.”

Callie Graver

Calli Graver, vocalist


Calli Graver is a Philadelphia-based crossover and jazz vocalist. She has extensive choral experience and currently sings with the Philadelphia Symphonic Choir, Voices of the POPS, and Philadelphia Heritage Chorale. She has performed with symphonies and pops orchestras around the country, including the Philly POPS, the Philadelphia Wind Symphony, the Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra, Opera Lancaster, the Ocean City Pops, Harrisburg Symphony, Jacksonville Symphony, Maryland Symphony, Seattle Symphony, and the Calgary Philharmonic.

Calli has performed with acclaimed musicians, including Ben Folds, Aretha Franklin, and Andrea Bocelli. Her theatrical experience includes numerous productions at the Fulton Opera House including Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Ragtime, and The Secret Garden.

She regularly performs with a jazz trio in Philadelphia and teaches voice at the Lumberton School of Music and the Community College of Philadelphia. Calli is a graduate of University of the Arts (BM in vocal performance / MM in jazz studies). Her education allows her to work in various musical capacities and to seamlessly transition through genres.

The Fifth 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 Emeritus Chair’s Tables
- Sponsor Listing in The POPS Ball Program Book
- Donor List in 2017/2018 Season Program Books

Concert Master Circle Table

- 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 2017/2018 Season Program Books
- $3,000 per couple

Encore! Circle Table

- 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 2017/2018 Season Program Books
- $2,000 per couple

Baton Circle
$1,000 per couple

- (2) Tickets to the POPS Ball

*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.

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