Dear Valued Friend of The Philly POPS,
Thank you for your patience and continued support during these unprecedented times. The performing arts have truly been devastated by the pandemic; it breaks my heart that we can’t bring you our complete Bright Lights! Big City! Season as planned.
However, I am tremendously grateful to the POPS musicians, soloists, and staff who worked heroically to make our streamed concerts for Independence Week and Christmas happen. With a limit of fifty people in the building, we made socially-distanced music behind screens, listening to each other through in-ear monitors. Performing again gave me great joy, but that’ll be nothing compared to the joy we will all feel when we can finally welcome you, our audience, back to Verizon Hall!
Of all the events planned for 2020-21, Showstoppers! Hello, Dolly!, La Cage & Mame is the biggest, the snazziest, the most lavish of all. My vision for it is to have the 170-voice Philly POPS Festival Chorus belting out Jerry Herman’s great showtunes. Unfortunately, this April will be too soon to safely gather large groups of singers together.
So, we’ve made the decision to postpone Showstoppers! to a future date—we’re hoping in the fall! Instead, we are planning Modern Broadway: The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, Kander & Ebb and More! on those April dates (moved from its originally-scheduled January dates). We feel that the intimacy of three soloists, singing the best of the modern Broadway songbook with our 38-piece POPS Big Band plus Strings, is better suited to the times we are currently experiencing.
In the meantime, I look forward to conducting POPS Rocks Paul Simon, James Taylor & Billy Joel with my friend Michael Cavanaugh in March.
We are proud that we can still fulfill our mission of inspired performance of American popular music at this time, but we couldn’t do any of it without your steadfast support. In these unprecedented times, the musicians and staff of The Philly POPS particularly appreciate the support that we’ve received. We ask that you consider a special donation as part of The Philly POPS’ efforts to bridge the gap to our future.
Under the best of circumstances, and these are surely not the best, ticket sales cover only a portion of the costs associated with POPS' performances and beloved community initiatives like the Salute Series and POPS in Schools. Please consider a gift to our Annual Fund.
David Charles Abell, Music Director and Principal Conductor
The Philly POPS Frequently Asked Questions
Is The Philly POPS postponing its upcoming performances?
We are committed to the health and safety of our guests and patrons.
In accordance with the recommendations of officials at both the City, Commonwealth, and National level, we have postponed HAMMERSTEIN: The Song Is You, SINATRA, POPS Rocks: Let It Be, Star Wars: A Galaxy of Music, A Philly POPS Christmas: Spectacular Sounds of the Season, Modern Broadway: The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, Kander & Ebb, and more and SHOWSTOPPERS! Hello, Dolly!, La Cage & Mame.
How do I use my POPS Credit or exchange tickets?
We are happy to let you know that all purchased tickets for HAMMERSTEIN: The Song Is You, SINATRA, POPS Rocks: Let It Be, Star Wars: A Galaxy of Music have already been credited towards your POPS MyAccount!
All Ticketholders for A Philly POPS Christmas and SHOWSTOPPERS: your tickets will be valid for 2021 dates at the same price! No action is needed!
All Ticketholders for Modern Broadway: your tickets will be valid for the rescheduled April 16–18 dates.
You have four options for your tickets:
Use them toward another show as a credit from MyAccount!
Use it as a credit toward a new subscription.
Donate your tickets to help keep the POPS playing!
Call 215-875-8004 to speak with a member of the POPS team about other options.
To use your credit or exchange tickets, please call Patron Services at 215-893-1999 or call 215-875-8004 to speak to a POPS representative.
*Ticket exchanges for 2020–2021 season shows will be processed over the summer. Ticket price value will be matched, but seat location will be subject to availability. POPS staff will ensure that each seat is carefully selected.
How can I donate my tickets to The Philly POPS?
Many of our patrons have chosen to donate their tickets as tax-deductible support for The Philly POPS in this difficult time. To donate your tickets please contact Joshua Thomas, Director of Development, at email@example.com
We are exploring many streaming and broadcast opportunities so that those who have purchased tickets for concerts may enjoy them from the comfort and safety of your home. Our plans will evolve with the best practices of guidance from the City, the Commonwealth, and the Federal government as time goes on.
How will we meet the needs of our patrons?
The POPS is exploring streaming possibilities for all those who have purchased tickets and would prefer to enjoy our upcoming concerts at home. In addition, we’re a member of the Kimmel Committee designed to develop protocols for a safe return to Verizon Hall. As we get closer to our programming, return here to see the results of the Committee’s work. For example, we’re looking at reserving extra seats for you, so as to observe social distancing.
How can I stay connected to the POPS?
The POPS has launched POPS@Home, which includes memories of past seasons, as well as sneak peeks of upcoming shows! Along with POPS@Home, we've launched the POPS Daily, a daily piece of content designed to brighten your day!
Continuing our educational programming, POPSinSchools@HOME brings educational music content into the comfort of your home with lessons, notes from the masters, and fun activities!