My View: NYC is Back and so is The New York Pops

Maestro Steven Reineke wasn’t standing on the podium at Carnegie Hall in front of the 70 plus members of The New York Pops last night.  Instead he was underground on the stage of Feinstein’s/54 Below in front of a room full of sponsors, benefactors, and board members of the Pops.  They were all there to celebrate and support the resumption of the orchestra’s concert season and it’s PopsEd programs. The special cabaret evening featured Max Von Essen with BIlly Stritch at the keyboard celebrating Broadway’s Golden Age and was hosted by the orchestra’s music director Steven Reineke.   Max von Essen’s thrilling voice brought the audience to it’s feet many times with his sophisticated and classic rendition of some of Broadway’s greatest show tunes.  The evening also paid tribute to the 20 year (and counting) career of Pops executive director Anne Swanson.

Anne Swanson & Steven Reineke
Max von Essen
Max von Essen
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Steven Essen
Donna Soloway, Max von Essen, Eda Sorokoff, Richard Soloway
Steven Reineke & Eda Sorokoff
Eric Gabbard & Eda Sorokoff


Stephen studied at the Manhattan School of Music. Besides being a pianist, Stephen’s business career was in the Fashion Industry. He was CEO of a textile manufacturing facility and President of an international textile machinery company. Stephen was on the Board of Directors of the “First All Children’s Theatre” which brought the Stephen Schwartz musical The Trip and Captain Louie to the Kennedy Center in Wash DC. His wife Eda, an interior space designer and classical pianist was on the Board of Barrington Stage Company and is still active at BSC. Stephen’s photographs, videos and articles appear on, and The New York Observer. He is active in the entertainment events at the Friars Club, where he is a member. Stephen is also an Honorary Board Member of The Society For The Preservation of The Great American Songbook. Stephen

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