On November 11, 2016 at 8:00PM, The New York Pops, led by Music Director and Conductor Steven Reineke, will continue its 34th season at Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage with Concert for Courage, a program that will commemorate Veterans Day by honoring the brave men and women of the nation’s armed forces. The orchestra will be joined by The Soldiers’ Chorus of The U.S. Army Field Band in performances of patriotic songs and classic Americana for a jubilant celebration of those who are serving and have served the United States of America.
“It is an enormous honor and privilege to present a concert on Veterans Day, and I am delighted that our fantastic New York Pops will be joined by The Soldiers’ Chorus of The U.S. Army Field Band. We’ve picked some patriotic classics and some beautiful new tunes to pay tribute to the men and women of our nation’s armed forces – the concert is going to be a ton of fun, and very uplifting. I am humbled and inspired by the people who serve our country, and I’m so glad that we have this opportunity to give something back. You won’t want to miss this amazing show!”
Sergeant Major Joan Mercer, the Soldiers’ Chorus Enlisted Leader said, “The men and women of the Soldiers’ Chorus are delighted to have been invited to join the New York Pops in honoring our nation’s veterans on Veterans Day this year. The opportunity to represent our currently serving Soldiers in such a renowned venue alongside one of the country’s finest orchestras is an honor and a privilege and we are looking forward to what should be an unforgettable performance!”
The New York Pops’ 34th season continues on Friday, December 16 and Saturday, December 17, 2016, 8:00PM at Carnegie Hall with Make the Season Bright, featuring sisters Ann Hampton Callaway and Liz Callaway alongside brothers Anthony and Will Nunziata as well as Essential Voices USA, led by Music Director Judith Clurman.
Founded in 1957, the Soldiers’ Chorus is the vocal component of The United States Army Field Band of Washington, DC. This 29-member mixed chorus travels throughout the nation and abroad, performing both independently and jointly with the Army Field Band’s Concert Band. The Soldiers’ Chorus has performed in all 50 states, Canada, Mexico, India, and throughout Europe. The musical backgrounds of the Soldiers’ Chorus personnel range from opera, musical theater, gospel, and rock music to music education and vocal coaching, providing the ensemble with unique programming flexibility. In addition to choral repertoire, Soldiers’ Chorus performances often include Broadway, opera, popular music, jazz, Americana, and more. This versatility contributes to the Soldiers’ Chorus nationwide reputation for musical excellence and inspiring patriotism. The Soldiers’ Chorus has collaborated with the Boston Pops, the Cincinnati Pops, and the Atlanta, Dallas, Detroit, Nashville, and National symphony orchestras. The ensemble is a mainstay of PBS’s annual National Memorial Day Concert and has performed for the state funerals of Presidents Ronald Reagan and Gerald Ford.
The New York Pops is the largest independent pops orchestra in the United States, and the only professional symphonic orchestra in New York City specializing in popular music. Under the leadership of dynamic Music Director and Conductor Steven Reineke, The New York Pops continues to re-imagine orchestral pops music. The orchestra performs an annual subscription series and birthday gala at Carnegie Hall, as well as a summer concert series at Forest Hills Stadium in Queens, NY. The New York Pops is dedicated to lifelong learning, and collaborates with public schools, community organizations, children’s hospitals, and senior centers throughout the five boroughs of New York City. PopsEd allows thousands of New Yorkers of all ages and backgrounds to participate in fully customizable music programs that blend traditional education with pure fun. Visit www.newyorkpops.org for more information. Follow The New York Pops on Facebook (facebook.com/newyorkpops), Instagram (@thenewyorkpops), and Twitter (@newyorkpops).
Steven Reineke is the Music Director of The New York Pops at Carnegie Hall, Principal Pops Conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Principal Pops Conductor of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and the Principal Pops Conductor Designate for the Houston Symphony, beginning in the 2017-2018 season. Mr. Reineke is a frequent guest conductor with The Philadelphia Orchestra and has been on the podium with the Boston Pops, The Cleveland Orchestra and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Ravinia. His extensive North American conducting appearances include San Francisco, Houston, Seattle, Edmonton and Pittsburgh. As the creator of more than one hundred orchestral arrangements for the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, Mr. Reineke’s work has been performed worldwide, and can be heard on numerous Cincinnati Pops Orchestra recordings on the Telarc label. His symphonic works Celebration Fanfare, Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Casey at the Bat are performed frequently in North America. His numerous wind ensemble compositions are published by the C.L. Barnhouse Company and are performed by concert bands around the world. A native of Ohio, Mr. Reineke is a graduate of Miami University of Ohio, where he earned bachelor of music degrees with honors in both trumpet performance and music composition. He currently resides in New York City with his husband, Eric Gabbard.
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