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The New York Pops Soars As The Open Their 35th Season

The New York Pops Soars As The Open Their 35th Season
Steven Reineke

Steven Reineke Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy

The New York Pops, led by Music Director Steven Reineke, opened its 35th season at Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, with a concert celebrating the centennial of the birth of the orchestra’s founder, Skitch Henderson (1918-2018). The concert featured the full 78-piece New York Pops orchestra performing some of the greatest hits of popular song, from Tin Pan Alley to today.

Steven Reineke

Steven Reineke Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Starting off the night was Victor Herbert’s “Festive March”, with The Pops sounding better than ever.

Ali Ewoldt

Steven Reineke, Ali Ewoldt Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy

The beautiful Ali Ewoldt looking stunning in pink wow’d with Lerner and Lowe’s “I Could Have Danced All Night” from My Fair Lady.

Ali Ewoldt

Ali Ewoldt Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Singing unplugged Ms. Ewoldt stunning soprano soaring with depth and emotion in Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess‘s “Summertime”.

Matt Doyle, Ali Ewoldt

Matt Doyle, Ali Ewoldt Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Matt Doyle, Ali Ewoldt

Matt Doyle, Ali Ewoldt Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Matt Doyle joined Ms. Ewoldt in Rodger’s and Hammerstein’s duet “People Will Say Were In Love” from Oklahoma.

Matt Doyle

Matt Doyle Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Doyle’s mellow baritone purred in Jones and Kahn’s “It Had To Be You” with a wonderful orchestration done by Marc Shaiman, but it was the orchestrations by Nelson Riddle that impressed in Cole Porter’s “Night and Day.

Matt Doyle

Matt Doyle Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Skitch Henderson’s arrangement of Irving Berlin’s “I Love a Piano” and the overture to Jute Styne’s Gypsy ended the first act.

Matt Doyle

Matt Doyle Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Steven Reineke’s own composition “Celebration Fanfare” started the second act off with a wonderful start.

Matt Doyle, Ali Ewoldt

Matt Doyle, Ali Ewoldt Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Ms. Ewoldt and Mr. Doyle came back to Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim’s balcony scene duet from West Side Story.

Matt Doyle, Ali Ewoldt

Matt Doyle, Ali Ewoldt Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Kurt Weill’s “Mack The Knife” had the orchestra swinging.

Ali Ewoldt

Ali Ewoldt Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Ali Ewoldt

Ali Ewoldt Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Ms. Ewoldt who is starring in Phantom of The Opera thrilled with “Think of Me”.

Matt Doyle, Ali Ewoldt

Matt Doyle, Ali Ewoldt Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy

And was joined again by Mr. Doyle on Jason Robert Brown’s “Before You and After You/ One Second and a Million Miles” from the devastatingly beautiful Bridges of Madison County.

Matt Doyle, Steven Reineke Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Steven Reineke, Matt Doyle Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Steven Reineke joined in with Matt Doyle in The Book of Mormon‘s “You and Me (But Mostly Me)”.

John William “Raiders March” from Raiders of the Lost Art had the New York Pops ending with a thrilling conclusion, until the whole company got together for a rousing rendition of “Almost Like Being In Love” from Brigadoon.

Steven Reineke, Ali Ewoldt, Matt Doyle

Steven Reineke, Ali Ewoldt, Matt Doyle Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy

The New York Pops is one of New York’s greatest gifts and there is still time to enjoy the magic of the Pops.

Ali Ewoldt, Matt Doyle Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy

The next New York Pops concert Women of Notes: In Dedication to Female Composers and Lyricists with Betsey Wolf and Adam Kantor will be held November 17th at Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage. Hear favorites from popular-music royalty when The New York Pops pays tribute to renowned female composers and lyricists, including Carole King, Tracy Chapman, Dolly Parton, Betty Comden, Mary Rodgers, Jeanine Tesori, and others. From “Lonely Town” to “Will You Love Me Tomorrow?” the hits will keep coming all evening.

Ali Ewoldt, Matt Doyle Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy

On December 15th and December 16th  The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year with Megan Hilty and Essential Voices USA, Judith Clurman, Music Director and Conductor. ‘Tis the season for the orchestra’s annual program of holiday classics and festive surprises. Broadway superstar Megan Hilty (Wicked, 9 to 5, Noises Off) joins the full New York Pops orchestra and Judith Clurman’s Essential Voices USA to ring in the holidays at Carnegie Hall.

Ali Ewoldt

Ali Ewoldt Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy

 

 

 

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Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email: suzanna@t2conline.com

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