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Letter From the President


The Philly POPS




Conductor: David Charles Abell


First Annual I’ll Be Home for


Vocalist: Lisa Vroman

Christmas: A Salute to the

Military and First Responders


Organist: Peter Richard Conte

in Photos


The Philly POPS Festival Chorus


Christmas in July in Photos


Philadelphia Boys Choir & Chorale


Spotlight: Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey, Philadelphia Police Department


St. Thomas Gospel Choir


Board of Directors 2015/16


Administrative Staff


Subscriber Spotlight: Tina Ramagnano


Letter From the Governor


Letter From the Mayor


Corporate Partner Spotlight: Miller Lite


Music Director: Michael Krajewski


Memorable Holiday Moments

30 Corporate and Community Support


Friends of The Philly POPS

60 Sing-Along

Artists and program subject to change without notice.

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letter from the president

A MESSAGE OF THANKS TO THOSE WHO SERVE…. Tonight, on behalf of The Philly POPS Family and our Board of Directors, I welcome you to Verizon Hall to celebrate our Second Annual I’ll Be Home for Christmas: A Salute to the Military and First Responders. What a wonderful way to kick off the holiday season, honoring those men and women who, each day, make our community safe and secure. For those of you here in the audience tonight, we take this opportunity to say this: your commitment and service inspire us all! We thank Governor Tom Wolf for serving as Honorary Chair of this evening’s event. We are grateful to RADM Thomas Lynch for serving a second time as Chair of the event. The Honorable Mayor of Philadelphia, Michael Nutter, Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey, Fire Commissioner Derrick Sawyer, and USO of Pennsylvania President Joseph Brooks, all have made significant contributions to tonight’s events and to the other Salute Series events through the year. This event marks a second collaboration for this benefit concert between The POPS and some very special individuals. Without their support, we would not be here tonight. I would like to recognize the ongoing contribution of the chairman of The Philly POPS, Sal DeBunda, as well as that of board member Sandra Muller of Muller, Inc. Sandy’s work with Miller Brewing Company led to their becoming tonight’s Presenting Sponsor. In addition, RADM Lynch has brought on NEW DAY, his company dedicated to ensuring that veterans receive a fair opportunity to buy their own home following the completion of their service, as our Major Sponsor. To our guests tonight from all branches of the service community, we wish you and your families an especially wonderful Christmas season. Enjoy the concert! Sincerely,

Frank Giordano, President and CEO Encore Series, Inc., The Philly POPS

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I’ll Be Home for Christmas: A Salute to the Military and First Responders

David Charles Abell, conductor


Peter Richard Conte, organist

FEATURING Lisa Vroman, vocalist

The Philly POPS Festival Chorus

DECEMBER 4, 2015

Philadelphia Boys Choir


African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas Gospel Choir Frank Giordano, President and CEO, The Philly POPS


Presentation of award to Charles Ramsey, Police Commissioner Michael Nutter, Mayor of Philadelphia

Angels We Have Heard On High


arr. Kern

Deck the Halls


arr. Dragon

Balulalow This Little Babe


Three Chanukah Songs


arr. Healey

Variations on ‘Adeste Fideles’


arr. Dethier

I Saw Three Ships Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella

Traditional/Marc-Antoine Charpentier

arr. O’Neil

I’ll Be Home for Christmas

Walter Kent

arr. Haynes

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

Ralph Blane

arr. O’Neil

Let It Snow, Brothers

Jule Styne

arr. Baylock

Seasonal Sounds



Rear Adm. Thomas Lynch Soldier’s Cross Presentation—George Turak General Ronald S. Coleman

This is America! Performed by the USO Troupe Sweet Little Jesus Boy Some Children See Him

Robert MacGimsey/Alfred Burt

A Merry Christmas Sing-Along (see pages 60 & 61 for lyrics) Joy to the World Go Tell It On the Mountain

Lowell Mason, Michael McElroy, Joseph Joubert & Buryl Red Lowell Mason, Michael McElroy, Joseph Joubert & Buryl Red

arr. O’Neil arr. Wendel arr. Joubert arr. Joubert

Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town

John Frederick Coots

arr. Walton

Mele Kalikimaka

Robert Alex Anderson

arr. Stephenson


George Frideric Handel

arr. Prout

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A festive benefit performance led by internationally celebrated conductor David Charles Abell honored 2,000 individuals who serve Philadelphia and the nation all year long.


DECEMBER 5, 2014

Christmas was in the air at our July 21st press conference announcing this year’s Christmas Salute lineup. Special guest dignitaries, a visit from Santa — and 100 new bikes and helmets given to service community families!

JULY 21, 2015



“The Philly POPS concert is a wonderful way to honor heroes who put their lives on the line for this city and country each day,” Ramsey said. “This musical tribute of respect and appreciation means so much to first responders, those in the military and the families of fallen heroes who’ve made the ultimate sacrifice, so we can enjoy life.” Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey leads the fourth-largest police department in the nation with more than 6500 sworn officers and 800 civilians filling its ranks. Commissioner Ramsey brings 46 years of experience, leadership and expertise to his law enforcement service. An internationally recognized expert in the law enforcement field, the commissioner continues to be a leader in developing innovative policing strategies. Under his leadership, the Philadelphia Police Department has continued to make significant progress in driving down violent crime in the city. Commissioner Ramsey is nationally and internationally recognized among law enforcement peers for his law enforcement expertise. He has served as a leader of several related organizations and governmental advisory groups.

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subscriber spotlight

TINA RAMAGNANO Philly POPS subscriber Tina Ramagnano, 89, was the first female civilian to head the Special Services Department at Philadelphia’s Naval Hospital (a post typically held by a naval officer), where she Bob Hope presents the Surgeon General’s Meritorious Service Award to Tina in 1975 for her innovative recreation program at the Naval Hospital.

worked from 1953-1979. In 1972, the Secretary of the Navy awarded her for having the most innovative program for veterans at a naval hospital — Bob Hope presented her with the award. “We had over 1,400 wounded troops at one time and I became aware that many wonderful veterans groups would entertain at military hospitals,” Tina says. “One night, I happened to be seeing Bill Haley and The Comets with my husband. I said, ‘Jim, I think the boys would really enjoy seeing him,’ so I asked Bill and he agreed.” “Our auditorium was jammed for his show. We brought them down in their hospital beds. That was the beginning. And

Tina organized an R&R trip for the patients to Miami in 1972. A Marine Corps General in Washington lent them a private plane for the trip.

then any time I saw a movie star or a celebrity within 100 miles, I would invite them. Ginger Rogers and Phyllis Diller, in particular, did a beautiful job.”

...the Secretary of the Navy awarded her for having the most innovative program for veterans at a naval hospital — Bob Hope presented her with the award. Today, Tina still lives in her South Philadelphia home and volunteers with the Opera and AARP. “I love to wake up in the morning with something to do,” she says. “When I left school, I went to work and I’ve been working since.” She’s been coming to POPS concerts for the last five years. “It’s always wonderful. I love every minute of it. I just get the Broad Street bus and come.” “In this career that I had, I can’t give myself all the credit — Marlene Dietrich poses with soldiers at the Latin Casino in 1959.

Ginger Rogers visits patients at the Naval Hospital in 1968.

I’m sure it came from up there,” Tina points up and says. “I did some of the most unbelievable things.” The POPS is proud to have Tina in the audience tonight.

Tina with Frank Giordano in 2015. I’ll Be Home for Christmas — A Salute to the Military and First Responders | December 2015 | 9

corporate partner spotlight

“We extend our sincere gratitude to Miller Brewing Company


of this important event and POPS activities throughout the

and Miller Lite for their unwavering support as title sponsor whole year,” said Giordano. “We’re privileged to work with

It is with great appreciation that The Philly POPS and

a company that supports local communities and the heroes

President Frank Giordano recognize Miller Lite as the

whom we salute tonight.”

title sponsor of I’ll Be Home for Christmas: A Salute to the Military and First Responders.

“Miller Lite has been a long-standing partner of The Philly POPS and their tremendous efforts within the community,” said Ashly Guhring, General Manager, MillerCoors. “It is a particular honor to be a part of this great event that celebrates the nation’s most admirable, our military and first responders.” Miller Brewing Company was founded in 1855 by Frederick J. Miller. The company operates in the United States and Puerto Rico as part of MillerCoors Brewing Company. Their community outreach includes mentoring, educating, and networking to bring growth and positive change to communities.

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music director

MICHAEL KRAJEWSKI Michael Krajewski took the helm as Music Director and

appearances include performances with the Hong Kong

Conductor of The Philly POPS® with the beginning of

Philharmonic, the Malaysian Philharmonic, the North Czech

The POPS’ 35th season in October 2013. He also serves

Philharmonic Teplice, the Iceland Symphony Orchestra,

as principal pops conductor of the Atlanta Symphony

the Bilbao Symphony, and the Ulster Orchestra in concerts in

Orchestra, the Houston Symphony, and the Jacksonville

Belfast and Dublin.

Symphony Orchestra.

Born in Detroit, Michigan, Michael attended Wayne State

A conductor who brings an impressive list of symphony

University and the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of

guest conductor experiences to his position in Philadelphia,

Music. He was named Antal Dorati Fellowship Conductor

he has worked with orchestras throughout the United States,

of the Detroit Symphony in 1979 and subsequently became

Canada, and around the globe. He has appeared with the

assistant conductor of that orchestra. For 11 years, he was

Boston and Cincinnati Pops, the Cleveland and Philadelphia

music director of the Modesto Symphony in California.

Orchestras, the National Symphony, the orchestras of San Francisco, Baltimore, Detroit, Indianapolis, Seattle, Portland, Dallas, St. Louis, Milwaukee, and many more. In Canada, he has led Ottawa’s National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Calgary Philharmonic, and the Toronto, Edmonton, Winnipeg, and Kitchener-Waterloo Symphonies. Other international

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Michael lives in Orlando, Florida, with his wife Darcy.

MEMORABLE HOLIDAY MOMENTS JULY 2015 Second annual Christmas in July event provides 100 new bicycles to deserving children of active military, police and fire department members.

DECEMBER 2014 Launch of POPS Outside! brings the vibrant programming, musicians, and featured guest artists of the POPS family to a growing list of holiday tree lightings and celebrations around the Delaware Valley.

DECEMBER 2014 The Philly POPS salutes military and first responders by giving away 2,000 free tickets to the inaugural I’ll Be Home for Christmas: A Salute to the Military and First Responders.

JULY 2014 The Philly POPS holds a first Christmas in July parade on Broad Street.

DECEMBER 2013 David Charles Abell leads his first Philly POPS concert as guest conductor of the Christmas concerts.

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THE PHILLY POPSŽ The Philly POPS, the largest standalone pops orchestra in the United States, delights audiences with the inspired performance of American popular music. Now in its 37th season, the POPS celebrates this distinctive musical heritage through an expanding repertoire of innovative concert presentations and a robust set of educational and engagement initiatives. The holidays are truly the most wonderful time of the year for the POPS. We get in the holiday spirit in November and December with our Festival Brass playing carols at tree lightings around the Philadelphia region. Our annual I’ll Be Home for Christmas: A Salute to the Military and First Responders concert kicks off the season with a free concert for active military, police and fire department families. The nine concerts that follow bring more than 20,000 people to the Kimmel Center to enjoy our popular Christmas Spectacular series.

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Michael Ludwig

Uli Boeckheler

Norman Spielberg


Rachael Mathey

Jon Fink

Greg Riley

William Kerrigan

Guillaume Combet

George Atanasiu

Carlos Rubio

Brooke Beazley


Reina Inui

Glenn Fischbach

Ron Kerber

Robert Vieira

Pat Daniels

Kaj Hansen


Joseph Smith

Chris Hanning

Ben Scott

David Nelson

Alexandra Cutler-Fetkewicz


Mark Allen

Lisa Vaupel

Miles Davis

Greg Riley

Tamae Lee

Anne Peterson Stephen Groat


Brenda Weckerly

ELECTRIC BASS Steve Beskrone

HORNS John David Smith


Adam Lesnick

Andre Tarantiles

Charlene Kwas


Karen Banos

Edward Schultz

George Barnett

Greg Teperman

Ron Kerber

Louis Lanza

Frances Tate

Michelle Bishop

Sarah Dubois

Angela Bilger

GUITAR Dave Cullen

TRUMPET Matt Gallagher


Martha Mott-Gale


Bob Gravener

Jeff Smith

Diane Barnett

David Schneider

George Rabbai Dave DiValentino

VIOLA Davis Barnett



Marjorie Goldberg

Stephanie Wilson

Brian Pastor

Scott Wagner

Michael Purdy

Ellen Trainer


Sarah Sutton

Joseph Smith

Gerry Rice

Kaj Hansen

David Cianci

TUBA Brian Brown


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DAVID CHARLES ABELL Conductor David Charles Abell was born in North Carolina, went to nursery school in New York, and came to Philadelphia, his mother’s hometown, at the age of 5. He attended Germantown Friends School for seven years, then moved to the Chicago area with his family. Having lived and worked in several different countries since that time, he now resides in London. He made his Philly POPS debut in 2013 and is thrilled to have re-established a warm connection with his early home. At the age of 12, David joined the Berkshire Boys’

Classical music, opera, and musical theater all contribute to

Choir, which was chosen to participate in the world premiere

a diverse career, unified by a serious yet theatrical approach.

of Leonard Bernstein’s Mass at Washington’s Kennedy

Since last year’s Philly POPS Christmas Spectacular, David has

Center for the Performing Arts. David met Bernstein

conducted the Pulitzer Prize-winning opera Silent Night at

again while attending Yale University and assisted him on

Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Sweeney Todd at English National

various projects in the 1980s. After completing his studies

Opera (starring Emma Thompson and Bryn Terfel), Fiddler

at the Conservatoire Américain in France and the Juilliard

on the Roof (also starring Terfel) at Grange Park Opera and

School, he made his professional conducting debut in Berlin

the BBC Proms, and Kiss Me, Kate (in his own critical edition)

with Bernstein’s Mass. His association with Bernstein’s

at England’s Opera North, as well as concerts with the Royal

music continues: he recently served as Musical Supervisor

Philharmonic and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic. In August, he

for Candide in London and has been asked by Bernstein’s

was the subject of a feature article in the Financial Times.

children to serve on the committee marking the centennial of the composer’s birth.

Upcoming projects include another new production of Kiss Me, Kate (at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris) and

David is most widely known for the two Les Misérables

return engagements with the Orchestre Pasdeloup,

Anniversary Concerts (10th and 25th), both of which have

London Philharmonic (for the film Brief Encounter with live

become PBS fundraising perennials. He regularly appears

orchestra) and Lyric Opera of Kansas City (Carmen).

on radio and television in the UK, most notably at the BBC Proms, London’s annual music festival at the Royal Albert Hall. These appearances have included the Richard Rodgers Centenary celebration (2002), a world premiere opera (2007), Stephen Sondheim’s 80th birthday (2010) and the War Horse Prom (2014).

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LISA VROMAN From Broadway to classics, on stage and in concert, Lisa Vroman has established herself as one of America’s most versatile voices. She starred on Broadway, in Los Angeles, and San Francisco as Christine Daaé in The Phantom of the Opera. As “one of American Musical Theater’s most beautiful voices” (Cameron MacIntosh), she has garnered theater critics’ awards for her portrayal. Lisa starred as Marian Paroo in The Music Man (Hartford Symphony with Shirley Jones and Patrick Cassidy), Lili Vanessi in Kiss Me, Kate (Glimmerglass Opera/MUNY Theatre of St. Louis), Birdie in Regina, Josephine in HMS Pinafore, Anna 1 in The Seven Deadly Sins (Utah Symphony/Opera), Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus (New Jersey Opera), and Rosabella in The Most Happy Fella (NYC Opera). For PBS, she appeared as Johanna in Sweeney Todd (2001 Emmy Award), and Hey! Mr. Producer (Royal Gala). She played Laurey in Oklahoma (BBC PROMS festival), Mary Turner in Of Thee I Sing (with Michael Tilson Thomas), and sang and danced opposite Dick Van Dyke as Mary Poppins at the Hollywood Bowl’s Disney 75th Celebration. Lisa is a frequent guest with symphonies including San Francisco, Philadelphia, Dallas, Utah, St. Louis, Houston, Atlanta, Hong Kong, Cleveland, National, Cleveland, the BBC Concert Orchestra, as well as the Philly, Boston, Cincinnati, and New York Pops. Her Broadway debut was in Aspects of Love and she was the first to play both Fantine and Cosette in Les Misérables. Ms. Vroman is a graduate of the Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam (BM, Hon. Dr. of Music), and Carnegie-Mellon University (MFA), and is a George London Competition winner. Recent performances have included a tour of China, a concert series with L’Opéra de Rennes in France, and playing the role of Maria Callas in Terence McNally’s award winning play, Master Class. Please visit

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PETER RICHARD CONTE Peter Richard Conte was appointed Wanamaker Grand Court Organist in 1989. He is only the fourth person to hold that title since the organ first played in 1911. He performs concerts twice daily, six days each week, on the largest fully-functioning musical instrument in the world. Mr. Conte is also Principal Organist of Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA, and, since 1991, has served as Choirmaster and Organist of Saint Clement’s Church, Philadelphia, where he directs a professional choir in an extensive music program catering to the Anglo-Catholic tradition. Mr. Conte is highly regarded as a skillful performer and arranger of organ transcriptions. He has been featured several times on National Public Radio and on ABC television’s Good Morning America and World News Tonight. He has two radio shows: The Wanamaker Organ Hour, which airs on the first Sunday of each month, at 5 PM (Eastern), and can be heard via the internet at WRTI.ORG; on each Wednesday evening at 7 PM, his Grand Court concert is streamed live on Mr. Conte performs extensively throughout the United States and Canada under the management of Phillip Truckenbrod Concert Artists, and has appeared as a featured artist at American Guild of Organists’ National and Regional Conventions. He has performed with The Philadelphia Orchestra, The Philly POPS, and with numerous orchestras around the country. Peter Richard Conte has served as an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Organ at Rider University’s Westminster Choir College, Princeton, NJ, where he taught Organ Improvisation. He is the 2008 recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Indiana University School of Music, Bloomington. In 2013, the Philadelphia Music Alliance honored him with a bronze plaque on the Avenue of the Arts’ Walk of Fame. His numerous recordings appear on the GOTHIC, JAV, ProOrgano, DORIAN, and DTR labels.

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THE PHILLY POPS FESTIVAL CHORUS The Philly POPS Festival Chorus is a 150-voice ensemble that performs with The Philly POPS for Christmas Spectacular under the direction of Jeffrey Kern. The Philly POPS Festival Chorus began performing in 2002 and since then has performed in each holiday POPS series. The POPS Festival Chorus is an auditioned, volunteer organization comprised of singers ranging from high school students to retired professionals. The chorus has performed with many professional artists including Faith Prince, Capathia Jenkins, Ashley Brown, Lisa Howard, Lauren Kennedy, Rachel York, Alice Ripley, Ann Hampton Calloway, and The von Trapp Family Children.

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JEFFREY KERN, CHORUS MASTER Jeffrey Kern joined the faculty of the University of the Arts in 1991, where he currently holds the rank of Associate Professor. His responsibilities include applied voice, conducting, advanced piano classes, advanced sight reading, vocal pedagogy for teachers, musicianship, jazz ear training, styles and diction for vocalists, and classes for the Musical Theater Minor. He conducts the University Chorus, Handbell Ensemble, and various small vocal ensembles, while serving as head of the Voice Department. He has also acted as music director in the theater department’s productions of The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Cabaret, A Chorus Line, Rodgers and Hart Revue, On the Town, and Weird Romance. In 1998, he received the Louise Beitzel Award for excellence in teaching.

Geoff Albert-Bolinski

Georgette Hamaty

Eileen McFadden

Sally Siegfried

Mark Anderson

Peggy Hayward

Patrick McGranahan

Laurel Smail

Bob Arndt

Don Henry

Maryann McKenzie

Laurel Soffer

Michelle Balentine

Marian Henry

Gail Fowler Middleton

Elaine Soulliard

Morgan Barlow

Mark Henry

Sherry Mistler

Lauren Stephens

Linda Beaver

Richard Henry

Sandy Montimore

Allison Stevens

Cori Bortnem

Kacy Hofstetter

Permelia Mullen

Cynthia Stockton

Connie Bosna

Kim Hofstetter

Rebecca Muller

Jonathan Storace

Stephanie Bourland

John Holohan

Michael Nahill

Kate Strubinger

Tracy Brobyn

Gene Huang

Ted Newell

Nancy Sullivan

Ned Brouillette

Charlotte Humes

Flora Novick

Emily Szal

Fabiene Brown

Kristina Hurd

Kim Nurick

Hsi Tai

Beth Burkhart

Enrica Iacovone

Mark Olsen

Wei-Ping Tai

Barbara Carfolite

Willa Jaffe

Amy Osterhoudt

Diane Tan

Edward Castillo

Connie Jones

Lew Osterhoudt

Laura Teal

Edra Chandler

Helena Kan

Kristal Pacific

Arienne Thaw-Bolton

Melody Chappell

Maureen Keeney

Betty Pannell

Jane Tonkin

Meredith Ciabattoni

Lauren Kelley

Ellen Paparone

Nick Trawick

Anna Clarke

Jim Kelsh

Laurie Pellicore

Alison Tufano

Doug Clayton

Heeya Kim

Ryan Peteraf

Nicole Volpa

Robert Coble

Nick Kolodinsky

Gabriela Peterman

Linda Welte

Phil Davis

Pat Koontz

Rich Pisula

Vivian Williams

Matthew Allen Derriso

Joe Kramer

Maggie Place

Noah Woodard

Tina DiCroce

Joan Labosh

Alison Quairoli

DeShana Wooden

Alicia Dietzmann

Mike Labosh

Marilyn Radley

Claire Wunderlich

Ray DiSandro

Catherine Lavell

Scott Radley

Constance Quindry Yetke

Siobhan Dotson

Mecca Leach

Denise Randazzo

Zanna Yoshida

Kelly Dougherty

Vicky Lee

Anna Ready

Eric Yu

Lauren Dranoff

Jane Lester

Brian Reid

Linda Zanella

Tom Dwyer

Amy Lewis

Betsy Rich

Melina Zhang

Amy Farinella

Don Lewis

David Riegel

Aldin Zove

Benita Farmer

Alex Li

Lindsay Ronaldson

Tom Baust - Accompanist

Devin Farrell

Joanne Lipa

Denise Rose

Joseph Fong

Jie Noland Liu

Jane Rose

Nancy Gager

Shurong Liu

Evan Samlin

Luis X. Garcia

Nick Lombardelli

Al Sauter

Patti Garver

Hannah Lorimer

Mary Anne Saveoz

Amber Gay

Susan Maier

Laura Schmidt

Mary Ellen Gilbert

Diane Mallery

Rachel Schoenholtz

Jennifer Gottschalk

Naomi Mansor

Barbara Schwartz

Calli Graver

Liz Mataset

Joe Schwartz

Evan Graver

Erika McCandless

Maura Schwartz

Jaye Green

Karen McCausland

Charles Scott

Alexandra Haas

Michael McCausland

Katie Seregely

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PHILADELPHIA BOYS CHOIR & CHORALE Renowned for its commanding musicianship, intelligence, and interpretive abilities, Emmy-winning and Grammynominated Philadelphia Boys Choir & Chorale has cultivated a devoted following worldwide for its highly acclaimed concerts and performances. Established in 1968, achievements include world tours, recordings with internationally renowned orchestras and soloists such as Luciano Pavarotti, television appearances, and praise from critics and audiences worldwide.

Boys between the ages of 7-12 who like to sing are encouraged to audition for the Choir. For information, call (215) 222-3500, e-mail, or visit

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JEFFREY R. SMITH, MUSIC DIRECTOR Jeffrey R. Smith, Music Director, has firmly established PBCC as one of the most successful boy-choirs in America. PBCC maintains an extensive concert schedule throughout the Mid-Atlantic region as well as an illustrious international touring program. In 2012, PBCC performed at Pazaislis Music Festival in Lithuania. The 2013 tour took the boys in red to France with appearances at Notre Dame and the D-Day Beaches in Normandy. In 2014, the choir traveled to England and Wales with appearances at Kings College and at the Millennium Center in Cardiff. In 2015, PBCC went on a performance tour to China with 15 concerts in 24 days. Recent and upcoming engagements include Carnegie Hall, the Kimmel Center, the Mann Center for Performing Arts, and the Academy of Music. PBCC has collaborated with many ensembles including Philadelphia Orchestra, The Philly POPS, Pennsylvania Ballet, Opera Philadelphia, Curtis Institute, the Mendelssohn Club, Vox Ama Deus, the Academy of Vocal Arts and Chamber Orchestra Philadelphia. Television appearances include Good Morning America, Saturday Night Live, and The Today Show.





Nathan Birdwell

Luke Branes-Huff

Cameron Bowden

Gabriel Allen

Evan Bishop

Zachary Brosky

River Bunster

Aiden Barrow

Samir Buch

Max Cass

Jason Cho

Julian Bates-Harris

Christopher Doyle

Aaron Choi

Patrick Corcoran

Corey Becker

Jackson Graham

Dan Cook

Paul DiGerolamo

Noe Bunster

Jamie Hinesley

Vaughn Cultrara

Samad Dunbar

Julian Caesar

Jeffrey Jabbour

Oscar Danielson

Dylan Forland

Nate Garthe

Noah Jaouad

Damian Ferraro

Peter Gauntt

Mekkhi Hernandez

Camron Kaiser

Gabriel Johnson

Elijah Grandberry

Brennon Hunter-Chamberlain

Matthew Malec

Joseph Kenworthey

Daniel Hicks

Zachary Jaeger

Danard McNair

Matthew Kiernan

James Jabbour

Hunter Kaminski

Elijah Morman

River Lee

Brandon Lamouille

Tyler Krasting

Owen Reece

Maximilian Missler

Cyril Leahy

Lyonel LaGrone

John Reilly

A.J. Owens

Michael Lowry

Lucas Laje

J.D. Scarpa

Will Pickering

Renkai Luo

Nash McBride

Evan Schaffer

Sam Rekulak

Jackson McGovern

Carrington Mizelle

Ben Steinberg

Sridhar Shenoy

Nathanael Moore

Michael Naddeo

Alden Walker

Matthew Sleeper

Josh Nessler

Michael Smith

Daniel West

Chase Sullivan

Andrew Newman

Tyler Southern

Michael West

Colin Thomas Philip

Spencer Rosenbaum

Justin Sporn

Charles Witmer

Justin Walker

Henry Stefan

Joshua Xavier

Samuel Zeigler

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ST. THOMAS GOSPEL CHOIR The African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas Gospel Choir (STGC) currently consists of 89 spirit-filled, energetic, and anointed musical ambassadors of song. With evangelism being a very important factor in the choir’s ministry, the St. Thomas Gospel Choir share their music ministry with others at over 100 services, programs, concerts, and celebrations every year. Led by Walt Blocker, the STGC has traveled as far as Costa Rica, was named “best choir” in the Verizon’s How Sweet The Sound regional competition in New York, and regularly sings with The Philly POPS for its Christmas Spectacular concerts. Presently, the STGC has one song from its current CD nominated for a Grammy Award, and six nominations in the Rhythm of Gospel Music Awards.

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WALTER BLOCKER, MUSIC DIRECTOR Walt Blocker is the minister of music and director of the gospel choir at the historic African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas in Philadelphia. Under his leadership and God’s grace, the St. Thomas Gospel Choir (STGC) has made four CD recordings, which display his and the choir’s diverse styles of gospel music. Walt is a classically trained singer, a well-known music director, producer, song writer, vocal coach and sometimes writes music with The Philly POPS, for The Washington National Cathedral, and other music conventions around the country.




Attice Whiters

Adrienne Logan

Carla Robinson

Betty Myers

Aliyah Jones

Carolyn Pierce

Brenda Battle

Angela Jones

Charles Holloway

Calais Harris

Anita (China) Guess

Dale Williams

Charlene Holloway

Antoinette (Teena)

Daniel Rhodan

Conchita Dixon


Darren T. Cottman

Courtney Gray

Audrey (Lynn) Northington

Daryn Stewart

Debbie Purnell-Otey

Autumn Simmons

Devvyn Holloway

Deborah Dixon

Ava Anderson

Fred Blain

Delois Whiters

Carmella Holloway

Gregory Natson

Dynita Jones

Clare Mae Daniels

Gregory Ryles

Earlene Ford

Danielle Taylor

James Stewart

Endrea Holland

Deandrea Harrell

John Cheeseborough

Janelle Natson

Deborah Sampson

Joshua Custis

Jeena Wright

Deneka Anderson

Justin Trotman

Jenelle Wilson-Johnson

Gladyce DuBrey

Kelvin Johnson

Joy Holland

Jacqueline Sampson

Margarette Golding

Lenoria DeVine

Janiah Jones

Mark Gray

Lisa Speakes-Blain

Joyce Jackson

Mary Ann Phillips

Lynn Gant

Leslie Willis-Lowry

Michael Lowry

Lynne Galloway

Lois Toney

Olivia Weeks

Marquis Jones

Martina Carolina

Paul McClay

Roxanne Josey

Nancy Jean-Sewell

Ryheem Fisher

Shanae Williams

Norma Albritton

Scott Nichols

Shanay Chambers

Pamela Galloway

Teri Hammond

Sherita Copes

Pamela Shipman

Tyler Wilson

Shy’Bria Sanders

Patricia Akins

Vincent Gumbs


Susan Patricia Ben

Priscilla Custis

Wayne Browne

Dr. Jay Fluellen

Tina Smith

Shaleen Manning

Robert Myers

Wendella Fox

Shamani Ramsey

Walt Blocker

Zelda Wilburn

Shannon Kemmer

Waymond Elliott

Shavonne Shipman-Cook

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2015/16 Salvatore M. DeBunda, Esq., Chairman Gary A. Frank, J.D., Vice Chairman John J. Meko, Jr., Secretary Louis K. Habina, Esq., Treasurer

Wilbert D. Abele George J. Awad, Esq. D. Walter Cohen, DDS, Chairman Emeritus Paul Conaway Charles J. Davidson Joseph Del Raso, Esq. Daniel DiLella Frank Giordano Dr. Robert R. Jennings Charles Keates Mark D. Lupke Barry Magarick Tony Mahon Charles D. Mandracchia, Esq. James M. Matour, Esq. Gregory Montanaro Sandra Muller Andrew J. Santacroce Samuel J. Savitz, Chairman Emeritus Louis Scaglione Anthony Serafine Gary Silvi Carmen Tomassetti Christopher R. VanDusen Deborah Smith Webster

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ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF ENCORE SERIES, INC. Frank Giordano, President and Chief Executive Officer Michael Krajewski, Music Director Louis Scaglione, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Jeffrey Kern, Chorus Master Vincent Leonard, Music Librarian Anne Peterson, Orchestra Contractor Jeffrey Smith, Assistant Conductor Debbie Lobel, Stage Manager

MARKETING Karen Corbin, Vice President

Mark Gisi, Partner, Brand Strategist, Eastern Standard

George Muller, Senior Director of Artistic Administration Patricia Wells, Office Manager and Executive Assistant to the President Bud Scheerer, Director of Sales and Customer Relations Sarah Maiellano, Senior Manager of Communications Jason Ward, Manager of Education and Community Engagement

PUBLIC RELATIONS Sharla Feldscher, Sharla Feldscher Public Relations

GENERAL COUNSEL David H. Marion, Esq.

Christian Poarch, Operations and Event Coordinator Reginald-Chris Mendoza, Staff Accountant

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CORPORATE AND COMMUNITY SUPPORT The Philly POPS is extremely grateful for the generous support received from the following corporations, foundations, and government agencies. Their support is vital to The POPS’ commitment to music excellence.


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FRIENDS OF THE PHILLY POPS The Philly POPS greatly appreciates the many patrons who have made an Annual Fund contribution as Friends of the POPS. Thank you! Your support helps make our concerts possible and creates a sustainable future. AMERICAN SONGBOOK SOCIETY $100,000 AND ABOVE

Dilworth Paxson LLP Mr. James M. Matour, Esq.

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Parx Casino

Kaufman Financial Services Mr. Larry A. Kaufman


LCG, Ltd. Gary A. Frank, J.D. Chairman and CEO

$50,000 TO $99,999

Haverford Trust Company

Dottie and Frank Giordano

LaVan Law Julie LaVan

Miller Brewing Company


Muller, Inc. Sandra Muller President

Rochelle and Barry Magarick


PECO Pepper Hamilton, LLP Anne and Joe Del Raso

$25,000 TO $49,999

RBC Wealth Management Martha and Bob Bolling

EQUUS Capital Partners LTD Monica and Dan DiLella

Sea Box, Inc. Mr. Terry Brennan

Independence Blue Cross

GMIH, LLC Recycling Management Services Mr. Anthony Serafine President and CEO

NewDay USA Tom Lynch, RADM Chairman Susan and Chase McDaniel Pennsylvania Council on the Arts The City of Philadelphia Philadelphia Energy Solutions Drs. John* and Josephine Templeton, Jr.

CONCERT MASTER CIRCLE — $10,000 TO $24,999 AJM Insurance Management Tony Mahon President Archer and Greiner, P.C. Salvatore M. DeBunda, Esq. American Airlines Bochetto and Lentz

Manning and Virginia Smith The Union League of Philadelphia Mr. Jeffrey P. McFadden General Manager Wanamaker Entertainment Group Paul Conaway Chairman and CEO Wells Fargo Bank Yamaha

ENCORE CIRCLE — $5,000 TO $9,999 David and Jennifer Cardy Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Carlucci CBIZ MHM, LLC Clark Capital Management Group

The Caramanico Foundation CBS 3 TV CFI, The Knoll Dealer 32 | Encore! | The Philly POPS

Abram and D. Walter Cohen Foundation in memory of Gail Denny

ZAC Management Group Anthony Zingarelli Principal/COO

CYBEX International Creative Financial Group Gary Daniels, CLU, ChFC, CAP

MUSICIAN CIRCLE — $2,500 TO $4,999

DNB First Vince Liuzzi, EVP Chief Banking Officer

Joan and Wilbert D. Abele

East River Bank Mr. Christopher P. McGill President and CEO The Foundation of Morris Hall St. Lawrence, Inc. Jayne and Walter Garrison Mr. and Mrs. William A. Graham IV The Heritage Center of the Union League Jacobs Music Chris Rinaldi

Anonymous Aqua America, Inc. ASL Transportation Group Mr. James R. Donnelly President and CEO BNY Wealth Management Francis T. Schickling, Jr. Senior Director Salvatore and Amy Calabrese Charles Jacquin et Cie., Inc. Mr. Stanton Remer, CFO Citizens Bank Chris Baxter

John Marsella

Jana and Frank D’Andrea

Mandracchia and McWhirk, LLC Mr. Charles D. Mandracchia, Esq. Managing and Founding Partner

Susan and Charles Davidson

Mr. Lawrence G. McMichael Mr. David R. McShane Gregory Montanaro The Philadelphia Cultural Fund The Philadelphia Phillies The Prime Rib Mr. Garth Weldon Republic Bank Mr. Harry D. Madonna Chairman and CEO Mr. Andrew J. Santacroce Louis Scaglione Harold F. Scattergood, Jr. Boenning and Scattergood, Inc Chairman of the Board and CEO

Economy Restaurant Supply Exact Designs Mr. Richard Walling Jerry and Lucille Francesco Ron Giordano Grace Financial Capital, Inc. Legacy Advisors, LLC Mr. Michael T. Piotrowicz President Cpt. and Mrs. Jack P. Lieberman, US Navy (Retired) L. F. Driscoll Co., LLC Mr. Leroy E. Kean Keystone Motors Edythe and Robert Mazer Elizabeth and Terrence McCabe

George Turak

Christine and John Meko

Visit Philadelphia

J. and Brenda Nixon

Deborah and Andrew Webster William Penn Foundation

Obermeyer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel Nina B. Stryker, Esq. Trusts and Estates Department Chair

Edward and Joellyn Cattell

Dr. and Mrs. William Mestichelli

Crash Proof Retirement Phil Canella and Joann Small Co-hosts and Creators

Mr. and Mrs. Peter Michaelson

Gen. Ronald Coleman

J.W. Pepper & Sons, Inc.

Kevin Collins

Susan and Michael Petrone

Mr. and Mrs. Harvey J. Comita

The Philadelphia Foundation Pedro A. Ramos President

Michael J. and Lynne Cona Antoinette* and Charles Coyle


CTO Music Artists Carmen Tomassetti President

Sean Reilly Robert H. Rosen

Mr. Joseph M. DellaRatta

Rowan University

Susan and Matt Dupee

Joan Sacks and Lee Paynter

Barry Depew

Monique and Gary Silvi

Elko & Associates, Ltd.

Sofia Orthopaedics Cookie Angstadt-Simpson and Larry Simpson Stradley Ronon Stevens and Young, LLP Wm. Sasso, Esq. Ten Pennies Florist and Event Planners Ms. Ann Catania President

Senator Larry Farnese Mr. David Fineman

Gabriel A. Battista Beneficial Bank Bob Andrews Group, LLC Mr. Robert C. Andrews, Jr., P.E. President and CEO

Amany Mansour-Awad and George J. Awad Joseph Battaglini Charles E. Bennison, Jr. The Harold and Renee Berger Foundation Susan and Robert Brown Judith Burgess and Randy Bradway

Dr. Christopher Olivia

Christopher Wolfington

Hon. Paul and Nancy Panepinto

Zook Dinon PA

Ms. Eliana Papadakis ParenteBeard LLC Mr. Robert J. Ciaruffoli, CPA Chairman and CEO Penn Personalized Care Gary W. Dorshimer, MD, FACP, FCPP Official Physician of The Philly POPS

PRINCIPAL PLAYER — $500 TO $999 Rosemary Adiletto Aegis Property Group Barbara Alton Dr. and Mrs. Barry Ashmen

PNC Bank

Sandy and Vince Basanavage

Mr. Thomas Giangiulio

Cynthia and Gary Porter

Matt Bean

Ms. Gail Goldstein

PWGraphics, Inc. Mr. Paul D. Welde President

Mr. and Mrs. William Bennington

Mr. Theodore Robb Dr. Harry Rosenthal Savitz Family Foundation Marvin and Roberta Schimmel Mr. Wayne M. Schuh

Kelly-Cataldi Household

Robin Hauner and Mike Scott

Ms. Christine Lange

Pat and Michael Scully

LaRosa and Associates, LLC Certified Public Accountants Mr. Leon A. LaRosa Chair, Consulting Services

Mr. Robert Silverman and Ms. Randi Leavitt

Dominic Liberi The Reverend Michael Lipareli

Dr. Sucha and Mr. Michael Asbell

Ms. Jane Windle

Ms. Roselyn Barefield

Daniel J. Keating Company Stephen J. McKendrick Chairman and COO

Artistic Designs by Deidre Bob & Deidre Gatta

Wilmington Trust

Thomas Nowakowski, Sr.

The Reverend Lucy Pierre

Gavin Kahn


National Penn Bank

Phillip and Ellen Baer

Dr. Robert R. Jennings

BATON CIRCLE — $1,000 TO $2,499

Theresa and Paul Murtagh

Marty and Janice Wilensky Cupersmith, Wilensky, Steiger, Stempler & Co. LLP

Morgan Stanley

Barbara Petrone and Bill Suter

Marc Hembrough

The Wanerman Group UBS Financial Services, Inc.

Janet G. and Harold J. Whartnaby

Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce Rob Wonderling President

Dr. Cathy Greenberg

TD Bank

Momjian Anderer, LLC Mark A. Momjian

Wellshire Farms Louis B. Colameco, III

Ms. Theresa M. Lucianetti Mr. Mark D. Lupke

Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Smukler Walter and Alice Strine Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Szoke Peter Throm Management Mr. Peter Throm

Mr. Guy Berger Brian Bezark Mr. and Mrs. Robert Bortz Jane and Kenneth Brandt Sharon and Bill Bronstein Bonnie Brown and Don Wynne Judson Burch Mary Lou and Frank Burke Donna and Rita Catalano Mr. and Mrs. A.J. Clegg Frank Dandrea John Diederich Eleanor and Carl Dunn The Honorable Thomas Jay Ellis Mr. Jack Emas

Tot-Time Child Development Centers, Inc. Ms. Donna M. Parisi Owner

Joyce and Sheldon Eveloff

Charlie Wade

Mr. and Mrs. Donald Frueh

Mr. and Mrs. Michael Wagner

Mr. Donald Gagnon

Mr. John Marsella

Kathryn and Dr. Michael Warhol

Joseph Gambone

Ms. Elaine Meltzer*

Patricia Wellenbach

Mr. Peter H. Gistelinck

Jerome Marcus, MD Mr. and Mrs. David H. Marion, Esq. Gerald and Jeannine McMenamin

Maris and Roger Evoy Julie and Richard Frost

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FRIENDS OF THE PHILLY POPS continued Mr. Wayne Griest

Vanguard Charitable Endowment Program

Patricia and Gordon Munson

Nancy and Alan Grossman

Edward and Stella Turzanski

Richard and Barbara Orr

Dr. and Mrs. John A. Harman

Elizabeth Weinreb

Patricia and Michael Pence

Robert and Megan Hausler

Ms. Marilyn White

Penn Virginia Corporation

J. Allen Henryson

F. Gordon Yasinow

Drs. Domenic and Dorothy Pisano Mr. Brian Pultro

Cheryl D. Gunter and Paul A. Rabe

PERFORMER — $300 TO $499

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Purdy

Mr. Edward W. Hoy Jim Iannuzzi

Melville and Maria Ackerman

Ralph Riviello, MD

Ms. Jacqueline S. Klein

Pamela Altman

Mr. and Mrs. Harry C. Rosenberg

Stephen and Randy Klein

Gwenne and Ron Bailey

Bonnie Ledbetter

Mr. Paul Berenato

Mrs. Ellen Berman Lee

David Bolton

David Schneider and Rosalind Erwin in honor of William Nathan Erwin

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Levine

Thomas Brunner

Lenore and Brian Locke

Ms. Mary Louise Burgoyne

Virginia and Thomas J. Lynch

Harry and Kina Clark

Dr. Edward Mahaney, Jr.

Ms. Anne Congdon

Joseph F. Marino

Sarah and Joseph M. Corvasce

Dr. Michael Mittleman

Dr. Janet F. DeBerry

Dr. Catherine A. Michon

Mr. Robert Doman

Mr. Christopher D. Myers

Ruth Ann and Paul Fox

Mr. Richard F. Pagano

Dr. and Mrs. S. Michael Free

Mr. Frank C. Palopoli

Julie and Richard Frost

L. Stephan and Rochelle Perchick

Mr. and Mrs. John R. Fulton III

Leatrice and Herbert Pincus

Joan and Larry Glazerman

Mrs. Lois Pringle

Joseph and Jean Holman

Mrs. Lisa Procz and Ms. Marilyn Levin

Joanne and Carl Hudson

Ms. Lorraine E. Rodgers

Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Jaworowski

Mr. and Mrs. Harry C. Rosenberg

Rona and Bob Josephs

Curtis G. Shaffer and Thomas F. Kelly

Carole and Robert Keidel

Mr. Gary Ruff

Gerhart and Anne Klein

Mr. Paul Sloate

Nina and Alan Kirschner

Gabriel Staino

Dr. Ray and Terri Kovalski

Cynthia and Dr. Steven Sinclair

Drs. Lawrence and Lynn Levine

Mr. and Mrs. David Stedman

Mrs. Patricia Levitt

S.T. Hudson Engineers, Inc.

Shelly and Gerald Little

John and Sandra Stouffer

James and Karra Magnetta

Steve and Alice Tarr

Debbie and Elliot Maser

Rebecca and Brooks Van Pelt

Dr. Michael Mittelman

Lisa and Neal Howard

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Regina and John Riordan

Dr. Larry and Bonnie Seidman Dr. C. Morris Smith Ms. Myrna Soberano Dr. and Mrs. Clifford Sporn Mary Anne and John Sullivan Ms. Joyce Ann Swoyer Ronald Vickers Dr. Anthony and Marlene Volpe Ms. Dale Wallace Wealth Development Group Barbara and Joseph V. Weber Ms. Linda M. Werne Bonnie Brown and Don Wynne

Current Membership as of date of printing. *in memoriam

HOLDING IT DOWN: THE VETERANS’ DREAMS PROJECT VIJAY IYER & MIKE LADD APRIL 22, 2016 | 8 PM multimedia work that explores the subconscious, national and personal “ It’s an engrossingidentity, and the tensions between duty and conscience. ” – NY TIMES Kimmel Center is proud to present Holding It Down: The Veterans’ Dreams Project, the latest project to emerge from the longtime collaboration of Grammy-nominated jazz pianist / composer, Vijay Iyer, and celebrated hip-hop artist, Mike Ladd. This multi-media work combines music, poetry, song, and video to portray the actual dreams of young veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars — turning the unspeakable to the speakable.

Join us for two FREE, unique, & inspiring community outreach experiences! COMBAT PAPER-MAKING WORKSHOP


FEBRUARY 20, 2016

MARCH 10, 2016



Holding It Down: The Veterans’ Dreams Project has been supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.



AJM Insurance is a proud supporter of the Philly POPS, and during this joyous holiday season would like to say to all the patrons of the Philadelphia arts.

Thank You

Tony Mahon

President, AJM Insurance

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Inspired by our history Focused on innovation Committed to community

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Working in concert

Working in concert to honor those to honor those who protect who protect us. us.

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Eastern Standard Salutes our Military and First Responders



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proudly salute members of the Armed Services and the Philadelphia Police and Fire Departments

Equus Capital Partners, Ltd., is one of the nation’s leading private equity real estate fund managers. Equus’ portfolio consists of over 24 million square feet of office, retail, and industrial properties and nearly 13,000 apartment units in 53 multi-family communities located throughout the United States. Philadelphia I Yardley I Chicago I Washington, D.C. I Los Angeles I Raleigh I Atlanta I Boston

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brav • er • y noun /`brav( )re/ e

courageous behavior or character

synonyms: courage, valor, intrepidity, fearlessness, heroism

We salute the brave men and women who protect us at home and abroad

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They are the best and brightest that our country has to offer. Kudos to you all and may God watch over you and keep you safe.

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It feels good to give back. And together with our generous customers and employees, Macy’s averages more than $1 million a week to initiatives important to you and your community – arts, education, the environment, HIV/AIDS, and women’s health and wellness. It adds up to $69 million a year. It’s a good feeling we can all share, and to us, that’s the magic of giving.

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Thanks to our military and first responders!

Melmark provides residential, educational, vocational and therapeutic services for children and adults diagnosed with autism, intellectual disabilities, acquired brain injury and other neurological and genetic disorders. We are grateful for our community partners who serve and protect our neighborhoods. 1-888-MELMARK

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is proud to support THE PHILLY POPS CHRISTMAS SALUTE A Tribute to the Military and First Responders. 108 D Centre Boulevard Marlton, NJ 08053

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Philadelphia Energy Solutions Proudly Supports

PES believes in going beyond supporting the communities in which we live and work. Through our active support of youth, culture, health, education and environmental opportunities, we strive to improve the quality of life for our employees and our neighbors.

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We put our energy into the community. At PECO, our employees invest thousands of volunteer hours and we contribute more than $5 million each year to help our communities grow and prosper. We also champion efforts that impact education, the environment, arts and culture, and community enrichment. PECO is proud to support the Philly POPS’ Christmas Salute—A Tribute to the Military and First Responders. We thank all military and first responders for their sacrifices and applaud their service. Find out more at © PECO Energy Company, 2015

MAKE AN IMPACT The Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau proudly recognizes those who make a significant impact on our region each and every day: all members of the active military, our local police and fire departments, and other crucial first responders. We salute your unwavering dedication and ongoing service. For those of you not in uniform, but still looking to make your own impact, why not use your influence to bring the next major gathering of your business, volunteer organization or association to Philadelphia? After all, meetings and conventions generate billions of dollars each year for local businesses and support more than 188,000 jobs in the region. We’re here to help. or 1-855-MEET-PHL

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HERE’S TO ANSWERING THE CALL. Comcast, NBC10, Telemundo62, and Comcast Spectacor are proud to join The Philly POPS in saluting our heroes. Thank you for your service at home and abroad. COMCASTCORPORATION.COM


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SEA BOX SUPPORTS ALL OF THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO RISK THEIR LIVES IN THE MILITARY, POLICE AND FIRE DEPARTMENTS EVERYDAY FOR OUR SAFETY! ISO Shipping & Storage Containers Modular Building Systems Refrigerated Containers Custom Modifications Sales & Rentals 1 SEA BOX Drive East Riverton, NJ 08077 Ph: 856.303.1101 | Fx: 856.303.1501 Email: Web: I’ll Be Home for Christmas — A Salute to the Military and First Responders | December 2015 | 55



And you make that freedom possible. Thank you!

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PFFCU Opens the Door to a Lifetime of Financial Oppor tunities! Telephone Member Service and Rates 215-931-0300 • 1-800-228-8801 Monday – Friday 8:30 am – 6 pm Saturday 8:30 am – 4 pm Information also available after hours.

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SALUTE SERIES 2015 EVENTS In Celebration of Memorial Day May 23, 2015 Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, PA

In Celebration of Independence Day July 3, 2015 Independence Hall, Philadelphia, PA

In Celebration of Independence Day July 4, 2015 The Wildwood Bandshell at Fox Park, Ocean Boulevard, Wildwood, NJ



In Celebration of Veterans Day Nov. 11, 2015 Vietnam Veterans Memorial Philadelphia, PA

Here at The Philly POPS, we believe in honoring our country's longstanding commitment to traditions, values, and service through the transformative power of music. To that end, we've created The Philly POPS Salute Series, a collection of fun-filled small- and

I’ll Be Home for Christmas: A Salute to the Military and First Responders

large-scale performances that feature selections from

Dec. 4, 2015

the great American Songbook, in celebration of our

Verizon Hall, Kimmel Center Philadelphia, PA

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In Memoriam

Dr. John M. Templeton, Jr. “Jack” One who loved his God, his Family and his Country February 19, 1940 - May 16, 2015 I know that my Redeemer liveth Job 19:25

join us



Deck the halls with boughs of holly Fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la ‘Tis the season to be jolly Fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la Don we now our gay apparel Fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la Troll the ancient yuletide carol

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Fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la See the blazing yule before us Fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la Strike the harp and join the chorus Fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la Follow me in Merry Measure Fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la While I tell of yuletide treasure Fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la



Dashing through the snow In a one-horse open sleigh

O come, all ye faithful, joy—ful and triumphant

O'er the fields we go

O come ye O come ye to Bethlehem;

Laughing all the way

Come and behold him, born the King of Angels

Bells on bobtail ring Making spirits bright What fun it is to ride and sing a sleighing song tonight!

O come let us adore Him O come let us adore Him O come let us adore Him, Christ, the Lord

Oh! Jingle Bells, Jingle bells, Jingle all the way Oh! What fun it is to ride


In a one horse open sleigh

Silent night Holy Night All is calm All is bright ‘Round yon Virgin, Mother and Child Holy Infant, so tender and mild Sleep in heavenly peace Sleep in heavenly peace

WE WISH YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS We wish you a Merry Christmas, we wish you a Merry Christmas We wish you a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year Good tidings we bring to you and your kin Good tidings for Christmas and a happy New Year We wish you a Merry Christmas, We wish you a Merry Christmas, We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year We wish you a Merry Christmas, We wish you a Merry Christmas, We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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