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Letter From the President

5 Program 6


22 Corporate Partner Spotlight: KeyBank

The Philly POPS

8 Second Annual I’ll Be Home For

St. Thomas Gospel Choir


Organist: Peter Richard Conte

Christmas: A Salute to the Military and

26 Board of Directors

First Responders in Photos


Administrative Staff


Christmas in July Photos


Corporate and Community Support


Amazon Bike Giveaway


Friends of the Philly POPS


The Philly POPS Roster


POPS in Schools


Music Director: Michael Krajewski

34 Photos: A Decade of Christmas


Vocalist/Pianist: Tony DeSare


The Philly POPS Festival Chorus

52 Sing-Along


Philadelphia Boys Choir & Chorale


Concert Attendees

POPS Holiday Greeting

Artists and program subject to change without notice. Please silence all cell phones and electronic devices. No flash photography.



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LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT We Wish You The Very Merriest Of Christmases! Welcome to A Philly POPS Christmas! It’s certainly the most wonderful time of the year for us at the POPS. We’re particularly happy that our Music Director, Michael Krajewski, is conducting these holiday shows this season for the first time. And, we’re thrilled to welcome back the talented Tony DeSare, an amazing talent also here for his first set of Christmas performances. I’m sure most of you have heard about the success we had on December 2 with our Third Annual Comcast NBCUniversal I’ll Be Home for Christmas: A Salute to the Military and First Responders. We again honored 2,000 American heroes, members of the various branches of the Armed Services, the Police and Fire Departments and other service personnel. It was a night to remember—and the perfect way to kick off our Christmas run, infusing all who attended with the spirit of the season. We want to thank all of you for your support of the POPS throughout the year. Certainly, the POPS benefits greatly from your generosity and enthusiasm. We also want to thank the wonderful musicians of the POPS orchestra, our Music Director Michael Krajewski, the members of our Festival Chorus and the POPS staff. All contributed greatly to our best year yet.

On behalf of our Board of Directors, I extend to you the warmest of wishes for a magical holiday season!

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

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THE PHILLY POPS® The Philly POPS, the largest standalone pops orchestra in the United States, delights audiences with the inspired performance of American popular music. The POPS celebrates this distinctive musical heritage through an expanding repertoire of innovative concert presentations and a robust set of educational and engagement initiatives. Now in its 38th season, the official POPS orchestra of Pennsylvania serves a consistently growing audience of over 100,000 annually. Music Director Michael Krajewski and the 65-piece Philly POPS orchestra keeps listeners tapping their toes to an impressive repertoire of songs from colonial times to the 1920s up through today’s chart toppers. Outside the concert hall, Salute Series performances – including POPS on Independence on July 3 and the I’ll Be Home for Christmas: A Salute to the Military and First Responders event – celebrate the American tradition of service around important national holidays; POPS in Schools enhances music education for Philadelphia School District students; and POPS Outside brings POPS music to local communities. The Philly POPS performs as a founding resident company of The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, and at venues throughout the mid-Atlantic region.

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The Philly POPS Today Thanks to its passionate supporters, The Philly POPS is generating significant growth in ticket sales and attendance, with particular growth in the POPS subscription base. These advances are the driving force behind innovative programming for new audiences, meaningful work that benefits local communities, and a new slate of in-school education programs.
 The Philly POPS is breaking out of the concert hall and bringing music to the streets of Philadelphia and its surrounding towns. Look for POPS artists performing in pop-up beer gardens, city parks, leisure venues, public schools, and alongside some of the greatest vocalists of our time.

Salute Series The Salute Series, an expanding portfolio of programs performed on American holidays, celebrates those who serve our country, its cities, and communities. Performances including Memorial Salute, POPS on Independence on July 3, POPS in Philadelphia on July 4, and Veterans Salute showcase the magic of the orchestra to diverse and enthusiastic crowds. The annual I’ll Be Home for Christmas concert rings in the holiday season with a free concert for active military, police, and fire department families.

POPS in Schools POPS in Schools enhances music education for approximately 1,000 students in the Philadelphia School District by embedding POPS artists in ten high schools to coach and mentor music students participating in the All City Jazz program. The Philly POPS is the presenting sponsor of the All City Jazz Festival held each spring.

POPS Outside Outside the concert hall, POPS Outside brings the talented and experienced musicians of the Philly POPS to unexpected places, including monthly community engagement experiences, free preconcert activities, and in-school events.

POPS Presents POPS Presents events expand The Philly POPS' reach into a variety of genres and with guest artists of ever-greater reputation and talent, including Andrea Bocelli and Deana Martin.
 The Philly POPS has proudly been a Philadelphia icon for the last four decades and happily anticipates reaching tens of thousands of new listeners through these expanding programs.

The Philly POPS is presented by Encore Series, Inc., a non-profit organization enriching the cultural life of Philadelphia through the performing arts. For more information, please visit

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A festive benefit concert that rang in the holiday season for 2,000 members of the service community with a night of magical music and generosity of spirit.



DECEMBER 4, 2015

Every year, the Philly POPS celebrates the on-sale date for tickets to A Philly POPS Christmas with a bike giveaway event for children of members of the military, Philadelphia police and fire departments. In coordination with Comcast NBCUniversal, Amazon, L’OrÊal, National HR and a number of private donors, the POPS tripled the number of bikes donated this year!

JULY 19, 2016




Michael Ludwig

Miles Davis

Matt Gallagher

Rachael Ludwig

Anne Peterson

Bob Gravener

Charlene Kwas

Stephen Groat

George Rabbai

Emme Kumrow



Carlos Rubio

Edward Schultz

Brian Pastor

Ben Scott

Ron Kerber

Michael Purdy

Gared Crawford

Frances Tate

David Cianci



David Schneider

Brian Brown

Guillaume Combet

Paul Reiser Charles Parker

2ND VIOLIN Erica Miller Michelle Bishop


Kate Suk

William Kerrigan

Yu Hui Tamae Lee


David Nelson

Louis Lanza

Joseph Smith

Zachary Crystal

Sarah Dubois

Kaj Hansen


Greg Teperman Diane Barnett


Chris Hanning

Mark Allen



Davis Barnett


Marjorie Goldberg

Norman Spielberg

Scott Wagner

Colleen Hood

Ellen Trainer

Steve Beskrone

HARP Andre Tarantiles

Sarah Sutton


Gerry Rice

John David Smith


George Barnett

Jeff Smith


Jonathan Clark

Uli Boeckheler

Ryan Stewart

Jon Fink George Atanasiu Brooke Beazley Pat Daniels Talia Schiff

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music director

MICHAEL KRAJEWSKI Philly POPS Music Director Michael Krajewski’s earliest memories of hearing symphonic music were summertime concerts in local parks in his hometown of Detroit. “My parents enjoyed music, but didn’t go to classical concerts,” Michael says. “My first tastes of hearing an orchestra live were in that informal setting, and that’s what probably steered me toward becoming a pops conductor.” He knew he wanted a career in music and always harbored the idea of becoming a conductor in the back of his mind. “I decided to get serious about myself as a musician and see how far I could push myself,” he says. “It seemed like a pipe dream — no one around where I grew up even thinks about something like becoming an orchestra conductor, but I didn’t want to live the rest of my life wondering what would have happened if I hadn’t tried.” Michael’s big break came when he was named Antal Dorati Fellowship Conductor of the Detroit Symphony in 1979 and gained experience conducting a major American orchestra. He went on to become assistant conductor of the Detroit Symphony, resident conductor of the Florida Symphony,

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and music director of Modesto Symphony — all the while splitting his time between conducting classical, educational, pops, and outdoor concerts, often before non-traditional audiences. He is now a full-time pops conductor and serves as principal pops conductor of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Houston Symphony, and the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra and since 2013, as Music Director and Conductor of The Philly POPS. Michael especially enjoys creating pops programs from scratch. “We’re playing music that wasn’t written for symphony orchestra ­— we create all new arrangements and match the right artists to the programs,” he says. “It’s really satisfying.” His favorite experiences include pairing music with Cirque du Soleil-style acrobatics and creating tributes to American popular music legends like Simon & Garfunkel and Carole King. “I feel that The Philly POPS is the best pops orchestra in the country and the best at doing these kinds of concerts,” Michael says. “And I love Philadelphia ­— it has a wonderful history and tradition of excellence in music and the performing arts.” Michael has conducted throughout North America and around the globe, and has collaborated with a diverse group of internationally-renowned artists, including Art Garfunkel, Kenny Loggins, Ben Folds, Wynonna Judd, Jason Alexander, Chicago, and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. Michael lives in Orlando, Florida, with his wife Darcy. He enjoys solving crossword puzzles, photography, and traveling ­— especially to Italy.

“I feel that The Philly POPS is the best pops orchestra in the country and the best at doing these kinds of concerts, and I love Philadelphia…" —MICHAEL KRAJEWSKI

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TONY DESARE Tony DeSare performs with infectious joy, wry playfulness and robust musicality. Named a Rising Star Male Vocalist in Downbeat magazine, DeSare has lived up to this distinction by winning critical and popular acclaim for his concert performances throughout North America and abroad. From jazz clubs to Carnegie Hall to Las Vegas headlining with Don Rickles and major symphony orchestras, DeSare has brought his fresh take on old-school class around the globe. DeSare has three top ten Billboard jazz albums under his belt and has been featured on the CBS’s The Early Show, NPR, A Prairie Home Companion, the Today Show and his music has been posted by social media celebrity juggernaut, George Takei. Notwithstanding his critically acclaimed turns as a singer/pianist, DeSare is also an accomplished award-winning composer. He not only won first place in the USA Songwriting Contest, but has written the theme song for the motion picture, My Date With Drew, several broadcast commercials and has composed the full soundtrack for the December 2016 film Love Always, Santa. His sound is romantic, swinging and sensual, but what sets DeSare apart is his ability to write original material that sounds fresh and contemporary, yet pays homage to the Great American Songbook. His compositions include a wide-range of romantic, funny, and soulful sounds that can be found on his top-selling recordings. DeSare releases new recordings, videos of standards and new originals every few weeks on his YouTube channel, iTunes and Spotify. Follow Tony on Facebook, Twitter and subscribe on YouTube to stay connected. Tony DeSare is a Yamaha Artist. 14 | Encore! | The Philly POPS

THE PHILLY POPS FESTIVAL CHORUS The Philly POPS Festival Chorus is a 150-voice ensemble that performs with The Philly POPS for A Philly POPS Christmas 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 Philly 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.

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.

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Geoff Albert-Bolinski

Peggy Hayward

Ted Newell

Mark Anderson

Don Henry

Flora Novick

Bob Arndt

Marian Henry

Kim Nurick

Michelle Balentine

Mark Henry

Mark Olsen

Morgan Barlow

Richard Henry

Amy Osterhoudt

Paul Barnett

Shafiq Hicks

Lew Osterhoudt

Linda Beaver

Kacy Hofstetter

Jim Palmer

Jack Bloeser

Kim Hofstetter

Betty Pannell

Cori Bortnem

Soyeon Huh

Ellen Paparone

Connie Bosna

Charlotte Humes

Laurie Pellicore

Stephanie Bourland

Enrica Iacovone

Maggie Place

Tracy Brobyn

Willa Jaffe

Michael Pugh

Ned Brouillette

Connie Jones

Marilyn Radley

Fabiene Brown

Nancy Kadwill

Scott Radley

Chris Brubaker

Helena Kan

Anna Ready

Massimo Brutto

Maureen Keeney

Brian Reid

Barbara Carfolite

Lauren Kelley

Betsy Rich

Edra Chandler

Jim Kelsh

David Riegel

Melody Chappell

Lynne Kolodinsky

Denise Rose

Anna Clarke

Nick Kolodinsky

Jane Rose

Doug Clayton

Joseph Kramer

Allison Rossi

Rober Coble

Joan Labosh

Evan Samlin

Lauren Darkes

Michael Labosh

Al Sauter

Phil Davis

Vicky Lee

Mary Anne Saveoz

Mary DeFlaviis

Zaria Leonard-White

Peter Scarpato

Tina DiCroce

Jayne Lester

Laura Schmidt

Kelly Dougherty

Amy Lewis

Barbara Schwartz

Tom Dwyer

Don Lewis

Joe Schwartz

Lindsey Evans

Alex Li

Maura Schwartz

Pamela Fernsler

Jieling Lin

Charles Scott

Joseph Fong

Joanne Lipa

Katie Seregely

Nancy Gager

Shurong Liu

Sally Siegfried

Luis X. Garcia

Jeffrey Masino

Laurel Smail

Patti Garver

Liz Mataset

Elaine Soulliard

Amber Gay

Tonya Mayo

Peter Spengeman

Kelly Germann

Erika McCandless

Tina Stanfa

Mary Ellen Gilbert

Mike McCausland

Allison Stephens

Rachel Goldberg

Jennifer McGowan

Cynthia Stockton

Jennifer Gottschalk

Patrick McGranahan

Jonathan Storace

Calli Graver

Maryann McKenzie

Kate Strubinger

Evan Graver

Sherry Mistler

Nancy Sullivan

Jaye Green

Jewel Moore

Maddie Swinger

Thomas Green

Permelia Mullen

Emily Szal

Kathy Guy

Michael Nahill

Hsi Tai

Wei Ping Tai Diane Tan Laura Teal Jessica Teh Jane Tonkin Jon Treadwell Laura Velarides Nicole Volpa Brandon Weber Linda Welte Vivian Williams Katie Winner Constance Yetke Zanna Yoshida Eric Yu Linda Zanella Melina Zhang Alden Zove Tom Baust - Accompanist

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PHILADELPHIA BOYS CHOIR & CHORALE Renowned for its commanding musicianship, intelligence and interpretive abilities, the Emmy-winning and Grammy-nominated Philadelphia Boys Choir has cultivated a devoted following worldwide for its highly acclaimed concerts and performances. Established in 1968, achievements include world tours, recordings with internationally renowned artists such as Luciano Pavarotti, television appearances (Saturday Night Live, Good Morning America, etc), and praise from critics and audiences worldwide.

JEFFREY R. SMITH, Music Director An alumnus of Philadelphia Boys Choir & Chorale, Smith stepped into the position of Music Director in 2004 and has since led the choir on concert tours throughout North America, South America, Europe and Asia. Under his direction, the choir has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Pennsylvania Ballet, Philly POPS, Opera Philadelphia and Curtis Institute. Venues have included the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, the Academy of Music in Philadelphia, and Carnegie Hall in New York City. Among the political dignitaries in the audience were prime ministers and presidents, including Barack Obama. Smith is a 1999 summa cum laude graduate of Ithaca College with a Bachelor of Music in Composition. His original compositions and vocal/instrumental arrangements have been performed by various ensembles throughout the country, including the Toledo Symphony, York Theatre (NYC), Ocean City Pops and Philly POPS. As a pianist in much demand, Smith has played with the Philadelphia Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony, Philly POPS, and for several shows on and Off-Broadway. He is also assistant conductor for the Philly POPS.

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Boys between the ages of 7-12 who like to sing are encouraged to audition for the Choir. Please call (215) 222-3500 or e-mail to arrange an appointment. Visit the website at





Nathan Birdwell

Griffin Anderson

Caden Atlas

Aiden Barrow

Evan Bishop

Luke Branes-Huff

Cameron Bowden

Julian Bates-Harris

Dawan Brown

Zac Brosky

River Bunster

Corey Becker

Devin Casas

Rowan Cahill

Jason Cho

Malachi Brown

Charlie Connolly

Danny Cook

Samad Dunbar

Alexander Byler

Zachary Crothamel

Vaughn A. Cultrara

Elijah Grandberry

Julian Caesar

Christopher Doyle

Dante DiMaio

Ivan Harlamov

Benjamin Favino

Damian Ferraro

Sam Heft

Aleem Gaetano Castillo-Gambardella

Luke Ganley

Conor James Gilmore

Daniel Hicks

Patrick Corcoran

Jeffrey Jabbour

Aviv Haroz

Brandon Hillwig

Nathaniel Garthe

Noah Jaouad

Sean Harrington

Joseph Kenworthey

Peter Gauntt

Ethan Lander

James Hinesley

Cyril Leahy

Mekkhi Hernandez

Matt Malec

Gabriel Johnson

Michael Lowry

Zachary Jaeger

Liam Miller

Matthew Kiernan

Renkai Luo

Camron Kaiser

Elijah Morman

Phillip R. King

Danard McNair

Tyler Krasting

Philip Okala

Ethan Lee

Samuel Miller

Lyonel LaGrone

Owen Reece

Maximilian Missler

Julian Mills

Lucas Laje

John Reilly V

Andrew Owens

Nathanael Moore

Julian Lucca

JD Scarpa

Jonah Owens

Michael Ryan Naddeo

Luke Mumma

Evan Schaffer

Will Pickering

Payton Owens

Andrew Newman

Benjamin Steinberg

Sridhar Shenoy

Spencer Rosenbaum

Samuel Rekulak

Colin Thomas-Philip

Emmet vonRoach

Sergio Tristen Santana

Jason Wearing

Jake Wade

Alden Walker

Matthew Sleeper

Joshua Xavier

Daniel West

Charles Witmer

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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 at Radio City Music Hall in New York, and regularly sings with The Philly Pops for their Christmas concerts. This year STGC won CD of the year and Walt Blocker won Producer of the year for their latest recording at the Rhythm of Gospel Music Awards held in Memphis, TN and named a finalist in the PHL Live Music competition held here in Philadelphia. The STGC is currently celebrating 25 years of music ministry.

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WALTIER 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, actor and sometimes write music with The Philly Pops, for The Washington National Cathedral, national music conventions, churches and choirs around the country.




Amanita Thomas

Adrienne Logan

Charles Holloway

Attice Whiters

Aliyah Jones

Dale Williams

Brenda Battle

Angela Jones

Daniel Rhodan

Calais Harris

Autumn Simmons

Darren T. Cottman

Cheryl McCoy

Ava Anderson

Daryn Stewart

Debbie Purnell-Otey

Carmella Holloway

Devvyn Holloway

Debbie Stewart

Carol Fisher

Everette Ellis

Delois Whiters

China Guess

Gregory Ryles

Earlene Ford

Clara Mae Daniels

James Stewart

Endrea Holland

Debbie Sampson

John Cheeseborough

Janelle Natson

Deneka Anderson

Julien Sandjong

Jamielle Natson

Gladyce DuBrey

Justin Trotman

Jenelle Wilson-Johnson

Jackie Sampson

Margarette Golding

Jenny Forman

Leslie Willis-Lowry

Mary Ann Phillips

Joy Holland

Lois Toney

Michael Lowry

Lenoria DeVine

Michaela Devins

Michael Small

Lynn Gant

Nancy Jean-Sewell

Scott Nichols

Lynne Galloway

Pamela Galloway

Teri Hammond

Shanae Williams

Patricia Akins

Vincent Gumbs

Shanay Chambers

Shaleen Manning

Wayne Browne

Susan Patricia Ben

Shannon Kemmer

Wendella Fox

Shavonne Shipman-Cook

Zelda Wilburn

Teena Watson-Matthews Tyler Wilson

PASTOR/DIRECTOR/MUSICIANS Rev. Dr. Fr Martini Shaw Church Rector Waltier Blocker Director Dr. Jay Fluellen Piano Waymond Elliott Keyboard A Philly POPS Christmas | December 2016 | 21

corporate partner spotlight


KeyCorp’s roots trace back 190 years to Albany, New York. Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, Key is one of the nation’s largest bank-based financial services companies. Key is proud to expand its footprint to the Philadelphia region in 2016. Key provides deposit, lending, cash management, insurance and investment services to individuals and small and mid-sized businesses in 15 states through a network of more than 1,200 branches and more than 1,500 ATMs. Key also provides a broad range of sophisticated corporate and investment banking products, such as merger and acquisition advice, public and private debt and equity, syndications and derivatives to middle market companies in selected industries throughout the United States. For more information, visit KeyBank and First Niagara Bank are Member FDIC Institutions.

“We’re grateful to KeyBank for supporting our Salute Series. This partnership helps us to bring the music of the POPS to over 50,000 people at free concerts presented in celebration of the American tradition of service on national holidays throughout the year. Thank you, KeyBank, for believing in the power of music!” — Frank Giordano, Philly POPS President and CEO 22 | Encore! | The Philly POPS

“KeyBank is pleased to sponsor the Philly POPS’s salute to our active military and first responders, and we wish you and yours a magical experience at today’s performance and a happy and healthy holiday season.” — Robert D. Kane, Jr., Market President, KeyBank ROBERT D. KANE, JR., Market President Robert D. Kane, Jr. is the Market President of KeyBank for the Eastern Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey region, and brings more than 30 years of corporate banking experience to KeyBank. Prior to joining KeyBank/First Niagara, he served as senior vice president of PNC Bank’s suburban Philadelphia, Delaware and Central Pennsylvania corporate banking groups. During his career at PNC Bank, he held numerous sales and credit management roles, mainly focused on the middle market segment. A graduate of Mount Saint Mary’s University in Maryland, Bob earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting and attended Temple University for graduate work, with a concentration in Finance. He also graduated from an advanced management program at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. Bob is involved with many organizations within the community as a board or committee member, including the Pennsylvania Bankers Association, World Affairs Council, National Association of Corporate Directors, Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau, Philadelphia Zoo, Philabundance, Charles Ellis Trust for Girls, Devereux, First Niagara Foundation and St. David’s Golf Club. Bob and his wife reside in Villanova and have four adult children.

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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

He has performed with The Philadelphia Orchestra,

and arranger of organ transcriptions. He has been

The Philly POPS, and with numerous orchestras

featured several times on National Public Radio

around the country.

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.

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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BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2016–17 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 Carol A. Eggert Frank Giordano Louis K. Habina, Esq. Mark D. Lupke Barry Magarick Bruce Anthony Mahon II James M. Matour, Esq. Gregory Montanaro Sandra Muller Anthony “Tony” Roth Andrew J. Santacroce Samuel J. Savitz Chairman Emeritus Louis Scaglione Anthony Serafine Gary Silvi Deborah Smith Webster

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 Patricia Wells, Office Manager and Executive Assistant to the President

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

MARKETING Mark Gisi, Partner, Brand Strategist, Eastern Standard

Karen Corbin, Vice President Jeth Mill, Senior Director of Programs and Production Bud Scheerer, Director of Sales and Customer Relations Sarah Maiellano, Assistant Director of Communications Jason Ward, Senior Manager of Engagement

PUBLIC RELATIONS Sharla Feldscher, Feldscher Horwitz Public Relations

GENERAL COUNSEL David H. Marion, Esq.

Reginald-Chris Mendoza, Staff Accountant Joseph Croft, Contributed Revenue Coordinator Keith Obaza, Program Associate

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CORPORATE & 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's commitment to music excellence. The Philly POPS is an approved Educational Improvement Organization (EIO) by the PA Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) certified to receive donations through Education Improvement Tax Credit (EITC).


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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+ Comcast NBCUniversal Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Parx Casino

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

Jacobs Music Chris Rinaldi

LaVan Law Julie LaVan

M&T Bank

Macy’s Rochelle and Barry Magarick Mr. Mark Nicoletti

Vic and Urve Maggitti John Marsella Christine and John Meko Gregory Montanaro Muller, Inc. Sandra Muller President

ORCHESTRA SOCIETY $50,000 TO $99,999

Pepper Hamilton, LLP Anne and Joe Del Raso

Dottie and Frank Giordano

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


Manning and Virginia Smith

The Prime Rib Mr. Garth Weldon

Susan and Chase McDaniel Philadelphia Energy Solutions Phil Rinaldi Principal Partner and CEO Josephine “Pina” Templeton, M.D.

The Union League of Philadelphia Mr. Jeffrey P. McFadden General Manager

MAESTRO CIRCLE $25,000 TO $49,999

Wanamaker Entertainment Group Paul Conaway Chairman and CEO

AJM Insurance Management Tony Mahon President EQUUS Capital Partners LTD Monica and Dan DiLella

ENCORE CIRCLE $5,000 TO $9,999 Tim and Pam Alles Aqua America, Inc.

The City of Philadelphia

Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Carlucci Clark Capital Management Group

Archer and Greiner, P.C. Salvatore M. DeBunda, Esq. Beneficial Bank Bochetto and Lentz CBS3 TV CFI, The Knoll Dealer Dilworth Paxson LLP Mr. James M. Matour, Esq.

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

Republic Bank Mr. Harry D. Madonna Chairman and CEO Eric Rosen in memory of Robert Rosen Louis Scaglione Boenning and Scattergood, Inc Harold F. Scattergood, Jr. Chairman of the Board and CEO Karen and John Sirlin George Turak UMH Holdings John Aglialoro and Joan Carter Visit Philadelphia

Creative Financial Group Gary Daniels, CLU, ChFC, CAP

Deborah and Andrew Webster

DNB First Vince Liuzzi, EVP Chief Banking Officer

William Penn Foundation

The Foundation of Morris Hall St. Lawrence, Inc. Jerry and Lucille Francesco

Haverford Trust Company

Jayne and Walter Garrison

Kaufman Financial Services Mr. Larry A. Kaufman

Mr. and Mrs. William A. Graham IV


The Heritage Center of the Union League

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The Philadelphia Phillies

Mr. Andrew J. Santacroce

Pennsylvania Council on the Arts

PRESIDENT’S CIRCLE $10,000 TO $24,999

The Philadelphia Cultural Fund

Louis K. Habina, Esp.

Wells Fargo Bank Wilmington Trust ZAC Management Group Anthony Zingarelli Principal/COO

MUSICIAN CIRCLE $2,500 TO $4,999 Joan and Wilbert D. Abele Anonymous Aqua America, Inc.

ASL Transportation Group Mr. James R. Donnelly President and CEO Gabriel A. Battista Chris Baxter Nancy and James Baxter BNY Wealth Management Francis T. Schickling, Jr. Senior Director Salvatore and Amy Calabrese The Caramanico Foundation Mr. Paul Catinella Charles Jacquin et Cie., Inc. Mr. Stanton Remer, CFO Karen Corbin Jana and Frank D’Andrea Susan and Charles Davidson Drexel University John A. Fry President Ella Fitzgerald Foundation Exact Designs Mr. Richard Walling Ron Giordano Kathleen and Bruce Goldberg Grace Financial Capital, Inc.


Ms. Gail Goldstein

Roscommon International Sean Reilly President & CEO

Lisa Hale Charles Keates Michael Keenan

Rowan University Dr. Ali Houshmand President

Ms. Christine Lange Riccardo Longo

Joan Sacks and Lee Paynter Monique and Gary Silvi Stradley Ronon Stevens and Young, LLP Wm. Sasso, Esq.

Christian R. & Mary F. Lindback Foundation Mr. Mark D. Lupke Gerald and Jeannine McMenamin Mr. Lawrence G. McMichael

Ten Pennies Florist and Event Planners Ms. Ann Catania President

Ms. Elaine Meltzer*

TD Bank

Michael Milone

The Wanerman Group UBS Financial Services, Inc.

Morgan Stanley

Metropolitan Contract Carpet Joe Pelosi Mr. and Mrs. Peter Michaelson

Mark Morganthaler Stephen Muracco Dominic Nigro

BATON CIRCLE $1,000 TO $2,499

Laurie and Christopher Olivia Hon. Paul and Nancy Panepinto

Anonymous Dr. Sucha and Mr. Michael Asbell Amany Mansour-Awad and George J. Awad

Penn Personalized Care Gary W. Dorshimer, MD, FACP, FCPP Official Physician of The Philly POPS The Reverend Lucy Pierre

Legacy Advisors, LLC Mr. Michael T. Piotrowicz President

The Harold and Renee Berger Foundation

Cpt. and Mrs. Jack P. Lieberman, US Navy (Retired)

Geraldine Camishion

L. F. Driscoll Co., LLC

Edward and Joellyn Cattell

Mr. Leroy E. Kean

Ivan Ciment

Mr. and Mrs. David H. Marion, Esq.

Priscilla and Aaron Cohen

Edythe and Robert Mazer

Gen. Ronald Coleman

Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation

Kevin Collins

South Jersey Gastroenterology P.A. Dr. Joseph Savon

Michael J. and Lynne Cona

Peggy and David Stedman

Brenda and J. Nixon

CRW Graphics David Van Dusen

Paul Stewart

Thomas Nowakowski, Sr.

Mr. Joseph M. DellaRatta

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

Susan and Matt Dupee

J.W. Pepper & Sons, Inc.

Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce Rob Wonderling President

Elizabeth and Terrence McCabe

Susan Petrone The Philadelphia Foundation Pedro A. Ramos President

Jane and Kenneth Brandt

Cynthia and Gary Porter Mr. Robert Rau

Joan and Richard Carella

Barry Depew Maris and Roger Evoy Lisa Fazi

Arlene and Stan Ginsburg

Pine Belt Auto Louis Trebino

Mr. Theodore Robb Ms. Joyce Seewald Sando Savitz Family Foundation Marvin and Roberta Schimmel

Technology Concierge Group Gerald Francesco President Peter Throm Management Mr. Peter Throm Tot-Time Child Development Centers, Inc. Ms. Donna M. Parisi Owner John Turchi Kathryn and Dr. Michael Warhol

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FRIENDS OF THE PHILLY POPS continued Elizabeth Weinreb

Marian Disken

Patricia Wellenbach

Emilio Degregorio


Wellshire Farms Louis B. Colameco, III

Ruth Ann and Paul Fox

Melville and Maria Ackerman

Julie and Richard Frost

Pamela Altman

Janet G. and Harold J. Whartnaby

Joan and Larry Glazerman

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Bortz

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

Nancy and Alan Grossman

Thomas Brunner

Dr. and Mrs. John A Harman

Ms. Mary Chirillo

Ms. Jane Windle

Cheryl D. Gunter and Paul A. Rabe

Beverly and Herbert Cohen

Nina and Alan Kirschner

Ms. Anne Congdon

Gerhart and Anne Klein

Sarah and Joseph M. Corvasce

Stephen and Randy Klein

David Courtright

Drs. Lawrence and Lynn Levine

Constance and Robert Dalton

Dr. Michael Mittleman

Harriet Beloff Goodwin

Dr. Catherine A. Michon

Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Jaworowski

Mr. Frank C. Palopoli

Loraine and Edward Jones

L. Stephan and Rochelle Perchick

Dr. Ray and Terri Kovalski

Mary and Henry Schwarz

Liss & Marion Ricky Liss, Esq.

Christopher Wolfington Zook Dinon PA

CONDUCTOR CIRCLE $750 TO $999 David and Jennifer Cardy JerseyMan Magazine Ken Dunek Publisher National HR Jay Nistad Principal Peterson Service Company Renee Fiorelli President

Elliot Schwartz Mr. Paul Sloate Gabriel Staino John and Sandra Stouffer

Carole Marani John McIntyre Hermann Moser

Rebecca and Brooks Van Pelt

Janet and Stephen Mullin

Precision Automation Fred Rexon President & CEO

Wealth Development Group Alan D. Katz Managing Member

C. Raymond Nelson Richard and Barbara Orr

White Penny Jon Cofsky Principal

F. Gordon Yasinow

Drs. Domenic and Dorothy Pisano

PRINCIPAL PLAYER $500 TO $749 Phillip and Ellen Baer Ms. Roselyn Barefield Sandy and Vince Basanavage Mr. Guy Berger

Patricia and Michael Pence Michelle and Mark Pressman

PERFORMER $375 TO $499

Regina and John Riordan

Mr. Robert Doman

The Rotary Club of Washington Township

Mrs. Patricia Levitt Debbie and Elliot Maser Dr. Michael Mittelman Patricia and Gordon Munson

Nancy and Thomas Rocereto

Dr. Larry and Bonnie Seidman Nancy Sullivan Ronald Vickers

NewsHeisler Wealth Management John Heisler, CFP

Ms. Dale Wallace

Sharon and Bill Bronstein Bonnie Brown and Don Wynne

Ralph Riviello, MD

Jeanne Brunozzi

David Schneider and Rosalind Erwin in honor of William Nathan Erwin

Current Membership as of date of printing.

Mary Lou and Frank Burke CD Realty Advisors Craig Frater Sally Chandler and Mark Chalmers

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Dr. and Mrs. Clifford Sporn Ms. Joyce Ann Swoyer

*in memoriam

POPS IN SCHOOLS Launched in 2015, POPS in Schools is an EITC-certified program that enhances music education for approximately 1,000 students in the School District of Philadelphia by embedding Philly POPS artists in schools to coach and mentor music students. In a school system that has seen cutbacks in arts programs over the past decade, POPS in Schools provides customized programs, music training and education, performance opportunities, and access to experience professional concerts throughout Philadelphia.

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THANK YOU We’re glad that you’re here for this Christmas concert. To celebrate POPS fans who have attended this show for ten years in a row — or more! — their favorite family photos from the show are featured here.

Top left: Dan Brudnok, Bev Brudnok, Bette Mariani, Steve Mariani, Barbara Orr, Richard Orr at Capital Grille prior to a show. Top right: Terrie Cwik and Bob Ashman Middle left: Heather and her favorite CD Middle right: Bette Mariani, Santa Claus, Bev Brudnok, Mrs. Claus, Barbara Orr at The Philly POPS Christmas show in 2013. Bottom right: Pat and Jim DeHart

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Top left: The Liley family (George, Nina, Maria and Meg) at the 2015 Christmas show. Top right: Kim Nurick of the Festival Chorus Middle left: Mrs. Pat Pence at the 2013 Philly POPS Christmas show. Middle right: Charles Dalrymple III, Charles Dalrymple Jr, Angel Dalrymple, Karen Galle, Barbara Dalrymple, Nicole Dalrymple, Gabriel Griffin, Katie Taylor at the 2015 Christmas show. Bottom left: Mrs. Ann Lynn, Ken Lynn. This year marks their 16th Philly POPS holiday show. Bottom right: Jennie Calabria and her daughter Joanne Calabria with granddaughter Jennifer Soli Gardella.

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We are pleased to support the Philly POPS Equus Capital Partners, Ltd. is one of the nation’s leading private equity real estate fund managers. Equus’ portfolio consists of over 17 million square feet of office, retail, and industrial properties and more than 12,000 apartment units in over 50 communities located throughout the United States.

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Inspired by our history Focused on innovation Committed to community is honored to support

The Philly Pops James M. Matour, Esq. 215-575-7134 Pennsylvania | New York | Washington, DC | New Jersey | Delaware

Investment Management | Trust & Estate Services Retirement Plan Services | Nonprofit Services

The Haverford Trust Company Thomas J. Lynch Vice President & Portfolio Manager 610-995-8753

David C. Peppard Portfolio Manager 610-995-8740

Investments in securities are not FDIC insured, are not bank guaranteed, and may lose value.

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Gary W. Dorshimer, MD Official Physician of the Philly POPS

proudly supports the philly pops

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And you make that freedom possible. Thank you!

Photo by K. Rankin for VISIT PHILADELPHIA®

Music moves us Wells Fargo honors The Philly POPS.

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Philadelphia Energy Solutions Proudly Supports

Philadelphia Energy Solutions 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.

We are focused to be the best every day.

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Preserving and sharing the patriotic heritage and spirit of The Union League of Philadelphia Love of Country Leads!

COMMUNITY HOURS: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Second Saturday of the month, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. FOR MORE INFORMATION: 215-587-6455 A Philly POPS Christmas | December 2016 | 47


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We are proud to support The Philly Pops.

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DECK THE HALLS 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

join us


Fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la Troll the ancient yuletide carol Fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la


Post a photo of your A Philly

Dashing through the snow

POPS Christmas experience on

In a one-horse open sleigh

Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter

O’er the fields we go

with hashtag #phillypops

Laughing all the way

for a chance to win a pair of

Bells on bobtail ring

tickets to any upcoming 2017 season concert.*

Making spirits bright What fun it is to ride and sing a sleighing song tonight! Oh! Jingle Bells, Jingle bells,


Jingle all the way Oh! What fun it is to ride In a one horse open sleigh



O come, all ye faithful, joy—ful

We wish you a Merry Christmas,

and triumphant

we wish you a Merry Christmas

O come ye O come ye

We wish you a Merry Christmas

to Bethlehem;

and a happy New Year

Come and behold him,

Good tidings we bring to you and your kin

born the King of Angels

Good tidings for Christmas and a

O come let us adore Him

Happy New Year

O come let us adore Him

We wish you a Merry Christmas,

O come let us adore Him,

We wish you a Merry Christmas,

Christ, the Lord

We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

SILENT NIGHT 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 and a Happy New Year!



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