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

PROGRAM INTRODUCTION Frank Giordano, President & CEO, The Philly POPS

Brigadier General (Ret’d) Carol Eggert, Senior Vice President, Military and Veteran Affairs at Comcast Festival Fanfare For Christmas Wasson

A Message of Thanks to Those Who Serve... Tonight, I extend to you, on behalf of the Philly POPS family and our Board of Directors, a warm welcome to Verizon Hall for our Fourth Annual Comcast NBCUniversal I’ll Be Home for Christmas: A Salute to the Military and First Responders. It’s my favorite way to kick off the holiday season of giving, by gathering together to honor these deserving men and women who, each day, make our community safe and secure. A special thank you for the first responders, veterans and their families in the audience tonight: your commitment and your service are an inspiration! We thank Governor Tom Wolf for serving as Honorary Chairman of this evening’s event. Mayor of Philadelphia Jim Kenney, Police Commissioner Richard Ross, Fire Commissioner Adam Thiel and Joseph Brooks, President of Liberty USO of Pennsylvania, all have made significant contributions to tonight’s events and to the other Salute Series events through the year.

Joy to the World Watts & Mason

DEC. 1, 2017

Ring Out Bells, Ring! Trad. German

Verizon Hall, Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

Little Bolero Boy Davis, Onorati, & Simeone

Michael Krajewski music director

The Grinch Medley Hague


Jingle Bells Forever Pierpont & Sousa

Justin Hopkins guest vocalist

Angels We Have Heard On High Chadwick & Barnes

Peter Richard Conte organist

INTERMISSION This event marks a third collaboration for this benefit concert between the POPS and Comcast NBCUniversal, our Salute Series Presenting Sponsor. Brigadier General (Ret.) Carol Eggert, a Philly POPS Board Member, has been instrumental in her role as Senior Vice President, Military and Veteran Affairs at Comcast, in making tonight and the entire series through the year meaningful to the 50,000 audience members who enjoy a Salute concert annually. This partnership brought the Independence Week POPS concerts to another huge audience through the telecasts of these events on NBC10 and Telemundo. I would like to recognize the ongoing contribution of the chairman of the Philly POPS Board, Gary Frank, as well as that of both Bank of America and John and Pina Templeton who have supported this Christmas Salute generously and deserve a special thank you.

This is America! Performed by the USO Troupe

To our guests tonight from all branches of the service community, we wish you and your families an especially delightful Christmas season. The POPS celebrates your sacrifice!

Anthem of Praise Smallwood


Sleigh Ride Anderson

Deck the Halls Oliphant, Traditional I Saw Three Ships Traditional

African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas Gospel Choir

Do You Hear What I Hear Regney & Shayne Hark! The Herald Angels Sing Wesley, Whitefield, & Mendelssohn

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It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas Wilson

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Philadelphia Boys Choir & Chorale


A Holly Jolly Sing Along Various

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The Philly POPS Festival Chorus

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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 at the Celebration of Freedom Ceremony and POPS on the Parkway 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. A festive benefit concert that rings in the holiday season for 2,000 members of the service community with a night of magical music and generousity of spirit.

Every year, the Philly POPS celebrates the on-sale date for A Philly POPS Christmas with a bike giveaway event for children of members of the military, and Philadelphia police and fire departments. In coordination with Comcast NBCUniversal and a number of private donors, the POPS gave 130 bicycles and helmets to local children.


GREETINGS: It is my honor to join with the Philadelphia POPS to welcome all those gathered for the Fourth Annual Comcast NBCUniversal I’ll Be Home for Christmas: A Salute to the Military and First Responders benefit concert. Each year during the holiday season, we must reflect upon the unwavering commitment of the military and emergency first responders. The character and courage of these individuals and their families reflect the highest ideals of the commonwealth. Tonight’s event salutes those whose obligations call them elsewhere during the holiday season. Together in camaraderie, and in the spirit of Christmas, we honor all service members for answering the call of duty and the sacrifices they have made. I commend the gifted performers and staff of the Philadelphia POPS for hosting such a moving event, and I am certain this concert will have a tremendous impact on the audience. As Governor, and on behalf of all the citizens of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, I am pleased to welcome everyone to tonight’s concert. Please accept my best wishes for an enjoyable evening.

TOM WOLF Governor December 1, 2017

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“I wanted to express our gratitude to Jim Dever, Philadelphia Market President of Bank of America for the generous support we have received for the Salute Series,” said Frank Giordano, President and CEO, The Philly POPS. “We’re honored to join forces with one of America’s most respected and prominent institutions in our efforts to celebrate the men and women who serve our country here and abroad. Tonight’s event is one of the most important things we do all year and we’re proud to have Bank of America standing with us.”

corporate partner spotlight

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“Supporting the arts and making these experiences more accessible is instrumental in helping all of our local communities thrive,” said Jim Dever, Philadelphia Market President, Bank of America. “We at Bank of America are proud to support Philly POPS in celebrating and advancing popular music in our region.” 10 | Encore! | The Philly POPS

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Michael Ludwig Rachael Ludwig Robert Vieira Carlos Rubio Ben Scott Alex Cutler-Fetkewicz Paul Reiser Charles Parker Juliette Javaheri Hyo Samantha Crawford

Uli Boeckheler Jon Fink George Atanasiu Brooke Beazley Pat Daniels Talia Schiff

Joseph Smith Mark Allen Kaj Hansen

2ND VIOLIN Michelle Bishop Yu Hui Tamae Lee Kate Suk Greg Teperman Louis Lanza Sarah Dubois Laura Earley Diane Barnett

VIOLA Christmas came a little early for local children tonight: immediately preceding the Fourth Annual Comcast NBCUniversal I’ll Be Home for Christmas: A Salute to the Military and First Responders concert, Amazon presented Fire tablets and content cards to children of active duty military, all serving nearby at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey. The Philly POPs is grateful to Amazon for the donation and for gifting local children with new devices to support learning and reading. Last year, Amazon pledged to hire 25,000 veterans and military spouses over the next five years. This past November, Amazon announced they hired more than 17,500 veterans and military spouses across the United States and expects to hire 10,000 more by 2021.

Davis Barnett Marjorie Goldberg Scott Wagner Ellen Trainer Sarah Sutton Gerry Rice

BASS Miles Davis Anne Peterson Stephen Groat

HORN John David Smith Todd Williams George Barnett Lyndsie Wilson


DRUM SET Chris Hanning

Matt Gallagher Bob Gravener George Rabbai David DiValentino




Brian Brown

Jeff Smith

David Schneider


HARP Andre Tarantiles


Paul Arbogast Brian Pastor David Cianci

FLUTE & PICCOLO Edward Schultz Ron Kerber Frances Tate


Stephanie Wilson

BASSOON Norman Spielberg Zachary Feingold

Steve Beskrone

TYMPANI & PERCUSSION William Kerrigan David Nelson Brenda Weckerly Chris Hanning

Amazon’s ongoing military activities include significant hiring commitments, creating roles that fit with military lifestyles, providing unique training programs, supporting Amazon’s robust Warriors@Amazon employee affinity group network and engaging in advocacy across the country on veterans’ issues. The company values the exceptional leadership skills and experience of our military men and women and encourages you to visit amazon.com/military to learn more about their military efforts and job opportunities.

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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 I ended up doing with my career.” He knew he wanted a career in music and always harbored the

Michael especially enjoys creating pops programs from scratch.

idea of becoming a conductor in the back of his mind. “I decided

“We’re playing music that wasn’t written for symphony orchestra

to get serious about myself as a musician and see how far I

– we create all new arrangements and match the right artists

could push myself,” he says. “It seemed like a pipe dream – no

to the programs,” he says. “It’s really satisfying.” His favorite

one around where I grew up even thinks about something like

experiences include pairing music with Cirque du Soleil-style

becoming an orchestra conductor, but I didn’t want to live the

acrobatics and a show that featured an on-stage speed painter.

rest of my life wondering what would have happened if I tried.” “I feel that The Philly POPS is the best pops orchestra in the Michael’s big break came when he was named Antal Dorati

country and the best at doing these kinds of concerts,” Michael

Fellowship Conductor of the Detroit Symphony in 1979 and

says. “And I love Philadelphia – it has a wonderful history and

gained experience conducting a big orchestra. He went on to

tradition of excellent music and performing arts.”

become assistant conductor of the Detroit Symphony, resident conductor of the Florida Symphony and music director of

Michael has conducted throughout North America and around

Modesto Symphony – all the while splitting his time between

the globe, and has collaborated with a diverse group of

conducting classical, educational , pops and outdoor concerts,

internationally-renowned artists, including Art Garfunkel, Kenny

often before non-traditional audiences.

Loggins, Ben Folds, Wynona Judd, Chicago, and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy.

He is now a full-time pops conductor and serves as principal pops conductor of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and the

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

Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra and since 2013, as Music

solving crossword puzzles, photography and travelling –

Director and Conductor of The Philly POPS®.

especially to Italy.

“Many people are interested in a symphony orchestra, but don’t feel like classical music is for them. When we’re playing the music of Frank Sinatra, movie soundtracks, Broadway and Top 40, audiences get a kick out of hearing a full orchestra with highly trained musicians playing songs that they feel is their music.” - MICHAEL KRAJEWSKI 14 | Encore! | The Philly POPS

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guest artist

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.

Hailed by the LA Times for his “beautifully focused bass baritone” and “commanding presence onstage,” Philadelphia-native Justin Hopkins is establishing himself as one of the most sought-after and versatile artists on the scene today.



Mr. Conte is highly regarded as a skillful performer and arranger

with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Philly Pops, and with

of organ transcriptions. He has been featured several times on

numerous orchestras around the country.

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 YesterdayUSA.com. 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

Equally comfortable in operatic, concert, pops, and musical

No. 9 with Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Aaron Copland’s

theater repertoire, he has been featured in such concert halls and

Old American Songs with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Benjamin

theaters as Carnegie Hall, Théâtre Royal de La Monnaie, Brussels;

Britten’s War Requiem with Dayton Philharmonic, Fantasia On

Symphony Hall, Boston, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, Koerner

Christmas Carols at Alice Tully Hall with New York Choral Society,

Hall, Toronto. He has been a guest soloist with the Philly POPS,

Elijah with The Choristers of Lansdale, Il Servo and Il Medico in

the Philadelphia Orchestra, Boston Pops, Los Angeles Chamber

Macbeth with Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie, Mozart’s Requiem

Orchestra, Verbier Festival Orchestra, Leipzig Radio Symphony,

with Dayton Philharmonic, Kurt Weill’s Die Verheissung with

and Grand Rapids Symphony Pops.

Leipzig Radio Symphony, Bartolo in Le Nozze di Figaro with

Hopkins made his debut with the Philly POPS in 2016 for POPS On

of Organ at Rider University’s Westminster Choir College,

Independence at Independence Mall. Other pops appearances

Princeton, NJ, where he taught Organ Improvisation. He is the

include Happy Holidays With The Boston Pops, broadcast

2008 recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award from the

nationally on PBS in 2016, Florida and Midwest tour of By George!

Indiana University School of Music, Bloomington.

In 2013, the

The Boston Pops Plays Gershwin, The Golden Age of Broadway with

Born and raised in Philadelphia, Justin Hopkins was a member

Philadelphia Music Alliance honored him with a bronze plaque on

the Boston Pops, Grand Rapids Symphony Holiday Pops, and Kurt

of the Philadelphia Boys Choir and Chorale from 1993-2002. He

the Avenue of the Arts’ Walk of Fame. His numerous recordings

Weill On Broadway with the BBC Concert Orchestra in London.

attended St. Joseph’s Prep where he was a member of the Cape


Equally at home in the world of jazz and jazz standards, Hopkins

and Sword Drama Society. He has sung for numerous dignitaries


most recently performed with famed singer Peggy King and the

and heads of state, including a command solo performance for

All-Star Jazz Trio in the RRazz Room at the Prince in Philadelphia.

the Dalai Lama in 2010. He took second place in the 2012 Lotte

Recent and upcoming opera and classical performances include

Lenya Competition.

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Opera Memphis, Revered Salvation in The Cradle Will Rock

Peter Richard Conte has served as an Adjunct Assistant Professor

with Opera Saratoga, Sparafucile/Monterone in Rigoletto with Baltimore Concert Opera, Orazio in Amleto with Opera Delaware, Gesler in Guillaume Tell with Opera Southwest.

THE PHILLY POPS FESTIVAL CHORUS The Philly POPS Festival Chorus is a 180-voice ensemble that performs with The Philly POPS under the direction of Jeff Kern, Head of the Vocal Division for University of the Arts. The Philly POPS Festival Chorus began performing in 2002 and performs with the POPS orchestra during the annual Christmas concert series and Broadway series. 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 Callaway, and The von Trapp Family Children. The Festival Chorus is an auditioned, volunteer organization composed of singers ranging from high school students to retired professionals. Auditions are held in mid-September and in mid-January.

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 Mark Anderson Jim Bailey Michelle Balentine Morgan Barlow Peter Berexa Dave Berkowitz Cori Bortnem Connie Bosna Patti Bozzelli Lina Braun Briana Broberg Tracy Brobyn Ned Brouillette Fabiene Brown Chris Brubaker Brendan Burns Heather Caporaso Chrystina Cappello Barb Carfolite Edra Chandler Melody Chappell Doug Clayton Robert Coble Becky Crunk Hunter Daigle Phil Davis Buddy Deal Kate DeFlaviis Brittany DeGeorge Angela DeMott Tina DiCroce Katie Dilks Brian Dixon Kelly Dougherty Tom Dwyer Pam Fernsler Matt Fiocco Annie Flores

Joseph Fong Marcia Foor Nancy Gager Luis X. Garcia Patti Garver Mary Ellen Gilbert Susan Marie Gormley Jennifer Gottschalk Jaye Green Tom Green Kathy Guy Brooke Hanson Don Henry Marian Henry Mark Henry Rachel Henry Richard Henry Soyeon Huh Charlotte Humes Enrica Iacovone Stephen Jackson Elisabeth Jaouad Connie Jones Helena Kan Helen Karol Lauren Kelley Abigail Klapper Nick Kolodinsky Joe Kramer Joan Labosh Michael Labosh Alyssa La Pierre Mecca Leach Vicky Lee Jeanne Leisner Jayne Lester Amy Lewis Don Lewis Alex Li

Jieling Lin Joanne Lipa Shurong Liu Mary Lynch David MacMurtrie Nicole Manning Peg Manochi Jeff Masino Elizabeth Mataset Julie McCormick Eileen McCue Eileen McFadden Jennifer McGowan Patrick McGranahan Sherry Mistler Chris Mondello Permelia Mullen Rebecca Muller Michael Nahill Ted Newell Marco Newsome Flora Novick Kim Nurick Mark Olsen James Palmer Betty Pannell Ellen Paparone Laurie Pellicore Gabriela Peterman Maggie Place Dawn Price Michael Pugh Marilyn Radley Liv Rand Jamie Ray-Leonetti Betsy Rich David Riegel Denise Rose Jane Rose

Allison Rossi Mark Samani Al Sauter Mary Anne Saveoz Laura Schmidt Chuck Scott Katie Scott Barbara Schwartz Jim Sellers Sally Siegfried Elaine Soulliard Peter Spengeman Tina Stanfa Cynthia Stockton Jonathan Storace Nancy Sullivan Emily Szal Hsi Tai Wei-Ping Tai Laura Teal Jessica Teh Arienne Thaw-Bolton Jon Timmons Jane Tonkin Luis Urueta Laura Velarides Nicole Volpe Linda Welte Bertina Whytehead Vivian Williams Claire Wunderlich Connie Yetke Eric Yu Melina Zhang Raymond Zhu Owen Robbins, 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, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR An alumnus of the Philadelphia Boys Choir & Chorale, Smith stepped into the position of Artistic 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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Nathan Birdwell Evan Bishop Andrew Blum Dawan Brown Devin Casas Arnab Chaudhuri Charlie Connolly Zachary Crothamel Max Ebenreiter Benjamin Favino Luke Ganley Jeffrey Jabbour Ethan Lander Chase Long Liam Miller Jackson O’Boyle Philip Okala Owen Reece JD Scarpa Robert Smith Yiguo Zhang

Cameron Bowden Wm. Jack Cellucci Dante DiMaio Harry Dozor Damian Ferraro Leo Gade Conor James Gilmore Aviv Haroz Sean Harrington Maxwell Hollis Carver Kielinski Phillip R. King Bryce Levin Maximilian Missler Andrew Owens Evan Schaffer Sridhar Shenoy Carlos David Villegas Charles Witmer

Jason Adams Jackson Angermeier Archibald Bednarek River Bunster Rafe A. Cultrara Christopher Doyle Jarrett Edwards Olukayode Ekundare Tyson Ford Ivan Harlamov Law Hill Elijah Huertas-Klingele Benji Kaufman Ethan Lee Michael Lowry Danard Samuel McNair Griffin J. Miller Samuel Miller Julian Mills Payton Owens Sergio Tristen Santana Jeffrey S. Smith Jackson Strong Jake Wade Daniel West

Jeremy G. T. Allen Aiden Barrow Julian Bates-Harris Malachi Brown Alexander Byler Julian Caesar Aleem Gaetano CastilloGambardella Dean Clark Patrick Corcoran Vaughn A. Cultrara Samad Dunbar Caden Ellis Brandon Hillwig Noah Jaouad Lucas Laje Julian Lucca Matt Malec Luke Mumma Sam Rekulak Ethan Samson Hasan Smith Connor Texada Luke Watson Jason Wearing Owen Yoder

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WALTIER BLOCKER is the co-minister of music with his Creative and Performing Arts classmate, Dr. Jay Fluellen, at the historic African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas in Philadelphia. Walt attended both Westminster Choir College and the University of the Arts and studied church music, opera, and music education. Walt is a classically-trained singer and is a well-known music director, recording producer, song writer, vocal coach, actor and often writes music with the Philly POPS, for the Washington National Cathedral, national music conventions, churches and choirs around the country. Walt has performed and worked with directors, singers and musical artists all over the U.S. and Europe. Walt is known for demanding excellence. His passion for music, combined with years of experience and knowledge and most of all love of God, brings out the best in everyone with whom he works.

MUSICIANS/DIRECTOR/MINISTERS Walt Blocker Co Minister of Music, Director of Gospel Choir Dr. Jay Fluellen Co Minister of Music Waymond Elliott Co Minister of Music

ST. THOMAS GOSPEL CHOIR The African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas Gospel Choir (STGC) is from the Historic African Episcopal Church of Philadelphia, where the Reverend Canon Martini Shaw is the Rector. The STGC currently consists of 70 spirit-filled, energetic, singers, ministers and musicians of all ages and backgrounds. The choir’s membership represents over ten different area

female Presiding Bishop, Katherine Jefferts Schori, and again in

churches. The STGC shares their music ministry at over 100

2015 for the current and first African American Presiding Bishop,

services, programs, concerts, and celebrations of all kinds every

Michael B. Curry. Both were historic services of installations and

year. In 2013 STGC was named “The Best Regional Choir” in the

held at the Washington National Cathedral.

Verizon’s Music Competition, How Sweet The Sound and the choir performed to a sold-out audience at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. In 2015, the STGC won “Traditional CD of the Year” and Walt Blocker won “Producer of the Year” at the The Rhythm of Gospel Music Awards held in Memphis, TN. Locally and nationally, the STGC has received numerous awards and recognition,

Over the years, STGC has shared their music at several churches, and conventions and gatherings. The highest honor was singing at the historic and prestigious Thomas A Dorsey’s National Convention of Gospel Choirs and Choruses several times in Washington, D.C., Orlando, and New Orleans.

including the “PHL Center Stage Competition Winners” for “Best

STGC has several recordings that showcases their various styles

in Gospel Music” for which the choir was recognized by the

and love of all kinds of music, including its first Holiday Music EP

Philadelphia City Council.

now available. The St. Thomas Gospel Choir has performed as far

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as San Jose and Limon in Costa Rica and is scheduled to tour in Italy this summer.

The Reverend Canon Father Martini Shaw The Reverend Father Samuel Kirabi The Reverend Father Gerald Collins




Asiha Braxton-Garvin Brenda Battle Cheryl McCoy Conchita Dixon Courtney Gray Debbie Purnell-Otey Debbie Stewart Delois Whiters Dynita Jones Earlene Ford Endrea Holland Jamielle Natson Janelle Natson Jenelle Wilson-Johnson Jenny Forman Joy Holland Lee Anne Douglas Lenoria DeVine Lesley Dix Lynn Gant Pamela Shipman Rachel Medley Roxanne Josey Shanae Williams Shy’Bria Sanders Susan Patricia Ben Wendella Fox

Adrienne Logan Aneesa Donahue Angela Coston-Jones Antoinette Watson-Matthews Carmella Holloway Clara Mae Daniels Deborah Sampson Deneka Anderson Gladyce DuBrey Jacqueline Sampson Madeline Good Martina Carolina-Lorick Mary Ann Phillips MaryMcfarlane Nakeshia Worthington Nancy Jean-Sewell Pamela Galloway Pamela Shipman Patricia Akins Rebecca Berry Priscilla Custis Shaleen Manning Shannon Kemmer Shavonne Shipman Cook Shelley Raglin Terry Corson Terry Tillman Tyler Wilson

Carla Robinson Carolyn Pierce Charles Holloway Dale Williams Daniel Rhodan Darren T. Cottman Daryn Stewart Devvyn Holloway Gregory Natson James Stewart John Cheeseborough Julien Sandjong Justin Trotman Michael Small Mickeye Hardy Vincent Gumbs Wayne Browne

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FRIENDS OF THE PHILLY POPS The Philly POPS greatly appreciates the many patrons who have made a contribution as Friends of the POPS. Thank you! Your support helps make our concerts possible and creates a sustainable future. AMERICAN SONGBOOK SOCIETY Archer Law Salvatore M. DeBunda, Esq.

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

Comcast NBCUniversal

Haverford Trust Company

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Independence Blue Cross

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veteran spotlight

Brigadier General (Ret.) Carol Eggert is Senior Vice President, Military and Veteran Affairs at Comcast NBCUniversal and serves on the Philly POPS Board of Directors. Carol provides strategic leadership to all aspects of Comcast NBCUniversal’s programs and outreach to the military and veteran community as customers, employees, and community partners. Comcast NBCUniversal’s unique set of employee benefits now surpass those offered to military community employees by most employers. Carol completed her distinguished military career in 2014 as the Assistant Adjutant General for the Pennsylvania National Guard and the Deputy Commandant for the Army War College.

She served in a variety of command and staff positions and completed numerous overseas deployments, including a 15-month combat tour in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, and received numerous military awards and commendations, including the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, and Purple Heart. Carol holds master’s degrees in instructional design and strategic international studies and recently earned her doctoral degree in organizational leadership.

“Comcast NBCUniversal is honored to partner with the POPS in all of their efforts to support Philadelphia’s military community and first responders through tonight’s concert and the entire Salute Series. The Salute Series recognizes the values of sacrifice and selflessness that define the careers of so many of you in attendance tonight, and Comcast NBCUniversal stands alongside the POPS in a shared commitment to give back to those who serve, and recognizing that service matters.” — Carol Eggert 26 | Encore! | The Philly POPS

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Bank of America

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Key Bank Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Philadelphia Energy Solutions The City of Philadelphia

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DNB Vince Liuzzi, EVP Chief Banking Officer


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The Philadelphia Phillies

David and Jennifer Cardy

Rowan University Dr. Ali Houshmand President


The Philadelphia Cultural Fund

Lisa Hale

John and Christine Meko Gregory Montanaro The Foundation of Morris Hall St. Lawrence

Beneficial Bank

William Penn Foundation Special Gifts Program



PA Convention Center Authority

CFI, The Knoll Dealer

$5,000 TO $9,999

EQUUS Capital Partners LTD Monica and Dan Dilella

Allied Universal Security Services

Pennsylvania Thoroughbred Horseman’s Association

Nadia and Antoine Moukarzel

Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau

$2,500 TO $4,999

Abele Family Foundation Joan and Wilbert D. Abele

Phillip and Ellen Baer Chris Baxter Nancy and James Baxter Salvatore and Amy Calabrese Mr. Paul Catinella Charles Jacquin et. Cie., Inc. Mr. Stanton Remer CFO Citizens Bank Daniel K. Fitzpatrick, CFA President Karen Corbin Jana and Frank D’Andrea Charles and Susan Davidson Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation Exact Design Mr. Richard Walling Arlene and Stan Ginsburg Kathleen and Bruce Goldberg

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FRIENDS OF THE PHILLY POPS continued Ten Pennies Florist and Event Planners Ms. Ann Catania President

Louis Habina

TD Bank

Legacy Advisors, LLC Mr. Michael T. Piotrowicz President

Martin and Janice Wilensky Wills Eye Hospital David Yurman


Mr. and Mrs. Stephen G. Darlington

Hon. Paul and Nancy Panepinto

Janet G. and Harold J. Whartnaby

Emilio Degregorio

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

White Penny Jon Cofsky Principal

Friends of the Ocean City Pops, Inc.

Susan and Charles Davidson Mr. Joseph M. Della Ratta Susan and Matt Dupee Barry Depew Maris and Roger Evoy

Jacobs Music Chris Rinaldi


Mr. David Fineman

Amany Mansour-Awad and George J. Awad

Firstrust Bank

Mr. and Mrs. J. and Brenda Nixon Thomas Nowakowski, Sr. Obermeyer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel Nina B. Stryker, Esq. Trusts and Estates Department Chair Christopher Olivia, MD Penn Medicine J.W. Pepper & Sons, Inc. The Philadelphia Foundation Pedro A. Ramos President PHLCVB Mr. Theodore Robb Roscommon International Sean Reilly President and CEO Joan Sacks and Lee Paynter Andy Santacroce Monique and Gary Silvi South Jersey Gastroenterology P.A. Dr. Joseph Savon Stradley Ronon Stevens and Young, LLP Wm. Sasso, Esq.

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Pat and Connie Dalton

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Lisa Fazi

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Sally Chandler and Mark Chalmers

Laurie and Christopher Olivia

$1,000 TO $2,499

Edythe and Robert Mazer

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Michael Crofton

L.F. Driscoll Co., LLC

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Elizabeth Weinreb Patricia Wellenbach

Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce Rob Wonderling President

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

Dennis Wasilewski

Marian Disken

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PHL DNC Host Committee

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The Reverend Lucy Pierre

Ms. Jane Windle

Nancy and Alan Grossman

Pine Belt Auto Louis Trebino

Elizabeth Wojdak

Cheryl D. Gunter and Paul A. Rabe

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Dr. and Mrs. John A. Harman

Konstadinos Plestis and Maria Vogiatzi

Christopher Wolfington

Patrick R. Gault Joan and Larry Glazerman

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Dr. and Mrs. John A. Harman

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Mr. and Mrs. Jack Holender

Cynthia and Gary Porter

Henry Gosik

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Ms. Joyce Seewald Sando

Jo-ann Jones

Mr. Andrew J. Santacroce

Charles Keates

Savitz Family Foundation

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Wayne M. Schuh

New Opportunity Publishing

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Michael Scott and Robin Hauner

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Geraldine Camishion

Rep. Joseph Lashinger, Jr.

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Riccardo Longo

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Scott Gamble

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John Turchi

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Joseph Voytilla

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Creative Financial Group Gary Daniels, CLU, ChFC, CAP

National HR Jay Nistad Principal

CRW Graphics David Van Dusen

The Wanerman Group USB Financial Services, Inc.

Dominic Nigro

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Ricky Liss, Esq.

Dr. Michael Mittelman

Carole Marani

J.P. Morgan

John McIntyre

Mrs. Kathleen Mulhern

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Patricia and Gordon Munson NewsHeisler Wealth Management John Heisler, CFP

Hermann Moser Janet and Stephen Mullin

Drs. Domenic and Dorothy Pisano

Harry Mullins

Michelle and Mark Pressman

C. Raymond Nelson

David Schneider and Rosalind Erwin In honor of William Nathan Erwin

The Honorable Brian J. O’Neill

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$250 TO $374

Nancy and Thomas Rocereto

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The Rotary Club of Washington Township

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Dr. Larry and Bonnie Seidman William and Anna Simpson Janet Steinberg Nancy Sullivan Laurence Sussman Ronald Vickers Ms. Dale Wallace Herbert and Sandra Weinstein Richard Williams James Winn Current Membership as of date of printing. *In memorium

Jeff Guaracino Gwen and Matthew Iller Mrs. and Mrs. Joseph Jaworowski

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GIVING LEVELS join the Friends of The Philly POPS today! If you love The NEW Philly POPS and want to become a Friend, please donate online at phillypops.org/ donate to join others who share a passion for the Great American Songbook.

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).

Your tax-deductible gift makes a significant difference in the lives of thousands of fellow patrons by allowing our beloved stand-alone orchestra to continue to play the music you know and love to hear. FRIEND — $75 TO $124 • 10% discount on single tickets

BATON CIRCLE — $1,000 TO $2,499 Conductor Circle benefits, plus:

ADMIRER — $125 TO $249 Friend benefits, plus:

• Exclusive VIP Invitations to POPS special events and performances

• Priority seating change request for your subscription

• Free ticket exchange of your subscription tickets

MUSICIAN CIRCLE — $2,500 TO $4,999 Baton Circle benefits, plus:

ENTHUSIAST — $250 TO $374 Admirer benefits, plus:

• Invitations to a special reception with Maestro Krajewski and POPS leadership

• Acknowledgement of your contribution in the Encore! program book

• A private tour of the Kimmel Center

PERFORMER — $375 TO $499 Enthusiast benefits, plus: • Complimentary tickets to a special backstage tour PRINCIPAL PLAYER — $500 TO $749 Performer benefits, plus: • Exclusive intermission receptions with musicians and Board of Directors

ENCORE! CIRCLE — $5,000 TO $9,999 Musician Circle benefits, plus: • A private dinner with Frank Giordano, President and CEO of The Philly POPS • 1/2 page ad in the Encore! program book PRESIDENT’S CIRCLE — $10,000 AND ABOVE Encore! Circle benefits, plus: • Concert Series Sponsorship • Full page ad in the Encore! program book

CONDUCTOR CIRCLE — $750 TO $999 Principal Player benefits, plus: • A private backstage visit with Maestro Krajewski and guest artists

All membership benefits are designed for two people. You may also waive all benefits, making the full amount of your contribution tax-deductible. For additional information on individual giving, please call our Development Office at 215.735.2841. To donate online, go to phillypops.org/donate. Benefits incept upon receipt of the contribution and are active for the 2017-18 season.

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SALUTE SERIES 2017-18 EVENTS MEMORIAL SALUTE May 28, 2018 Mann Center for the Performing Arts

POPS ON INDEPENDENCE July 3, 2018 Independence Hall

CELEBRATING AMERICA’S TRADITIONS AND COMMITMENT TO SERVICE. At the POPS, we are committed to honoring our country’s longstanding commitment to traditions, values, and service through the universal language of music. Each year, we present a series of free concerts, inclusive events of community and celebration featuring selections from the American Songbook chosen for their resonance on these holidays of civic importance. For more information on attending or supporting our Salute Series performances: phillypops.org/salute

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IN CELEBRATION OF INDEPENDENCE DAY July 4, 2018 • POPS at the Celebration of Freedom Ceremony, Independence Mall • POPS on the Parkway


I’LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS: A SALUTE TO THE MILITARY AND FIRST RESPONDERS November 30, 2018 Verizon Hall, Kimmel Center or the Performing Arts

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POPS IN SCHOOLS Launched in 2015, POPS in Schools is an EITC-certified program that supplements music education for approximately 2,000 students in the School District of Philadelphia through the ten schools that participate in the All-City Jazz Festival and with weekly in-school activities at four underserved elementary schools. In its fourth year as Presenting Sponsor for the All-City Jazz Festival, The Philly POPS provides professional masterclasses and in-school coaching to high school musicians that culminate in the All-City Jazz Festival presented in April at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. POPS in Schools provides customized programs, music training, general music education, performance opportunities, and access to experience professional concerts to students at Delaplaine McDaniel Elementary School, Isaac Sheppard Elementary School, GW Childs Elementary School, and, most recently, Bache-Martin Elementary School.



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YULETIDE AT WINTERTHUR Open daily for holiday tours November 18, 2017–January 7, 2018

Atlantic Trailer Leasing is proud to support the Philly POPS this season. We value and appreciate organizations like the Philly POPS that work so hard to enrich the lives of listeners and create a new generation of music lovers.

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Archer & Greiner is committed to making a difference in our community. That’s why we’re proud to support The Philly POPS for their ongoing contributions. Best wishes for a great season.

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DECK THE HALLS Deck the hall 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! Troll the ancient Yuletide carol, Fa, 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! While I tell of Yuletide treasure, Fa, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la!

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!

JINGLE BELLS Dashing through the snow In a one horse open sleigh O’er the fields we go Laughing all the way Bells on bobtail ring Making spirits bright What fun it is to laugh 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 Jingle bells, jingle bells Jingle all the way Oh, what fun it is to ride In a one horse open sleigh

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