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Organist: Peter Richard Conte



The Philly POPS Festival Chorus


Philadelphia Boys Choir & Chorale


St. Thomas Gospel Choir

Letter From the President

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


Christmas in July Photos


Letter from the Governor


Mayor’s Citation

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The Philly POPS Roster


Vocalist/Pianist: Tony DeSare


Music Director: Michael Krajewski

24 Board of Directors 25 Administrative Staff 26

Veteran Spotlight: David A. Christian


Friends of The Philly POPS


Corporate and Community Support

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



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A Message of Thanks to Those Who Serve… Tonight, I extend to you, on behalf of the Philly POPS family and our Board of Trustees, a warm welcome to Verizon Hall for our Third Annual Comcast NBCUniversal I’ll Be Home for Christmas: A Salute to the Military and First Responders. It’s a particularly resonant way to kick off the holiday season, gathering together to honor these deserving men and women who, each day, make our community safe and secure. A special thank you for those of you here in the audience tonight: your commitment and your service are an inspiration! We thank Lt. Governor Mike Stack for serving as Honorary Chair 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. This event marks a second 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 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. I would like to recognize the ongoing contribution of the chairman of The Philly POPS Board, Sal DeBunda, as well as that of both the Templeton Foundation and KeyBank, who have supported this Christmas Salute generously and deserve a special thank you.

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

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

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The Philly POPS Salute Series recognizes those who dedicate themselves to a life of service and commitment by celebrating their service on holidays of American tradition. The Salute Series includes large-scale, free performances on Memorial Day, July 3 on Independence Mall, July 4 at Philadelphia’s Independence Day morning ceremony and evening concert, Veterans Day ceremonies at multiple locations, and tonight’s Third Annual Comcast NBCUniversal I’ll Be Home for Christmas: A Salute to the Military and First Responders benefit concert. Salute performances recognize the sacrifice of those dedicated to a collective identity of American values and tradition, often in locations of particular resonance to those who attend. Salute concerts feature the presentation of the colors, the Star Spangled Banner and other patriotic music. Over 50,000 are expected to attend Salute Series events in 2016-17 — the largest audience for any Philly POPS concert series.



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

GREETINGS: It is my honor to join with the Philadelphia POPS to welcome all those gathered for the Third Annual Comcast NBCUniversal I’ll Be Home for Christmas: A Salute to the Military and First Responders benefit concert. As we celebrate this joyous holiday, let us reflect upon the tireless dedication 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 2, 2016

corporate partner spotlight

Comcast NBCUniversal Comcast NBCUniversal serves as Presenting Sponsor of the 2016-17 Philly POPS Salute Series. In 2015, Comcast NBCUniversal committed to hiring 10,000 veterans, National Guard and Reserve members, and military spouses by the end of 2017. Members of the military community work in a variety of positions across all levels of the organization, including network engineering, technology, operations, theme parks and resorts, programming, customer service, marketing, human resources, and other careers. The company fosters a culture that supports veterans and reservists within its ranks, including enhanced leave and health care policies for service members, and employee resource groups that offer veterans mentoring and professional/personal development. About Comcast Corporation Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA) is a global media and technology company with two primary businesses, Comcast Cable and NBCUniversal. Comcast Cable is one of the nation’s largest video, high-speed Internet and phone providers to residential customers under the XFINITY brand and also provides these services to businesses. NBCUniversal operates news, entertainment and sports cable networks, the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, television production operations, television station groups, Universal Pictures and Universal Parks and Resorts. Visit for more information.

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“The Philly POPS is honored to have the support of Comcast NBCUniversal, a company that stands out among privatesector businesses for its commitment to engage the military community and hire thousands of veterans and reservists,” said Frank Giordano, President and CEO, The Philly POPS. “We see a perfect fit with our Salute Series’ goal of creating moments of support and recognition for these exemplary members of our community.” — Frank Giordano, The Philly POPS President and CEO

“The Philly POPS has sustained its commitment to recognizing the military community and first responders for many years, and we are pleased to partner with the POPS as the sponsor of the Salute Series again this year. Like Philly POPS, we share a commitment to give back to those who serve, and recognize that service matters.” — Brigadier General (Retired) Carol Eggert, Vice President, Military and Veteran Affairs at Comcast Comcast NBCUniversal I’ll Be Home for Christmas: A Salute to the Military and First Responders | Dec. 2016 | 11




Michael Ludwig

Uli Boeckheler

Mark Allen

Rachael Ludwig

Jon Fink

Charlene Kwas

George Atanasiu


Guillaume Combet

Brooke Beazley

Norman Spielberg

Emme Kumrow

Pat Daniels

Colleen Hood

Carlos Rubio

Talia Schiff



William Kerrigan

Ben Scott Gared Crawford


John David Smith

David Nelson

Paul Reiser

Miles Davis

George Barnett

Zachary Crystal

Charles Parker

Anne Peterson

Jonathan Clark

Stephen Groat

Ryan Stewart


DRUM SET Chris Hanning


Michelle Bishop


Matt Gallagher


Kate Suk

Edward Schultz

Bob Gravener

Steve Beskrone

Yu Hui Tamae Lee

Ron Kerber

George Rabbai

Louis Lanza

Frances Tate

Erica Miller


Sarah Dubois

Andre Tarantiles

Greg Teperman


Brian Pastor

Diane Barnett

David Schneider

Michael Purdy


David Cianci

Jeff Smith

VIOLA Davis Barnett



Marjorie Goldberg

Stephanie Wilson

Brian Brown

Scott Wagner Ellen Trainer


Sarah Sutton

Joseph Smith

Gerry Rice

Kaj Hansen

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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

My Date With Drew, several broadcast commercials and has

with Don Rickles and major symphony orchestras, DeSare

composed the full soundtrack for the December 2016 film Love

has brought his fresh take on old-school class around the

Always, Santa. His sound is romantic, swinging and sensual, but

globe. DeSare has three top ten Billboard jazz albums under

what sets DeSare apart is his ability to write original material

his belt and has been featured on the CBS’s The Early Show,

that sounds fresh and contemporary, yet pays homage to

NPR, A Prairie Home Companion, the Today Show and his

the Great American Songbook. His compositions include a

music has been posted by social media celebrity juggernaut,

wide-range of romantic, funny, and soulful sounds that can

George Takei.

be found on his top-selling recordings.

Notwithstanding his critically acclaimed turns as a singer/

DeSare releases new recordings, videos of standards and new

pianist, DeSare is also an accomplished award-winning

originals every few weeks on his YouTube channel, iTunes and

composer. He not only won first place in the USA Songwriting

Spotify. Follow Tony on Facebook, Twitter and subscribe on

Contest, but has written the theme song for the motion picture,

YouTube to stay connected. Tony DeSare is a Yamaha Artist.

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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

right artists to the programs,” he says. “It’s really satisfying.”

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

His favorite experiences include pairing music with Cirque

decided to get serious about myself as a musician and see

du Soleil-style acrobatics and creating tributes to American

how far I could push myself,” he says. “It seemed like a pipe

popular music legends like Simon & Garfunkel and Carole King.

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, and music director of Modesto Symphony — all the while splitting

“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.

his time between conducting classical, educational, pops, and

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

outdoor concerts, often before non-traditional audiences.

solving crossword puzzles, photography, and traveling ­—

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

“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

especially to Italy.


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 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

Evan Graver

Mike McCausland

Mark Anderson

Jaye Green

Jennifer McGowan

Bob Arndt

Thomas Green

Patrick McGranahan

Michelle Balentine

Kathy Guy

Maryann McKenzie

Morgan Barlow

Peggy Hayward

Sherry Mistler

Paul Barnett

Don Henry

Jewel Moore

Linda Beaver

Marian Henry

Permelia Mullen

Jack Bloeser

Mark Henry

Michael Nahill

Cori Bortnem

Richard Henry

Ted Newell

Connie Bosna

Shafiq Hicks

Flora Novick

Stephanie Bourland

Kacy Hofstetter

Kim Nurick

Tracy Brobyn

Kim Hofstetter

Mark Olsen

Ned Brouillette

Soyeon Huh

Amy Osterhoudt

Fabiene Brown

Charlotte Humes

Lew Osterhoudt

Chris Brubaker

Enrica Iacovone

Jim Palmer

Massimo Brutto

Willa Jaffe

Betty Pannell

Barbara Carfolite

Connie Jones

Ellen Paparone

Edra Chandler

Nancy Kadwill

Laurie Pellicore

Melody Chappell

Helena Kan

Maggie Place

Anna Clarke

Maureen Keeney

Michael Pugh

Doug Clayton

Lauren Kelley

Marilyn Radley

Rober Coble

Jim Kelsh

Scott Radley

Lauren Darkes

Lynne Kolodinsky

Anna Ready

Phil Davis

Nick Kolodinsky

Brian Reid

Mary DeFlaviis

Joseph Kramer

Betsy Rich

Tina DiCroce

Joan Labosh

David Riegel

Kelly Dougherty

Michael Labosh

Denise Rose

Tom Dwyer

Vicky Lee

Jane Rose

Lindsey Evans

Zaria Leonard-White

Allison Rossi

Pamela Fernsler

Jayne Lester

Evan Samlin

Joseph Fong

Amy Lewis

Al Sauter

Nancy Gager

Don Lewis

Mary Anne Saveoz

Luis X. Garcia

Alex Li

Peter Scarpato

Patti Garver

Jieling Lin

Laura Schmidt

Amber Gay

Joanne Lipa

Barbara Schwartz

Kelly Germann

Shurong Liu

Joe Schwartz

Mary Ellen Gilbert

Jeffrey Masino

Maura Schwartz

Rachel Goldberg

Liz Mataset

Charles Scott

Jennifer Gottschalk

Tonya Mayo

Katie Seregely

Calli Graver

Erika McCandless

Sally Siegfried

Laurel Smail Elaine Soulliard Peter Spengeman Tina Stanfa Allison Stephens Cynthia Stockton Jonathan Storace Kate Strubinger Nancy Sullivan Maddie Swinger Emily Szal 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, The 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, The Philly POPS, and for several shows on and Off-Broadway. He is also assistant conductor for The Philly POPS.

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

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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

Jeffrey Jabbour

Aviv Haroz

Brandon Hillwig

Noah Jaouad

Sean Harrington

Joseph Kenworthey

Ethan Lander

James Hinesley

Cyril Leahy

Matt Malec

Gabriel Johnson

Michael Lowry

Liam Miller

Matthew Kiernan

Renkai Luo

Elijah Morman

Phillip R. King

Danard McNair

Philip Okala

Ethan Lee

Samuel Miller

Owen Reece

Maximilian Missler

Julian Mills

John Reilly V

Andrew Owens

Nathanael Moore

JD Scarpa

Jonah Owens

Michael Ryan Naddeo

Evan Schaffer

Will Pickering

Payton Owens

Benjamin Steinberg

Sridhar Shenoy

Spencer Rosenbaum

Colin Thomas-Philip

Emmet vonRoach

Sergio Tristen Santana

Jake Wade

Alden Walker

Matthew Sleeper

Daniel West

Charles Witmer

Michael West

Patrick Corcoran Nathaniel Garthe Peter Gauntt Mekkhi Hernandez Zachary Jaeger Camron Kaiser Tyler Krasting Lyonel LaGrone Lucas Laje Julian Lucca Luke Mumma Andrew Newman Samuel Rekulak Jason Wearing Joshua Xavier

Owen Yoder

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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

The Philly Pops for their Christmas concerts. This year STGC

ministry, the St. Thomas Gospel Choir share their music

won CD of the Year and Walt Blocker won Producer of the

ministry with others at over 100 services, programs, concerts,

Year for their latest recording at the Rhythm of Gospel Music

and celebrations every year. Led by Walt Blocker, the STGC

Awards held in Memphis, TN, and named a finalist in the PHL

has traveled as far as Costa Rica, was named “best choir” in

Live Music competition held here in Philadelphia. The STGC

the Verizon’s How Sweet The Sound regional competition at

is currently celebrating 25 years of music ministry.

Radio City Music Hall in New York, and regularly sings with

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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

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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

Sharla Feldscher, Feldscher Horwitz Public Relations

Bud Scheerer, Director of Sales and Customer Relations Sarah Maiellano, Assistant Director of Communications

GENERAL COUNSEL David H. Marion, Esq.

Jason Ward, Senior Manager of Engagement Reginald-Chris Mendoza, Staff Accountant Joseph Croft, Contributed Revenue Coordinator Keith Obaza, Program Associate

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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.


Kaufman Financial Services Mr. Larry A. Kaufman

Comcast NBCUniversal

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

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania


LaVan Law Julie LaVan

Parx Casino

ORCHESTRA SOCIETY $50,000 TO $99,999 Dottie and Frank Giordano Susan and Chase McDaniel Philadelphia Energy Solutions Phil Rinaldi Principal Partner and CEO Josephine “Pina” Templeton, M.D.

Macy’s Rochelle and Barry Magarick

AJM Insurance Management Tony Mahon President EQUUS Capital Partners LTD Monica and Dan DiLella Pennsylvania Council on the Arts

Archer and Greiner, P.C. Salvatore M. DeBunda, Esq. Beneficial Bank Bochetto and Lentz

CFI, The Knoll Dealer

Louis K. Habina, Esp.

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

Vic and Urve Maggitti

The Union League of Philadelphia Mr. Jeffrey P. McFadden General Manager Wanamaker Entertainment Group Paul Conaway Chairman and CEO

Aqua America, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Carlucci Clark Capital Management Group

Creative Financial Group Gary Daniels, CLU, ChFC, CAP

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

Mr. and Mrs. William A. Graham IV

Jacobs Music Chris Rinaldi

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


Jayne and Walter Garrison

Pepper Hamilton, LLP Anne and Joe Del Raso

Tim and Pam Alles

PRESIDENT’S CIRCLE $10,000 TO $24,999

Jerry and Lucille Francesco

Mr. Mark Nicoletti

ENCORE CIRCLE $5,000 TO $9,999

The City of Philadelphia

The Foundation of Morris Hall St. Lawrence, Inc.

The Heritage Center of the Union League

Manning and Virginia Smith

MAESTRO CIRCLE $25,000 TO $49,999

DNB First Vince Liuzzi, EVP Chief Banking Officer

George Turak UMH Holdings John Aglialoro and Joan Carter Visit Philadelphia Deborah and Andrew Webster Wells Fargo Bank William Penn Foundation Wilmington Trust ZAC Management Group Anthony Zingarelli Principal/COO

M&T Bank

MUSICIAN CIRCLE $2,500 TO $4,999

John Marsella

Joan and Wilbert D. Abele

Christine and John Meko


Gregory Montanaro

Aqua America, Inc.

Muller, Inc. Sandra Muller President

ASL Transportation Group Mr. James R. Donnelly President and CEO


Gabriel A. Battista

The Philadelphia Cultural Fund

Chris Baxter

The Philadelphia Phillies

Nancy and James Baxter

The Prime Rib Mr. Garth Weldon

BNY Wealth Management Francis T. Schickling, Jr. Senior Director

Republic Bank Mr. Harry D. Madonna Chairman and CEO

Salvatore and Amy Calabrese

Eric Rosen in memory of Robert Rosen

Mr. Paul Catinella

Mr. Andrew J. Santacroce Louis Scaglione Boenning and Scattergood, Inc Harold F. Scattergood, Jr. Chairman of the Board and CEO Karen and John Sirlin

The Caramanico Foundation

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

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Ella Fitzgerald Foundation

Joan Sacks and Lee Paynter

Exact Designs Mr. Richard Walling

Monique and Gary Silvi

Ron Giordano Kathleen and Bruce Goldberg 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 Mr. and Mrs. David H. Marion, Esq.

Stradley Ronon Stevens and Young, LLP Wm. Sasso, Esq. Ten Pennies Florist and Event Planners Ms. Ann Catania President TD Bank The Wanerman Group UBS Financial Services, Inc.

BATON CIRCLE $1,000 TO $2,499 Anonymous

Edythe and Robert Mazer

Dr. Sucha and Mr. Michael Asbell

Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation

Amany Mansour-Awad and George J. Awad

Elizabeth and Terrence McCabe

The Harold and Renee Berger Foundation

Brenda and J. Nixon

Jane and Kenneth Brandt

Thomas Nowakowski, Sr.

Geraldine Camishion

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

Joan and Richard Carella

J.W. Pepper & Sons, Inc. Susan Petrone The Philadelphia Foundation Pedro A. Ramos President

Edward and Joellyn Cattell Ivan Ciment Priscilla and Aaron Cohen Gen. Ronald Coleman Kevin Collins Michael J. and Lynne Cona CRW Graphics David Van Dusen


Mr. Joseph M. DellaRatta

Roscommon International Sean Reilly President & CEO

Susan and Matt Dupee

Rowan University Dr. Ali Houshmand President

Maris and Roger Evoy

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Barry Depew

Lisa Fazi

Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce Rob Wonderling President

Cynthia and Gary Porter

Arlene and Stan Ginsburg

Ms. Joyce Seewald Sando

Ms. Gail Goldstein

Savitz Family Foundation

Lisa Hale

Marvin and Roberta Schimmel

Charles Keates

Mr. Robert Rau Mr. Theodore Robb

Ms. Christine Lange

South Jersey Gastroenterology P.A. Dr. Joseph Savon

Riccardo Longo

Peggy and David Stedman

Christian R. & Mary F. Lindback Foundation

Paul Stewart

Michael Keenan

Mr. Mark D. Lupke Gerald and Jeannine McMenamin Mr. Lawrence G. McMichael Ms. Elaine Meltzer* Metropolitan Contract Carpet Joe Pelosi Mr. and Mrs. Peter Michaelson Michael Milone Morgan Stanley Mark Morganthaler Stephen Muracco

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 Elizabeth Weinreb Patricia Wellenbach

Dominic Nigro

Wellshire Farms Louis B. Colameco, III

Laurie and Christopher Olivia

Janet G. and Harold J. Whartnaby

Hon. Paul and Nancy Panepinto

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

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

Ms. Jane Windle Christopher Wolfington Zook Dinon PA

CONDUCTOR CIRCLE $750 TO $999 David and Jennifer Cardy

Stephen and Randy Klein

Thomas Brunner

Drs. Lawrence and Lynn Levine

Ms. Mary Chirillo

Dr. Michael Mittleman

JerseyMan Magazine Ken Dunek Publisher

Dr. Catherine A. Michon Mr. Frank C. Palopoli

National HR Jay Nistad Principal

L. Stephan and Rochelle Perchick

Beverly and Herbert Cohen Ms. Anne Congdon Sarah and Joseph M. Corvasce David Courtright

Peterson Service Company Renee Fiorelli President

Mary and Henry Schwarz

Constance and Robert Dalton

Elliot Schwartz

Harriet Beloff Goodwin

Precision Automation Fred Rexon President & CEO

Mr. Paul Sloate

Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Jaworowski

Gabriel Staino John and Sandra Stouffer

White Penny Jon Cofsky Principal

Rebecca and Brooks Van Pelt Wealth Development Group Alan D. Katz Managing Member


F. Gordon Yasinow

Phillip and Ellen Baer

Loraine and Edward Jones Dr. Ray and Terri Kovalski Liss & Marion Ricky Liss, Esq. Carole Marani John McIntyre Hermann Moser Janet and Stephen Mullin

Ms. Roselyn Barefield

PERFORMER $375 TO $499

Sandy and Vince Basanavage

Mr. Robert Doman

Mr. Guy Berger

Mrs. Patricia Levitt

Sharon and Bill Bronstein

C. Raymond Nelson Richard and Barbara Orr Patricia and Michael Pence

Debbie and Elliot Maser

Drs. Domenic and Dorothy Pisano

Dr. Michael Mittelman

Michelle and Mark Pressman

Jeanne Brunozzi

Patricia and Gordon Munson

Regina and John Riordan

Mary Lou and Frank Burke

NewsHeisler Wealth Management John Heisler, CFP

Nancy and Thomas Rocereto

Ralph Riviello, MD

The Rotary Club of Washington Township

Bonnie Brown and Don Wynne

CD Realty Advisors Craig Frater Sally Chandler and Mark Chalmers

Dr. Larry and Bonnie Seidman

Emilio Degregorio

David Schneider and Rosalind Erwin in honor of William Nathan Erwin

Ruth Ann and Paul Fox

Dr. and Mrs. Clifford Sporn

Ronald Vickers

Julie and Richard Frost

Ms. Joyce Ann Swoyer

Ms. Dale Wallace


Current Membership as of date of printing.

Melville and Maria Ackerman

*in memoriam

Marian Disken

Nancy Sullivan

Joan and Larry Glazerman Nancy and Alan Grossman Dr. and Mrs. John A Harman Cheryl D. Gunter and Paul A. Rabe Nina and Alan Kirschner Gerhart and Anne Klein

Pamela Altman Mr. and Mrs. Robert Bortz

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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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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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It is the Soldier, not the minister Who has given us freedom of religion. It is the Soldier, not the reporter Who has given us freedom of the press. It is the Soldier, not the poet Who has given us freedom of speech. It is the Soldier, not the campus organizer Who has given us freedom to protest. It is the Soldier, not the lawyer Who has given us the right to a fair trial. It is the Soldier, not the politician Who has given us the right to vote. It is the Soldier who salutes the flag, Who serves beneath the flag, And whose coffin is draped by the flag, Who allows the protester to burn the flag. — CHARLES M. PROVINCE, USA

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JINGLE BELLS Dashing through the snow In a one-horse open sleigh O’er the fields we go

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