Philly POPS announce new performances for 2022-2023 season

The Philly POPS has announced its 2022-2023 season, a dynamic lineup of seven exciting shows, including three new show premieres of original POPS programming.

The new season will feature Music Director and Principal Conductor David Charles Abell, Music Director Emeritus Michael Krajewski and returning guest conductors Stuart Chafetz and Rickey Minor – with performances celebrating the mystique of The Moody Blues, the sounds of the icons of the soul music, the swing of Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong, the power of rock singer-songwriter legends, the genius of Stephen Sondheim and the splashy fun of epic rock operas on the big screen.

“This past season has been a wonderful return to the stage for the Philly Orchestra,” said President Frank Giordano. “We are thrilled with this new season and all the memorable moments it holds. This new season perfectly blends the return of fan-favorite artists with innovative new shows. We look forward to welcoming POPS fans to the venue. !”

“I am thrilled to lead POPS for another spectacular year,” said Music Director and Principal Conductor David Charles Abell. “The 2022-2023 season highlights what POPS does best: rock, jazz, soul, Hollywood and Broadway. It’s the music I grew up with and the music I love. I will be leading three shows this season, featuring my favorite – A Philly POPS Christmas. I am especially thrilled to honor the late Stephen Sondheim with artists who knew and worked with him. This season is all about celebrating, inspiration and pure joy of music.

The Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia, conducted by Terell Stafford, will soon announce its 2022-2023 activities.

In addition to the 2022-2023 subscription series, POPS continues its community engagement activities through its expanding Salute Series and its longstanding POPSinSchools partnership with the Philadelphia School District.

The Philly POPS is also pleased to announce that it will be joining Mann Center for the Performing Arts’ All-City Summer Academy as a jazz partner, a partnership that also includes the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Classical Project initiative. 440.

Season 2022-23:

POPS rocks the music of the Moody Blues: go for it!

SEPTEMBER 16-18, 2022
Michael Krajewski, conductor
Gordy Marshall, drummer
Mick Wilson, singer

Discover the distant sounds and magic of the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers The Moody Blues orchestra!

25-year-old Moody Blues touring drummer Gordy Marshall joins longtime vocalist Mick Wilson with GO NOW! – a supergroup of world-class musicians, singers and songwriters, all dedicated to meticulously recreating the elegance of a Moody Blues concert.

Get up, get up

18-20 NOVEMBER 2022
David Charles Abell, conductor
Joshua Henry, singer

The rhythm and blues of America covered by an unforgettable talent! Hamilton star Joshua Henry made his POPS debut on July 3, 2021, with electric versions of “Feeling Good” and “Uptown Funk.”

Now, Joshua roams his own encyclopedia of soul! The program covers favorites like “Heard it Through the Grapevine”, “A Change is Gonna Come” and “Let’s Get it On”, celebrating the sounds of funk, R&B and soul.

A Philly POPS Christmas: Spectacular Sounds of the Season

DECEMBER 3-17, 2022
David Charles Abell, conductor

Mandy González, singer

Jordan Donica, singer

Celebrate the season with POPS! Hamilton star Mandy Gonzalez returns for her fourth Christmas with POPS, joined by Broadway sensation and small-screen idol Jordan Donica!

Music Director and Principal Conductor David Charles Abell presents his usual dazzling, unique and all-new program with over 300 performers including the Philly POPS Festival Chorus, Philadelphia Boys Choir, St. Thomas Gospel African Episcopal Church Choir and Santa!

Ella & Louis Sing Porgy and Bess & More!

FEBRUARY 17-19, 2023
Rickey Minor, conductor
Special guests to be announced!

Returning from his memorable rendition of Sinatra at the Sands, award-winning bandleader and musical director Rickey Minor brings the finale to Ella and Louis’ legendary albums to POPS.

The iconic work of the Gershwins is complemented by a list of best-of Ella & Louis collaborations. “Summertime” and “Ain’t Necessarily So”, featuring “They Can’t Take That Away from Me”, “Autumn in New York” and “Cheek to Cheek!”

MARCH 24-26, 2023
David Charles Abell, conductor
Michael Cavanaugh, singer

Michael Cavanaugh and his electrifying band join POPS, the world’s biggest rock band, to showcase hits from Paul Simon, James Taylor, Billy Joel, Neil Diamond and more!

Returning to 2015’s Billy Joel music and 2017’s Elton John music, Cavanaugh brings it all, performing favorites like “How Sweet It Is”, “Bridge Over Troubled Water” and “Piano Man!”

A celebration of Sondheim

APRIL 21-23, 2023
David Charles Abell, conductor
Liz Callaway, singer
Damian Humbley, singer

Stephen Sondheim began his career as a lyricist for West Side Story, working with Leonard Bernstein and Jerome Robbins. He went on to compose the incomparable music for A Little Night Music, Sunday in the Park with George, Into the Woods, Follies, Company and Sweeney Todd.

David Charles Abell, who created a new Sweeney Todd in Zurich in 2019, brings the best of Sondheim in a celebration of the great man’s career. The program features student soloists from the Philadelphia School District’s All City Choir.

POPS Rocks Hollywood: Bohemian Rhapsody, Rock of Ages and Tommy

MAY 19-21, 2023
Stuart Chafetz, conductor
Bryce Ryness, singer
Julie Reiber, singer

Our favorite bandleader/drummer Stuart Chafetz is back! And this time he brings a list of the best tracks from the best movies about his favorite subject, rock!

Plus, the return of Bryce Ryness and the POPS debut of Broadway star Julie Reiber! These are two powerful singers to get you on your feet! Hits include “Rock You Like a Hurricane”, “We are the Champions”, “Radio Ga Ga”, “Paradise City”, and more!

For more details on the 2022-2023 season, visit

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