Philly Pops

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Listen to this fun introduction to the Philly POPS' new music director and chief conductor, Todd Ellison. He plays selections to warm you up for upcoming, free Philly POPS concerts on July 3rd and 4th, and talks about his fascinating background as a Broadway composer and music director.

Watch the recorded performance on WRTI's Facebook page!

George and Ira Gershwin: "I Got Rhythm"
Cole Porter: "Use Your Imagination"
Marvin Hamlisch: "What I Did For Love;" Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick: "She Loves Me;" Ed Kleban: "Better" (Medley)
J. P. Sousa: "The Liberty Bell March"

Deana Martin and her band will take you on a musical journey honoring her legendary father Dean Martin and other great performers who, along with Frank Sinatra, shaped American music and pop culture for more than four decades.

It was Peter Nero and the Philly POPS from the orchestra’s inception in 1979. But after taking over for Nero last July, Michael Krajewski is creating his own signature as music director.  In the midst of his first season, the in-demand conductor has high praise for the Philly POPs orchestra as he creates his own brand of the fun, entertainment, and surprise that is part of the POPS experience.  

Here's a singularly sensational special offer! Discounted tickets are available for all WRTI listeners to experience the Philly POPS special presentation: Marvin Hamlisch - A Musical Tribute.

Maestro Peter Nero

Dec 17, 2011

Philly Pops Music Director Peter Nero is Jill Pasternak's guest this week. The Philly Pops 2011 holiday concert series runs from December 14th to 22nd at the Kimmel Center.

Conductor Peter Nero

Dec 19, 2009

Join Jill Pasternak when she chats with Grammy Award-winning pianist Peter Nero. The Maestro leads his unrivaled Philly Pops orchestra blending classical, swing, Broadway, blues, and jazz - all performed with virtuosity, authenticity, and an inviting sense of humor The Washington Post has called him "the epitome of the Pops Conductor/Performer," while the Buffalo News, has said, "The best aspect of Nero's art could well be his crazy creativity. He has the gift of seeing a song as no one has seen it before."

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Jill Pasternak speaks with two-time Grammy Award-winning pianist Peter Nero. Called by the Washington Post "the epitome of the Pops Conductor/Performer," Nero is the conductor and music director of Peter Nero and the Philly Pops, an ensemble he founded nearly thirty years ago.