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The New York Pops is the largest independent pops orchestra in the United States, and the only professional symphonic orchestra in New York City specializing in popular music. Led by Music Director Steven Reineke, the orchestra was founded in 1983 by former NBC Music Director Skitch Henderson. The New York Pops is a not-for-profit corporation supported solely through individual donations, institutional grants and concert income.

Mission: To broaden public awareness and enjoyment of America's rich musical heritage through presentation of concerts of the highest quality in traditional and non-traditional settings.
Musical Fare: The evolving popular songbook, including the works of Irving Berlin, Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland, Duke Ellington, Stephen Flaherty, George Gershwin, Jerome Kern, Cole Porter, Richard Rodgers and Stephen Sondheim, among many others.
The Orchestra: Comprised of 78 of New York City's top musicians from the worlds of symphonic music, Broadway and recording.
Guest Artists: Performers include Tony Bennett, Barbara Cook, Carol Channing, Fantasia, Michael Feinstein, Marvin Hamlisch, Marilyn Horne, Cheyenne Jackson, The King’s Singers, Reba McEntire, Idina Menzel, Liza Minnelli, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Kelli O’Hara, Pink Martini, Doc Severinsen, Elaine Stritch and Paulo Szot.
Concerts & Tours: An annual subscription series presented by Carnegie Hall, free concerts in New York City parks. Previous tours throughout the United States and the world, including a bi-annual series of New Year’s concerts in Osaka and Tokyo, Japan.
Recordings: Free online music download of American River Suite and music from the 2009 Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular. Recordings include Live at Carnegie Hall: Debut Concert April 8, 1983, With a Song in My Heart with Maureen McGovern featuring music of Richard Rodgers, Magical Melodies from Great Musicals with Michael Maguire, The New York Pops Christmas in the Country, The New York Pops Goes to The Movies and From Berlin to Bernstein.

Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular, NBC, 2005-2010
Skitch Henderson at 80:  A Man and His Music, PBS

Radio: Previously: The New York Pops Live at Carnegie Hall nationwide radio series and annual Carnegie Hall holiday concert broadcast.

More than 60,000 students of all ages and backgrounds have participated in the orchestra’s free education programs since 1990.