Despite hardships brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, The New York Pops Board of Directors, orchestra musicians, and staff are working hard to secure the organization’s bright future. Inspired by the continued and generous support of so many, we are confident it is on the way. We are grateful to one such couple that is deeply committed to ensuring The New York Pops' legacy continues.
Long-time New York Pops leaders, contributors, and dear friends, Paula and Tom McInerney, have generously offered The New York Pops a $150,000 matching challenge. Paula and Tom will match each dollar donated to The New York Pops up to $150,000, through April 30th.
Tom served on The New York Pops Board of Directors from 1996 to 2009, including a tenure as Board Chair. Their passion for The New York Pops is evident. When discussing the matching gift challenge, Tom recently said:
“The New York Pops is one of our city’s treasures and absolutely worth preserving. It has improved the lives of thousands through beautiful performances at Carnegie Hall and thoughtful PopsEd music education programs. Like many of the city’s dynamic arts organizations, it can become a casualty of this era, or we can come together to help The New York Pops navigate a bright future.”
Tom and Paula McInerney with The New York Pops' founder Skitch Henderson, 2001
Since the pandemic shutdown, The New York Pops has continued to share America’s musical heritage online through archival recordings of past concerts at Carnegie Hall, a new pre-recorded performance by The New York Pops brass quintet, and a virtual concert with Kelli O’Hara.
Through Kids in the Virtual Balcony, Kids on the Virtual Stage, and PopsEd Residencies, the orchestra continues to partner with public schools remotely to share the joy of music with students from a variety of backgrounds.
These dynamic virtual programs are an evolving and growing continuation of 30 years of music education initiatives in New York City that have reached over 75,000 students. All PopsEd programs are provided at no cost to participants, ensuring that music education is available to all.
Kids on Stage students rehearse with the orchestra for our annual Birthday Gala at Carnegie Hall, 2015
We are in early stages of planning our 2021-2022 season – in which we hope to welcome you back to Carnegie Hall. While it is still hard to imagine returning to the concert hall, we cannot do it without you! Your matched contribution will also enable us to return to classrooms in our PopsEd partner schools, many of which are currently operating with no music classes.
We are grateful to any and all who are able to join Paula and Tom in ensuring the legacy of The New York Pops continues. Your generosity will make it possible to sustain a world-class ensemble of musicians and PopsEd initiatives now and into the future.
A message from Steven Reineke on the importance of our PopsEd music education programs:
Make a donation today to double your support of PopsEd and become a part of The New York Pops' legacy.
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Header photo by Richard Termine.