The New York Pops has begun its 31st season, and a packed house is expected at Carnegie Hall for their shows. NY1's Stephanie Simon filed the following report.
It's official: the Pops are tops.
The New York Pops has begun its 31st season, and not only is it at the top of its game musically, the orchestra is a consistent crowd-pleaser that regularly sells out shows at Carnegie Hall, especially since Steven Reineke took over as music director in 2009.
Special guest trumpeter Chris Botti, who joined the orchestra in October, sets the tone for the whole season.
"The New York Pops has a great fan base, but what Chris brings along when he joins us is Chris' immense fan base from around the world," Reineke said. "Literally, people have come in from Australia and Germany and all points around North America just for this concert, that are going to hear the New York Pops, many of them for the first time. It's exciting."
Reineke and Botti have been friends for years, but have not played together at Carnegie Hall before.
"Well, first of all, it's the New York Pops, it's at Carnegie Hall, so you have a real intersection of two very, very famous music traditions in New York or the world," Botti said. "It's just a real, I mean, an honor. It's my first New York concert to have a major orchestra behind me."
Botti used to live in New York City and still considers it his second home. As is his tradition, he'll be spending a lot of time here in December. The trumpeter pretty much takes over the Blue Note Jazz Club, beginning December 16.
"Three weeks in a row, 21 shows, 21 nights in a row," he said. "New York is just so festive, and you have so much tourist influx from around the world that come at Christmas."
Coming up this season for the Pops is a night of Broadway love songs with Marin Mazzie and Jason Danieley, an evening of music from favorite Hollywood films, big band swing with Tony nominee Montego Glover and much more.
Go to www.newyorkpops.org for the full schedule.