The New York Pops is a symphony orchestra playing a variety of popular music, and its season has always been at Carnegie Hall. But now, it's in the midst of a two night stay at its new summer home in Queens. NY1's Stephanie Simon filed the following report.
How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice practice practice. How do find another venue to play? Patience patience patience.
The New York Pops Music Director Steven Reineke has been looking for a summer home for years.
"As soon as I started with the New York Pops back in '08-'09 I immediately started to ask the question, 'Well where do we play in the summers,'" said Reineke.
There were no good answers, until now. The 13,000 seat Forest Hills Stadium was defunct for nearly 20 years but was saved from possible demolition and reopened in 2013 with a Mumford and Sons concert and many big names have followed. The stadium reached out to the Pops who quickly accepted. They're playing two nights this summer and hope to do more next summer.
"It's the start of something big here," said Reineke.
The Pops play one night with Pink Martini and one with Broadway and TV star Sutton Foster.
"A 75-piece orchestra outside under the stars, and especially for New York City to have an outdoor venue like this I think is really, really exciting," said Foster.
But it's surprising news to fans of her TV Land show "Younger."
"I put something on Twitter," said Foster. "You know I was like, 'I'm doing this concert!' and a lot of the younger fans were like, 'You sing?' And I was like, 'Yeah. Yeah, I sing!'"
Madison House Presents helped save the stadium and now helps run it and promotes concerts here.
Some great acts have already performed here, but who is the dream act?
"Paul Simon," said Mike Luba, President of Madison House Presents. "Paul Simon baby. Forest Hills native, went to Forest Hills High School, went to Queens College, hasn’t played a gig in Queens in decades. When he comes back here people are going to go absolutely berserk."
Until that day comes there is a great line up scheduled here. And the NY Pops returns to its home at Carnegie Hall in October.