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Sixth Annual POPS Ball

Michael Krajewski, Conductor

The Bellevue Hotel

200 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
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13 September 2018
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Thu, Sep 13, 2018
6pm
6pm
Featuring

Michael Krajewski, Music Director 
Tony DeSare, Guest Artist

Honoring: Harry D. Madonna, Chief Executive Officer of Republic Bank 

Sixth Annual POPS Ball Chair: Vernon W. II, Shirley, and Duffy Hill

Sixth Annual POPS Ball Honorary Chair: Governor Tom Wolf

Sixth Annual POPS Ball Co-Chairs: Dottie and Frank Giordano

Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of The Philly POPS at the Sixth Annual POPS Ball!

Please join us for an intimate concert, dinner, and an evening of dancing to the POPS on Thursday, September 13, 2018. Frequent POPS performer Tony DeSare will perform George Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" — a song that was played at the first POPS concert in 1979 and often throughout the orchestra's history.

As the POPS marks an important anniversary, the 2018 POPS Ball honors Harry D. Madonna, Chief Executive Officer of Republic Bank. Republic Bank has been the POPS’ financial partner since 2011. Harry Madonna has provided unprecedented support during this period of growth and renewal. We look forward to recognizing his contributions during our 40th Anniversary Celebration.

6:00 pm – Reception
7:30 pm – An evening of dinner and dancing to the full, 65-piece Philly POPS orchestra conducted by Michael Krajewski, featuring guest artist and frequent POPS performer Tony DeSare.

The POPS Ball is the major fundraiser of the 2018-19 season. As ticket sales do not fully cover the costs of presenting POPS shows, the Ball provides additional support from our generous patrons.

To reserve single tickets or a full table, request an invitation, or make a pledge, please call Gilberto Vega at 215-735-2841 or send an e-mail to POPSBall@phillypops.org.

In Honor of Harry D. Madonna, Chief Exeutive Offer of Republic Bank
Harry D. Madonna

As the POPS marks an important anniversary, the 2018 POPS Ball honors Harry D. Madonna, Chief Executive Officer of Republic Bank.

The POPS has been banking with Republic Bank since 2011 and has experienced great success in those years. Harry Madonna has provided unprecedented support during this period of growth and renewal. We look forward to recognizing his contributions during our 40th Anniversary Celebration.

A native New Yorker, Harry has called Philadelphia his home since 1972 and has valued the passion that it displays from his first day in the region. As an avid POPS fan, under Harry’s leadership, Republic Bank has sponsored both the POPS Ball and the Salute Series.

The Philly POPS tips its hat to Harry – a leader, music lover, and friend

Guest Artists

Michael Krajewski, Music Director

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Philly POPS Music Director Michael Krajewski’s earliest memories of hearing symphonic music were summertime concerts in local parks in his hometown of Detroit. “My parents enjoyed music, but didn’t go to classical concerts,” Michael says. “My first tastes of hearing an orchestra live were in that informal setting and that’s what probably steered me toward becoming a pops conductor.”

He knew he wanted a career in music and always harbored the idea of becoming a conductor in the back of his mind. “I decided to get serious about myself as a musician and see how far I could push myself,” he says. “It seemed like a pipe dream – no one around where I grew up even thinks about something like becoming an orchestra conductor, but I didn’t want to live the rest of my life wondering what would have happened if I hadn’t tried.”

Michael’s big break came when he was named Antal Dorati Fellowship Conductor of the Detroit Symphony in 1979 and gained experience conducting a major American orchestra. He went on to become assistant conductor of the Detroit Symphony, resident conductor of the Florida Symphony and music director of Modesto Symphony – all the while splitting his time between conducting classical, educational , pops and outdoor concerts, often before non-traditional audiences.

He is now a full-time pops conductor and serves as principal pops conductor of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Houston Symphony, and the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra and since 2013, as Music Director and Conductor of The Philly POPS®.

Michael especially enjoys creating pops programs from scratch. “We’re playing music that wasn’t written for symphony orchestra – we create all new arrangements and match the right artists to the programs,” he says. “It’s really satisfying.” His favorite experiences include pairing music with Cirque du Soleil-style acrobatics and creating tributes to American popular music legends like Simon & Garfunkel and Carole King.

“I feel that the Philly POPS is the best pops orchestra in the country and the best at doing these kinds of concerts,” Michael says. “And I love Philadelphia – it has a wonderful history and tradition of excellence in music and the performing arts.”

Michael has conducted throughout North America and around the globe, and has collaborated with a diverse group of internationally-renowned artists, including Art Garfunkel, Kenny Loggins, Ben Folds, Wynona Judd, Jason Alexander, Chicago, and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy.

Michael lives in Orlando, Florida with his wife Darcy. He enjoys solving crossword puzzles, photography and traveling – especially to Italy.

Tony DeSare, vocalist & piano

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Tony DeSare performs with infectious joy, wry playfulness and robust musicality. Named a Rising Star Male Vocalist in Downbeat magazine, DeSare has lived up to this distinction by winning critical and popular acclaim for his concert performances throughout North America and abroad. From jazz clubs to Carnegie Hall to Las Vegas headlining with Don Rickles and major symphony orchestras, DeSare has brought his fresh take on old school class around the globe. DeSare has three top ten Billboard jazz albums under his belt and has been featured on the CBS Early Show, NPR, A Prairie Home Companion, the Today Show and his music has been posted by social media celebrity juggernaut, George Takei.
  

The Sixth Annual Pops Ball Ticket Packages

The Chairman’s Table
$5,000 per couple

- (2) Tickets to The POPS Ball, seating at the President’s, Chairman’s, or Madonna tables
- Sponsor Listing in The POPS Ball Program Book
- Donor List in 2018/2019 Season Program Books

Concertmaster Circle Table
$12,000

- Table of (8), Best Available Seating
- Full Page Ad in The POPS Ball Program Book
- Sponsor Listing in The POPS Ball Program Book
- Name/Company listed on The Philly POPS Website
- Donor List in 2018/2019 Season Program Books
 

Encore! Circle Table
$8,000 

- Table of (8)
- Half Page Ad in The POPS Ball Program Book
- Sponsor Listing in The POPS Ball Program Book
- Name/Company Listing on The Philly POPS Website
- Donor List in 2018/2019 Season Program Books

Baton Circle 
$1,000 per couple

*Single Tickets may be purchased at 50% of the published package price at any level.

The Philly POPS is part of Encore Series, Inc., a nonprofit, 501(c)(3), corporation. Contributions are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. In compliance with tax law regulations, we hereby certify that no goods or services were provided in consideration for your contribution.

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