Meet Maestro Luke Frazier
Marvin Hamlisch put it best when referring to LUKE FRAZIER: “So talented, and sensitive to every nuance.” A rapidly rising star in the Pops world, Mr. Frazier has already proven himself among musical heavyweights as both an innately musical conductor and a sensitive pianist. Mr. Frazier’s commitment to re-envisioning pops programming has quickly established him as a dynamic force across the music community. He has the distinction of conducting in all three of the largest venues at the Kennedy Center. He has worked with artists Renée Fleming, Kevin Spacey, Denyce Graves, Darren Criss, Lea Salonga, Laura Osnes, Eric Owens, Liza Minnelli, Chita Rivera, Rita Moreno, Michael Feinstein, Christine Ebersole, Elaine Paige, Arturo Sandoval, and Norm Lewis, among others.
As a testament to his mission to reimagine pops programming, Mr. Frazier has founded the American Pops Orchestra and the National Broadway Chorus in Washington, DC. His commitment to the American Songbook is also evident through his involvement on the Board of the Great American Songbook Foundation.
His American Pops Orchestra is set to begin its second season and has already garnered rave reviews, including the following from The New York Times, on the occasion of PIAF: A Centennial Celebration, “As much as any individual singer, what warmed the evening was the sumptuous lilt of the 15-piece American Pops Orchestra, conducted by Luke Frazier.”
In addition to presenting original orchestral programming on the concert stage, featuring leading Broadway singers, dancers, and actors, The American Pops Orchestra has given several high-profile performances in its inaugural year, including a special event at The Kennedy Center hosted by Tommy Tune, the Hispanic Heritage Awards, which were broadcast nationally on PBS, the DC Standing Ovation Awards, theatreWashington’s Helen Hayes Awards, and The Giving Pledge at the Smithsonian Institute’s National Museum of American History.
Mr. Frazier enjoys an active schedule as a guest conductor. He has recently appeared with the West Virginia Symphony, the Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra, and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis. He also serves as the Artist-in-Residence for the DC Youth Orchestra.