American Pops Archive | 2015-16

Mary Michael Patterson

July 2015

She Did it Her Way

American Pops Orchestra debuted in July of 2015 at the McEvoy Auditorium of the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC with “She Did it Her Way: The Women of the Rat Pack,” which showcased songs of the Rat Pack Era from a woman’s perspective and featured Broadway’s Mary Michael Patterson.

August 2015

You Spin Me ‘Round: an 80s Prom

In August of 2015, American Pops Orchestra took over Town Danceboutique to present “You Spin Me ‘Round: an 80s Prom,” an exciting experience in a non-traditional performance space which paired the orchestra, with a pair of vocalists, with a live DJ who mixed in tracks with the live orchestra music and featured dancers who both performed and led the audience through group choreography.

You Spin Me ‘Round: an 80s Prom

September 2015

Great American Songbook Foundation Youth Ambassador Showcase

American Pops Orchestra accompanied some of the best young interpreters of American song as they made their Kennedy Center debut. Featuring Songbook Foundation Ambassadors Madelyn Baillio, Nick Ziobro, Julia Goodwin, and Lucas DeBard.

September 2015

The 28th Annual Hispanic Heritage Awards

Held at the Warner Theater, and broadcast nationally on PBS, this program honored the contributions and accomplishments of Hispanics across many disciplines and celebrated Hispanic cultural pride in America. Hosted by Rita Moreno, with performances by Arturo Sandoval, Gaby Moreno, Lila Downs, and Ana Gabriel.

28th Annual Hispanic Heritage Awards
George and Ira Gershwin

October 2015

Stairway to Paradise: A Gershwin Spectacular

The inaugural American Pops Orchestra season began in October of 2015 with a celebration of the music of George and Ira Gershwin, featuring the vocal talents of Tony Award®-winner Christine Ebersole, Broadway’s Paige Faure, and Songbook Ambassador Nick Ziobro and dancing by Broadway’s Johnny Stellard and Julia Freyer.

November 2015

The Textile Museum Gala

This benefit event was held at the Metropolitan Club, DC, with special performances by the National Broadway Chorus and Rachelle Fleming.

November 2015

The Giving Pledge Dinner

The Smithsonian Institute presented this intimate special event in the Museum of American History for some of the greatest philanthropists in the United States. Renée Fleming hosted this evening, with performances by outstanding young talent.


December 2015

The Beacon Prize, Human Rights First

Justice Anthony Kennedy was the 2015 recipient of this award given by Human Rights First at the beautiful National Museum for Women in the Arts.

December 2015

A Broadway Christmas

The inaugural American Pops Orchestra season was rounded out in December of 2015 with “A Broadway Christmas,” featuring Elaine Paige, Broadway’s Matt Doyle, and Songbook Ambassador Julia Goodwin with a festival holiday chorus.

A Broadway Christmas
PIAF: A Centennial Celebration

December 2015

PIAF: A Centennial Celebration

American Pops Orchestra debuted in NYC at Town Hall with this illustrious celebration of the life and music of Edith Piaf, held on the anniversary of her 100th birthday. Performances by Marilyn Maye, Elaine Paige, Meow Meow, Little Annie, Vivian Reed, Gay Marshall, and Molly Pope.

February 2016

DC Standing Ovation Awards

This evening at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall celebrated excellence in teaching, staff, and administration in the DC Public Schools. Hosted by Tim Gunn, with appearances and performances by Alan Muraoka, Fik-Shun, Ginuwine, Samira Wiley, Nova Payton, and the National Broadway Chorus.


February 2016

A Musical Evening with Adrienne Arsht

A private event held in the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater, this program feted a dear friend and patron of the arts. Hosted by Tommy Tune, with performances by Aaron Weinstein, Paige Faure, Gaby Moreno, Daniela Liebman, John Lloyd Young, Robyn Hurder, Eric Owens, Jared Grimes, Nova Payton, and the National Broadway Chorus.

Make Someone Happy: A 60s Cocktail Party

May 2016

Make Someone Happy: A 60s Cocktail Party

Raise your glass to the fabulous music of the 1960s! The American Pops and friends from the Broadway stage offer a musical glimpse into the glamorous era of the cocktail party, a time of social refinement, artful conversation, and masterful flirtation, with a soundtrack to match. As the orchestra plays, we find that confusion and love are intimately related. “At Last” everyone is convinced that love has come along.