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Please join us for APO’s Season Opening Celebration! This exclusive event will feature an intimate performance by one of the greatest singers of all time, Marilyn Maye, accompanied by legendary jazz pianist Tedd Firth. This is truly a special opportunity to hear a singer who Ella Fitzgerald referred to as one of the greatest singers in the world. You won’t want to miss this afternoon of champagne, incredible artistry and a preview of our exciting 3rd season in our fabulous new home, Arena Stage. I hope you’ll join us and become a part of the critically acclaimed American Pops Orchestra family.
18 Grammys, 75-million records sold, one incomparable artist – Aretha Franklin. Celebrate the music of Ms. Franklin in a concert that highlights some of the greatest hits of her career, including “A Natural Woman,” “Chain of Fools,” “Spanish Harlem,” and “Since You’ve Been Gone.” Featuring Michelle Williams (Destiny’s Child), Ariana Debose (Hamilton, A Bronx Tale), Bria Skonberg (Sony Records Jazz Recording Artist, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center), Moya Angela (“America’s Got Talent,” In Transit, Dreamgirls), and Nova Payton (Helen Hayes Award winner, Carnegie Hall).
Michael Peterson, Teacher
Music. Movement. Mindfulness. Enjoy a tranquil 70-minute yoga practice accompanied by members of The American Pops Orchestra. Songs from the greatest American singer songwriters will be combined in a fresh 70-minute composition designed to marry music and movement. This performance is presented in partnership with the IMF Family Association and held at the IMF headquarters at 1900 Pennsylvania Avenue.
No one thinks Phileas Fogg can do it, but this eccentric adventurer won’t be stopped! He believes he can achieve the unthinkable and sets out on a daring race against time. Phileas must travel around the globe and return to London in just 80 days, with Detective Fix hot on his heels trying to stop him. In this hilarious and epic adventure, Phileas leaves the solitary life he loves and must learn to rely on newfound friends. Told through songs from the Great American Songbook, this world premiere production revisits Jules Verne’s timeless classic Around the World in 80 Days in a musical adventure for all ages. After last season’s family show sold out, a second performance has been added for this year.
The American Pops Orchestra has teamed up with Washington, DC chapter of The National Society of Arts and Letters for the first annual vocal competition. The final round audition will take place on Friday, March 23 in Washington, DC at Arena Stage in The Kreeger Theater.
The vocal competition is open to students and recent graduates from American University, Howard University, Catholic University, Shenandoah Conservatory, Ohio University and more, who have competed in first round auditions for Maestro Frazier on their campuses.
The finals will provide an opportunity for each finalist to sing with a jazz trio from APO in front of a live audience. Our panel of acclaimed guest judges from New York City and Washington, DC will select 2 first place winners and 2 runners-up. Each first place winner will receive $500 and each runner-up will receive $250. All four winners will be guaranteed a mainstage appearance in the APO’s 2018-2019 season.
It’s no secret that Cole Porter loved to be mischievous. Misbehave to the timeless music of Cole Porter paired with some of the funniest personal ads from the era of online dating. From “Anything Goes” to “So in Love”, “You’re the Top” to “Love for Sale.”
Betty Who (the pop star making her orchestra debut), Liz Callaway (Tony Award nominee, voice of Disney’s Princess Jasmine and Anastasia), Ali Ewoldt (Phantom of the Opera on Broadway, Helen Hayes Awards Winner), Vishal Vaidya (Groundhog Day on Broadway), and Mo Rocca (“CBS Sunday Morning,” NPR’s “Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!”)