Benson, Kennedy, Runolfsson, Schuur, et al. Set for Philly Pops Season
The group will open with their Broadway Showstoppers! concert (October 5-12), which will feature special guests Lauren Kennedy, Gary Mauer, and Anne Runolfsson. Up next is the annual Holiday POPS! concert (December 5-20), which will feature the von Trapp Children and the African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas Gospel Choir, along with the 150-member Pops Festival Chorus.
2009 begins with Visions of America (January 25-February 1), a multimedia collaboration between the Pops and photographer Joseph Sohm, pianist-composer Roger Kellaway, and legendary lyricists Alan and Marilyn Bergman. Next on the roster is A Celebration of Ol' Blue Eyes (February 15-22), a tribute to Frank Sinatra, with special guest Steve Lippia.
Jazz great Diane Schuur will join Nero for 88 Keys and a Voice (April 19-26). The season will conclude with Hooray for Hollywood! (May 10-17) with guest vocalists Jodi Benson and Keith Butterbaugh, and Thanks for the Memories: 30 Years of Peter Nero and the Philly Pops (June 20).