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The 3rd Annual NextGen: Finding the Voices of Tomorrow
April 24-26 2020, 8PM
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The 3rd Annual NextGen: Finding the Voices of Tomorrow
April 24-26 2020, 8PM
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The American Pops Orchestra has created a new initiative called “APO United” to continue to employ and support our  artists and musicians through these uncertain times. Each week, APO will be posting intimate cyber concerts by past  artists, highlights from our APO instrumentalist, and playlists of positivity by Maestro Luke Frazier. We hope that you will   join us for this virtual series on our Facebook page, Youtube Channel, or Instagram and that you will consider donating here to support our artists through this new series.

Pops for the 21st Century

Founded in 2015 by rising Pops star Luke Frazier, The American Pops Orchestra presents innovative orchestral programming featuring groundbreaking concepts and artistic partnerships to develop and inspire a new audience for the 21st century.

Photography by Glorianna Picini

In addition to presenting public performances, The American Pops Orchestra performs at private events and gatherings. APO is flexible in planning, accommodating your needs, and helps to elevate your event, making it a truly memorable experience for your guests.

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Upcoming Shows

Music and Mindfulness: Virtual Yoga
The 3rd Annual NextGen: Finding the Voices of Tomorrow
POSTPONED: Comedy Tonight: Broadway's Greatest Laughs
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In The News

All of the latest APO stories and information!

American Pops Orchestra cleverly re-imagines ‘The Pied Piper’ at Arena Stage

DC Metro Theater Arts
January 19, 2020

The weather outside was surely cold and cranky. But the outside world could be quickly forgotten as the American Pops Orchestra (APO), led by Maestro Luke Frazier, gently took children and adults by the hand and engaged them with a gleeful new musical take on an old fairytale, The Pied Piper–gently delivering some innovative life lessons along the way. The Pied Piper was another in the APO’s original theatrical children’s series written by Claybourn Elder.

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APO's "The Pied Piper" performs LIVE in the Loft

Fox 5 Washington DC
January 17, 2020

American Pops Orchestra's conductor Luke Frazier discusses upcoming musical with a modern twist and other shows at Arena Stage.

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Actor, Singer Garrett Clayton to Join The American Pops Orchestra

September 3, 2019

Garrett will be join The American Pops Orchestra in a special tribute performance to the legendary Dolly on Saturday, Sept. 21 at 8 p.m. at Arena Stage in Southwest D.C.

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Garrett Clayton Will Join The American Pops Orchestra To Celebrate Dolly Parton

Broadway World
September 3, 2019

Audiences have loved Garrett Clayton in "Hairspray Live!," Disney movies and his dramatic roles, and now he's getting ready to add his voice to some of Dolly Parton's greatest songs.

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Music & Mindfulness Preview

ABC7 News
June 12, 2019

Conductor Luke Frazier and yogi Michael Peterson give viewers of Let's Talk Live a sample of what people will hear and experience during APO's regular Music & Mindfulness yoga practices at Arena Stage.

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You Can Now Do Yoga with an Orchestra at Dupont Underground

October 18, 2018

Let the American Pops Orchestra be the soundtrack to your next sun salutation.

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QUEERY: Luke Frazier

May 9, 2019

The great American songbook — the popular standards of yesteryear — is important to conductor Luke Frazier because it connects people.

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Modern Luxury DC
April 15, 2019

DC Magazine celebrated five gents making major moves in the District.

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American Pops Orchestra brings live-music yoga sessions to Arena Stage

April 11, 2019

"Music and Mindfulness" brings together a small group of musicians with yoga teacher Michael Peterson

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Kathy Najimy on fighting for equality, “Hocus Pocus,” and performing with the American Pops Orchestra

May 16, 2019

Kathy Najimy has been a vital friend to the LGBTQ community in its fight for equality, gleefully entertaining us along the way.

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‘Trading Spaces’ host Paige Davis can’t wait to perform at the APO’s tribute to Jerry Herman

May 16, 2019

When her Hollywood agent asked if she’d like to take part in a symphonic staged concert in D.C., Paige Davis reacted with characteristic enthusiasm — and sass.

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On Your Feet! star Mauricio Martínez brings his voice and his truth to APO’s Jerry Herman tribute

May 16, 2019

In 2015, Mauricio Martínez was facing the potentially make-or-break decision dreaded by scores of rising young artists in the entertainment industry.

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College singers duke it out in the American Pops’ NextGen competition

Metro Weekly
March 7, 2019

Earlier this year, Luke Frazier, the founding music director of the American Pops Orchestra, “hit the rails and the trails” across America. His goal was to audition hundreds of students for the organization’s NextGen singing competition, ultimately whittling them down to 30 semi-finalists. But things didn’t go quite according to plan.

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American Pops Orchestra & National Society Of Arts And Letters Present NEXTGEN: FINDING THE VOICES OF TOMORROW

Broadway World
February 25, 2019

On Saturday, March 9, APO's Jazz Quartet will perform as 30 semi-finalists from university programs compete to win the top title. Votes from a panel of judges and the audience will determine the best voice of tomorrow. The program will take place at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater in Washington, D.C., beginning at 8 p.m.

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Take A Look

Our recent kid's show was a hit!

“Dynamic is a great word to use. The new orchestra, under exceptional leadership from Maestro Frazier is pushing the boundaries of traditional pops orchestras and breathing new life into cherished favorites.”

— Broadway World

"We had such a great experience working with your great musicians, and in your astoundingly beautiful hall. Everything ran smoothly, and as they say, no drama is good drama. We hope to work with you again on future tours.

— Chuck Pennington (Conductor of Mannheim Steamroller)

“The show was incredible. The actors and orchestra were so talented!

— Courtney Whittington, DC Area Moms Blog

“The live music, instrument introductions and post show opportunities turned a great kids show into a phenomenal family experience!”

— Colleen Moriarty, Adventure Moms DC

“The vocalists and orchestra were absolutely outstanding. We didn’t want the show to end.”

— Stacy

“Another fantastic production by @TheAmericanPops Orchestra at Arena Stage. I am so grateful to VetTix and APO for enabling me to take advantage of so many musical and artistic happenings here in the Nation's Capital. Now a big fan.”

— Craig

"As much as any individual singer, what warmed the evening was the sumptuous lilt of the American Pops Orchestra, conducted by Luke Frazier.

— New York Times

"In a nutshell, The American Pops Orchestra's cocktail party was frothy, fizzy, unequivocally delightful thanks in large measure, of course, to designated driver Luke Frazier."

— DC Metro Theatre Arts

“Thank you so much to Luke and everyone at American Pops Orchestra for donating tickets to veterans and Vet Tix. I was able to share the night with friends and make new friends and we all just LOVED the show.”

— Trisha

“Thank you so much American Pops Orchestra. It was so amazing to be able to bring our girls to your show. They absolutely loved it (and we quite enjoyed it to!). We love being able to expose them to the arts and this was such a fun way which wouldn’t have been possible without your generous donation!”

— Donald

"What a gorgeous, festive evening. The American Pops, under the direction and the quietly flowing baton of Luke S. Frazier, gave the Lisner audience last night with their entertaining and joyful A Broadway Christmas."

— DC Metro Theatre Arts

"The American Pops Orchestra brought a fresh perspective to the American Songbook in its inaugural DC concert, Stairway to Paradise: A Gershwin Spectacular."

— DC Metro Theatre Arts

“Thank you to the American Pops Orchestra for their donation. The production was extremely entertaining for adults and kids. My daughters and I had a great afternoon.”

— Ricardo

“Thank you for the great evening! I took my 80 year old mom as my date and she lived APO so much we bought tickets for another show. Also, as a female JAG vet you can imagine my excitement when I caught a glimpse of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg sneaking into the same show! Thank you for a memorable night!”

— Heather

A Message from The APO

As an organization that strives to break the mold of classical concerts, we are using the COVID-19 situation to continue connecting with all of our patrons virtually. With this in mind, we will be changing the format of our remaining events this season. Our NextGen competition, Music & Mindfulness practice, and MainStage show will no longer be taking place at Arena Stage, but instead will be transformed into virtual performances to accommodate social regulations in place throughout our community. Each show will feature the APO musicians and original scores you have come to love, that will accompany our performers, yoga instructor, Dan Carter, and APO artists.

In addition, we have created a new initiative called “APO United” to continue to employ and support our artists through these uncertain times.

Each week, APO will be posting intimate cyber concerts by past artists, highlights from our APO instrumentalist, and playlists of positivity by Maestro Luke Frazier. Join us for this virtual series on our Instagram, Youtube Channel, or Facebook Page. If you’re able, please consider donating here to support our artists through this new series.

We apologize for any inconvenience this causes for our ticket purchasers, but ask that you will consider donating your ticket payment to help support the APO (a tax-deductible donation), as we will continue to employ our artists throughout the postponing of live events. If you would like your order to be refunded, please email to initiate your refund.