2018/2019 Season

Music and Mindfulness Series III

Join The American Pops for innovative yoga practices in the Molly Study in Arena. Each practice will feature live music to create a peaceful backdrop as instructor Michael Peterson guides you on a journey through yoga and meditation. DuPont Underground

08 Jun 2019 | 6:00PM EDT

I Am What I Am

This tribute to musical theatre legend, Jerry Herman, is sure to thrill and uplift. Come enjoy the lilting classics from Hello, Dolly!, La Cage aux Folles, Mack and Mabel and more! Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater – Fichandler Stage

18 May 2019 | 8:00PM EDT

Music and Mindfulness Series II

Join The American Pops for innovative yoga practices in the Molly Smith Study at Arena. Each practice will feature live music to create a peaceful backdrop as instructor Michael Peterson guides you on a journey through yoga and meditation. Runtimes 70 mins. All practices at Molly Smith Study.

13 Apr 2019 | 6:00PM EDT

Here and Now

APO is thrilled to partner with THEARC DC and the Howard University Musical Theatre program to present this revue of Vandross’ biggest hits. THEARC: Town Hall Education Arts Recreation Campus

7 Apr 2019 | 3:00 PM EDT

NextGen: Finding the Voices of Tomorrow

We are thrilled to announce the second annual vocal competition presented in conjunction with NSAL DC. This is the final round in which competitors perform with the APO jazz trio in front of a live audience and a panel of judges. Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater – Kreeger Theater

9 Mar 2019 | 8:00 PM EDT

Martin & Merman

Maestro Luke Frazier and members of the critically acclaimed American Pops Orchestra will be joined by featured APO performers from the group's first four seasons in a tribute to two titans of the broadway stage, Ethel Merman and Mary Martin.

19 Feb 2019 | 7:00PM EST

An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly

Perfect for Kids! Join APO favorite, Hilary Morrow (known most recently for her role as Detective Fix in APO’s Around the World in 80 Days), in a madcap retelling of this classic children’s story. Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater – Molly Smith Study

26 Jan 2019 | 11:00AM EST

A Very Silly Vaudeville

Let famed Broadway tapping duo, Mary Michael Patterson and Cary Tedder, guide you on a journey through APO’s modern take on classic American vaudeville acts of yesteryear. This talent extravaganza will feature a zany cast, magic, dancing, singing and lots of audience engagement. Bring your whole family for an unforgettable show you won’t want to miss!

17 Nov 2018 | 11:00AM EST

Music and Mindfulness Series I

Join The American Pops for innovative yoga practices in the iconic Dupont Underground. Each practice will feature live music to create a peaceful backdrop as instructor Michael Peterson guides you on a journey through yoga and meditation. DuPont Underground

21 Oct 2018 | 6:00PM EDT

You've Got A Friend

You’ve Got a Friend: A Singer-Songwriter Celebration will feature music by the greatest American singer-songwriters, including James Taylor, Nina Simone, Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Joan Baez and more. Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater – Fichandler Stage

22 Sep 2018 | 8:00PM EDT

A Message from The APO

The American Pops Orchestra has made it a priority to not only maintain Pre-COVID content in a virtual form, but also create new content to keep our audience engaged and our musicians employed.  As an organization that strives to break the mold of concerts, we are using COVID-19 to reimagine our normal operations.  Since March we have streamed two full original concerts, created solo performances by instrumentalist and vocalists, rethought our Music and Mindfulness series as a more often and virtual event, and partnered with organizations across the country in our virtual trivia series.  

In addition, APO has held multiple in-person socially distanced outdoor Porch Concerts that provide our audience with the opportunity to safely see live art despite the current situation around us.  Throughout the pandemic, APO has employed hundreds of musicians and artists and in a time when many other organizations couldn’t. In the words of Maestro Luke Frazier, “we never stopped.”

Moving forward, APO is proud to present our NextGen National vocal competition which will include students from across the country competing virtually for the chance to win a monetary prize and the opportunity to perform in a future APO MainStage Show. This will include a virtual audition and semi-finals with a live (COVID permitting) finals in Spring of 2021.  APO has also filmed multiple productions that will be broadcast nationally on PBS.  APO has been grateful to keep creating and making music despite the limitations caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, and will keep working to bring you, our valued audience, original and unique content.

To support APO as we keep moving forward you can click here, so that we can continue to employ more artists and musicians.  If you have any questions about what APO has been doing during the pandemic, please email hannah@theamericanpops.org. Thank you and stay safe.