2018/2019 Season

Name That Tune: Trivia with APO

Join The American Pops Orchestra for Tuesday night trivia featuring regular and live audio trivia questions. Hosted by Maestro Luke, each evening will highlight a different artistic genre and a variety of art from all time periods and styles.

Live on Facebook every Tuesday at 7:00 PM EDT

APO Jukebox: The Best of The American Pops

On May 30th, The American Pops Orchestra will present APO Jukebox: The Best of The American Pops. This virtual event, hosted by Maestro Luke Frazier and Director Kelly D’Amboise, will relive our audience’s favorite moments from past APO Productions, including numbers from “The Music of Jerry Herman”, “Let’s Misbehave: Cole Porter After Dark”, “You’ve Got a Friend: Singer-Songwriter”, and “Coat of Many Colors: The Music of Dolly Parton.”

30 May 2020 | 8:00 PM EDT

The 3rd Annual NextGen: Finding the Voices of Tomorrow

The American Pops Orchestra is thrilled to announce their third annual vocal competition! On Friday, April 24th and Saturday, April 25th, 30 semi-finalists from university programs will virtually compete to win the top title.

April 24-26 2020, 8PM

Music and Mindfulness: Virtual Yoga with The American Pops

Join The American Pops Orchestra on Monday’s and Thursday’s in April for innovative virtual yoga practices led by our yoga instructor, Dan Carter. Each practice will focus on a different part of the body at varying levels of difficulty with fun musical themes from Cher to Country Ballads, Boy Bands to Female Singer-Songwriters of the 90’s and early 2000’s videos.

Mondays at 6:00PM EST & Thursdays at 12:00PM EST in April

Music and Mindfulness: Practice II

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

February 22, 2020, 10AM & 12PM

The Pied Piper

Another installment in APO's theatrical children's series! Go on a new journey through the story of the Pied Piper, featuring music from the Great American Songbook.

January 18, 2020, 11AM & 2PM

New Year's Eve at the Kennedy Center: A Tribute to Aretha Franklin

Ring in 2020 with a tribute to the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin! Featuring Michelle Williams, Dionne Warwick, Bria Skonberg, Morgan James, Nova Payton, and Rayshun LaMarr.

December 31, 2019 8:30 PM

HOLIDAY SINGIN’ POPS

Join top-level Broadway and international talent for a fun and festive evening featuring fresh new takes on traditional and beloved holiday songs.

December 6, 2019 7:30PM

Music and Mindfulness: Practice I

APO’s Music and Mindfulness series consists of 3-practices pairing yoga with live orchestra music. Original scores weave together familiar, popular tunes in a serene and contemplative style with yoga led by instructor, Dan Carter. Come to Arena Stage at the Mead Center for a fully immersive meditative practice that will rejuvenate you for the week ahead.

Saturday, October 26, 2019 - 10am & 12pm

Coat of Many Colors: The Music of Dolly Parton

Join us for this exciting tribute to Dolly Parton, as you know only The American Pops provides!

September 21, 2019, 8PM

Private Events

In addition to regular season programming, APO performs in many special events throughout the year. Some of these events include:

2018 Hispanic Heritage Awards
12 September 2018 | John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

2017 Hispanic Heritage Awards
14 September 2017 | Warner Theater

8th Annual DC Standing Ovation Awards
8 February 2018 | The Anthem

Smithsonian Giving Pledge Dinner
21 March 2018 | National Museum of American History

Atlantic Council “On Your Feet” Gala
10 May 2018 | The Ritz-Carleton

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

September 22, 2018 - 8:00 PM

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

October 21, 2018 6PM

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!

November 17, 2018 - 11:00 AM

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

January 26, 2019 11:00 AM

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.

February 19, 2019 7pm

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

March 9, 2019 8:00 PM

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.

April 13, 2019 6PM

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

May 18, 2019 8:00 PM

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

June 08, 2019 6PM

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 hannah@theamericanpops.org to initiate your refund.