2019/20 Season

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Previous Shows

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Tuesdays at 7:00 PM EDT

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.