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, 8:00PM EST

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.

22 Feb 2020 | 10:00AM & 12:00PM EDT

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.

18 Jan 2020 | 11:00AM & 2:00PM EDT

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.

31 Dec 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.

6 Dec 2019 | 7:30PM EST

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.

26 Oct 2019 -| 10:00am & 12:00pm EDT

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!

21 Sept 2019 | 8:00PM EDT

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

22 Sep 2018 | 8:00PM EDT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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.