The American Pops Orchestra (APO) was founded in 2015 by Maestro Luke Frazier with the aim of breathing new life into orchestral pops programming and inspiring new audiences to discover the wealth of material in the Great American Songbook in dynamic ways.
LUKE FRAZIER is changing what it means to be the maestro of a cutting edge orchestra. He is an innately musical conductor, a sensitive and brilliant pianist and a visionary for presenting music we know and love with a fun, energetic and unique twist. Washingtonian Magazine named him one of their “Top 40 Under 40,” (way under 40, he might add) and it doesn’t stop there. Pulitzer Prize-winning composer and musical theatre legend, Marvin Hamlisch, put it best, calling Frazier “so talented, and sensitive to every nuance.”
As founder and Music Director of The American Pops Orchestra (APO), Frazier has set the bar high for popular orchestral programming. His past seasons have brought Broadway, television and even Olympic stars to the stage alongside APO to dazzle his new-found audience of young, first-time attendees and long-time orchestra patrons alike. Each show is built from the ground up with original arrangements and innovative staging, all brought to life by a cast of stars, acclaimed and upcoming, to deliver what every audience wants to experience- a night they won’t forget!
Frazier doesn’t spend all his time conducting The American Pops. He has earned his stripes conducting across the country and abroad. He has conducted at internationally acclaimed venues including Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, The White House, The Kennedy Center and so many more. He is an avid proponent of the preservation and celebration of the American Songbook, as evidenced by his orchestral programming, his iTunes playlist, and his involvement on the Board of the Great American Songbook Foundation.
Frazier is thrilled to have worked with an arsenal of incredible artists, most of whom he calls friend. This list includes such luminaries as Chita Rivera, Patti LaBelle, Lea Delaria, Tommy Tune, Renée Fleming, Andra Day, Darren Criss, Vanessa Williams, Liz Callaway, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Lea Salonga, Betty Who, Laura Osnes, Wynton Marsalis, Eric Owens, Marilyn Maye, Liza Minnelli, Rita Moreno, Lindsay Mendez, Michael Feinstein, Christine Ebersole, Elaine Paige, Arturo Sandoval, and Norm Lewis, among many others.
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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