20/21 Season

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The Pied Piper: National Children's Virtual Outreach Tour

21-29 January 2021

NextGen Performance Masterclass

Join NextGen participants and Maestro Luke on February 3, 2021 at 7PM ET for a live Performance Masterclass. As a part of our NextGen Vocal Competition, APO offers educational masterclass opportunities to all NextGen applicants, giving aspiring vocalists the opportunity to learn about new repertoire, receive constructive feedback, and perform for their peers.

3 February 2021 | 7:00pm ET

4th Annual "NextGen National: Finding the Voices of Tomorrow"

The American Pops Orchestra will present the Finals of the 4th Annual “NextGen National: Finding the Voices of Tomorrow” on April 10, 2021. College students from coast to coast will compete for the chance to win a $1,000 scholarship and paid performance opportunity with APO in their 2021-2022 Season. Join APO and our 10 finalists selected in November 2020 by our esteemed panel of judges and your vote to see who will win the top prize! Registration coming soon.

Finals - 10 April 2021 Semi-Finals - 21 November 2020

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 every Tuesday at 7:00 PM EDT

4th Annual "NextGen National: Finding the Voices of Tomorrow"

The American Pops Orchestra will present the Finals of the 4th Annual “NextGen National: Finding the Voices of Tomorrow” on April 10, 2021. College students from coast to coast will compete for the chance to win a $1,000 scholarship and paid performance opportunity with APO in their 2021-2022 Season. Join APO and our 10 finalists selected in November 2020 by our esteemed panel of judges and your vote to see who will win the top prize!  Registration coming soon.

Drag Out The Holly: A Holiday Drag Extravaganza

19 December 2020 | 9PM

The American Pops Orchestra is joined by some of your favorite queens on December 19 at 9 PM for "Drag Out the Holly: A Holiday Drag Extravaganza". A concert broadcast filmed live at Meridian International Center, Drag Out the Holly features performances by RuPaul's Drag Race contestants Alexis Michelle, JuJubee, and Peppermint, as well as NYC queen Lagoona Bloo. The four queens are joined by singer-songwriter Bright Light Bright Light and Pennsylvania Representative Brian Sims to perform their own spin on holiday classics with The American Pops Orchestra.

Ella Wishes You A Swinging Christmas

15 December 2020 | 8PM EST

Maestro Luke Frazier and The American Pops Orchestra perform Ella Fitzgerald’s iconic holiday album Ella Wishes You A Swinging Christmas, hosted by Vanessa Williams, with performances by Dee Dee Bridgewater, Carmen Ruby Floyd, Morgan James, Norm Lewis, and Nova Y. Payton.  “Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas with Vanessa Williams” will be broadcast on December 15, 2020 on PBS stations and streaming on PBS.org.

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.