“Right now we are all desperately seeking contact and connections,” said Luke Frazier, Founder and Maestro, American Pops Orchestra, in a recent phone conversation on a chilly, rainy morning. The Voices of Tomorrow Virtual Vocal Competition concludes tonight (April 25, 2020) with the ten finalists live-streaming starting at 8 p.m.Read More
Given the current social distancing guidelines, APO has developed "APO UNITED," online concerts from APO's selection of artists, highlights from APO instrumentalists and playlists of positivity by Frazier. They're available on YouTube, Facebook and Instagram.Read More
The weather outside was surely cold and cranky. But the outside world could be quickly forgotten as the American Pops Orchestra (APO), led by Maestro Luke Frazier, gently took children and adults by the hand and engaged them with a gleeful new musical take on an old fairytale...Read More
American Pops Orchestra's conductor Luke Frazier discusses upcoming musical with a modern twist and other shows at Arena Stage.Read More
Garrett will be join The American Pops Orchestra in a special tribute performance to the legendary Dolly on Saturday, Sept. 21 at 8 p.m. at Arena Stage in Southwest D.C.Read More
Audiences have loved Garrett Clayton in "Hairspray Live!," Disney movies and his dramatic roles, and now he's getting ready to add his voice to some of Dolly Parton's greatest songs.Read More
Conductor Luke Frazier and yogi Michael Peterson give viewers of Let's Talk Live a sample of what people will hear and experience during APO's regular Music & Mindfulness yoga practices at Arena Stage.Read More
Let the American Pops Orchestra be the soundtrack to your next sun salutation.Read More
The great American songbook — the popular standards of yesteryear — is important to conductor Luke Frazier because it connects people.Read More
DC Magazine celebrated five gents making major moves in the District.Read More
"Music and Mindfulness" brings together a small group of musicians with yoga teacher Michael PetersonRead More
Kathy Najimy has been a vital friend to the LGBTQ community in its fight for equality, gleefully entertaining us along the way.Read More
When her Hollywood agent asked if she’d like to take part in a symphonic staged concert in D.C., Paige Davis reacted with characteristic enthusiasm — and sass.Read More
In 2015, Mauricio Martínez was facing the potentially make-or-break decision dreaded by scores of rising young artists in the entertainment industry.Read More
Earlier this year, Luke Frazier, the founding music director of the American Pops Orchestra, “hit the rails and the trails” across America. His goal was to audition hundreds of students for the organization’s NextGen singing competition, ultimately whittling them down to 30 semi-finalists. But things didn’t go quite according to plan.Read More
On Saturday, March 9, APO's Jazz Quartet will perform as 30 semi-finalists from university programs compete to win the top title. Votes from a panel of judges and the audience will determine the best voice of tomorrow. The program will take place at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater in Washington, D.C., beginning at 8 p.m.Read More
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to initiate your refund.