The Philly POPS Had A Ball Last Week

The Philly POPS, the largest standalone pops orchestra in the United States, delights audiences with the inspired performance of American popular music.


In the past years the Pops have really been experimenting with themes that have drawn sold out crowds. The new season looks just as exciting with the much anticipated Elvis: The King’s Songbook, Sgt. Pepper Celebration, Blockbuster Broadway, Ella, Louis & All That Jazz, Pop Rocks and A Philly Pops Christmas



Thursday night, September 15, 2016, Music Director Michael Krajewski and the Philly POPS orchestra returned to the Hyatt at the Bellevue for the Fourth Annual POPS Ball. Over 250 POPS supporters enjoyed a night of dinner and dancing to the full 65-piece POPS orchestra. The musicians of the orchestra donate their time for this colorful beginning to their season. The POPS Ball is the Philly POPS’ major fundraiser of the 2016/2017 season.


  Stewart Mahan, Lisa McGraw and Philly POPS president Frank Giordano


 POPS Ball chairs Larry McMichael and Trish Wellenbach, Please Touch Museum CEO


Joyce Sando and Richard dePiano


Ann Catania of Ten Pennies Florist created a décor scheme dedicated to the POPS season and Let’s Dance with dozens of miniature shoes placed throughout the room and blocks of colored tables tied to corresponding concerts in the POPS’ subscription series (Elvis, The Beatles, Broadway, Ella Fitzgerald  and The Eagles, Fleetwood Mac and Journey, and Christmas) with lucite chairs, vivid colors and themed props.


Paul Dannenfelser and Diane Dannenfelser


Rebecca Michaelson, Karen Corbin, and Peter Michaelson



The Beatles table featured sunglasses similar to John Lennon‘s iconic pair, green accessories including linens, chair cushions and lighting all to match the green theme of the logo for the upcoming POPS show. A “King’s Table” centered in the Ballroom seated 14 with a stack of Elvis memorabilia, all in honor of the October 21-23 season opening POPS concert, ELVIS: The King’s Songbook.. Ann Catania’s signature floral designs included roses, orchids and calla lilies.


After the 6-7:30pm cocktail reception, the ballroom doors opened to the ballroom while the orchestra played “Let’s Dance” and twelve professional dancers (with ladies in red shoes and men in red bow ties and tails) from Power Surge Performing Arts Centre, led by director Joanne McBride


POPS’ Maestro Michael Krajewski, featured a preview of their upcoming 2016-17 Concert Season. The musicians of the orchestra donated their time for this colorful beginning to their season.



Sheila Hess, City Rep


Jennifer Angeline and Nicole D’Angelo.




Over 250 POPS supporters enjoyed the night of dinner then dancing in the Bellevue Ballroom to the full 65-piece POPS orchestra.

Thanks to Mike Hirata for shooting this for PhillyChitChat