POPS on Independence
POPS on Independence
July 3rd, 2020 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
For this uniquely American celebration, the POPS take a musical look at tradition and patriotism. In his debut performance as Music Director & Principal Conductor, David Charles Abell has created an original show with Philadelphia native & Broadway star Allison Blackwell, renowned trumpeter and POPS Artistic Director for Jazz, Terell Stafford, and POPS fan favorite Michael Cavanaugh. This virtual concert stream will also include a newly commissioned piece, “Fanfare for the Essential Workers,” dedicated to healthcare workers who were first responders to the COVID-19 crisis.
David Charles Abell, Music Director and Principal Conductor
David Charles Abell is the newly appointed Music Director and Principal Conductor of The Philly POPS. David, who grew up in Mt. Airy, lived in London for 24 years, conducting many of the premier British orchestras. He has made numerous television appearances, most notably conducting the 10th and 25th Anniversary concerts of Les Misérables. Most recently, he conducted Carousel at the Vienna Volksoper and the Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess at Atlanta Opera. David has conducted many POPS shows, including Cole Porter’s Broadway, Lenny’s Revolution, Blockbuster Broadway, and A Philly POPS Christmas in 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2019.
Allison Blackwell, Vocalist
Philadelphia-native Allison Blackwell is an award-winning Broadway star. Her versatile voice and outgoing personality on stage make her a highly sought out performer. Blackwell has performed on Broadway in the Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, A Night With Janis Joplin, Disney’s The Lion King, and Pretty Woman: The Musical. She’s a frequent guest artist with The Philly POPS.
Michael Cavanaugh, Vocalist and Piano
Michael Cavanaugh is a charismatic performer, musician and actor, famous for his piano/lead vocals role in the Broadway musical Movin’ Out, for which he earned Grammy and Tony award nominations. Cavanaugh was handpicked by Billy Joel to star in title role and evokes a style rivaling the Piano Man himself. Since 2005, Michael has performed worldwide and Billboard has called him “The New Voice of the American Rock and Roll Songbook”.
Terell Stafford, Artistic Director of Jazz, Trumpet
The Philly POPS’ Artistic Director for Jazz Terell Stafford serves as Managing and Artistic Director of the Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia. An acclaimed trumpet player, Stafford’s exceptionally expressive and well-defined musical talent allows him to dance in and around the rich trumpet tradition of his predecessors while making his own inroads. He is Director of Jazz Studies and Chair of Instrumental Studies at Temple University.