On Monday, May 1, 2017, The New York Pops celebrates its 34th birthday with a grand gala evening honoring Tony Award winners Kelli O’Hara and Bartlett Sher, whose collaborations over the last decade have won universal acclaim and whose individual careers represent pinnacles of achievement in the world of theatre. The event will celebrate the multiyear partnership between the actress and stage director and will bring together artists from the stage and screen in their honor.


Adam Guettel, John Lithgow, Matthew Morrison, Nico Muhly, Anna Netrebko, and Ken Watanabe will serve as Honorary Co-Chairs for the event.


“Kelli and Bart are two of the most talented artists working in theatre today,” said Music Director and Conductor Steven Reineke.


Music Honoree Kelli O’Hara, who also sits on the Board of The New York Pops, said, “The New York Pops is one of my favorite organizations in New York, and I am so excited to share the stage at the 34th Birthday Gala with Steven Reineke and this great orchestra. It’s a distinct pleasure to be the Music Honoree alongside my longtime collaborator and friend Bart Sher. We are eager to celebrate the important work they do not only at Carnegie Hall but also in music education programs across New York City.”


“I can’t think of two artists more talented than Kelli O’Hara and Bart Sher – and they’re ridiculously nice people!,” said Honorary Co-Chair Matthew Morrison. “Together, they have helped shape the landscape of musical theater in New York City over the past ten years. I’m proud to call them my friends, and I am so excited that The New York Pops will honor them at their Gala in 2017. If I know Steven Reineke at all, this is going to be a blockbuster, star-studded concert that celebrates Kelli and Bart in the way that only The New York Pops can!”


The gala begins at 7:00 PM with a concert at Carnegie Hall, featuring a spectacular lineup of stars from stage and screen under the baton of Music Director Steven Reineke. Performers to be announced. Following the concert, a black tie dinner and dance will be held at the elegant Mandarin Oriental New York.



Tickets for the concert will be available to the public in January 2017. Tickets to the black tie Dinner Dance will be available by calling The New York Pops office at 212-765-7677.