by: John Weatherford
The New York Pops Kids on Stage finalists and their parents had the opportunity to share in a Talkback with their PopsEd Ambassabors Saturday afternoon March 22nd at The Dimenna Center for Classical Music. The 20 selected students were chosen from nine different schools across the five boroughs. The finalists, meeting for the first time, were given a 1st time rehearsal with Pops conductor Steven Reineke and pianist/vocalist Brenda Earle Stokes.
After the sensational “rehearsal” the students shared the thoughts of the PopsEd Ambassadors Julia Murney, Rob McClure, Steven Reineke and Neil Balm. The discussion was a true learning experience as it shared stories, ideas and insights on having a career in the performing arts. The ambassadors briefly told of their experiences from middle school to the present circumstance of their artistic efforts. They inspired the young artists, as well as all of us present. It was uplifting and heartfelt.
The PopsEd program is an important addition to the educational and practical experience of the participants. They collaborate with public schools, community organizations, children’s hospitals and senior centers throughout the five boroughs of New York City. They provide mentorship and foster learning and unbridled creativity. New York City is honored to have the Pops and their many contributions to the city. The Pops is the largest independent pops orchestra in the United States. Led by Music Director Steven Reineke, the Pops are the only professional symphonic Orchestra in New York specializing in popular music.
The Kids on Stage finalists will perform with the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall on April 28, 2014. The Pops will be celebrating their 31st Birthday Gala. www.nypops.org
Photos/Video: Russ Weatherford