MUSIC DIRECTOR STEVEN REINEKE LEADS THE ORCHESTRA
IN ICONIC FILM MUSIC
On , The New York Pops will return to its summer home, Forest Hills Stadium in Queens, NY, for a program of music by legendary film composer John Williams. After two successful seasons at the open-air venue, The New York Pops is proud to return to the stadium for an evening featuring the musicians of the orchestra in some of the most popular music ever written for the silver screen. The orchestra’s Kids in the Balcony program, which has expanded greatly since its offshootKids in the Stadium was introduced in 2015 thanks in part to the generosity of concert presenters Madison House Presents, will offer more than 1,500 Queens children and their families an opportunity to attend and learn about live music for free.
This concert is generously supported by Morgan Stanley, AT&T, and Wigdor LLP, with additional support from the City of New York and the New York City Council.
“Playing at Forest Hills Stadium has really been a dream come true” said Music Director Steven Reineke. “With our third season at the stadium this summer, we are really cementing our status as a ‘must do’ summer event in NYC – and I can’t tell you how much we love being there! The orchestra sounds great in this beautiful venue, and watching the sun set over the top of the stadium while we’re looking out at a crowd of fans is one of our favorite summer traditions. Get ready for an evening of music that will transport you from a galaxy far, far away to a park full of dinosaurs, from Civil War-era Washington to shark-infested waters off the coast of New England. It’s going to be a blast!”
“There are few things more iconic and awe-inspiring than the New York Pops and the music of John Williams. AT&T is proud to support another exciting season at Forest Hills Stadium, and to help bring Williams’ incredible scores to life,” said Marissa Shorenstein, AT&T SVP for the East Region. “We are also thrilled to give back to the Queens community by once again offering free access to this one-of-a-kind experience right in their own borough.”
"As a fifteen year-resident of Forest Hills and dedicated member of the West Side Tennis Club, I know The New York Pops are both great performers and good citizens, supporting talented local musicians and giving 1,500 Queens children the opportunity to attend the series for free,” said Douglas H. Wigdor, Founding Partner Wigdor LLP. “It is a true honor and pleasure for Wigdor LLP to support the return of the New York Pops for a proud third season at Forest Hills Stadium."
The New York Pops concerts at Forest Hills Stadium are family-friendly events. Food and beverage is available for purchase on the stadium grounds. Family ticket packages available.
Forest Hills Stadium events have been made possible through a partnership with the local community, with a focus on making concerts a rewarding experience for all involved. Dedicated entrances and exits have been constructed to manage audience flow. The stadium is conveniently located feet from the E, M, F, and R subway trains as well as the LIRR, and concert-goers are strongly encouraged to utilize public transportation as there is no parking available at the stadium or in the surrounding community.
Tickets go on sale Friday, April 21, at www.foresthillsstadium.com and range from $22.50 to $102.50. at
ABOUT THE NEW YORK POPS
THE NEW YORK POPS is the largest independent pops orchestra in the United States, and the only professional symphonic orchestra in New York City specializing in popular music. Under the leadership of dynamic Music Director and Conductor Steven Reineke, The New York Pops continues to re-imagine orchestral pops music. The orchestra performs an annual subscription series and birthday gala at Carnegie Hall and a summer series at Forest Hills Stadium in Queens, NY. The New York Pops is dedicated to lifelong learning, and collaborates with public schools, community organizations, children’s hospitals and senior centers throughout the five boroughs of New York City. PopsEd allows thousands of New Yorkers of all ages and backgrounds to participate in fully customizable music programs that blend traditional education with pure fun. Follow The New York Pops on Facebook (facebook.com/newyorkpops), Instagram (@thenewyorkpops), and Twitter (@newyorkpops).
STEVEN REINEKE is the Music Director of The New York Pops at Carnegie Hall, Principal Pops Conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Principal Pops Conductor of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and Principal Pops Conductor Designate of the Houston Symphony. Mr. Reineke is a frequent guest conductor with The Philadelphia Orchestra and has been on the podium with the Boston Pops, The Cleveland Orchestra and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Ravinia. His extensive North American conducting appearances include San Francisco, Seattle, Edmonton, Pittsburgh, Vancouver, Ottawa (National Arts Centre), Detroit, Milwaukee and Calgary. As the creator of more than one hundred orchestral arrangements for the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra and the composer of symphonic and wind ensemble compositions, Mr. Reineke’s work has been performed worldwide.
ABOUT FOREST HILLS STADIUM
From Billie Jean King to The Beatles, Jimmy Connors to Jimi Hendrix, Chris Evert to The Rolling Stones, for decades the stadium at the West Side Tennis Club was not only host of the U.S. Open, it was also a renowned music venue, tucked into a leafy neighborhood of stately homes in Queens' Forest Hills neighborhood. However, when the U.S. Open moved to larger space in Flushing, Queens in 1977, the architecturally stunning, horseshoe-shaped Forest Hills Stadium fell into disrepair and its days as a music venue faded. In 2013, concert promoters partnered with the West Side Tennis Club to rehabilitate the stadium and bring events back to this storied venue.
Forest Hills Stadium reopened in August 2013 with an inaugural performance by Mumford & Sons on their “Full English” tour. The concert, the first in the stadium in over 15 years, brought music fans from all over the world to Forest Hills, Queens to experience live music in a truly unique environment. The 2014 concert season featured performances by Zac Brown Band, Drake, Lil Wayne, Brand New, Modest Mouse, The Replacements and Phil Lesh. Following its reopening, the stadium underwent a restoration, including a number of renovations and improvements. These included ticketed seating in the upper bowl, improved ADA seating options, widened aisles and handrail installation as well as a new concourse plan featuring easier access to food, beverage and other facilities. Ticketing was improved through a new, fan-friendly reserved ticketing system provided by Ticketfly.
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ABOUT WIGDOR LLP
Wigdor LLP is widely considered the preeminent employment litigation firm in the country. Founded in 2003, Wigdor LLP specializes in litigating complex cases, representing individual executives as well as current and former employees in a variety of employment law matters. With over $50 million in trial and arbitration verdicts, Wigdor LLP’s lawyers are experts in every aspect of employment law and are specialists within their respective practice areas. Our reputation is bolstered by the fact that the Firm has recovered well over one billion in settlements on behalf of our clients, in all facets of employment law, including those who have been victimized by discrimination or harassment based on pregnancy, race, gender, age, sexual orientation or disability.
Wigdor LLP, and founding Partner Douglas H. Wigdor, have always been committed to giving back to our local and international communities. Recently, Mr. Wigdor participated in a Lawyers Without Borders initiative to train Kenyan Wildlife Officers in crime scene management and evidence preservation. The group spent five days training approximately forty-five Kenyan Wildlife Service officers on evidence collection and investigation best practices.
Mr. Wigdor is an active and philanthropic member of the Forest Hills community, where he has lived for over fifteen years. Mr. Wigdor has served on the legal committee of the Forest Hills Garden Association, and has had the privilege of managing several basketball teams in the Forest Hills Little League, in addition to coaching a basketball team at the Forest Hills YMCA and Forest Hills Community House. Mr. Wigdor is also an active member of the Westside Tennis Club at Forest Hills.
Mr. Wigdor has attended the New York Pops summer concert series in Forest Hills for the past two summers, and on behalf of himself and Wigdor LLP, is honored to welcome the New York Pops return to Forest Hills stadium for their third series on .
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The New York Pops is a not-for-profit corporation supported solely through the generosity of individual donations, institutional grants, and concert income. Dates, artists, and programs are subject to change.
Photo credits: Steven Reineke – by Michael Tammaro; The New York Pops – Richard Termine
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