22-23 Pops

22-23 Pops Series

Doo Wop Project

Fri Sep 23, 10:30am
Sat Sep 24, 7:30pm
John Morris Russell, conductor

The stunning resurgence of pop a cappella traditions today has roots in the music of the 1950s and 1960s. The tight harmonies and soaring melodies of groups like The Imperials, The Belmonts, and The Platters influenced generations of singers from The Beach Boys and The Temptations to Boyz II Men, Pentatonix, and Maroon 5. Join your BPO, The Doo Wop Project, and John Morris Russell for a retrospective of high-impact harmonies.

Gladys Knight

Sat Oct 8, 7:30pm
Ron Spigelman, conductor

The legendary seven-time GRAMMY Award-winning Empress of Soul performs with your BPO for one unforgettable evening, bringing a treasure trove of her famous hits including Love Overboard, I Heard It Through the Grapevine, and Midnight Train to Georgia.

Celebrating Sondheim

Sat Oct 22, 7:30pm
John Morris Russell, conductor

Stephen Sondheim possessed the incomparable ability to shine a bright light on the human condition through his music and lyrics. Join your BPO and a cast of Broadway singers as we present an unforgettable evening of Sondheim song from shows for which he wrote the music and lyrics, including Sweeney Todd, Company, Follies, Into the Woods, West Side Story, and Gypsy, as well as a nod to his great mentor, Oscar Hammerstein II.


Fri Nov 4, 10:30am
Sat Nov 5, 7:30pm
Bradley Thachuk, conductor

Set your watch back 100 years to the time of dimly lit cabarets and speakeasies of New York, Paris, Berlin, London, Chicago, Atlantic City, and Buffalo! Experience the roaring 1920s in all its decadence, with vintage imagery and jazzy favorites from Irving Berlin, Edith Piaf, Josephine Baker, and more.

The Music of ABBA

Sat Nov 19, 7:30pm
Ron Spigelman, conductor

Mamma mia, here we go again! Relive the 1970s in all its gold lamé glory with one of the world’s most popular and best-selling ABBA tribute shows, Arrival from Sweden! Experience all of ABBA’s greatest hits, from Dancing Queen, Take A Chance, and SOS, to Money Money Money, Waterloo, and many more, with the flamboyant frocks and powerhouse vocals you have come to love from Sweden’s number one musical export.

John Morris Russell’s Holiday Pops
Thu Dec 15, 10:30am
Fri Dec 16, 10:30am
Sat Dec 17, 7:30pm
Sun Dec 18, 2:30pm
John Morris Russell, conductor

Deck the concert hall with holly jolly fun as Principal Pops Conductor John Morris Russell returns for four festive performances filled to the brim with holiday music favorites, a timeless carol sing-along, and maybe even a visit from the “man with the bag” himself… if you’re nice!

Latin Fire

Sat Jan 21, 7:30pm
Enrico Lopez-Yañez, conductor

A passionate and energetic celebration of Hispanic orchestral music, Latin Fire features virtuosic fireworks from your BPO, sure to warm you up on a cold winter’s night! Curated and conducted by Enrico Lopez-Yañez, Principal Pops Conductor of the Nashville Symphony, this sizzling program includes Tico-Tico no Fubá, Bésame Mucho, Granada, Carmen Suite, Libertango, Brasil, y mucho más!

Unforgettable: Nat & Natalie

Fri Feb 10, 10:30am
Sat Feb 11, 7:30pm
John Morris Russell, conductor

Two legendary performers. Father and daughter. Nat and Natalie. Both Nat King Cole and Natalie Cole put their individual stamp on the jazz and pop music of their day and won multiple Grammys along the way. ‘Unforgettable’ celebrates Nat’s 100th birthday and honors this incredible father-daughter duo whose flexible musical styles and undeniable talent continue to influence the best musicians of today.

Pops Goes Totally 80s

Sat Mar 11, 7:30pm
Stuart Chafetz, conductor

No need for a Walkman or a mixtape to relive your favorite ’80s jams! Stu Chafetz, Principal Pops Conductor of the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, leads your BPO in an evening of totally tubular ’80s hits from Phil Collins, Rush, Michael Jackson, George Michael, and Billy Joel, as well as selections from blockbuster ‘80s flicks like Back to the Future, Ghostbusters, and more.

Dance the Night Away

Sat Apr 1, 7:30pm
John Morris Russell, conductor

A celebration of infectious grooves and dynamic moves with orchestral favorites from ballet to hip-hop, tap, tango, and swing. Award-winning dance ensembles including Darlene Ceglia’s Dance Project and the African-American Cultural Center join the BPO for a night of bristling energy and virtuosity, JMR style! Classics by Rimsky-Korsakov, Strauss, and Brahms along with Celtic, Latin, and Jazz.

Hooray for Hollywood!

Sat Apr 29, 7:30pm
Anthony Parnther, conductor

Breathtaking orchestral arrangements from the greatest music of television and film from years past, like the Tom and Jerry cartoon series, To Kill a Mockingbird, Out of Africa, and E.T., to contemporary classics from the Marvel Universe, The Mandalorian, Disney’s Encanto, and more!

Patriotic Pops
Fri May 26, 10:30am
Sat May 27, 7:30pm
John Morris Russell, conductor

A Memorial Day weekend tradition! Join Principal Pops Conductor John Morris Russell and your BPO in a red, white, and blue musical salute to our nation and the sacrifices of our honorable servicemen and women.