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Encore Series, Inc. Announces Music Director Designate!

November 13, 2012 



Announces Music Director Designate


Michael Krajewski will be the next conductor of The Philly POPS.


PHILADELPHIA, PA – Encore Series, Inc., presenter of The Philly POPS®, announced conductor Michael Krajewski as its Music Director Designate in a press conference with The Honorable Michael A. Nutter, Mayor of Philadelphia, this morning at City Hall.  Maestro Krajewski will lead the orchestra beginning next year, The POPS 35th Annual Season, and will succeed Peter Nero, the orchestra’s founding conductor and Artistic Director.


“On behalf of the Philadelphia region, I’d like to welcome Maestro Krajewski to our great city!” said Mayor Nutter.  “The Philly POPS is a treasured arts institution, employing hundreds of musicians and entertaining thousands of patrons every year at The Kimmel Center on the Avenue of the Arts.  I am thrilled such a talent as Maestro Krajewski will succeed The POPS founding conductor, Peter Nero, as this orchestra embarks on its exciting next chapter.”


“I’m incredibly honored to become part of the great tradition that is The Philly POPS,” said Krajewski. “Peter Nero has truly built a fantastic ensemble of players and a national reputation for high quality music making. I look forward to building on what’s been established and, more importantly, providing the audiences of the Philadelphia region exciting music experiences.”


Krajewski is currently the principal pops conductor of the Atlanta, Houston, and Jacksonville Symphony Orchestras.  As a guest conductor he has performed with the Boston Pops, the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra and the St. Louis Symphony as well as many other orchestras across the United States.  Krajewski has a regular presence on the podium in Canada, including concerts with the Calgary Philharmonic and the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra.  International tours have included the Hong Kong Philharmonic, the Iceland Symphony Orchestra and an upcoming series with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra in Kuala Lampur.  He has recorded two albums with the Houston Symphony and has collaborated with artists like flutist James Galway, Roberta Flack, Art Garfunkel and mezzo Marilyn Horne.  Krajewski holds degrees from Wayne State University in Detroit and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.  He furthered his training at the Pierre Monteux Domaine School for Conductors and was a Dorati Fellowship Conductor with the Detroit Symphony, later becoming its assistant conductor.  Krajewski was resident conductor of the Florida Symphony and served for 11 years as music director of the Modesto Symphony Orchestra.


“After careful consideration, the Board of Directors of Encore Series, Inc. chose Maestro Michael Krajewski as Music Director Designate because he is one of the absolute best and most respected POPS conductors in the country,” said Frank Giordano.  “As we plan for the future of The Philly POPS, Maestro Krajewski’s energy and experience, his talent and reputation will be incredible assets to the orchestra.”


In addition to his Music Director Designate appointment, Krajewski will guest conduct at two POPS concert series this year.  In March 2013 he will conduct “An Evening with Lennon and McCartney” featuring the Classical Mystery Tour and in April 2013 he will conduct “Bond and Beyond.”


In August, ESI announced the 2012/2013 Season would be Peter Nero’s final as conductor and Artistic Director of Peter Nero and The Philly Pops.  Nero will close out the 34th Annual Season in The Kimmel Center with “Super POPS Broadway” in May 2013 and is expected to conduct the annual July 3rd POPS concert at Independence Hall.


Series subscriptions and single tickets are now currently for sale for the 2012/2013 Season in Verizon Hall at The Kimmel Center of the Performing Arts through www.phillypops.org or by phone at 215-893-1999.



About The Philly POPS:

Now in its 34th year, The Philly POPS is under the artistic direction of Peter Nero and presented by Encore Series, Inc.  It is a one-of-a kind orchestra that performs a wide variety of musical genres in Verizon Hall at The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and around the Tri-State region, entertaining audiences with its eclectic mix. The Philly POPS orchestra boasts a blend of talented musicians from the musically rich Philadelphia region.  For more information about The Philly POPS and its 2012/2013 season schedule, please visit www.phillypops.org.


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