The New York Pops Appoints Seven New Musicians


 

The New York Pops lately added seven musicians to its ensemble — together with violinists Monica Ok. Davis, Keats Dieffenbach, Joshua Henderson, and Ashley Horne, and violists Amadi Azikiwe, Dana Kelley, and Ardith Holmgrain.

Led by Music Director and Conductor Steven Reineke, the orchestra is the most important unbiased pops orchestra within the nation. Comprised of 78 musicians, the orchestra performs an annual subscription sequence at Carnegie Corridor and is presently in its thirty seventh season.

The orchestra was based by Ruth and Skitch Henderson in 1983 as a way to create higher public consciousness of America’s wealthy musical heritage. Since then, the ensemble has introduced packages that characteristic jazz, pop, rock, Broadway melodies, movie scores, and extra.

Their “PopsEd” instructional program sees the group collaborate with public colleges, neighborhood organizations, and senior facilities all through New York Metropolis.

“We’re thrilled to have engaged these exceptionally gifted musicians to hitch our orchestra this season,” mentioned Steven Reineke. “We now have all the time been aware of variety within the orchestra’s programming and casting of visitor artists, and now, when the time got here to fill some openings amongst our roster of musicians, we felt it was crucial to ask our personnel managers to proceed to develop their listing of musicians for me to contemplate. We’re welcoming these extraordinary musicians from varied cultural backgrounds and who mirror the extremely various and great metropolis that we serve.”

The seven new appointments have had spectacular careers previous to this new position.

Violinist Monica Ok. Davis presently performs within the band of the Tony award-winning musical, Hamilton. She has carried out within the Tony Awards orchestra since 2015 and based The Overlook, a string quartet devoted to performing live performance works of Black composers.

Violinist Keats Dieffenbach performs as a member of The Cramer Quartet, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Mark Morris Dance Group Music Ensemble, Juilliard415, and The Serenade Quartet, having steadily appeared with The Knights, A Far Cry chamber orchestra, and Carnegie Corridor’s Ensemble Join.

Violinist Joshua Henderson can be a violist, electrical bassist, and composer, serving as a member of teams Contemporaneous and Warp Trio, amongst others.

Violinist Ashley Horne performs usually with American Symphony Orchestra, Brooklyn Philharmonic, and Bard Competition Orchestra along with taking part in within the orchestras of Broadway exhibits like Phantom of the Opera and The Producers. His profession has seen him play alongside Whitney Houston, Natalie Cole, Tony Bennett, and Oliver Lake.

Violist Amadi Azikiwe is Music Director of the Harlem Symphony Orchestra and Group Engagement Director of The Harlem Chamber Gamers — and has as carried out with the New York Philharmonic, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and visitor principal violist of Canada’s Nationwide Arts Centre Orchestra.

Violist Dana Kelley is a member of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble and serves on the viola school of the Mannes Faculty of Music at The New Faculty. She was beforehand high prizewinner within the Sphinx Music Competitors, the Irving M. Klein Worldwide String Competitors, the M-Prize Chamber Arts Competitors, and the Live performance Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competitors.

Violist Ardith Holmgrain has carried out with a number of orchestras such because the American Symphony Orchestra, Bridgeport Symphony, Brooklyn Philharmonic, Greenwich Symphony, Jacksonville Symphony, Memphis Symphony, and plenty of others. She has toured nationally with the Bolshoi Ballet and Andrea Bocelli, and in backup orchestras for Joni Mitchell, Diana Ross, Liza Minnelli, Harry Connick Jr., Ray Charles, Willie Nelson, Diana Krall, Mariah Carey, and Meat Loaf.

 

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