PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — The Philly Pops have announced that they will end operations at the end of the 2022-2023 season.
Orchestra officials made the announcement Wednesday night, saying in a statement, “Despite our best efforts, a combination of circumstances, including the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, led to the Board of Directors to reevaluate how we serve the community.”
Executive Director Karen Corbin said without question, COVID-19 played a big role in the decision
“We weathered the storm. We kept working around it. We had a full season last year. No one expected this season’s sales numbers to be lower than last year, ” said Corbin.
But if it’s a silver lining, he says they could end their 2022-2023 season at the Kimmel Center for an encore. The 10 scheduled dates and times of “A Philly POPS Christmas: Spectacular Sounds of the Season” will be included in December.
He also hopes the Pops will come to Philadelphia.
“I want to invite the fans to come celebrate this music with us and celebrate this legacy and these musicians. So that’s what I’m saying,” said Corbin.
The Philly Pops’ last show is in June and tickets are plentiful.
You can read the full announcement below:
“The Philly POPS has made the difficult decision to end operations after the end of the current 2022-23 season.
Despite our best efforts, a combination of circumstances, including the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, have led the Board of Directors to reevaluate how we serve our beloved community. and has supported the Philly POPS since 1979.
With generous support from The Philadelphia Orchestra and Kimmel Center, Inc. (POKC), our Board of Directors is working to fulfill obligations to our loyal listeners, generous supporters, and talented musicians, while finding ways to continue the popular tradition of pops program in Philadelphia .
The POPS will continue operations through the 2022-23 season, with 10 scheduled dates and times of “A Philly POPS Christmas: Spectacular Sounds of the Season” in December.
Our musicians are the heart and soul of the Philly POPS. Therefore, we will continue to honor the terms and conditions of the existing collective agreement with our musicians. “
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