Popular music has dominated the shows since the stadium’s rebirth in 2013. Now, two upcoming engagements will make history with the arrival of the stadium’s resident orchestra, The New York Pops.
The New York Pops with Sutton Foster will take the stage on August 6, followed by The New York Pops with Pink Martini on August 7. Founded in 1983, The New York Pops has toured internationally and is the sole professional symphonic orchestra in New York City specializing in popular music.
Embracing versatility, audiences can anticipate everything from Broadway to jazz to pop songs.
Tony Award-winning artist Sutton Foster has performed in 11 Broadway shows including Anything Goes and Thoroughly Modern Millie.
The principals of Pink Martini are pianist Thomas Lauderdale and co-lead vocalists China Forbes and Storm Large. Regarded as a “little orchestra,” they showcase Latin, classical, jazz, and pop genres and have performed worldwide.
“Forest Hills is an oasis, and our community has long deserved orchestral concerts of tremendous quality, so WSTC is absolutely thrilled that The New York Pops have accepted our invitation to call the Forest Hills Tennis Stadium their summer home,” said West Side Tennis Club president Roland Meier. “We feel privileged, and are looking forward to a long-lasting and enjoyable relationship.”
The Kids in the Balcony program will be offering over 1,000 free tickets to underprivileged children. Deborah Dillingham, Queens representative on the Panel for Educational Policy, feels that early exposure to orchestral music has a substantial impact on children.
“There is nothing like it in all of New York City,” she said of The New York Pops. “It is always filled with a surprise or two for the audience. It is a joyous experience to see children clapping, singing, and moving to the rhythms.”
“We are strongly committed to making these concerts accessible to all New Yorkers, and we are offering family packages beginning at $10 to our summer concerts,” added executive director Anne Swanson. “Since the orchestra’s beginnings in 1983, The New York Pops has been searching for a summer home in the city.
“With our incredible partnership with the Forest Hills Stadium, we will truly be an orchestra that is performing under the stars,” she added.
Music director and conductor Steven Reineke said the shows will present the opportunity for the orchestra to reach a bigger audience outside of its permanent home at Carnegie Hall.
“Now we have the chance to bring the orchestra into this magnificent facility in Queens to entertain even more residents of our great city.” said Reineke, who often dances at the podium during shows. “Outdoor concerts will give a lot more freedom among audience members to be able to express themselves and engage in the music in ways they cannot do within the confines of a concert hall.”