PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — The Philly Pops has announced that it will cease 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 adverse effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, has led the Board of Directors to reevaluate how we serve the community.”
Chief Operating Officer Karen Corbin says, of course, COVID-19 played a big role in the decision.
“We weathered the storm. We kept playing the whole time. We did the whole season last season. No one expected that the number of sales this season would be lower than the last,” said Corbin.
But if there’s a silver lining, he says they’ll be able to finish their 2022-2023 season at the Kimmel Center for an encore. It will include 10 scheduled dates and times for “Christmas POPS: The Catchy Sounds of the Season” in December.
He also hopes there will be a future for Pops in Philadelphia.
“I want to invite the fans to come celebrate this music with us and celebrate this legacy with these amazing musicians. Our usual refrain is ‘see you at the Pops.’ So, that will be my message,” Corbin said.
The last Philly Pops show is in June and tickets are available now.
You can read the full announcement below:
“The Philly POPS have made the difficult decision to cease operations following the conclusion of the current 2022-23 season.
Despite our best efforts, various circumstances, including the adverse effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, led the Board of Directors to reevaluate how we serve the community that has loved and supported Philly POPS since 1979.
With extensive support from The Philadelphia Orchestra and Kimmel Center, Inc. (POKC), our Board leadership strives to fulfill a responsibility to our loyal audiences, generous sponsors and talented musicians, while identifying ways to continue the popular culture of pops programs in Philadelphia. .
The POPS will continue to perform through the 2022-23 season, including 10 scheduled dates and times for “A Philly POPS Christmas: The Fascinating Sounds of the Season” in December.
Our musicians are the heart and soul of Philly POPS. Therefore, we will continue to respect the terms and conditions of the existing contract with our musicians.”
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