The Midtown Men and The Philly Pops Together Again

• September 26, 2014 • Comments (0)

Midtown Men and Philly Pops to share Trenton stage to benefit Foundation of Morris Hall/St. Lawrence

By Kelly Johnson | Times of Trenton on September 25, 2014

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Hit songs from the 1960s will feature a twist Saturday as The Midtown Men and the Philly Pops orchestra share the stage of the Patriots Theater at the War Memorial in Trenton for a benefit concert.

The Midtown Men, four stars from the original cast of "Jersey Boys," stand with Philly Pops Maestro Michael Krajewski and COO Louis Scaglione. From left to right, Robert Spencer, Michael Longoria, Michael Krajewski, Louis Scaglione, Christian Hoff and Daniel Reichard.

The two groups will not be strangers to being on stage together, as they performed this same concert last year in Philadelphia.

“It was our most exciting concert,” said Frank Giordano, president and CEO of the Pops. “We were turning people away. It was our most well attended, enthusiastic show.”He expects the turnout in Trenton to be no different.

“It’s a phenomenal, electrifying show. You’ve not heard the music sounding like this before,” he said. “It’s the songbook of your life. It’s the music you know and love and this is the music that gets you on your feet.”

“Originally, a lot of the songs did have instruments in the background, but when you add an entire symphony orchestra it just ramps up the entire presentation and makes it all that more exciting,” said Michael Krajewski, who took over as music director and conductor of the Pops in 2013. “It’s just going to be a great evening of nostalgia and songs and people are just going to want to sing along to the songs all night long.”

“I personally always enjoy doing this program because the guys in the Midtown Men are so skilled and so good at what they do and so much fun to be on stage with,” Krajewski said. “It’s very high energy and they really put on a very energetic, entertaining show.”

The annual concert, now in its 13th year, raises money for the Foundation of Morris Hall/St. Lawrence Inc., which includes St. Lawrence Rehabilitation Center and St. Mary’s Assisted Living, Grace Garden Memory Care and St. Joseph’s Skilled Nursing Center at Morris Hall in Lawrence. Proceeds will benefit charity care of the patients and residents.


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