(West Palm Beach, FL ) Get ready for an evening of Aretha Franklin, who sold 75 million albums over the course of her outstanding career, winning 18 Grammy Awards, rightfully earning her title as “The Queen of Soul.” Curated by Founder and Music Director Luke S. Frazier, The American Pops Orchestra presents RESPECT: THE MUSIC OF ARETHA FRANKLIN on December 22 at 8 pm at the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets start at $25.
Featuring Grammy-nominated recording artist and Broadway star Deborah Cox from the National Broadway Tour of The Bodyguard, Rayshun LaMarr from The Voice, Nova Payton, and more. The American Pops Orchestra will perform some of the greatest hits of Aretha’s career, including A Natural Woman, Chain of Fools, Spanish Harlem, Since You’ve Been Gone, and more. The powerhouse concert event will also feature four custom arrangements designed to highlight The American Pops Orchestra, including Bridge Over Troubled Water and Angel.
How to Purchase Tickets for This Show:
Tickets are now available for purchase either online at kravis.org or by phone at 561.832.7469.
Health and Safety:
The Kravis Center remains committed to the health and safety of our artists, staff, audience, volunteers, and guests. Like many other performing arts centers throughout the country, we have implemented new health and safety protocols to ensure the comfort and enjoyment for everyone visiting the Center. To learn more about our current health and safety protocols visit kravis.org/healthsafety.
About Deborah Cox:
Deborah Cox is a Grammy-nominated recording artist and a world-renowned talent across the worlds of music, Broadway, television, film, and fashion. With a career spanning more than two decades, Deborah has released six critically-acclaimed career albums including her debut album, Deborah Cox (1995), One Wish (1998), The Morning After (2002), Remixed (2003), Destination Moon (2007), and The Promise (2008). An established songstress, Cox has scaled the R&B and pop charts with six top 20 Billboard magazine R&B singles and thirteen No. 1 hits on Billboard’s Hot Dance Club Play Chart. In addition to her illustrious musical catalog, the Canadian-born star has been recognized and awarded for her undying commitment to various social justice initiatives.
About Luke Frazier:
Luke Frazier believes that the future of orchestral music is breaking down barriers between orchestras and audiences. He founded The American Pops Orchestra (APO) in 2015 to present a broad array of popular and classical music in innovative ways and to bring new audiences into the orchestral world. Most recently APO has been featured in more than 12 national broadcasts on PBS, with programs ranging from American Roots to a complete re-imagining of the musical WICKED. Artists like Midori, Patti LaBelle, Joshua Bell, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Josh Groban and more have joined APO sharing orchestral music with audiences across the country, completely free of charge. In addition to Luke’s work with APO and PBS, he maintains a busy schedule as a guest conductor and pianist. He also serves as the inaugural Principal Pops Conductor for The National Philharmonic. This season includes appearances in venues from Lincoln Center to The Smithsonian, Feinstein’s/54 Below to The Kravis Center and many more across the country, where Luke will conduct classical and popular music alike. To learn more about Luke, check out: www.LukeFrazierMusic.com or @lukefraziermusic.
About The American Pops Orchestra (APO):
The American Pops Orchestra (APO) was founded in 2015 with a mission to breathe new life into orchestral pops programming and inspire diverse audiences to discover the wealth of the material in the Great American Songbook in dynamic new ways. Seeing an opportunity to challenge the status-quo of the repertoire an orchestra performs, Founder and Music Director Luke Frazier created The American Pops with the intent of breaking the mold of the traditional pops orchestra. This new, distinctly “American” orchestra brings together versatile musicians and reimagined programming focused around the Great American Songbook, and presents it with an approachable, fresh spin in order to engage diverse audiences. Through non-traditional orchestral settings, APO aims to deliver popular American classics to those who already know and love them, while also introducing these timeless pieces to younger generations in approachable settings. To learn more, visit www.TheAmericanPops.org.
About the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts:
The Kravis Center is a not-for-profit performing arts center located at 701 Okeechobee Blvd. in West Palm Beach, FL. The Center’s mission is to enhance the quality of life in Palm Beach County by presenting a diverse schedule of national and international artists and companies of the highest quality, by offering comprehensive arts education programs—serving nearly 3 million schoolchildren since its inception; by providing a Palm Beach County home for local and regional arts organizations to showcase their work; and by providing an economic catalyst and community leadership in West Palm Beach, supporting efforts to increase travel and tourism to Palm Beach County. For information, please visit kravis.org.