About Us

The Cleveland Pops Orchestra with Carl Topilow performs the highest quality symphonic pops music to entertain and enrich a wide and diverse audience and provides educational programs to develop an enduring appreciation of music, both enhancing the richness and vibrancy of Northeast Ohio living.

Our vision is to provide access to live music experiences and education to all people, regardless of age, race, or socioeconomic levels, in order to unite people through shared love and appreciation of symphonic pops music.

The Cleveland Pops Orchestra delivers orchestral performances unlike any other, which entertain audiences of all ages.  The most popular music of stage, film and television come to life, creating an experience that evokes an emotional reaction and response for the art of music.  The orchestra enriches the community through its performances and through music education — developing an appreciation for live music.  The Cleveland Pops: entertaining, enriching, educating.

The Cleveland Pops Orchestra was founded in 1993 to bring the best of symphonic pops music to Cleveland and Northeast Ohio, while working to expand that audience through youth education and public concerts. The 65 piece orchestra performs five subscription concerts each year in world-renowned Severance Hall, an annual holiday performance and a New Years Eve concert and dance. For the past eleven years, the orchestra has also performed an annual “Salute to Our Armed Forces” concert prior to the Memorial Day Holiday.

The Cleveland Pops has also performed a variety of concerts throughout Ohio, from outdoor performances and inaugural concerts to nationally televised specials.

Actual Music, the orchestra’s principle education program, conducts in-school courses for children from pre-K to second grade, introducing underprivileged students to music rudiments, dance, vocal and instrument music performance. Since 2009 this program has been serving over 400 underprivileged students in the region, and is growing rapidly each year.

Cleveland Pops serves over 46,000 people though its concerts and outreach annually. More still are reached through broadcasts and web views.

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The Cleveland Pops Orchestra is one of the few independent symphonic pops orchestras in the nation and relies on your support to bring the finest symphonic pops music to Ohio.