Hometown: Camillus, New York
Favorite Pops Concert: Tribute to the Armed Forces, my Dad was a WWII Veteran.
Favorite Thing to do in Cleveland: Enjoy all the cultural offerings, running around Shaker Lakes and biking in the MetroParks.
Sponsor: Laura & Vincent Panichi
Hometown:Spring Creek, PA
Favorite Pops Concert: New Year’s Eve because the audience is always extra enthusiastic!
Favorite Thing to do in Cleveland: Hiking in the MetroParks.
Sponsor: Barry & Lynn Chesler
Hometown: Palm Beach, Florida
Favorite Pops Concert: The annual holiday concert at the Palace Theater. I love it because so many families attend as a tradition to kick off the holiday season.
Favorite Thing to do in Cleveland: Happy hour at one of our amazing restaurants.
Hometown: Born and raised in Cleveland
Favorite Pops Concert: Any concert I can play Gershwin's Rhapsody In Blue!
Favorite Thing to do in Cleveland: Visit the Metroparks.
Sponsor: Norma Lerner
Hometown: Greenville, South Carolina
Favorite Pops Concert: New Year's Eve! It's so much fun to ring in the new year playing in Severance Hall.
Favorite Thing to do in Cleveland: Spending time in the main library downtown, wandering around the Museum of Art, and watching sunsets over Lake Erie in different parts of town.
Hometown: Hudson, OH
Favorite Pops Concert: John Williams Tribute
Favorite Thing to do in Cleveland: Explore the vast variety of restaurants.
Sponsor: Alexandra Vago, in memory of Dr. Richard J. Vago
Hometown: Parma Heights, OH
Favorite Pops Concert: The one I'm playing, because each one is an opportunity to connect with friends onstage and in the audience. Also, closest to my heart is NYE 2020. It was one of my last live performances, and a special treat as my husband got to celebrate his retirement by conducting my wonderful colleagues in The March of the Toreadors from Bizet's Carmen - an unforgettable occasion for us both!
Favorite Thing to do in Cleveland: Attend concerts and enjoy great food.
Sponsor: Sandy & Jeff Brausch
Hometown: Twinsburg, Ohio
Favorite Pops Concert: John Williams concerts and the Salute to our Veterans concerts.
Favorite Thing to do in Cleveland: Eating out with family and friends in Little Italy.
Sponsor: Audrey & Kenny Koblitz
Hometown: Born in Howell, MI, raised in Cuyahoga Falls, OH
Favorite Pops Concert: There have been many! But, “To reach the unreachable stars”. It was really an ambitious program, and it had so many additional moving parts. Everyone rose to the occasion.
Favorite Thing to do in Cleveland: I love Cleveland. Walking around the neighborhoods, and especially checking out some of the many incredible restaurants and haunts.
Hometown: Elyria, OH
Favorite Pops Concert: The Armed Forces Concert in May. My father and many of my uncles served in World War II and I am always grateful for a chance to honor their service to their country.
Favorite Thing to do in Cleveland: I like to explore the many different kinds of restaurants in Cleveland, as well as shopping at the West Side Market. I also enjoy spending time in the Metroparks with my wife and sons.
Sponsor: Thompson Hine, LLP
Hometown: Canton, OH
Favorite Pops Concert: Sinatra because of the great combination of a big band with the orchestra and the John Williams shows because of the all the great snare parts
Favorite Thing to do in Cleveland: Play in the Pops and the CJO!
Sponsor: Carolyn & Dr. Edward Gabelman
Hometown: Cleveland, OH
Favorite Pops Concert: I love each one! Every time I think, "wow, I DO believe that was my favorite Pops concert" the next one comes along and I say the SAME thing again!
Favorite Thing To Do in Cleveland: I love to walk in our beautiful MetroParks, enjoy the huge variety of wonderful restaurants, and visit the Museum of Art. Of course I love playing my violin in diverse venues from MetroHealth Hospital to weddings on the Lake Erie shore! It's a special joy to play on-stage at Severance Hall with our beloved Pops.
Sponsor: Nancey & Roger Wallace
Hometown: Vienna, WV
Favorite Pops Concert: Daniel Rodriguez Memorial Day concert. My husband is a firefighter so we've appreciated Rodriguez since 9/11.
Favorite Thing to do in Cleveland: Walk and enjoy the Metroparks, from Edgewater to the Emerald Necklace
Hometown: Severna Park, MD
Hometown: Okemos, MI
Favorite Pops Concert: Capathia Jenkins concert last year when the entire audience stood up and sang/danced to "I will survive"
Favorite Thing to do in Cleveland: Visiting the many amazing museums we have with my kids
Hometown: Poland, Ohio (near Youngstown, Ohio)
Favorite Pops Concert: Most memorable (maybe not my favorite!!)Cleveland Pops Concert:
There was a Halloween/Harvest concert about five years ago in October at the 9th street pier and park. It rained so hard we had to huddle in our cars. Somehow, the show still happened and Carl appeared in his Superman costume. I still have to laugh when I think of that day.
Favorite Thing to do in Cleveland: Visit the Museum of Art
Hometown: Centennial, Colorado
Favorite Pops Concert: Tribute to John Williams
Favorite Thing to do in Cleveland: Ride the Rails with my son Ben in Cuyahoga Valley National Park!
Sponsor: Philip Lloyd
Hometown: East Cleveland
Favorite Pops Concert: Military salute concerts
Favorite Thing to do: Ski, bike, canoe, eat out with friends
Hometown: Belleville, Illinois
Favorite Pops Concert: The concert featuring guest artist Joan Hess. I'm a huge fan of the TV show Flight of the Conchords and Joan had appeared as a fleeting love interest in one of the first episodes.
Favorite Thing to do in Cleveland: Hiking in any of in the Cleveland Metroparks.
Sponsor: Kim & Ed Moore
Hometown: Lakewood, OH
Favorite Pops Concert: When we played "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" and I had to act as though I'd been hit by a baseball thrown by Carl. I screamed and fell off my stool.
Favorite Thing to do in Cleveland: Skiing at Boston Mills in the winter and walking by Lake Erie in the summer.
Hometown: Newton Falls, Ohio (Braceville Township to be specific)
Favorite Pops Concert: I like all the Pops concerts. It’s a privilege performing with such a great group.
Favorite Thing to do in Cleveland: Go to an Indians game.
Hometown: Paradise Valley, AZ
Favorite Pops Concert: All of them. I love how the Pops provides a wide range of musical genres and they are always engaging. The most moving moment ever was after 9/11, at the end of the concert, every audience member stood and sang “God Bless America” as we played. That was probably my most memorable moment ever as a musician because of the connection between the audience and the musicians as well as current events and it’s relevancy in the concert hall.
Favorite Thing to do in Cleveland: Walk the metroparks! They are incredible.