For the first time in more than two decades, the Philadelphia Music Alliance (PMA) hosted a stellar evening gala to celebrate its newest group of inductees on the Philadelphia Music Walk of Fame.
It was held at The Fillmore Philadelphia on October 26, 2015. At the induction ceremony that took place during the day on the Avenue of the Arts in front of The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, two special awards were also presented.
The Platinum Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Philadelphia Music Community was given to Frank Giordano, President and CEO of The Philly POPS and past chairman of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra. The CAPA Foundation received the Educational Award for Outstanding Excellence in Arts and Music.
Giordano, a resident of Moorestown and also Medford Lakes, NJ, was honored to receive this prestigious award that is given to an individual, organization or company that has been a leader and champion in supporting the music making community in a significant way.
He was presented this award alongside this year’s inductees on the Walk of Fame -- The Roots, Billie Holiday, Andrea McArdle, Ray Benson of Asleep at the Wheel, Cinderella, The Trammps and WOGL radio personality Harvey Holiday. The guests at the star-studded gala included Mayor Michael Nutter, Jimmy Fallon, Dionne Warwick, host of the gala Saturday Night Live alum Joe Piscopo plus Bobby Rydell, Bob Pantano and many others.
PMA Board Chairman Alan Rubens shared the board’s excitement about this year’s honorees. “Celebrating this tremendous array of legendary talent during a gala event at the prestigious new Fillmore is a major step in reiterating our level of importance to the music and business communities of Philadelphia. This enables us to enhance our mission of honoring the past and helping to support the future of the vast musical talent that continues to come out of our city.”
About The Philly POPS:
The Philly POPS, the largest standalone pops orchestra in the United States, delights audiences with the inspired performance of American popular music. The POPS celebrates this distinctive musical heritage through an expanding repertoire of innovative concert presentations and a robust set of educational and engagement initiatives.
Now in its 37th season, the official POPS orchestra of Pennsylvania serves a consistently growing audience of over 75,000 annually. Music Director Michael Krajewski and the 65-person Philly POPS orchestra keeps listeners tapping their toes to an impressive repertoire of songs from the 1920s up through 2015. One day, The Philly POPS is performing Frank Sinatra. The next, Rock ‘n’ Roll. Then, Broadway, ABBA, Billy Joel and on into contemporary chart toppers. The Philly POPS performs as a founding resident company of The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, and at venues throughout the mid-Atlantic region. For more information about The Philly POPS, please visit phillypops.org.