THE KIMMEL CENTER (VERIZON HALL) Broad & Spruce St., Philadelphia showcased Peter Nero and the Philly Pops with the vocal ensemble, The Pops, April 25-27. They covered swing and pop classics from Glenn Miller and The Dorsey Brothers to the Manhattan Transfer. Tickets were $19 to $80. Times were April 25 at 8 p.m., April 26 at 2 p.m. and April 27 at 3 p.m. They went through the whole book with songs such as "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" and "American Patrol" including one number that had everyone on their feet"God Bless America". Among the standout performances were the trombone solos of Brian Pastor on Dorsey's "Getting Sentimental Over You". Pastor leads a first class jazz band of his own in these parts and he also conducted a very well structured lecture on jazz prior to the event. Lou Lanza did a fine vocal rendition of "Straighten Up and Fly Right" and his dad, who was playing violin with the orchestra and who also plays in the Philadlephia Orchestra looked rightly proud. It was a touching moment. The jam packed hall was filled with geriatrics who quite clearly were not merely listening to the music but turning the pages of their lives as the various songs filled Verizon Hall.
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