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Cleveland Pops Orchestra



The Cleveland Pops Orchestra’s mission is to Entertain, Enrich, and Educate the communities of Northeast Ohio with the highest quality of symphonic pops music.

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 with Carl Topilow presents 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.

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. The program, now in its fourth year, serves over 400 underprivileged students in the region, and is growing rapidly each year.

Cleveland Pops serves over 29,354 people though its concerts and outreach annually. More still are reached through broadcasts and web views.