Help the Pops! Barnes & Noble, The Philly POPS and Marvin Hamlisch

Philadelphia, PA – In celebration of the life of Marvin Hamlisch, Barnes & Noble Booksellers  joins The Philly POPS ® in recognizing this multi-award winning composer/author coinciding with the Philly POPS concert series Marvin Hamlisch: A Musical Tribute on March 14 to 16 at The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia. One of the few people to receive an EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Awards), Hamlisch is also the author of a children’s book Marvin Makes Music” (Penguin Books) that has made a positive impact on thousands of young people encouraging them to reach for their dreams as he did as a young boy.

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Barnes & Noble has provided a national fundraising opportunity for The Philly POPS with their Bookfair campaign.

From Sunday, March 9 through Sunday, March 16, anyone who uses this voucher ID code “11317690” while making a purchase in any Barnes & Noble store in the USA or online will automatically contribute a portion of their proceeds to this worthwhile music organization.  This includes books, movies, music, games, even coffee. To simplify the process on online, go to and include the Bookfair voucher ID code “11317690” on the payment page during checkout.

Philly Pops-McKechnie reads mmmIn addition, Barnes & Noble is hosting Philly POPS Day on Thursday, March 13 at noon at their Rittenhouse Square store at 1805 Walnut Street in Philadelphia, inviting guests to meet Tony Award-winning actress Donna McKechnie, who originated the role of Cassie in A Chorus Line.

Donna will read from the book and singers from the String Theory High School will perform a selection of music written by Hamlisch.

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The Philly POPS tribute to Hamlisch is conducted by one of his favorite conductors, Larry Blank with three of his favorite singers: Donna McKechnie, Jodi Benson, and Doug LaBrecque. Taking place on Friday, March 14 (8 p.m.), Saturday, March 15 and Sunday, March 16 (3 p.m.) in Verizon Hall at The Kimmel Center, Blank, the guest artists will not only present wonderful musical memories with the audience, they’ll share personal recollections of Marvin Hamlisch as well. Tickets may be purchased through  or by phone at 215–893-1999.


About The Philly POPS:

It’s an all-NEW Philly POPS®, playing the music audiences know and love to hear. Presented by Encore Series, Inc., in its 35th season, The Philly POPS has a new music director and a new energy. Maestro Michael Krajewski, the highly respected Pops conductor who holds additional posts with the Atlanta, Houston and Jacksonville Symphonies and who guest conducts internationally, is proud to be the first conductor to follow Music Director Emeritus Peter Nero. The Philly POPS, the largest stand-alone POPS orchestra in America, entertains  audiences with an eclectic mix of musical genres – from Broadway to Big Band, from Gershwin to the Beatles. The Philly POPS is a founding resident company of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. The orchestra boasts a blend of talented musicians from the musically rich Philadelphia region.



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