Keiko Matsui

Will Rapp will conduct The Reading Pops Orchestra, celebrating its 50th anniversary season.

Saturday, April 6 / 7:30 p.m.
WDIY 88.1 FM presents Pops 50th Anniversary Celebration
Miller Center for the Arts / Reading
Tickets: $49 (Reserved Seating)

The Reading Pops Orchestra is celebrating its 50th anniversary in grand style with this memorable concert with internationally acclaimed and celebrated pianist, composer and humanitarian Keiko Matsui.

The Reading Pops’ reputation as a dynamic orchestra has sprouted significantly in the rich topsoil of collaboration with a litany of accomplished artists in their Berks Jazz Fest and Sunday With The Pops concerts.

Matsui, who previously performed with Pops, is a transcendent talent whose music with the luscious melodies is adored around the world. Matsui is noted for her signature lyricism and warm harmonies that deliver a beautiful and emotional experience.

The familiar elements of her music are new age, world beat, light classical and contemporary jazz all presented in an East-meets-West fashion.

Matsui has lent her voice to raise awareness for such causes as The Daniel Pearl and the Susan G. Komen Foundations, the United Nations World Food Program, Asians for Miracle Marrow Matches, and the National Donor Program and Marrow Foundation.

The Pops are a professional 55-piece orchestra made up of musicians from Berks County and surrounding counties who perform popular classics and classic pop. Conductor Wes Fisher established the group in 1969. Will Rapp, retired Music Department Chair at Kutztown University, is the current conductor.

The Pops have performed with such other luminaries as Ramsey Lewis, David Benoit, Chuck Mangione, Jim Brickman, John Pizzarelli, The Four Freshmen, Nelson Rangell, New York Voices, Rick Braun, City Rhythm Orchestra, Diane Schuur, Brian Bromberg, Ann Hampton Calloway, Eric Marienthal, Chuck Loeb, Jane Monheit, Cathy Chemi and Skip Stine, Livingston Taylor, The Brubeck Brothers Quartet, Minas and Andrew Neu.