Michelle Williams. Photo by Daniel Schwartz.

Michelle Williams performs with American Pops in Tribute to Aretha Franklin

The American Pops Orchestra opened their third season Saturday, September 16 at 8:00 PM with Respect: The Music of Aretha Franklin, which celebrated the 75th Birthday of “The Queen of Soul.”

Nova Payton. Photo by Daniel Schwartz.

Nova Payton. Photo by Daniel Schwartz.

Luke Frazier conducted the 19-piece orchestra featuring Franklin’s greatest hits, including “A Natural Woman,” “Chain of Fools,” “Spanish Harlem,” and “Since You’ve Been Gone.”

The concert stars Michelle Williams (Destiny’s Child), Ariana DeBose (Broadway’s Hamilton and A Bronx Tale), Moya Angela (“America’s Got Talent,” Broadway’s In Transit and Dreamgirls), Nova Payton (Helen Hayes Award winner, Carnegie Hall) and Bria Skonberg (Sony Records Jazz Recording Artist, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center).

Luke Frazier. Photo by Daniel Schwartz.

Luke Frazier. Photo by Daniel Schwartz.

The evening took place in the APO’s new home at Arena Stage (1101 Sixth Street SW). Tickets and schedule are here: AmericanPops.org

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