The New York Pops' 39th Birthday Gala concert For the First Time in Forever: The Songs of Kristen and Bobby Lopez honors songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Bobby Lopez April 25 at 7 PM ET at Carnegie Hall.
Additional performers include Samantha Barks, Jennifer Barnhart, Stephanie D’Abruzzo, Santino Fontana, Josh Gad, Jordan Gelber, Ann Harada, Mykal Kilgore, Maggie Lakis, Caissie Levy, Rick Lyon, Rob McClure, Patti Murin, Andrew Rannells, and Betsy Wolfe.
Separately or together, the Lopez duo have a catalog that includes Frozen, Frozen 2, Coco, The Book of Mormon, Avenue Q, and the Marvel Studios series WandaVision. Their Billboard-charting song "Let It Go" won them an Academy Award, a Grammy Award, and a Critics' Choice Movie Award, as well as a Golden Globe nomination.
Performers from the Kids on Stage program include conducting apprentices Abigail Hua, Aidan Islam, Alexander Koziel, Christopher LeDoux, and Zoe Shack, and instrumental participants Lily Brown, Olivia Busiri Vici, Andrew Cantor, Chloe Chen, Elizabeth Chi Urias, Richard Feng, Natalia Ginter, Chase Haimoff, Lucy Harris, Ravi Hasegawa, Sophia He, Emma Kelner, Alicja Koziel, Anjali LeDoux, Erica Liu, Liana Logan, Jonathan Logan, Stefania Nuovo, Elora Tanasovski, Brianna Tang, Lelah Weldon, and Rachel Yang.
Featured attendees and honorees are music director and conductor Steven Reineke, music honoree Kristen & Bobby Lopez, corporate honoree Nicola M. Heryet, corporate honoree John Osborn, legacy honoree June Freemanzon, and PopsEd honoree Ron Schaefer.
The proceeds from the gala support the New York Pops orchestra and its PopsEd education programs.