Founded in 1991 by Music Director and Conductor, Bob Lappin, The Palm Beach Pops quickly distinguished itself as a world-class pops orchestra. The Pops' debut concert was held in 1992 at the former West Palm Beach Auditorium in West Palm Beach, Florida. It launched what has become one of the finest orchestras in the country.
That first concert, a benefit for Palm Beach County’s YWCA Harmony House, was followed by three commercial performances that drew a collective audience of 6,000. Soon after, music legend James Taylor invited The Palm Beach Pops to appear with him in concert at the Kravis Center, with Maestro Lappin at the podium. The tremendous response to these performances created demand for a season subscription series, which began in 1993. The following year, The Palm Beach Pops received national recognition when the orchestra was invited to perform at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall in New York City -- a first among Florida’s orchestras. During that week, the Pops also performed a benefit concert for the North Shore University Hospital at the Phipps Estate on Long Island.
Since then, the orchestra and its reputation have continued to grow, expanding the number of patrons and concerts each season. In response to the heightened demand, Maestro Lappin has increased the number of concerts performed by the orchestra during the regular concert season. Currently, Bob Lappin and The Palm Beach Pops perform 12 concerts at the Kravis Center and 18 concerts at Florida Atlantic University Performing Arts Center in Boca Raton, Florida. In 2007 the Palm Beach Pops will expand its concert season and present a series of concerts at the Eissey Campus Theater which is located on the campus of Palm Beach Community College in Palm Beach Gardens.
The Palm Beach Pops have been presented at venues across the country, including an annual performance at the prestigious Ocean Reef Cultural Center in Key Largo, Florida and at other special functions. The Palm Beach Pops performed at Palm Beach Island’s St. Edward’s Catholic Church 75th Anniversary celebration, at Mar-A-Lago for the Jewish Federation’s Major Gifts gala and the Mizner Park Amphitheatre’s Holiday Spectacular.
In April of 2006 the orchestra recorded its first commercial CD, Yours Is My Heart Alone, which was released to public and critical acclaim. Selections from the compilation of beautiful American Songbook love songs have been featured on XM radio’s Frank Place, Dick Robinson’s American Standards by the Sea, the Dick Carr program and other syndicated radio programs around the country.
The Palm Beach Pops remains focused on its commitment to attract and excite audiences with top-quality performances and internationally celebrated artists. Over the years, Bob Lappin and The Palm Beach Pops orchestra has welcomed the extraordinary talents of guest artists such as Doc Severinsen, Mel Tormé, Hal Linden, Lena Horne, Maureen McGovern, Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, The Mills Brothers, The Count Basie Orchestra, Cleo Laine and John Dankworth, Diahann Carroll, Kenny Rogers, Vic Damone, Jack Jones, Lainie Kazan, Robert Klein, Carol Lawrence, George Shearing and the George Shearing Quintet, jazz legends Bucky Pizzarelli and John Pizzarelli and his trio, and Keely Smith -- to name just a few.