By Mark Abrams

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The organization behind the “Philly Pops” has selected a new conductor to succeed maestro Peter Nero upon his retirement at the end of this season.

“Please join me in welcoming to Philadelphia the music-director designate for the Philadelphia Pops, Michael Krajewski,” said Mayor Michael Nutter to a round of applause this morning at City Hall.

Krajewski has served for years as the principal Pops conductor with Atlanta, Houston, and Jacksonville orchestras.  As a guest conductor, Krajewski has also appeared with the Boston Pops, the Cincinnati Pops, and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra.

Krajewski — who will make two guest appearances with the Philly Pops next spring before taking the baton on a fulltime basis — paid tribute to the man he will be succeeding.

“The Philly Pops has a national reputation for its excellence, and that is due to the skill and the dedication and the passion of its founder and its leader for the past 33 years, Peter Nero,” Krajewski said.

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