It seems while the Philadelphia Orchestra is making strides to come out of bankruptcy, the Philly Pops are still dealing with money troubles. According to CBS3, the Pops are looking to replace Peter Nero, their conductor for three decades, with someone cheaper. It makes snese, since the maintenance of that chin is probably five-figures in and of itself.
According to a request filed before a bankruptcy judge, the 1961 Best New Artist Grammy Winner’s contract was described as, “simply too economically burdensome.” To replace Nero, the orchestra will use guest conductors while it searches for a full replacement. Nero claims the new board overseeing the Pops wants him out, and he’s going to fight it, presumably with the weapons he’s been hiding in his chin beard.