Friday, May 8, 2015


The Boston Pops will run a hashtag contest inviting the Pops community to use #Happy20thKeith to help us celebrate Keith Lockhart’s 20th anniversary season. Throughout the spring season, May 6- June 13, fans will be asked to share their Boston Pops memories and photos from the last 20 years by using #Happy20thKeith on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram; participants in the contest will automatically be entered to win one of three chances to attend a Pops performance.  Prizes include 20 tickets to attend the June 13th Cirque de la Symphonie concert, complete with complimentary food and beverages (winner selected Friday, May 29, 2015); two VIP tickets to the July 4 Boston Pops Concert on the Charles River Esplanade (winner selected June 13, 2015); and a weekend getaway for two to Tanglewood to attend the Cirque de la Symphonie Pops concert on August 21, with transportation and hotel provided (winner selected June 13, 2015).  Contest participants must be 18 or older.  The Boston Pops is on Facebook at and can be found on Twitter and Instagram @thebostonpops. 

Celebrating Keith Lockhart’s 20th anniversary as Boston Pops Conductor, the Boston Pops 2015 season, May 6-June 13 at Symphony Hall, will showcase a remarkable range of music genres, while introducing new artists, world premieres, and innovative programming, and bringing the best of the Boston Pops library to the orchestra’s loyal audiences in greater Boston, the New England region, and beyond.

Featuring Tony Award-winning actress Bernadette Peters, the Boston Pops Opening Night concert on May 6 will sets the stage for a season featuring some of the biggest names on Broadway. Audra McDonald, another leading lady in the arenas of Broadway, television, film, and the concert stage, will bring her much-loved stage presence to Symphony Hall on June 2 and again for the 34th annual “Presidents at Pops” on June 3. Also sure to be a highlight of the Boston Pops 2015 season are performances of Simply Sondheim—a night devoted to the legendary musical theater genius Stephen Sondheim highlighted by orchestra arrangements of his music featuring the return to the Pops stage of Broadway stars Marin Mazzie and Jason Danieley. This performance will also feature talented Vocal Fellows from the Tanglewood Music Center, which celebrates its 75th Anniversary in the summer of 2015 (6/10 & 6/11).

Five “By Popular Demand,” concerts (5/7, 16, 26, 29, & 6/5) will offer concertgoers a chance to vote, live during the concert, for their favorite piece of music through their web-enabled devices, giving Pops audiences an opportunity to help program the entire second half of the concert they are attending. The 2015 Boston Pops season will bring the debuts of The Midtown Men—four stars from the original cast of the Broadway hit Jersey Boys—for music of the 1960s (5/19, 20, & 21) and living legends of gospel, The Blind Boys of Alabama, on Gospel Night (6/6).  Two additional debut performances will feature Irish singer Karan Casey and Galician multi-instrumentalist Carlos Núñez in A Celtic Sojourn at Pops hosted and curated by WGBH’s Brian O’Donovan and planned for broadcast on his immensely popular radio program “A Celtic Sojourn,” which airs locally on Saturdays from 3pm-6pm.

The season will also shine a special spotlight on some of the most popular concert themes of recent years, including a great Pops tradition—the annual Film Night series led by Boston Pops Laureate Conductor John Williams (5/22 & 23).  Returning to the Symphony Hall stage after an acclaimed debut last season, Cirque de la Symphonie will no doubt once again entertain crowds with their daring aerial flyers, acrobats, dancers, and jugglers (6/12 & 13). Building on the success of the recent Wizard of Oz and West Side Story film score screenings/performances at Symphony Hall, classic movie fans will be treated to a screening of the complete 1952 musical Singin’ in the Rain—number 1 on the American Film Institute’s list of the Greatest Movie Musicals of all time—with live orchestra accompaniment (5/8 & 5/9).            

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