BOSTON POPS ORCHESTRA, UNDER THE DIRECTION OF KEITH LOCKHART, HONORS COVID-19 FIRST RESPONDERS WITH A MUSIC VIDEO—SUMMON THE HEROES, COMPOSED BY JOHN WILLIAMS FOR THE 1996 OLYMPIC GAMES; MR. WILLIAMS JOINS THE VIRTUAL TRIBUTE FROM THE PIANO IN HIS LOS ANGELES HOME STUDIO WITH A MUSICAL AND SPOKEN INTRODUCTION
Click here to see the Boston Pops perform John Williams’ “Summon the Heroes”
MAESTROS WILLIAMS AND LOCKHART INTRODUCE THIS SPECIAL PERFORMANCE WITH A MESSAGE TO ALL COVID-19 HEROES: HEALTHCARE WORKERS, FIRST RESPONDERS, POLICE OFFICERS, FIRE FIGHTERS, GROCERY STORE CLERKS, TRANSPORTATION WORKERS, SANITATION COLLECTORS, AND ALL THOSE ON THE FRONT LINES OF THE RESPONSE TO THE PANDEMIC
John Williams joins 78 Boston Pops musicians, led by Keith Lockhart, playing from their living rooms, kitchens, and basements—some sporting Red Sox caps—in this musical salute to the Covid -19 heroes
IN ADDITION, BOSTON SYMPHONY AND BOSTON POPS ORCHESTRA MUSICIANS SEND THEIR GRATITUDE TO BOSTON-AREA HOSPITALS WITH “NOTES OF APPRECIATION”—WEEKLY HOMEMADE VIDEOS FROM THE WORLD-CLASS MUSICIANS TO THE WORLD-CLASS HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS THANKING THEM WITH A HEARTFELT SPECIAL MESSAGE AND PERFORMANCE
Tuesday, May 5, the Boston Pops Orchestra, under the direction of Keith Lockhart, released a music video, Summon the Heroes—featuring the work originally composed by John Williams for the 1996 Olympic Games—as a tribute to today’s first responders who are providing critical and needed services during the Covid-19 epidemic. John Williams joined the virtual tribute with a musical (piano) and spoken introduction taped from his home studio in Los Angeles. The moving virtual performance can be viewed here.
ADDITIONAL DETAILS ON THE MAKING OF THE SUMMON THE HEROES VIDEO
The Boston Pops musicians themselves conceived of the idea of a “virtual orchestra” rendition of Summon the Heroes as the perfect piece of music to honor Covid-19 front-line and essential workers. The musicians recorded their individual parts in their basement, kitchen, living room, or bedroom—some sporting Red Sox caps!
John Williams wrote Summon the Heroes for the 1996 Olympic Games, marking the 100th anniversary of the modern Olympic Games. Dedicated to the Boston Pops principal trumpet at the time, Tim Morrison, the work was also recorded by the Boston Pops as part of a CD of the same name.
BSO Recording Engineer Nick Squire and Video Engineer Brandon Cardley, working from their homes, edited the audio and video from 86 individually submitted video files (some musicians submitted two videos to cover all the parts) to create the musicians’ gift to all who are giving so much of themselves during this time.
NOTES OF APPRECIATION: MUSICAL VIDEOS AND MESSAGES FROM BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA MUSICIANS TO HEALTH CARE WORKERS THROUGHOUT BOSTON
Each week, a new video “note” is delivered to area hospitals from an orchestra member in which he/she thanks the hospital staff for what they are doing and the sacrifices they are making to keep all of us safe during this crisis. The musician then plays a favorite piece selected for the front-line Covid-19 heroes.
Hospitals receiving these “Notes of Appreciation” include: Massachusetts General, Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston Medical Center, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Emerson Hospital and Spaulding Rehab – Charlestown.
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