Friday, June 11, 2021
THE 2021 BOSTON POPS JULY 4TH SPECTACULAR CONCERTTO TAKE PLACE AT TANGLEWOOD, WHERE KEITH LOCKHART WILL LEAD A LIVE TELEVISED PERFORMANCE OF PATRIOTIC FAVORITES, WITH SPECIAL APPEARANCES BY JON BATISTE, BANDLEADER OF THE LATE SHOW WITH STEPHEN COLBERT, AND LEGENDARY SINGER MAVIS STAPLES, 8-10:30 P.M.
THE FIREWORKS FINALE—TO TAKE PLACE FROM THE BOSTON COMMON IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE CITY OF BOSTON—WILL ALSO BE BROADCAST AS PART OF THE LIVE TELEVISED CONCERT AND BROADCAST STREAM, 10:30-11 P.M.*
BATISTE AND STAPLES TO BE JOINED BY THE SIX-STRING SOLDIERS OF THE U.S. ARMY FIELD BAND AND THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE BAND’S SINGING SERGEANTS, THE OFFICIAL CHORUS OF THE U.S. AIR FORCE; PROGRAM TO SPOTLIGHT JULY 4 FAVORITES—“THE STAR-SPANGLED BANNER,” A SALUTE TO OUR ARMED FORCES MEDLEY, A PATRIOTIC SING-ALONG, “THE STARS AND STRIPES FOREVER,” AND TCHAIKOVSKY’S “1812” OVERTURE, WHICH WILL BRING THE CONCERT PORTION TO A CLOSE IN TRADITIONAL STYLE
Keith Lockhart leading players from the Boston Symphony and Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra in Tchaikovsky’s “1812” Overture, performed at 2017’s Tanglewood On Parade
2021 JULY 4 BOSTON POPS CONCERT STREAM WILL BROADCAST LIVE ON BLOOMBERG TV AND RADIO, AS WELL AS LOCALLY IN BOSTON ON WHDH-TV CHANNEL 7, FROM 8 TO 11 P.M.
THE JULY 4 BOSTON POPS CONCERT WILL BE AVAILABLE TO STREAM ON BLOOMBERG.COM AND ON BLOOMBERG’S MOBILE AND APPLE TV PLATFORMS; THE DIGITAL CONCERT STREAM WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR 24 DAYS AFTER THE JULY 4 PERFORMANCE/BROADCAST
* PLEASE NOTE: THERE WILL BE NO FIREWORKS SHOW AT TANGLEWOOD FOLLOWING THE PERFORMANCE; THERE WILL BE NO VIDEO JUMBOTRONS OR CONCERT SOUND TO ACCOMPANY THE FIREWORKS DISPLAY FROM THE BOSTON COMMON
TANGLEWOOD TO WORK CLOSELY WITH PARTNER ORGANIZATIONS TO INVITE VETERANS AND OTHER MEMBERS OF THE MILITARY, FIRST RESPONDERS, HEALTH CARE WORKERS, COMMUNITY GROUPS, AND SPONSORS AS GUESTS TO JULY 4 CONCERT
FREE TICKETS WILL ALSO BE MADE AVAILABLE TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC, THOUGH A TICKET WILL BE REQUIRED FOR ENTRY TO THE GROUNDS; THESE TICKETS WILL BE DISTRIBUTED ON A FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED BASIS, WITH A FOUR-TICKET PER HOUSEHOLD LIMIT, ONLY AVAILABLE THROUGH WWW.TANGLEWOOD.ORG/JULY4, STARTING JUNE 21, AT 10 A.M.
JULY 4 CONCERT WILL BE STRICTLY LIMITED TO AN AUDIENCE OF 9,000, PER THE ALLOWANCE SET FOR ALL TANGLEWOOD SEASON PERFORMANCES BY THE BERKSHIRE LOCAL HEALTH AUTHORITIES
CLICK HERE FOR JUNE 4 ANNOUNCEMENT ABOUT ATTENDANCE CAP AND PROTOCOLS FOR THE 2021 TANGLEWOOD SEASON
GLOBAL ASSET MANAGER EATON VANCE IS PRESENTING SPONSOR, MARKING ITS FOURTH YEAR AS PRINCIPAL SUPPORTER OF THE JULY 4 EVENT; BLOOMBERG IS MAJOR SPONSOR AND MEDIA PARTNER, ALSO MARKING FOURTH YEAR OF COMMITMENT TO THE EVENT
JULY 4 CONCERT WILL BE THE FIRST IN-PERSON PERFORMANCE AT TANGLEWOOD SINCE IT WAS CLOSED IN SUMMER 2020 DUE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC—AND A MAJOR CELEBRATION OF THE REOPENING OF THE RENOWNED TANGLEWOOD MUSIC FESTIVAL
BOSTON POPS JULY 4TH SPECTACULAR WILL RETURN TO THE DCR’S HATCH MEMORIAL SHELL ON THE CHARLES RIVER ESPLANADE IN BOSTON IN 2022
FURTHER DETAILS ON THE 2021 BOSTON POPS JULY 4TH SPECTACULAR
This 2021 Boston Pops July 4th Spectacular will be a televised, live-streamed concert to take place under the direction of Keith Lockhart from the stage of Tanglewood’s Koussevitzky Music Shed, Sunday, July 4, 8-11 p.m., broadcast live on Bloomberg TV and Radio, as well as locally on WHDH-TV Channel 7. The Boston Pops will partner with the City of Boston on a live fireworks display from the Boston Common, bringing the closing portion of the July 4 event back across the state to the city that has proudly presented this iconic, large-scale event since 1974. The Boston Common fireworks display will be carried by Bloomberg and locally in Boston on WHDH-TV Channel 7.
The July 4 event will consist of the Boston Pops/Keith Lockhart televised concert live from the Shed at Tanglewood (approx. 8-10:30 p.m.), with no fireworks planned at Tanglewood; the concert will be followed by a live fireworks display televised from the Boston Common (approx. 10:30-11 p.m.), with no concert sound or video planned for the Boston Common.
Keith Lockhart, who will direct his 26th Fourth-of-July program as Boston Pops Conductor, will lead a program featuring the extraordinary talents of headliners Jon Batiste—winner of the Academy Award for Best Original Score for the Pixar film Soul, Grammy-nominated musician, television personality, and bandleader of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert—and Mavis Staples—the legendary R&B, soul, and gospel singer, civil rights activist, and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winner, and Kennedy Center honoree.
In addition, the Six-String Soldiers of the U.S. Army Field Band—the most-followed military music group in the world—and members of the United States Air Force Band’s Singing Sergeants, the official chorus of the USAF and the first premier military chorus to enlist women—will be featured in small ensemble and choral selections during the evening’s performance. Among the quintessential patriotic selections to be performed are“The Star-Spangled Banner,” a salute to our armed forces medley, a patriotic sing-along, and the Boston Pops’ signature piece, “The Stars and Stripes Forever.” No Boston Pops July 4 concert would be complete without a performance of Tchaikovsky’s “1812” Overture, which, in traditional style, with live cannons and bells, will bring the musical portion of the evening to a close. Hosts for the July 4 program will be Bloomberg’s Alix Steel, Romaine Bostick, Janet Wu, and Joe Shortsleeve.
Stay tuned to www.bostonpops.org and the Boston Pops social media platforms for further program details.
FREE TICKETS FOR SPECIAL GROUPS AND THE GENERAL PUBLIC, WITH A TICKET REQUIRED FOR ENTRANCE TO THE GROUNDS; CONCERT STRICTLY LIMITED TO AN AUDIENCE OF 9,000, PER ALLOWANCE SET BY LOCAL AUTHORITIES
To kick off the opening of the 2021 Tanglewood season, the Boston Pops will work closely with partner organizations to invite and provide tickets to a special audience of veterans and other military groups, first responders, health care workers, community groups, and sponsors to attend the July 4 program as guests of the orchestra. Additional free tickets will also be available for the general public, though everyone will need to obtain and present a ticket to gain access to the grounds. These tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, with a four-ticket per household limit and available only through www.tanglewood.org/July4, starting Monday, June 21, at 10 a.m. There will be an attendance cap of 9,000 for the July 4 concert, in accordance with an issuance by the Berkshires’ Tri-Town Health Department that limits the capacity of all 2021 Tanglewood season concerts to 9,000. Click here to view press release about attendance cap and other protocols for 2021 Tanglewood season.
DECISION TO MOVE THE 2021 BOSTON POPS JULY 4TH SPECTACULAR TO TANGLEWOOD
After careful consideration of recent issuances from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts easing restrictions on masking, physical distancing, and capacity allowances, the Boston Pops determined that in order to best ensure the health and safety of everyone involved, it was prudent to postpone its return to the Esplanade until 2022, when there would be adequate time to plan and execute the complex event, which usually entails a ten-month planning process involving multiple government agencies and many event and concert planning organizations. Owned and operated by the Boston Pops’ parent company, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Inc., Tanglewood has the video-capability infrastructure in place to record the concert in a cost-effective way—an important consideration following a year of lost revenue in the millions of dollars due to 16 months of concert cancellations related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
STATEMENT FROM KEITH LOCKHART, JULIAN AND EUNICE COHEN BOSTON POPS CONDUCTOR
“All of us at the Boston Pops are putting our hearts and souls into planning our Fourth-of-July live concert stream for the many wonderful fans of the Boston Pops and the July 4 holiday. We are thrilled that this special event will launch Tanglewood’s reopening and that we will have a chance to show Boston Pops fans across the country the great beauty and appeal of one of America’s most beloved summer music festivals.
“Though health concerns related to the pandemic have abated over the last few weeks, after careful consideration we determined there wasn’t enough time to organize the many forces needed to safely return to the Esplanade and present what is considered one of the largest concert events in the world. We decided that it just wasn’t advisable to squeeze what is normally a ten-month planning period into a five-week window.
“When we return to the Esplanade next year, we look forward to working closely with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the City of Boston to bring the Boston Pops July 4th Spectacularback to the banks of the Charles River and to the extraordinary citizens of Boston and music fans worldwide.
“Until then, we invite you to tune into Bloomberg or Channel 7 to take in the sights and sounds of a July 4 program designed to celebrate a return to community life. We hope you will enjoy our rich array of American music and performers as they spotlight the hopes, dreams, and vision that we aspire to as citizens of this great and diverse country we call home.
“We’re thrilled that we will cap off our July 4 celebration with a wonderful fireworks display from the Boston Common, thanks to a fantastic partnership with the City of Boston.
“Happy Fourth to Boston Pops fans everywhere!”
Tanglewood is honored to host this year’s Boston Pops July 4th Spectacular, as it is an ideal celebratory way to reopen the festival, which was shuttered in summer 2020 due to the pandemic. Founded in 1937, Tanglewood is one of the country’s premier summer music festivals and the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Tanglewood is located in Lenox and Stockbridge, Massachusetts, in the beautiful Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts. Click here to view a calendar listing of the 2021 Tanglewood season, July 4-August 26.
Tanglewood’s Koussevitzky Music Shed, photographed in 2018 by Fred Collins.
STATEMENT FROM THOMAS E. FAUST, JR., CHAIRMAN AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF EATON VANCE
“Eaton Vance is thrilled to partner with the Boston Pops and Bloomberg Philanthropies again this year to bring the sights and sounds of the Boston Pops July 4th Spectacular to life. Combining live music from Tanglewood in the Berkshires with fireworks from Boston Common, this year’s presentation celebrates in unique fashion the great progress achieved in putting the COVID-19 pandemic behind us and the many heroes who have made that possible.”
STATEMENT FROM AL MAYERS, GLOBAL HEAD OF BLOOMBERG TELEVISION AND RADIO
“This year’s celebration may be from a different location, but it will still be same great music and fireworks. Bloomberg Philanthropies is proud to continue its annual commitment to presenting the beautiful sounds of the Boston Pops to the world.”
STATEMENT FROM GOVERNOR CHARLIE BAKER
“The Boston Pops July 4th Spectacular is one of the most iconic ways that Massachusetts recognizes our nation’s independence, and while the celebration may look different this year, it will still be a truly special way for all residents to celebrate the Fourth of July. With a musical performance by the Boston Pops at Tanglewood and fireworks in Boston, this year’s event will truly bring the entire Commonwealth together, and we are grateful to the many partners who have worked together to make this happen.”
STATEMENT FROM ACTING MAYOR OF BOSTON KIM JANEY
“Although Independence Day celebrations look different this July, I am pleased that residents and thousands of others across the country will have the opportunity to enjoy this special televised program from the comfort of their own homes. The televised show will feature a spectacular fireworks display from the iconic Boston Common and a musical performance by the renowned Boston Pops broadcast from Tanglewood. As we reopen our City, it is vital for everyone to continue to follow the public health guidance and get vaccinated.”
BLOOMBERG TO FEATURE BOSTON POPS JULY 4TH SPECTACULAR ON ITS TELEVISION, RADIO, AND STREAMING PLATFORMS ON BLOOMBERG.COM AND ON ITS MOBILE AND APPLE TV PLATFORMS ON JULY 4, 8-11 P.M.
The Boston Pops July 4th Spectacular on Bloomberg TV, with a simulcast on WHDH-TV, on July 4 from 8-11 p.m., will be available for streaming on Bloomberg.com. The concert stream can also be viewed on Bloomberg’s mobile and Apple TV platforms. The digital concert stream will be available for 24 days after the July 4 performance/broadcast. These digital options, along with the live broadcast on Bloomberg TV and Bloomberg Radio, and a variety of additional radio listening options (see “Tune In” information below), will help ensure easy access for the event’s loyal traditional television watchers and radio listeners, as well as fans wanting to view the show online or on their mobile device, here in Boston, throughout the country, and around the world. Visit bostonpopsjuly4th.org for further details about the wide variety of options for viewing or listening to the show.
Where to Tune in for Bloomberg’s Television Broadcast in the Greater Boston Area
Pay TV customers in the greater Boston area can view the Boston Pops July 4th Spectacular on DISH: Channel 203DirectTV: Channel 353; and RCN: Channels 325/672. For Comcast subscribers within the greater Boston area, Bloomberg TV can be found on channels 45, 757 or 844, depending on the location in the market. Viewers beyond the greater Boston area should check their local pay TV provider listings for information on where to tune in to see Bloomberg TV’s Boston Pops July 4th Spectacular in their local areas. For a TV Tune-In Chart on where to view the Boston Pops July 4th Spectacular on Bloomberg Television in the Greater Boston area, visit bostonpopsjuly4th.org.
Radio listeners in the greater Boston area can hear the concert through Bloomberg’s flagship stations in Boston and Newburyport on 106.1 FM / 1330 AM / 1450 AM / 92.9-HD2, and via expanded coverage this year on Easy 99.1 WPLM-FM (Plymouth, MA) covering Boston’s South Shore, Southeastern Massachusetts, Cape Cod and portions of Rhode Island. Nationally the concert can be found on SiriusXM channel 119, online at bloombergradio.com, and via mobile on the Bloomberg and iHeartRadio apps.
PRODUCTION TEAM FOR THE 2021 BOSTON POPS JULY 4TH SPECTACULAR
Pamela Picard, the Executive Producer and Event Director of Boston Pops July 4th Spectacular, and Dennis Alves, Boston Pops Director of Artistic Planning, serve as executive producers of the broadcast. The live broadcast will be produced by Michael Mathis, a multiple Emmy Award-winning producer and writer with more than 25 years of experience creating, developing, and producing telecasts and special events, and who has produced the broadcast for many years.
The Boston Pops July 4th Spectacular production team also includes Christopher W. Ruigomez, Director of Boston Pops and Concert Operations and Assistant Director of Tanglewood, and Richard MacDonald, Director of Operations and Logistics. Joining the Boston Pops July 4th Spectacularproduction team for the first time is director Habib Azar.
BRIEF BACKGROUND ON THE BOSTON POPS JULY 4TH SPECTACULAR
One of the country’s premier Independence Day celebrations—which annually draws a crowd of several hundred thousand people to DCR’s Hatch Memorial Shell located on the Charles River Esplanade—carries on in the tradition of founders Arthur Fiedler (Boston Pops Conductor, 1930-1979), who initiated the free Esplanade Concerts in 1929, and David Mugar, who revitalized the tradition with fireworks and cannons in 1974, and a flyover added in 1995. Over the years, this free concert and fireworks extravaganza has attracted not only the people of Greater Boston, but also millions of visitors to our great city. Boston’s Independence Day event was managed and produced from 1974-2016 by Mr. Mugar, who has continued in an advisory role since 2017 when the Boston Pops took over the management and production roles. Following the protocol of past Fourth-of-July celebrations, the Boston Pops is working closely with local and state officials on all aspects inherent to the success of the event. For a brief history of the Boston Pops July 4 celebration, click here. For a brief history of the Boston Pops, click here.
BRIEF BACKGROUND ON TANGLEWOOD
Tanglewood, founded in 1937, is one of the country’s premier summer music festivals and the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra located in Lenox and Stockbridge, Massachusetts. Tanglewood will welcome concertgoers back for in-person performances this summer, July 4-August 26—after the festival was shuttered in summer 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic—with an attendance cap of 9,000. With the opening of Tanglewood this summer, the Boston Symphony Orchestra returns to live performances with audiences for the first time since March 2020 when the pandemic necessitated what will be a 16-month performance hiatus. Further details are available at www.tanglewood.org. Click here to view a recent press release about health and safety protocols for the 2021 Tanglewood season.
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