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May 19, 2021

THE BOSTON POPS’ NEWLY RECORDED ONLINE PERFORMANCES, MAY–JUNE (WWW.BSO.ORG/NOW)

BSO NOW NEW ONLINE VIDEO STREAMS CONTINUE THURSDAYS AT NOON, MAY 20, JUNE 3, AND JUNE 10, WITH THE RELEASE OF THREE POPS CONCERTS: A TRIBUTE TO JOHN WILLIAMS (5/20); AN EVENING WITH CHRIS THILE AND THE STARS OF TOMORROW (6/3); AND THE ROOTS OF JAZZ: AMERICAN VOICES (6/10)

[Mother's Day program with the Boston Pops]

Click here to listen to a short excerpt of the Boston Pops performing music by John Williams, the Imperial March from The Empire Strikes Back

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BOSTON POPS SPRING CELEBRATION 2021: THREE NEWLY RECORDED POPS CONCERT STREAMS AND AN ARCHIVAL POPS CONCERT STREAM TO BE RELEASED ON THURSDAYS AT NOON; AVAILABLE AT WWW.BSO.ORG/NOW; EACH VIDEO STREAM IS AVAILABLE FOR 30 DAYS BEYOND ITS ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE

[Keith Lockhart]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday, May 20, at noon; available through June 19: A Tribute to John Williams stars the Pops and Keith Lockhart exploring the breadth of cinematic music composed by the Boston Pops Conductor Laureate—from iconic (Star Wars) to rarities (“Stargazers” from E.T.)—accompanied by exclusive video interviews with Williams telling the stories behind his music and career  

 Thursday, May 27, at noon; available through June [Ella Fitzgerald]26: Filmed at Symphony Hall in July 1976 as part of GBH’s Evening at Pops series, the archival stream Exquisite Ella includes the incomparable Ella Fitzgeraldsinging tunes by Gershwin, Porter, and Ellington, accompanied by conductor Arthur Fiedler and the Pops, who also perform an opening medley from the Broadway musical Guys and Dolls

Thursday, June 3, at noon; available through July 3: An Evening with Chris Thile and the Stars of Tomorrow stars the multiple Grammy-winning mandolinist and MacArthur Fellow in his Boston Pops debut and sharing the stage with the winners of the 11th annual Fidelity Investments Young Artists Competition, chosen by audition from high school students throughout the Commonwealth. Keith Lockhart also leads the Pops in audience favorites drawn from acclaimed Pops recordings of the last 25 years

Thursday, June 10, at noon; available through July 10: The Roots of Jazz: American Voicessurveys the music of Black American innovators Scott Joplin, W.C. Handy, Duke Ellington, and James P. Johnson, alongside works by George Gershwin, Benny Goodman, and Dave Brubeck, through performances by Keith Lockhart and the Pops of this quintessentially American music; in a nod to the “Roaring Twenties,” pianist David Coleman plays James P. Johnson’s most famous work, “The Charleston”

 

[Emanuel Ax, Jessie Montgomery, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Carlos Simon]
Keith Lockhart, David Coleman, Chris Thile, John Williams

BSO NOW STREAMS PREVIOUSLY RELEASED IN APRIL AND MAY, INCLUDING TWO BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA ONLINE PERFORMANCES THEMED “PATHWAYS OF ROMANTICISM” AND TWO BOSTON POPS 2021 SPRING CELEBRATION CONCERT STREAMS ARE STILL AVAILABLE AT WWW.BSO.ORG/NOW

Available for viewing through May 22: Andris Nelsons leads a program of Mendelssohn’s String Symphony No. 10 in B minor; Weber’s Concertino in E-flat for clarinet and orchestra, with BSO Principal Clarinet William R. Hudgins as soloist; and Schumann’s Concert Piece for four horns and orchestra, with the BSO’s Richard Sebring, Michael Winter, Rachel Childers, and Jason Snideras soloists; chamber music performance featuring Still’s Suite for violin and piano, with BSO violinist Victor Romanul and pianist Randall Hodgkinson

Available for viewing through May 29: Andris Nelsons leads an all-Strauss program, including Serenade in E-flat for Thirteen Wind Instruments and four Interludes from the opera Intermezzo; chamber music performance features Jennifer Higdon’s Autumn Music for wind quintet, with BSO musicians Cynthia Meyers, flute; Robert Sheena, oboe; Thomas Martin, clarinet; Richard Ranti, bassoon; and Rachel Childers, horn

Available for viewing through June 5: The Boston Pops Celebrates Mother’s Day: Honoring Women with Keith Lockhart leading the Boston Pops in music by and about women, featuring composers Clara Schumann, Joan Tower, Carole King, and Rachel Bruerville, as well as William Grant Still, Ravel, and ABBA; soloists include pianist Tanya Gabrielian performing the first movement of Clara Schumann’s Piano Concerto and Boston Pops violinist Ala Jojatu and her daughter, violinist Maria Jojatu, performing the final movement of J.S. Bach’s Concerto for Two Violins, as well as an appearance by the Quincy-based Dropkick Murphys

 Available for viewing through June 12: Originally presented as a BSO NOW livestream on February 12, 2021 (the first livestream in BSO NOW history), this encore presentation of Boston Pops in Love features classic musical selections inspired by love and romance—Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet Overture-Fantasy along with Broadway favorites and John Williams’ film music led by Keith Lockhart—as well as dance performances from the inventive Boston-based companies Hybridmotion, Lakaï Dance Theatre, and Subject:Matter and a virtual performance by the Melody in Motion Ensemble from Boston Arts Academy

[Performers from Hybridmotion, Jun Kuribayashi, McKersin, performers from Subject:Matter]
Performers from Hybridmotion, Jun Kuribayashi, McKersin, performers from Subject:Matter

[Mary Ferrillo plays Ulysses Kay]

CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS ABOUT THE FIRST-EVER STREAMING BSO YOUTH CONCERT (RELEASED MARCH 5) AND ARCHIVAL BSO FAMILY CONCERT VIDEOS (RELEASED APRIL 30)—BOTH FEATURING THOMAS WILKINS—AS WELL AS INFORMATION ABOUT A NEW PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN THE BSO AND BOSTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS

BSO FAMILY CONCERT STREAM TO BE RELEASED TO GENERAL PUBLIC FREE OF CHARGE ON MAY 13, AVAILABLE ON-DEMAND THROUGH JUNE 30 AT WWW.BSO.ORG/NOW

[Thomas Wilkins leads a Family Concert]

Thomas Wilkins speaking at a Family Concert (photo credit: Hilary Scott)

[Mary Ferrillo plays Ulysses Kay]
ACCESS TO THE SPRING POPS 2021 SEASON AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE AT WWW.BSO.ORG/NOW

WITH THE LAUNCH OF THE ONLINE SPRING POPS 2021 SEASON, THE BSO INTRODUCES A NEW SUBSCRIPTION MODEL FOR BSO NOW

BEGINNING MAY 6, PATRONS CAN PURCHASE A 7-DAY PASS FOR $9, A 30-DAY PASS FOR $25, OR A SEASON PASS FOR $100, WHICH INCLUDES ONLINE ACCESS—MAY 6 THROUGH THE END OF SEPTEMBER—TO THE SIX SPRING POPS CONCERTS, SELECT BOSTON SYMPHONY AND TANGLEWOOD MUSIC CENTER ORCHESTRA CONCERTS TAKING PLACE DURING THE 2021 TANGLEWOOD SEASON, AND OTHER RELEASES TO BE ANNOUNCED AT A LATER DATE

DETAILS ABOUT THE ESSENTIAL WORKERS ACCESS PROGRAM AND COMPLIMENTARY ACCESS FOR CORPORATE PARTNERS ARE AVAILABLE THROUGH WWW.BSO.ORG/NOW

[Mary Ferrillo plays Ulysses Kay]
FURTHER DETAILS ABOUT THREE NEW CONCERT STREAMS BOSTON POPS SPRING 2021 PROGRAMMING, AVAILABLE AT WWW.BSO.ORG/NOW

On May 20, the Boston Pops 2021 Spring Celebration continues in festive spirits with A Tribute to John Williams, which honors the legendary film composer and Boston Pops Conductor Laureate. Led by Maestro Lockhart, the concert stream includes the orchestra performing the breadth of John Williams’ music—from iconic (Star Wars, the Olympic Fanfare and Theme, the rousing Raiders March from Raiders of the Lost Ark) to rarities (“Stargazers” from E.T.), accompanied by exclusive, intimate interviews with Williams telling the stories behind his music and career.

[John Williams]
Click here to listen to Boston Pops Conductor Laureate John Williams discuss the famous two-note motive from the film Jaws

The concert stream for June 3, An Evening with Chris Thile and the Stars of Tomorrow, features Lockhart and the Pops as they host the 11th annual Fidelity Investments  Young Artists Competition  concert. The winners of this year’s competition, chosen by audition from high school students throughout the Commonwealth, join the Pops for a special concert showcasing the talent and commitment of gifted young people, made even more impressive given the challenges they have faced this past year. This year’s winners are violinist Ella Kim, Weston High School – Weston; trumpeter Cameron Shave, TEC Academy – Bridgewater; vocalist Lianna Paglia, Natick High School – Natick, and pianist Katherine Liu, Wellesley High School – Wellesley. Multiple Grammy winner and MacArthur Fellow Chris Thile also  joins the orchestra for his Boston Pops debut. A child prodigy himself, mandolinist Thile (Nickel Creek, Punch Brothers, Live from Here) is one of today’s great musical innovators; as an instrumentalist, composer, and vocalist, he transcends genres to create a new American music. The Boston Pops will add to the celebration with audience favorites drawn from Pops recordings of the last 25 years, including Runnin’ Wild and the Grammy-nominated Celtic Album and  Latin Album. 

[Performers from Hybridmotion, Jun Kuribayashi, McKersin, performers from Subject:Matter]
2021 Fidelity Investment Young Artist Competition winners Cameron Shave, Katherine Liu, Lianna Paglia, and Ella Kim

The season’s newly recorded offerings conclude on June 10 with The Roots of Jazz: American Voices. Keith Lockhart and the Pops trace the development of jazz from its New Orleans roots to the music of Black American innovators like Scott Joplin and “Father of the Blues” W.C. Handy. Pianist David Coleman also joins Keith Lockhart for a special performance of James P. Johnson’s “The Charleston” and an exploration of the stride master’s influence on American music. Further along in the program, the Pops will highlight the music of George Gershwin, Duke Ellington, and Benny Goodman, three great American musicians who were instrumental in bringing jazz to a worldwide audience, and pay tribute to modern jazz pioneer Dave Brubeck as the musical world celebrates the centennial of his birth.

For the first time in its 136-year history, the Boston Pops, under the direction of Keith Lockhart, presents an all-online spring season in lieu of its traditional live concerts at Symphony Hall, beginning on May 6 with the first of six weekly concert streams distributed through the streaming platform BSO NOW. The BSO NOW concert streaming platform launched in November 2020 and was created in response to the live performance hiatus in place since March 2020, due to the restrictions around the COVID-19 pandemic. In total, the Boston Pops will present six concert streams, releasing each Thursday at noon through June 10 at www.bso.org/now. They consist of four newly recorded performance streams, led by Maestro Lockhart, and two concert videos from the orchestra’s archival treasure trove.

Now celebrating his 27th year with the Boston Pops, Keith Lockhart is the Julian and Eunice Cohen Boston Pops Conductor; click here for a recent biography. John Williams is the George and Roberta Berry Boston Pops Conductor Laureate. The director for the newly recorded portions of the BSO NOW series is Habib Azar; click here for a recent biography.

[Mary Ferrillo plays Ulysses Kay]
WEEKLY ENCORE BSO CONCERT BROADCASTS ON CRB CLASSICAL 99.5 FM AND WWW.CLASSICALWCRB.ORG

CRB Classical 99.5 FM and www.classicalwcrb.org continue to feature encore Boston Symphony Orchestra concerts on Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. In the program for Saturday, May 22, Herbert Blomstedt leads the BSO in an all-Mozart concert, performing three of the Austrian composer’s greatest symphonies: Nos. 34, 36 (Linz), and 41 (Jupiter). The performance originally took place on February 24, 2018.

[Mary Ferrillo plays Ulysses Kay]
INFORMATION ON THE NEW STREAMING PLATFORM, BSO NOW

On November 19, the Boston Symphony Orchestra launched BSO NOW, an expanded online presence with newly recorded hour-long video streams by the Boston Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Andris Nelsons and guest conductors; the Boston Pops, under the direction of Keith Lockhart; and BSO musicians in chamber music, as well as BSO Youth and Family Concerts, under the direction of Thomas Wilkins, and special projects featuring the orchestra’s educational and community partnerships. Most BSO NOW video streams feature a magazine-type segment, with behind-the-scenes storytelling with conductors, composers, and musicians, plus much more. All BSO NOW newly recorded programs are released on select Thursdays at noon at www.bso.org/now, with each program remaining available for 30 days after its initial posting. The BSO, Pops, and youth-focused video performances are recorded from the stage of Symphony Hall—widely considered one of the top three acoustic concert halls in the world—which is featured for all its beautiful detail and historic significance.

[Andris Nelsons leads the BSO in Eroica Symphony]
On January 6, 2021, Andris Nelsons returned for the first time to Symphony Hall in nearly a year. (Photo credit: Aram Boghosian)

[Mary Ferrillo plays Ulysses Kay]
INFORMATION ABOUT ONLINE PROGRAMMING CREATED IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19 CONCERT CANCELLATIONS

BSO NOW—the BSO’s expanded digital content series recorded at Symphony Hall and made available through bso.org/now beginning on November 19—is part of the BSO’s continuing series of online offerings created in response to the live performance hiatus imposed by regulations around the COVID-19 pandemic and ensuing health crisis. In response to this hiatus from live performances, the BSO launched its expanded digital offerings on March 26, 2020 with BSO at Home and BSO HomeSchool, followed by Boston Pops at Home (all available at www.bso.org), the Tanglewood 2020 Online Festival (www.tanglewood.org), and Encore BSO Recitals (www.bso.org). The success of these programs, which have generated millions of interactions—both directly with the actual online content and indirectly through posts on the orchestra’s social media channels about that content—has been an inspiration for the orchestra to continue to explore new ways of reaching its music community and beyond with new, innovative, and compelling programming during the COVID-19 pandemic.

[January performers]

As of March 13, 2020, the orchestra has been forced to cancel the remainder of its 2019-20 BSO Youth Concert Series and 2019-20 BSO season and the entire 2020 Boston Pops, 2020 Tanglewood, 2020 Holiday Pops, and 2020-21 BSO and Boston Pops seasons. The series of announcements detailing the full slate of cancellations by the Boston Symphony Orchestra, beginning on March 13, 2020, can be found here. The 2021 Tanglewood season will proceed with a six-week schedule of live concerts, from July 9 through August 16; click here for more information about the 2021 Tanglewood season.
[Mary Ferrillo plays Ulysses Kay]

INFORMATION ON THE BSO’S REOPENING STRATEGY FOR ITS BSO NOWONLINE RECORDING SCHEDULE AT SYMPHONY HALL

Working with 9Foundations, Inc., the BSO’s reopening strategy for its BSO NOW online recording schedule at Symphony Hall includes a robust testing schedule, two layers of daily screening, social distancing, universal masking, engineering controls, and enhanced cleaning and disinfection protocols. (Click here for additional details.) In addition, BSO musicians sit on a 35.5-foot stage extension—more than doubling the size of the stage—especially built to accommodate official social distancing requirements between orchestra members.

With the health and safety of everyone involved the highest priority, the BSO will continually monitor updates from the Centers for Disease Control, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and the City of Boston, as well as its own team of experts, to determine when it can gradually start inviting audiences back to Symphony Hall and its other venues. All official Boston Symphony Orchestra updates will be announced through press releases and postings on www.bso.org.

[Mary Ferrillo plays Ulysses Kay]
SPONSORSHIPS

The 2021 Spring Pops season is sponsored by Fidelity Investments. For over 50 years, Fidelity Investments and the Boston Pops have proudly worked together to bring wonderful performances to local audiences. The Arbella Insurance Foundation is proud to be the Music For All Sponsor supporting programs to bring the Boston Pops to families, especially those in underserved communities. Takeda Pharmaceutical, Ltd. continues their support of the BSO as supporting sponsor of the Spring Pops season, and for additional education and community engagement initiatives throughout the year. Fairmont Copley Plaza, Official Hotel of the Boston Pops, and Commonwealth Worldwide Chauffeured Transportation, the Official Chauffeured Transportation of the Boston Pops, and American Airlines, Official Airline of the Boston Pops, will support our artists and recording crew’s travel needs for the newly recorded online video content.

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