Boston Pops to celebrate 125th season with special guests

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Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops have revealed the plans for the orchestra’s 125th anniversary season, which will be begin on May 4 and run through June 20.
 
The Boston Pops will kick of the 2010 season on Tuesday, May 4 with singer and Wicked star Idina Menzel, singer Doc Severinsen and pianist Michael Chertock. Tickets for opening night are now on sale and range in price from $40 to $119.
 
The diverse lineup of guests is highlighted by Ozomatli, the Los Angeles-based latin jam/funk rock band, who will perform with the Pops at Symphony Hall on Friday, May 7 and Saturday, May 8. Folk icon and Massachusetts resident Arlo Gunthrie will join the Pops for a pair of special performances on Thursday, June 17 and Friday, June 18. Other special guest scheduled to perform with the Boston Pops this spring include. Maureen McGovern (May 25-29), Dave Brubeck (June 1-5), Kelli O’Hara (June 9-11). Tickets for all shows (except Opening Night), which range in price from $20 to $89, are now on sale through the venue’s box office.
 
On May 18, Lockhart, the Boston Pops, the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, and several celebrity narrators will perform the world premiere of “The Dream Lives On: A Portrait of the Kennedy Brothers,” honoring Massachusetts native sons John, Robert, and Edward Kennedy. Written by Peter Boyer, composer of Ellis Island, “The Dream Lives On” pays tribute to the call to public service, drive for social change, and the legacy of optimism for America’s future. The new work will also be featured in concert on May 19, 20, 21, and 22. 
 
For the complete schedule of shows, visit the Boston Pops’ official website.
 
In related news, PBS will air a special documentary on the Boston Pops 125th anniversary later this spring. The film recalls how Arthur Fiedler (1930-79) created the modern-day Pops, establishing the orchestra as a national icon and introducing innovations that continue today. The program will also reflect on how Conductor Laureate John Williams (1980-1993) and present-day conductor Keith Lockhart (1995 to present) have shepherded the orchestra through three decades of change in the world of music. No date has been scheduled for the film’s premiere.

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