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Keith Lockhart conducting Boston Pops In Love

Boston Pops In Love
Pops Classic from the Archives

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Available May 13 - June 12
As springtime flowers bloom across New England, we present to you an encore broadcast of our beautiful and romantic Pops in Love concert! This unique program includes spirited classics such as Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet Overture-Fantasy along with selections from Broadway and John Williams’ film music. Plus, special guest dancers from Boston dance companies perform alongside the orchestra in three selections from a variety of styles ranging from opera to jazz. Pops in Love is a treat for the ears and the eyes, celebrating the music that brings us all closer together.

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Keith Lockhart, conductor
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On May 10, 1995, Keith Lockhart, the 20th Conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra, opened his very first Boston Pops season, leading a concert featuring guests Sylvia McNair, Mandy Patinkin, and Doc Severinsen, and repertoire ranging from Wagner to “Charlie on the MTA.” He was only 35 years old—the same age as Arthur Fiedler was when he became Boston Pops Conductor in 1930—and was dubbed “The Kid” by longtime Pops Associate Conductor Harry Ellis Dickson. The press coverage from the time of Keith’s appointment to the position in February 1995 was extensive, commenting on not only his musical talent but also his good looks and enviable head of hair, as well as the challenge of following in the illustrious footsteps of John Williams and Arthur Fiedler. But this baby boomer, born in 1959, came to the position with musical chops, a remarkable work ethic, and a deep appreciation for both the institution of the Pops and its audience. His varied conducting experience encompassed both the symphonic and pops repertoire, as well as performances in concert halls and on recordings; he had most recently served as Associate Conductor of both the Cincinnati Symphony and Cincinnati Pops, and made his Boston Pops debut as a guest conductor in 1993, just two years before he was appointed Conductor.

Over the next 25 years, with seemingly endless energy, Keith Lockhart, who holds the Julian and Eunice Cohen Boston Pops Conductor chair, would lead the Boston Pops in more than 2,000 concerts, in every imaginable setting—from hospitals to the Super Bowl—and collaborate with nearly 300 guest artists, drawn from the worlds of classical and popular music, rock, jazz, sports, politics, Broadway, and Hollywood.

Although acclaimed around the world, the Boston Pops—sometimes called “America’s Orchestra”—remains a treasured local fixture, as beloved as the region’s sports teams and historic landmarks. Its reputation has been acknowledged in popular culture, recently in a memorable episode of the animated television series “The Simpsons.” The family decided to take a “hate-cation” to Boston—because of Homer’s resentment of the “Boston Americans” football team and its fans—and ultimately fell in love with the city that has “a Symphony AND a Pops.” Through the years, Keith Lockhart has embraced Boston and in return, Boston has embraced him.

Most of the concerts led by Keith Lockhart take place in Symphony Hall, itself a registered historic landmark, during the orchestra’s spring and holiday seasons. He has also led annual Boston Pops appearances at Tanglewood, Pops concerts at Carnegie Hall and Radio City Music Hall, 45 national tours to more than 150 cities in 38 states, and four international tours to Japan and Korea. He and the Pops have made 80 television shows, including 38 new programs for the PBS series Evening at Pops, and participated in such high-profile sporting events as Super Bowl XXXVI, the 2008 NBA finals, the 2013 Boston Red Sox Ring Ceremony, and the Red Sox Opening Day game at Fenway Park in 2009. The annual July 4 Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular draws a live audience of over half a million to the Charles River Esplanade, and millions more view it on television or live webcast. During Keith’s tenure, the July 4 event was televised by a major national network for the first time. In 2017, with Eaton Vance as presenting sponsor and Bloomberg as the exclusive media partner, the Pops organization presented its first self-produced Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular, which was broadcast on Bloomberg Television and all its media outlets. Both companies are continuing their commitments to the event.

Lockhart-led albums on the RCA Victor/BMG Classics label include Runnin’ Wild: The Boston Pops Play Glenn Miller, American Visions, The Celtic Album (Grammy-nominated, the first Boston Pops recording to be so honored), Holiday Pops, A Splash of Pops, The Latin Album (Latin Grammy-nominated), Encore!, and My Favorite Things: A Richard Rodgers Celebration. Recent releases on the in-house label, Boston Pops Recordings, include The Red Sox Album, A Boston Pops Christmas—Live from Symphony Hall, and The Dream Lives On: A Portrait of the Kennedy Brothers, which was a Boston Pops commission premiered in 2010 during the orchestra’s 125th season. Released at the beginning of the 2017 Pops season, Lights, Camera...Music! Six Decades of John Williams features Keith Lockhart leading the Boston Pops in a collection of Williams compositions from the 1960s onward, including some rarities.

Keith’s personal affinity for American music has led him to program full-length Broadway musicals and invite stars of the musical theater world to perform with the Pops. He has worked closely with hundreds of talented young musicians, including Fellows of the Tanglewood Music Center, college students from the Boston Conservatory and Berklee College of Music, and area high school students. He introduced the PopSearch talent competition and the innovative JazzFest and EdgeFest series, featuring prominent jazz and indie artists performing with the Pops. Well aware of the influence of technology on our lives and the concert experience, he was the driving force behind “Pops on Demand,” allowing audience members to vote on their cell phones in such categories as “Favorite Disney Song” and “Favorite John Williams Theme” and see the results in real time. The Lockhart/Pops album Oscar & Tony was the basis of a Pops internet TV broadcast, the first such program offered by a symphony orchestra. In recent seasons, he and the Pops have presented a number of films in concert, both classic (The Wizard of Oz) and contemporary (Home Alone). He is dedicated to building and updating the Boston Pops library of music, which contains over 5,000 arrangements.

With a renewed commitment to bringing the Boston Pops into the Boston community and to important civic events, Keith Lockhart and the Pops have appeared at gubernatorial and mayoral inauguration ceremonies; the holiday tree lighting in Boston’s Public Garden; sporting events including Red Sox, Patriots, Bruins, and Celtics games, and the memorial service for the Boston Marathon bombing victims. He has led free concerts in such major public spaces as the Boston Common and Franklin Park, and each holiday season he brings musicians of the Pops to play for patients at Children’s Hospital and Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. He is a recipient of the 2017 Commonwealth Awards for Achievement, the state’s highest honor in the arts, humanities, and sciences presented by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

More recently Keith and the Pops initiated a conducting competition for students aged 18 to 30 during the 2018 season-long celebration of Leonard Bernstein’s centennial. As part of a 2019 Pops tour concert in Fort Lauderdale, Keith invited student survivors from the shooting at Margery Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland to perform a song, composed by two of them, honoring the resilience of their community. Back at Symphony Hall, both the spring and holiday Pops seasons in 2019 included a sensory-friendly concert designed for families with children or adults diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder or sensory sensitivities.

Keith recently completed a decade-long relationship with the BBC Concert Orchestra, first as principal conductor and then as the orchestra's chief guest conductor. During his tenure as principal conductor, he led the 2012 Diamond Jubilee Concert for Queen Elizabeth II. He continues to serve as artistic director of the Brevard Music Center Summer Institute and Festival in North Carolina. Prior to his BBC appointment, he spent eleven years as music director of the Utah Symphony, which he led at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City. He has appeared as a guest conductor with virtually every major symphonic ensemble in North America, as well as many prestigious orchestras in Asia and Europe. Before coming to Boston, he was the associate conductor of both the Cincinnati Symphony and Cincinnati Pops orchestras, as well as music director of the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra. Born in Poughkeepsie, New York, Keith Lockhart began his musical studies with piano lessons at the age of seven. He holds degrees from Furman University and Carnegie Mellon University, and honorary doctorates from several American universities.

Having the gift of being able to communicate with people of all ages, Keith Lockhart readily conveys his passion for the music he loves, which covers a wide spectrum. His programming reflects this breadth of interest and he is completely at ease articulating his professional and personal perspectives. Above all, he believes in and appreciates the experience that only the Boston Pops can provide—an atmosphere of music-making that is both fun and entertaining. He has called the Pops “the great outreach arm of the classical music industry. There’s no orchestra like it in this country or in the world that plays such a wide variety of music at such a high level.”

For more on Keith Lockhart, visit keithlockhart.com or bostonpops.org.

 

Keith Lockhart, conductor
Hybridmotion
Jun Kuribayashi
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Jun Kuribayashi has been a mover all of his life. He began as a competitive swimmer, breakdancer, and martial artist. He took his first dance class at age 22 at the University of Kansas where he earned his BFA in Dance. The year he graduated, he premiered professionally with Momix. In 2004 he joined Pilobolus Dance Theater and toured all over the globe as a dancer, Dance Captain and eventually an Artistic Associate until late 2015.
Dance Magazine listed him alongside Misty Copeland and Ethan Stiefel as one of the best performers of the year. Kuribayashi's work as a performer, choreographer and movement consultant span a wide variety of mediums. Among others, he has collaborated with illusionists Penn + Teller, illustrator Art Spiegelman, juggler Michael Moschen, choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, movie director Trish Sie and Grammy award recipient OK Go.


HYBRIDMOTION is an artistic + movement consulting company founded by Jun Kuribayashi and is co-directed by him and his wife, Mia Dalglish.

HYBRIDMOTION BEGAN with a duet... Jun and Mia are from different dance backgrounds- Mia is an Argentine Tango dancer, and Jun's style is an eclectic fusion of modern, breaking and acrobatics. As a couple, they wanted to learn each other's "language" of dance. The perfect opportunity came when Mia's father (Musician + Composer, Malcolm Dalglish) asked them to create and perform a dance at a benefit that he was producing. They chose a piece of music by Malcolm called "Bellpump." (It had always been Mia's favorite song by her father, and she listened to it often throughout her childhood.) Jun and Mia created their first duet together, "Kokoro No Uta" (Song of the Heart), using their mix of aesthetics and techniques. The collaboration set something in motion, and Hybridmotion was born.

 

Mia Dalglish
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Mia Dalglish has spent her career in both the performing and visual arts worlds. Since 2010, Dalglish has served as Photographic Curator for Pictura, a renowned fine art gallery that specializes in contemporary photography. She is a portfolio reviewer for national and international photography conferences and serves as a judge for international photography competitions. Dalglish the Executive Director for the Fernanda Ghi Dance Company and an Instructor at the Fernanda Ghi Dance Academy. Dalglish was a manager and instructor at the Argentine tango school, Artango for 7 years.
Dalglish's unusual combination of movement and visual arts expertise result in unique offering of skills and perspectives.


HYBRIDMOTION is an artistic + movement consulting company founded by Jun Kuribayashi and is co-directed by him and his wife, Mia Dalglish.

HYBRIDMOTION BEGAN with a duet... Jun and Mia are from different dance backgrounds- Mia is an Argentine Tango dancer, and Jun's style is an eclectic fusion of modern, breaking and acrobatics. As a couple, they wanted to learn each other's "language" of dance. The perfect opportunity came when Mia's father (Musician + Composer, Malcolm Dalglish) asked them to create and perform a dance at a benefit that he was producing. They chose a piece of music by Malcolm called "Bellpump." (It had always been Mia's favorite song by her father, and she listened to it often throughout her childhood.) Jun and Mia created their first duet together, "Kokoro No Uta" (Song of the Heart), using their mix of aesthetics and techniques. The collaboration set something in motion, and Hybridmotion was born.

 

Trea Dipkin
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Trea Dipkin started her career as a professional dancer at the age of 14. Growing up in San Francisco, CA, Dipkin was homeschooled in order to focus on her dance practice and career. She trained ODC School of Dance and Alonzo King LINES Ballet until 2018 when she began her work as dance major at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee. Dipkin has performed works by Brenda Way, Kimi Okada, D Montalvo, KT Nelson and Carmen Rozestraten. She has also participated in summer intensive including the Alvin Ailey professional division intensive, and Alonzo King LINES Advanced division, as well as numerous musical theater programs.


HYBRIDMOTION is an artistic + movement consulting company founded by Jun Kuribayashi and is co-directed by him and his wife, Mia Dalglish.

HYBRIDMOTION BEGAN with a duet... Jun and Mia are from different dance backgrounds- Mia is an Argentine Tango dancer, and Jun's style is an eclectic fusion of modern, breaking and acrobatics. As a couple, they wanted to learn each other's "language" of dance. The perfect opportunity came when Mia's father (Musician + Composer, Malcolm Dalglish) asked them to create and perform a dance at a benefit that he was producing. They chose a piece of music by Malcolm called "Bellpump." (It had always been Mia's favorite song by her father, and she listened to it often throughout her childhood.) Jun and Mia created their first duet together, "Kokoro No Uta" (Song of the Heart), using their mix of aesthetics and techniques. The collaboration set something in motion, and Hybridmotion was born.

 

Ori Harris
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Ori Harris is from Chicago, Illinois and has an eclectic and rich background as a performer. He began his career as a circus artist at the age of 8, specializing in diablo, stilts and balancing acts. In fifth grade, Ori was in his first theatrical production. Although the details are a bit fuzzy, he can confirm that it was a play about anatomy and that his role was some sort of bone. Ori is currently a Junior at Boston Conservatory at Berklee studying Contemporary Theater. He has been featured in roles such as “Demetrius” (Midsummer Night’s Dream) and “Jacob Endo” (Mermaid Hour: Remixed). Ori has always had a love for dance, and took his first class his freshman year of college. Ori’s wide range of skills meld to create a unique and unconventional form of movement, one that is highly athletic, emotive, and often character based. Ori joined Hybridmotion in 2020, and is thrilled to be a part of such an incredible company of artists and collaborators. He would like to give a special thanks to his mentor and friend, Jun Kuribayashi, for believing in him, guiding him, and for making him feel seen.


HYBRIDMOTION is an artistic + movement consulting company founded by Jun Kuribayashi and is co-directed by him and his wife, Mia Dalglish.

HYBRIDMOTION BEGAN with a duet... Jun and Mia are from different dance backgrounds- Mia is an Argentine Tango dancer, and Jun's style is an eclectic fusion of modern, breaking and acrobatics. As a couple, they wanted to learn each other's "language" of dance. The perfect opportunity came when Mia's father (Musician + Composer, Malcolm Dalglish) asked them to create and perform a dance at a benefit that he was producing. They chose a piece of music by Malcolm called "Bellpump." (It had always been Mia's favorite song by her father, and she listened to it often throughout her childhood.) Jun and Mia created their first duet together, "Kokoro No Uta" (Song of the Heart), using their mix of aesthetics and techniques. The collaboration set something in motion, and Hybridmotion was born.

 

Lakai Dance Theater
McKersin
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Growing up with limited resources, and no means for dance classes, McKersin has overcome a troubled environment and persevered to become the dancer, educator and choreographer that he is today. With Folkloric Haitian dance as his base vocabulary, McKersin started building a bigger arsenal with Hip-Hop, various forms of African dance, Jazz, and Tap. Today, he leads workshops throughout the country and the world focused on social justice and the roots of African American culture and movement. McKersin is currently working on a global research project tracing the origins of rhythm and dance vocabulary of the Afro-Diaspora within the colonized western world. He is involved in a broad range of community projects that promote emotional competence through the arts in addition to working full time as a K-8 performing arts teacher in his own neighborhood.

photo credit: Muyinza Kasirye

Makeda "Keda" Wallace
Makeda "Keda" Wallace View biography in full page >

Makeda "Keda" Wallace was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts. Makeda started her training in Liturgical and West African dance at the Reggie Lewis Center and continued with Hip Hop at Body by Brandy with Jay Brown Company. Makeda has always had a keen eye for movement and started by mimicking popular dances on TV and always took the initiative to choreograph step dances and hip hop routines as a child. As she got older and her hunger for dance grew, she indulged in styles from parties and dances of the era like Dancehall, Lite Feet and Krump. Makeda began dancing professionally at OrigiNation Cultural Arts Center at the age of 16 and soon joined the senior company, NIA Dance Troupe. Training there in Jazz, Tap, West African, Hip Hop and Modern began Makeda's journey. Since then, Makeda has had the pleasure to dance for choreographers including Vincent Thomas, Sylvia Soumah and with Nick Daniels' D.A.N.A. Ensemble, Kenny Ortega and Tony Testa. Her most recent accomplishments include completing her BA in the performing arts at Dean College in Spring 2020 and winning Stackin' Stylez 2020 Freestyle Dance Festival. Makeda is currently a teaching artist at Berklee Prep Academy and the lead instructor/program director for SocaFusion’s Kids Fete classes. She enjoys embarking on new adventures with her two boys, creative directing, and traveling. 

Nko Fallou Fall
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Nko Fallou Fall has been declared as one of the best kept secrets in the world of traditional African performing arts. With parents that were natives of Senegal and Barbados, he was born into the world of African Caribbean music and dance. At the age of five he began an intensive training on the Djembe drum, and learned traditional music and dance under the instruction of his mother, Fatou N'Diaye. Djembe and Sabar became an intricate part in the lifelong development of his artistry and unique playing style. They laid his foundation as he studied and mastered Djembe, Sabar, Kuitro, Djun Djun, and Bougarabou. He continued his studies at the Boston Arts Academy, where he improved his music theory and knowledge of reading music in classical percussion. As a sophomore he was invited to play with the Boston Arts Academy Charlie Brown blues band and The Boston City Wide Percussion Ensemble. All the while, he continued to improve his technical knowledge and artistry of the Djembe by performing in his family’s dance company, Silimbo D'Adeane. Throughout his life, Fallou was mentored by some of the best drummers and dancers from Senegal, Mali, and Guinea, including Lansana Diabate, Samba "Pape" Cisse, Mamdou Cisse, Kissima Diabate, Sidi "Joh" Camara, Mohammad Kalifa Camara, Lamine Toure, Fatou Ndiaye, Ousmane Sall, Ramon Sylla, Maimouna Diallo, Sory Diabate, Mamadou Lynx N'Diaye, Sekou Sylla, Saidou Ba and more. He has performed drum and dance for Silimbo A'deane, Les infants du Soliel, Rumbax MIT, Group Bolo, Samba LOLO, and Rumba Africa. Touring the United States with Niancho Eniyaley, Florida's Ballet Brika African Dance and Drum, Delou Africa Inc, African Caribbean Dance & Theatre (ACDT Tallahassee) has contributed to his experiences. He has intensively studied several traditional and contemporary West African instruments that are a credit to his musicianship. He currently resides in the Boston area, where he performs with his own performing troupe, Troupe Fall and is current artist resident for Lakai Dance Theatre. Nko Fallou Fall's career can be described as a masterful mix of artistry defined and nurtured by experience and excellence and his ability to captivate and inspire students and audiences is a best kept secret that should be shared with the world. 

 photo credit: Muyinza Kasirye

Subject:Matter
Samantha Emmond​
Samantha Emmond​ View biography in full page >

Samantha Emmond is originally from Hartford, VT. She started dancing ata young age at a studio called dancers’ corner. She has worked with New Orleans based band, Tap That Brass, which features five tap dancers andfive brass musicians. Sam is currently working with Boston based company Subject:Matter where she is dance captain. With Subject:Matter, she has performed at places like Joe’s Pub, Musikfest, Jacob’s Pillow inside/outstage and House of Blues. Sam is an alumna of the School at Jacob’s Pillow Tap Program 2019. Sam regularly takes class with Derick Grant andLady Dianne Walker.

Ian Berg​
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Ian Berg is a Boston-based tap dancer originally from Chicago, Illinois. Ian has been dancing since an early age and has training and performance experience in tap dance, ballet, modern dance, jazz, contact improvisation and a variety of other styles and approaches. In high school, Ian trained at the Joffrey Academy in Chicago while also dancing with the renowned Chicago based tap company MADD Rhythms, of which he is still amember. Ian is also a musician as well as a composer and arranger ofmusic and an alumus of The School at Jacob’s Pillow and the Boston Conservatory with a BFA in Contemporary Dance Performance. Ian is currently an adjunct professor at Endicott College, Emerson College and Boston University as well as a guest lecturer at Tufts University teaching tap dance practice and history. In 2018, Ian was named “Rising Dance Star” in the Improper Bostonian’s “Best of Boston” issue. He has received recognition as a choreographer from The Yard where he was named a 2019 Bessie Schonberg Fellow, The Boston Foundation where he was named a 2019 Next Steps Awardee and The Massachusetts Cultural Council who named him a 2020 Choreography Fellow. He is currently living in Boston, Massachusetts where he is the director of tap dance company Subject:Matter.