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Boston Pops is excited for the return of Cirque de la Symphonie's magical fusion of circus with live orchestral music. Aerial flyers, acrobats, contortionists, dancers, jugglers, balancers and strongmen are among the talented artists who take the stage as the Boston Pops perform their own spectacular musical feats. Also featured is the Boston debut of soprano Hasmik Torosyan, in celebration of Armenian music and culture. Don't miss these performances that critics are saying "mesmerize adults and children," with "a breathtaking display of agility and incomparable beauty."

Featured Performers

Keith Lockhart, conductor
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Having celebrated his twentieth anniversary as Boston Pops Conductor in 2015, Keith Lockhart is the second longest-tenured conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra since its founding in 1885. He took over as conductor in 1995, following John Williams's thirteen-year tenure from 1980 to 1993; Mr. Williams succeeded the legendary Arthur Fiedler, who as at the helm of the orchestra for nearly fifty years. During his tenure, Keith Lockhart has significantly expanded Pops programming, focused on national annual touring, and participated in major media events. He has solidified the orchestra's place in the fabric of the New England community and has led the Boston Pops in countless performance situations. The list of more than 250 guest artists with whom he has collaborated is a virtual "who's who" of performers and pop culture icons.

Keith Lockhart, who occupies the Julian and Eunice Cohen Boston Pops Conductor chair, has conducted more than 1,900 Boston Pops concerts, most of which have taken place during the orchestra's spring and holiday seasons in Boston's historic Symphony Hall. Mr. Lockhart has also led annual Boston Pops appearances at Tanglewood, 43 national tours to more than 150 cities in 38 states, and four international tours to Japan and Korea. He and the Pops have made 79 television shows 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 who view it on television or live webcast. Last year, with Eaton Vance as presenting sponsor and Bloomberg 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 made initial three-year commitments to the event in 2017.

Mr. Lockhart has led eight albums on the RCA Victor/BMG Classics label, including two-The Celtic Album and The Latin Album-that earned Grammy nominations. Recent releases on 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, some of which can be considered rarities.

Programming-wise, Keith Lockhart has put an increased focus on musical theater, attracting such leading Broadway artists as Kristen Chenoweth, Idina Menzel, Kelli O'Hara, Bernadette Peters, and Billy Porter to the Pops stage. 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. He is dedicated to building and updating the Boston Pops library of music, which contains over five thousand arrangements.

With a renewed commitment to bring 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 annual 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 Boston Common and Franklin Park, and each holiday season brings members of the Pops to play for patients at Children's Hospital.

Perhaps the most significant key to Keith Lockhart's success is his ability to connect passionately with audiences through his engaging programs, his commitment to speaking directly from the stage with fascinating insights into the music, and his inherent understanding of the importance of what sets the Pops experience apart from a traditional orchestra concert-an atmosphere of music-making that is both fun and entertaining for music lovers of all ages.

Having just completed an eight-year tenure as principal conductor, Keith Lockhart is now chief guest conductor of the BBC Concert Orchestra in London, which he led in the June 2012 Diamond Jubilee Concert for Queen Elizabeth II; he is also 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. Prior to 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, NY, 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. Visit keithlockhart.com for further information.

Keith Lockhart, conductor Hasmik Torosyan, soprano
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Hasmik Torosyan was born in Yerevan, Armenia. She is a graduate of the Romanos Melikyan Musical College and the Komitas State Conservatory in Yerevan, Armenia where she studied with Gayaneh Geghamyan. In 2008 she won first prize and the Gold Medal at the Republic Competition in Honor of Gohar Gasparyan and in 2009 was the recipient of the President's Prize for Young Singers in Armenia. In the following year, she won first prize at the Bella Voce International Music Competition in Moscow and was a finalist at the 6th Seoul International Music Competition in Seoul.

In 2011 Ms. Torosyan won the first prize at the coveted Musica Sacra International Music Competition in Rome. Since then, she has been a member of the Alexander Spendiaryan Armenian National Academic Theater of Opera and Ballet. In 2012 she was invited to sing Nedda in Leoncavallo's Pagliacci in Northern Lights Music Festival in Minnesota and went on to sing Norina in Don Pasquale for the 2013 Glyndebourne Festival season in England, as well the role of Adina in Donizetti's L'elisir d`amore for the Glyndebourne Tour in the same year.
Hasmik Torosyan was invited to study at the Rossini Opera Academy in in 2014 Pesaro, Italy with the late Alberto Zedda.  In the same year, she made her Italian debut at the Rossini Opera House with the role of Corina in Rossini's Il Viagio a Reims. In 2015 Hasmik Torosyan was invited to New Zealand to sing Adina in L'elisir d'amore in Festival Opera and sang Lizetta in the opera La Gazzetta by Rossini at the Rossini Opera Festivalin Pesaro in Italy, conducted by Enrique Mazzolla. In 2015 Torosyan made her debut with the National Orchestra of Paris, appearing with conductor Michail Jurowski and singing the role of Marfa in Rimsky Korsakov's opera The Tsar's Bride.

In the 2015-2016 season, Ms. Torosyan made her debut in the Flemish Opera House (Antwerp, Gent - Belgium) with the role of Musetta in Puccini's La Boheme and Illia in Mozart's Idomeneo.

She returned to Antwerp for the 2016-2017 season to sing the role of Queen of the Night in Mozart's The Magic Flute and appeared with the Teatro Comunale di Bologna as Donna Fiorilla in Rossini's Il Turco in Italia.

Hasmik Torosyan has attended master classes with the worldwide known singers such as Grace Bumbry, Teresa Berganza, Mirella Freni, and Juan Diego Florez. Her future plans include appearances with the National Orchestra of Paris for the role of Clorinda in Rossini's La Cenerentola in the Theater of Champs Elysees; guest soloist with the Boston Pops Orchestra in Boston; performance as soloist with Wuhan Philharmonic Orchestra in China and regular collaborations with the Armenian National Philharmonic Orchestra. The 2017-2018 season will see Ms.Torosyan's return to Teatro Comunale in Bologna for major roles in Puccini's La Boheme and Donizetti's La figlia del reggimentooperas.

Hasmik Torosyan, soprano
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