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Hailed as "a funny, affectionate, and revealing tribute to musical theater's greatest living composer and lyricist," the world premiere of the symphonic Sondheim on Sondheim with the Boston Pops is not to be missed! This retrospective of the life and work of America's finest contemporary musical theater creator is told through his own words via film, live performers, and his amazing music. Experience this acclaimed sampling of Sondheim's extraordinary output, now for the first time with lush new arrangements for full orchestra.

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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 Sarna Lapine, director
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Sarna Lapine (director) Broadway revival of Sunday in the Park With George, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Annaleigh Ashford. Select regional productions: Buyer & Cellar, Other Desert Cities (Henry Award outstanding direction), Tribes, Hope and Gravity, Sunday in the Park With George, Waiting for Lefty and The Year of Magical Thinking. National Tours: The National Theatre's War Horse (North America & Japan) and Lincoln Center Theater's South Pacific. Broadway (Associate/Assistant Director): Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Sondheim on Sondheim, South Pacific, Awake and Sing!, and The Light in the Piazza. Concerts for Encores! at City Center, The Boston Pops, the 92Y and Bucks County Playhouse. Cabaret shows at 54 Below, Joe's Pub, The Wild Project, CafΘ Carlyle and The Oak Room. Readings: Ensemble Studio Theatre, New Dramatists, Ars Nova, The LARK, Araca Works, New York Theater Workshop, Stella Adler Studio and Dixon Place. MFA, Columbia University. Recipient of the Marcie Bloom Fellowship in Film. Has been a guest director at The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute and Fordham University.

Sarna Lapine, director
David Loud, music director
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DAVID LOUD occupies a unique place in Broadway history: in addition to his distinguished body of work as a Music Director and Vocal Arranger, he also originated three roles as an actor. He recently served as Music Director for the Broadway premiere of The Visit, starring Chita Rivera and Roger Rees. Other credits include the original Broadway productions of The Scottsboro Boys, Sondheim On Sondheim, Curtains, Ragtime, A Class Act, The Look of Love, Steel Pier, and revivals of Porgy and Bess, She Loves Me, The Boys From Syracuse, Company, and Sweeney Todd. He originated the role of Manny in Terrence McNally's Master Class, (starring Zoe Caldwell), he played Sasha (the conductor) in Curtains, and he made his Broadway debut in Harold Prince's original 1981 production of Stephen Sondheim's Merrily We Roll Along. Off-Broadway, he created the vocal and dance arrangements for Kander & Ebb's And the World Goes 'Round. He conducted the incidental music for Mike Nichols' revival of Death of a Salesman, and he collaborated with Wynton Marsalis and John Doyle on A Bed and a Chair, a jazz interpretation of Sondheim's music. Other recent projects include First You Dream, a concert of Kander & Ebb songs that was broadcast on PBS, The Land Where the Good Songs Go, a concert of Jerome Kern songs at Merkin Hall, and four programs at the 92nd St. Y, as part of their Lyrics and Lyricists series: On A Clear Day: the Musical Vision of Burton Lane, Taking a Chance on Love: the music of Vernon Duke, A Good Thing Going: the Stephen Sondheim and Harold Prince collaboration, and Let's Misbehave: the Sensational Songs of Cole Porter. He is a graduate of Yale University and has been on the faculty of the Yale School of Drama and Fordham University; he is currently on the faculty of The Manhattan School of Music

David Loud, music director Phillip Boykin, vocalist
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PHILLIP BOYKIN (Bass-Baritone) is a 2012 Tony Award, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards Nominee for his work in THE GERSHWIN'S PORGY AND BESS. He is the 2012 Winner of a Theatre World Award as well as the International Reviewers of New England Awards and The Distinguished Alumni Award from The Hartt School. Phillip is a native of Greenville, SC who now resides in NJ. Other performances include; the Broadway Revivals of ON THE TOWN and SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE, the roles of Joe in the National Tour SHOW BOAT and at several Regional theaters including Sacramento Music Theater, The Pirate King/Samuel in PIRATES OF PENZANCE NY City Center and Barrington Stage, Ken in AIN'T MISBEHAVIN', Crown/Jake in the Opera PORGY AND BESS, Tarquinius in THE RAPE OF LUCRETIA, Caiaphas in JCS, and JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR GOSPEL, the HARLEM GOSPEL SINGERS, Fred in SMOKEY JOE'S CAFÉ, and Don Alfonso in COSI FAN TUTTI to name a few. Phillip performed as Booker T. Washington in the Anniversary Concert of RAGTIME at Lincoln Center. He also made is Carnegie Hall debut in BROADWAY CLASSICS. Mr. Boykin portrayed the role of Big Hand in the movie FREEDOM starring Cuba Gooding Jr., and Sharon Leal. Recently The Driver in TOP FIVE a movie starring, written and directed by Chris Rock, Caiaphas in John O'Boyle's EASTER MYSTERIES and was featured as the cover story of Classical Singer Magazine. He's a graduate of the University of Hartford's Hartt School of Music in CT; he also studied Jazz and Vocal Performance at SC State University, Howard University and the NC School of the Arts. Phillip has toured throughout Europe, Asia, Australia, Russia, Poland and North America. Mr. Boykin is the Founder, Director and Manager of the NYGOSPEL BROTHERS. For more information or to purchase his CD/DVD entitled "You Believed In Me" please visit www.PhillipBoykin.com.
Phillip Boykin, vocalist
Carmen Cusack, vocalist
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Carmen Cusack was critically acclaimed and Tony-nominated last year for her star turn in Steve Martin and Edie Brickell's musical, Bright Star. It was her first Broadway role. Most recently, she was seen in New York City Center's gala production of Sunday in the Park With George. Just before that, she starred in For the Record: Scorsese at The Wallis in Beverly Hills. Previously, she starred in the Chicago premiere of The First Wives Club: The Musical, and she was nominated for a Jeff Award for Sunday in the Park with George at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater. She starred in the world premiere of Bright Star at the Old Globe, followed by a Kennedy Center run for which she was nominated for a Helen Hayes Award. She starred as 'Lynn Gardner' in Carrie at MCC, 'Nellie Forbush' in Lincoln Center's national tour of South Pacific, for which she received a second Helen Hayes nomination, and Elphaba' in the first US tour of Wicked. West End credits include Over the Rainbow, Les Miserables, The Secret Garden, Personals and Phantom of the Opera.

Carmen Cusack, vocalist Gabriel Ebert, vocalist
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Gabriel Ebert is a Tony and Obie Award winning actor. A native of Colorado, he is a graduate of the Drama Division of The Juilliard School. Mr. Ebert's Broadway credits include Harvey Fierstein's Casa Valentina, Matilda the Musical (2013 Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical), Noδl Coward's Brief Encounter, Therese Raquin, and John Logan's Red. Off-Broadway he has appeared in Amy Herzog's 4,000 Miles (for which he received the Obie Award for Best Actor), Peer Gynt directed by John Doyle, Martin Sherman's Gently Down the Stream, Dave Malloy's Preludes, Prometheus Bound, and a site-specific production of Anton Chekhov's The Seagull. As a vocalist, Mr. Ebert has performed at Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall, London's Royal Albert Hall, and at David Geffen Hall with the New York City Philharmonic, conducted by Maestro Alan Gilbert.

Gabriel Ebert, vocalist
Ruthie Ann Miles, vocalist
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RUTHIE ANN MILES is an Asian-American actress best known for her work in theatre. Her Broadway credits include the recent revival of Sunday In The Park With George and The King And I, for which she won a Tony Award and Grammy nomination. She is also known for originating the role of Imelda Marcos in David Byrne's discotheque Here Lies Love, for which she won the Lucille Lortel and Theatre World Awards.

On television, Ms. Miles has been seen as Young Hee in FX's Emmy-nominated season 4 of "The Americans," as well as in "Elementary." She reads the audiobook "The Tea Girl Of Hummingbird Lane" by Lisa See (Simon and Schuyler, 2017.) Ms. Miles has sung with the San Francisco Symphony and The New York Pops, and is ecstatic to now perform with such prestigious company with the historic and beloved Boston Pops.

Ms. Miles grew up in Kaimuki, Honolulu, is of Korean/Caucasian-mixed descent, and is an advocate for seeing equal opportunities arise on stage and screen, specifically for Asian-Americans. She holds her Masters in Music from NYU Steinhardt, and she lives in Brooklyn with her husband and daughter. She is most grateful to Sarna Lapine and David Loud for this incredible opportunity, and hopes you enjoy Sondheim On Sondheim. For more info, please visit her website and connect with @RuthieAnnMiles (.com) on the social medias.

Ruthie Ann Miles, vocalist
Tanglewood Music Center Vocal Fellows
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