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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.
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Growing up in Boston, Rachel Platten recalls harmonizing with
her family to finely crafted pop songs-from Sam Cooke to the
Beatles-that dominated her parents' vinyl collection. After
finishing college, Rachel immediately set out for New York City to
embark on her music career-taking up residence in the very
apartment building on MacDougal Street in Greenwich Village where
Bob Dylan once lived-and started performing in clubs around the
Rachel would find her first big spark with "Fight Song," which
took two years for the singer/songwriter to complete, telling her
own story through the song. "With its empowering and resilient
message of never giving up, "Fight Song" is certified 3x platinum
and sold more than four million downloads worldwide; the single
topped countless radio and iTunes charts around the globe before
being succeeded by Rachel's platinum-certified hit, "Stand by You."
Her gold-certified, major label debut
album, Wildfire, was released by Columbia
Records in 2016. Her latest album, Waves, was released in
October 2017, includes the rallying pop hit "Broken Glass," and
features Ms. Platten as a co-writer on all thirteen songs.
Praised for her vocals and powerful live performances, Rachel
Platten has toured with artists including Andy Grammer, Colbie
Caillat, and Christine Perri. Her multiple awards include the 2016
Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Musical Performance in Talk
Show/Morning Program for her television debut performance of "Fight
Song" (Good Morning America).
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Rhiannon Giddens is the co-founder of the Grammy Award-winning string band Carolina Chocolate Drops, in which she sings and plays banjo and fiddle. She began gaining recognition as a solo artist when she stole the show at the T Bone Burnett-produced “Another Day, Another Time” concert at New York City’s Town Hall in 2013. The elegant bearing, prodigious voice, and fierce spirit that brought the audience to its feet that night are also abundantly evident on Ms. Giddens’ critically acclaimed debut solo album, the Grammy-nominated Tomorrow Is My Turn, which masterfully blends American musical genres like gospel, jazz, blues, and country, showcasing her extraordinary emotional range and dazzling vocal prowess. Ms. Giddens’ follow-up album, Freedom Highway, was released in February 2017. It includes nine songs that she wrote or co-wrote, along with a traditional song and two civil rights-era songs, “Birmingham Sunday” and the Staple Singers’ well-known “Freedom Highway,” from which the album takes its name. Ms. Giddens has performed for President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, appeared on The Late Show, Austin City Limits, Later…with Jools Holland, and both CBS Saturday and Sunday Morning, and duetted with country superstar Eric Church on his powerful anti-racism song “Kill a Word,” performing the song on The Tonight Show and the CMA Awards, among other programs. In 2017, Ms. Giddens was awarded a MacArthur Genius Award, and she has also received the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Singer of the Year and the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Bluegrass and Banjo. She has performed a recurring role on the television drama Nashville, playing Hanna Lee “Hallie” Jordan, a young social worker with “the voice of an angel.” Rhiannon Giddens, whose inspired performance at the 2018 Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular caused a sensation, makes her Symphony Hall debut with this week’s concerts.
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Twenty years after they began releasing records as the Indigo
Girls, Amy Ray and Emily Saliers have politely declined the
opportunity to slow down with age. With a legacy of releases and
countless U.S. and international tours behind them, the Indigo
Girls have forged their own way in the music business. Selling over
14 million records, they are still going strong. Amy & Emily
are the only duo with top 40 titles on the Billboard 200 in the
'80s, '90s, '00s and '10s.
In 2012, Saliers and her Indigo Girls partner Amy Ray embarked
on a bold new chapter, collaborating with a pair of orchestrators
to prepare larger-than-life arrangements of their songs to perform
with symphonies around the country. The duo found an elusive sonic
sweet spot with the project, creating a seamless blend of folk,
rock, pop, and classical that elevated their songs to new heights
without scarifying any of the emotional intimacy and honesty that
have defined their music for decades. Now, after more than 50
performances with symphonies across America, the experiences has
finally been captured in all its grandeur on the band's stunning
new album, 'Indigo Girls Live With The University of Colorado
The power of unity, both in music and in life, has been an
Indigo Girls calling card ever since they burst into the spotlight
with their 1989 self-titled breakout album. Since then, the band
has racked up a slew of Gold and Platinum records, taken home a
coveted GRAMMY Award, and earned the respect of high profile peers
and collaborated from Michael Stipe to Joan Baez. NPR's Mountain
Stage called the group "one of the finest folk duos of all time"
while Rolling Stone said "they personify what happens when to
distinct sensibilities, voices, and worldviews come together to
create something transcendentally its own."
The duo has balanced their long, successful musical career by
supporting numerous social causes - the Indigo Girls don't just
talk the talk; they walk the walk. Both on and off the stage, Emily
Saliers and Amy Ray have secured their spot as one of the most
legendary musical acts of this generation.
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Octogenarian Rita Moreno still remains one of the busiest stars
in show business.
Rita stars in the critically-acclaimed Latino remake of Norman
Lear's classic sitcom, One Day at a Time on
Netflix. Prior to that, Rita appeared in guest-starring roles in
primetime TV series such as, Getting On, Jane The
Virgin, Grey's Anatomy and Grace and
In December 2015 Rita received the Kennedy Center Honor for her
lifetime Contributions to American culture. She served as the Grand
Marshal of the National Puerto Rican Day Parade in New York City
and released her 'first ever' all Spanish language
album, Una Vez Más, produced by her good friend,
Rita currently lends her voice to the character, "Abuelita" in
the children's animated series, Nina's
World, which airs on NBC-TV's Sprout Network. She
also was the voice of "Aunt Mimi" in the animated
film, Rio 2. Her first book, Rita Moreno: A
Memoir, published by Celebra Books, instantly became a New
York Times Bestseller. In 2011, she premiered her one-woman
show, Life Without Make-up,an original stage
production about her life and appeared as a season regular on the
TV Land series, Happily Divorced, playing Fran
Such creative diversity has been the hallmark of Ms. Moreno's
70-year career. She belongs to an elite group of only 12 living
performers who have won entertainment's grand slam of the
industry's most prestigious awards: The Oscar, The Emmy, The Tony
and The Grammy. Her Oscar came in 1962 when she starred as the
Latina spitfire, Anita in West Side Story for
which she also won The Golden Globe. The Tony win was for her 1975
comedic triumph as Googie Gomez in Broadway's The
Ritz. The Grammy was for her 1972 performance
on The Electric Company Album, based on the
long-running children's television series. She won not one, but two
Emmys--the first for a 1977 variety appearance on The
Muppet Show and the following year for a dramatic turn
on The Rockford Files.
Over the decades, she has collected dozens of other show
business awards, including a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in
1995. A favorite of Chicago audiences and critics, Ms. Moreno
received that city's coveted Joseph Jefferson Award in 1968 as
Serafina in The Rose Tattoo and in 1985 was awarded
the prestigious Sara Siddons Award for her hilarious portrayal of
Olive Madison in the female version of The Odd
Other significant film appearances include: The Night
of the Following Day with Marlon Brando in 1967; with James
Garner in Marlowe; as Alan Arkin's girlfriend
in Popi; and in Mike Nichol's production
of Carnal Knowledge. She reprised the role of Googie
Gomez in the film version of The Ritz, followed by
Alan Alda's The Four Seasons, Columbia Pictures'
acclaimed I Like it Like
That and Angus with George C. Scott. More
recently she starred in the indie feature Carlo's
Wake with Christopher Meloni and in Blue Moon
opposite Ben Cazzara. In addition, she appeared in the highly
acclaimed movie Pinero starring Benjamin Bratt and in
John Sayles film, Casa de los Babys.
Her long stage career has included starring roles on both sides
of the Atlantic. In London, she appeared in Hal Prince's 1962
production of She Loves Me and in the 1997 West End
run of Sunset Boulevard. In New York, she has
starred in Lorraine Hansbury's The Sign in Sidney
Brustein's Window, opposite Robert Shaw in Gantryand
with Jimmy Coco in The Last of the Red Hot Lovers.
She received a Tony Award nomination for her role in The
National Health in1974, followed by her 1975 Tony win
for The Ritz. Other New York credits include: Anne
Meara's After Play;Wally's Café with Jimmy Coco;
Circle Rep's Size of the World;and more recently the
female version of Neil Simon's The Odd Couple.
Ms. Moreno's diverse regional theatre roles include Lola
in Damn Yankees, Anne Sullivan in The
Miracle Worker, Doris in The Owl and the
Pussycat and Mama Rose in Gypsy. At
Berkeley Rep, she received rave reviews for her interpretation of
Maria Callas in Terrence McNally's play Master
Class in 2004 and, two seasons later, she received
similar acclaim for her portrayal of Amanda Wingfield in that
company's The Glass Menagerie.
She performs concerts across the country and often appears as a
guest artist with symphony orchestras. In January 1993, she was
invited to perform at President Clinton's inauguration and later
that month sang at the White House. In 2002 she appeared as the
guest artist with the San Francisco Symphony in a production
of Candide. Ms. Moreno's latest endeavor has been in cabaret
where she has met with great critical success.
In addition to film, stage, television and concert commitments,
Ms. Moreno fills her spare time by lecturing to various
organizations and university audiences on such varied topics
as The Value of Diversity to our Culture, The Power of
Language,Getting Older without Getting Old and A History
of the Arts in Film TV & Theatre.She is also involved with a
number of civic and charitable organizations and events.
Ms. Moreno has served on The National Endowment for the Arts and
as a Commissioner for The President's White House Fellowships. She
has served as a member of The President's Committee on the Arts and
Humanities. Rita was also recently honored by her peers as the
50threcipient of the Screen Actors Guild Life
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NATALIE CORTEZ originated the role of Morales in the 2006
Broadway revival of A Chorus Line. She has starred as
Anita in numerous productions of West Side Story, most
notably in the 2009 Broadway revival and most recently at Paper
Mill Playhouse. She has also appeared at the Public Theater as
Juana in Giant and Aurora Aquino in Here Lies
Love. Natalie is currently covering the role of Satine in the
Broadway-bound world premiere of Moulin Rouge! The Musical
opening at Boston's Colonial Theatre on June 27.
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Tanglewood Festival Chorus
James Burton, BSO Choral Director and Conductor of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus
John Oliver (1939-2018), Founder
Originally formed under the joint sponsorship of Boston University and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the all-volunteer Tanglewood Festival Chorus was established in 1970 by its founding conductor, the late John Oliver, who stepped down from his leadership position with the TFC at the end of the 2015 Tanglewood season. In February 2017, following appearances as guest chorus conductor at Symphony Hall and Tanglewood, and having prepared the chorus for that month’s BSO performances of Bach’s B minor Mass led by Andris Nelsons, the British-born James Burton was named the new Conductor of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, also being appointed to the newly created position of BSO Ch
The Tanglewood Festival Chorus joins the BSO this season for performances of Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 (October 25-30), Bach’s Christmas Oratorio (November 29-December 1), Puccini’s Suor Angelica (February 21 and 22), and Dvořák’s Stabat Mater (February 28-March 2) all under Andris Nelsons, and Estévez’s Cantata Criolla (April 11-13) with guest conductor Gustavo Dudamel. Also in October, the TFC performed Maija Einfelde’s Lux aeterna with James Burton, BSO Choral Director and Conductor of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, making his subscription-series conducting debut. Originally formed under the joint sponsorship of Boston University and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the all-volunteer Tanglewood Festival Chorus was established in 1970 by its founding conductor, the late John Oliver, who stepped down from his leadership position with the TFC at the end of the 2015 Tanglewood season. In February 2017, following appearances as guest chorus conductor at Symphony Hall and Tanglewood, and having prepared the chorus for that month’s BSO performances of Bach’s B minor Massled by Andris Nelsons, James Burton was named the new Conductor of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, also being appointed to the newly created position of BSO Choral Director. Mr. Burton occupies the Alan J. and Suzanne W. Dworsky Chair on the Boston Symphony Orchestra roster.
Though first established for performances at the BSO’s summer home, the Tanglewood Festival Chorus was soon playing a major role in the BSO’s subscription season as well as BSO concerts at Carnegie Hall; the ensemble now performs year-round with the Boston Symphony and Boston Pops. It has performed with the BSO on tour in Hong Kong and Japan, and on two European tours, also giving a cappella concerts of its own on those two occasions. The TFC made its debut in April 1970 at Symphony Hall, in a BSO performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with Leonard Bernstein conducting. Its first recording with the orchestra, Berlioz’s La Damnation de Faust with Seiji Ozawa, received a Grammy nomination for Best Choral Performance of 1975. The TFC has since made dozens of recordings with the BSO and Boston Pops, with Seiji Ozawa, Bernard Haitink, James Levine, Leonard Bernstein, Sir Colin Davis, Keith Lockhart, and John Williams. In August 2011, with John Oliver conducting and soloist Stephanie Blythe, the TFC gave the world premiere of Alan Smith’s An Unknown Sphere for mezzo-soprano and chorus, commissioned by the BSO for the ensemble’s 40th anniversary. Its most recent recordings on BSO Classics, all drawn from live performances, include a disc of a cappella music marking the TFC’s 40th anniversary; Ravel’s complete Daphnis et Chloé (a 2009 Grammy-winner for Best Orchestral Performance), Brahms’s German Requiem, and William Bolcom’s Eighth Symphony for chorus and orchestra (a BSO 125th Anniversary Commission). On July 4, 2018, the Tanglewood Festival Chorus joined Keith Lockhart for the “Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular” on the Charles River Esplanade.
Besides their work with the BSO, TFC members have also performed with Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic and in a Saito Kinen Festival production of Britten’s Peter Grimes under Seiji Ozawa in Japan. The ensemble had the honor of singing at Sen. Edward Kennedy’s funeral; has performed with the Boston Pops for the Boston Red Sox and Boston Celtics; and can be heard on the soundtracks of Clint Eastwood’s Mystic River, John Sayles’s Silver City, and Steven Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan. TFC members regularly commute from the greater Boston area and beyond to sing with the chorus in Boston and at Tanglewood. For more information about the Tanglewood Festival Chorus and upcoming auditions, please visit www.bso.org/tfc.
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