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On Juneteenth 2020, the Boston Symphony Orchestra pays homage to the rich culture and extraordinary spirit of the Black community and all those who wholeheartedly support its crucial progress and goals; please enjoy this audio clip of George Walker’s Lyric for Strings, performed by the Boston Pops Orchestra in 2019, under the direction of Keith Lockhart. The piece is accompanied by stunning photos of the composer taken during the final years of his life by photographer Frank Schramm. Mr. Walker passed away in 2018 at the age of 96.


Thomas Wilkins, BSO Artistic Advisor for Education and Community Engagement and Germeshausen Youth and Family Concert Conductor, introduces a series on his thoughts about conducting. Episode 9: The One Thing I Regret...

 

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Episode 10: Tell Your Story

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In honor of Massachusetts’ graduating classes of 2020, Members of the Boston Pops perform a virtual performance of Elgar’s traditional graduation march. Despite the ending the school year during a pandemic and with a challenging reckoning of our nation’s history, we celebrate the achievements, current and future, of the young adults of our commonwealth, and wish much success and perseverance for them going forward.  

This performance was also part of the Massachusetts Commencement 2020 broadcast on WGBH, co-presented by Governor Charlie Baker.

Film produced by Susan Dangel and Dick Bartlett, virtual recording by Members of the Boston Pops. 


Thomas Wilkins, BSO Artistic Advisor for Education and Community Engagement and Germeshausen Youth and Family Concert Conductor, introduces a series on his thoughts about conducting. Episode 6: Leadership

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Thomas Wilkins, BSO Artistic Advisor for Education and Community Engagement and Germeshausen Youth and Family Concert Conductor, introduces a series on his thoughts about conducting. Episodes 5: Talking With Your Hands.

 

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Music provides connections to the world around us; in this case, BSO piccolo player Cynthia Meyers shares the joy that she finds in nature (her garden) with Vivaldi (her performance!).

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Thomas Wilkins, BSO Artistic Advisor for Education and Community Engagement and Germeshausen Youth and Family Concert Conductor, introduces a series on his thoughts about conducting. Episode 4: The upbeat is more than just an upbeat.

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Thomas Wilkins, BSO Artistic Advisor for Education and Community Engagement and Germeshausen Youth and Family Concert Conductor, introduces a series on his thoughts about conducting. Episode 3: The gesture

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Thomas Wilkins, BSO Artistic Advisor for Education and Community Engagement and Germeshausen Youth and Family Concert Conductor, introduces a series on his thoughts about conducting. Episode 2: Finding the "why"

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BSO timpanist Tim Genis demonsrates effective ear training exercises for any musician.

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Elizabeth Ostling, BSO flutist, with advice on how to stay in playing shape, songs of comfort, and more!

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Thomas Wilkins, BSO Artistic Advisor for Education and Community Engagement and Germeshausen Youth and Family Concert Conductor, introduces a series on his thoughts about conducting. Episode 1: "Never stop growing."

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Now that you've heard Gus Sebring's beautiful alphorn playing, get an up close and personal look at the instrument itself!

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BSO Principal Trombone, Toby Oft, shares Bordogni Etude No. 7 from the stage of Jordan Hall.

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BSO Violinist Victor Romanul shares some of the exercises that are key to his daily practice.

Part 1: Vibrato

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Part 2. Bow Control:

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Part 3. Heifetz' secret left hand exercise!

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Part 4. Bow exercises

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Tim Genis - The proper method for tuning Timpani

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One of the newest members of the BSO, double bassist Carl Anderson, offers his reflections on the audition process.

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"What exactly is an alphorn?" Find out with BSO horn player and alphorn specialist, Gus Sebring!

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Celebrated children's book author Jan Brett shares a reading of Berlioz The Bear in this special installment of #BSOatHome. Learn more about how this story came to life and hear "Flight of the Bumblebee" by Rimsky-Korsakov, played by some of the BSO musicians who inspired the story's characters.

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Meet the bassoon! with Suzanne Nelsen

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How to make a clarinet reed in 2 minutes or less (really!), with Tom Martin.

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Meet the entire flute family with BSO piccolo player Cynthia Meyers!

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Double bassist Larry Wolfe answers the most commonly-asked questions about his instrument. You might be surprised!

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Mickey Katz

Join BSO member Mickey Katz (and his talented family!) in this fun and engaging introduction to the cello.

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Bonnie Bewick

Violin or fiddle? How about both? Explore the world of fiddling with BSO violinist Bonnie Bewick. You may even want to give it a try!

 

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