2018 Spring Pops

2018 Spring Pops


The 2018 Spring Pops Season Celebrates Leonard Bernstein - 100 Years of an American Icon
I am thrilled to present the 2018 Pops season to you our loyal fans. This is a season of particular significance as we celebrate the centennial of someone I admire very much, American icon and friend of our orchestra, the legendary composer and conductor, Leonard Bernstein. Performances include On the Town with Broadway singers and dancers, along with a concert production of his most famous score, West Side Story

We've also put together a special website to share his history. Visit celebratebernstein.org to learn more.

Other highlights of the season include the return of multi-platinum artist Andy Grammer for Opening Night (5/9), Hamilton star Leslie Odom Jr. for three shows in June (6/12-14), and all of your favorite themes including film nights, gospel, and Broadway hits. 

I look forward to seeing you at Symphony Hall for the 133rd Season of America's Orchestra, the Boston Pops!

Keith Lockhart Signature

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Ticket Prices $30-$150

Download the 2018 Spring Pops Brochure (PDF)

Download the 2018 Spring Pops Announcement (PDF) 


Matinee Discounts
The May 12 & 13 and June 9 & 16 concerts have 3pm matinees with 50% off tickets for kids 17 and younger.

Groups Of 20+ Enjoy Up To 15% Off Regular Ticket Prices,
Plus No Handling Fees. Please call the Group Sales Office at 800-933-4255 for all the details.

For disability services, tickets, or information, call our Access Services Administrator at 617-638-9431, TDD/TTY 617-638-9289, or email access@bso.org.

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Opening Night at Pops with Andy Grammer Opening Night at Pops with Andy Grammer
May 9

Keith Lockhart, conductor
Andy Grammer, special guest

Wednesday, May 9, 8PM

Multi-platinum selling pop artist Andy Grammer joins the Pops to perform his infectious and empowering hits, including "Keep Your Head Up," "Fresh Eyes" and "Honey, I'm Good." Grammer is the rare pop star whose songs express a positive spirit and his many hit singles and wide appeal are a testament to his engaging performances. The concert will also feature a tribute to Leonard Bernstein in celebration of the centennial of his birth.

Leonard Bernstein Centennial Tribute Leonard Bernstein Centennial Tribute
May 11, 12, 17, 29 & 30

Keith Lockhart, conductor

Friday, May 11, 8PM

Saturday, May 12, 8PM

Thursday, May 17, 8PM

Tuesday, May 29, 8PM

Wednesday, May 30, 8PM

The Boston Pops celebrates the legendary and prolific composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein on the centennial of his birth. An American legend, Bernstein was closely connected to Boston and this orchestra. The concerts will feature a wide variety of his works from the symphonic stage, opera, Broadway, art songs and film scores, and will include vocalists singing selections from Candide, West Side Story, and more.

Disney's Broadway Hits Disney's Broadway Hits
May 12 & 13

Keith Lockhart, conductor
Ashely Brown, special guest
Josh Strickland, special guest
Alton Fitzgerald White, special guest
Merle Dandridge, special guest

Saturday May, 12, 3PM*

Sunday May, 13, 3PM*

For 20 years, Disney has astonished millions worldwide with theatrical productions that both entertain and amaze. In an unforgettable night of music, the Boston Pops and Broadway stars Ashely Brown, Josh Strickland, Alton Fitzgerald White, and Merle Dandridge perform beloved songs from 9 Tony and Academy Award-winning scores by some of the greatest composers and lyricists in the world including Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin), Phil Collins (Tarzan), Elton John and Tim Rice (Aida, The Lion King) and Richard & Robert Sherman / George Styles & Anthony Drewe (Mary Poppins).

3pm matinees are 50% off tickets for kids 17 and younger. 

Rock the Pops with Alfie Boe Rock the Pops with Alfie Boe
May 15 & 16

Keith Lockhart, conductor
Alfie Boe, special guest

Saturday May, 15, 8PM

Sunday May, 16, 8PM

The legendary rock classics of the previous decades pair perfectly with the scale of a symphony orchestra! Experience the majesty and drive of favorites from Pink Floyd, Queen, The Who, the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin and others as you've never heard them before. Fresh off of Pete Townsend's Classic Quadrophenia tour, British singing sensation Alfie Boe will join the Pops for this night of classic rock & roll hits!

The Best of the Boston Pops Arthur Fiedler NightThe Best of the Boston Pops
May 22 & 25

Thomas Wilkins, conductor

Tuesday, May 22, 8PM (Arthur Fiedler Night)

Friday, May 25, 8PM

The Boston Pops is known as "America's Orchestra," renowned for its broad repertoire. The Best of the Boston Pops features the grandeur and romance of Bernstein, Copland and Rodgers, swinging favorites of Ellington and Gershwin, rock classics from bands like Queen, and the soaring film music of John Williams. It's music for the ages that the whole family will treasure, led by the effervescent and hugely popular BSO Youth and Family Concerts conductor, Thomas Wilkins.

John Williams' Film NightJohn Williams' Film Night
May 23 & 24

John Williams and Thomas Wilkins, conductors

Wednesday, May 23, 8PM

Thursday, May 24, 8PM

Experience the awe and excitement of cinema's greatest music featuring the scores of the world's most beloved film composer and Boston Pops' own John Williams. Williams and BSO Youth and Family Concerts Conductor Thomas Wilkins will share the podium for these magical evenings which will also include music from the latest Star Wars film and some music performed live to film excerpts.

On the TownOn the Town
May 31 & June1

Keith Lockhart, conductor
Kathleen Marshall, director and choreographer
David Chase, music director

Thursday, May 31, 8PM

Friday, June 1, 8PM

When three WWII sailors get 24 hours of shore leave in bustling Times Square, antics and romance ensue! The Boston Pops presents a special orchestral and dance concert celebrating Leonard Bernstein and Jerome Robbins' classic work with Broadway singers and dancers, and new choreography by Tony awardwinner Kathleen Marshall.

25th Anniversary of Gospel Night Gospel Night with Melinda Doolittle
June 2

Charles Floyd, conductor
Melinda Doolittle, special guest

Saturday, June 2, 8PM

The Boston Pops and the Boston Pops Gospel Choir raise the roof of Symphony Hall for this annual tradition. The music will have you on your feet and singing along with joy! Boston Pops favorite and American Idol finalist Melinda Doolittle joins Maestro Floyd on stage. The concert will also feature a tribute to the late Edwin Hawkins, who passed away earlier this year.  The concert will include a performance of his groundbreaking hit, "Oh Happy Day," which will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2019.

A Broadway Celebration with Sutton FosterA Broadway Celebration with Sutton Foster
June 6 & 7

Keith Lockhart, conductor
Sutton Foster, special guest

Wednesday, June 6, 8PM

Thursday, June 7, 8PM

Tony award-winner Sutton Foster is a bona fide Broadway star and one of its most versatile leading ladies. From starring in Thoroughly Modern Millie, Anything Goes, Shrek the Musical, and Violet to leading the smash-hit show Younger on TVLand, Sutton and the Pops will bring you an evening of great music, singing and dancing. The June 6 concert also features the winners of the Fidelity Young Artists Competition.

†Featuring the Winners of the 2018 Young Artists Competition

Dance to the MoviesDance to the Movies
June 9

Keith Lockhart, conductor
Lesley Ann Warren, special guest

SATURDAY, June 9, 3PM*


Top choreographers bring to life classic movie dances of yesterday, starring the Boston Pops, Dancing with the Stars Celebrity Pros, So You Think You Can Dance top finalists and singing stars from American Idol and The Voice. The concert will include new interpretations of memorable moments from movies like Grease, Chicago, Singin' In The Rain, and Moulin Rouge. Joining the cast of dancers will be film and television legend Lesley Ann Warren.

*3pm matinees are 50% off tickets for kids 17 and younger.

An Evening with Leslie Odom, Jr.An Evening with Leslie Odom, Jr.
June 12-14

Keith Lockhart, conductor
Leslie Odom, Jr., special guest

Tuesday, June 12, 8PM

Wednesday, June 13, 8PM

Thursday, June 14, 8PM

Back by popular demand after sold-out performances last season and on July 4th, Leslie Odom, Jr. rejoins the Boston Pops for an evening of music that will leave you spellbound with his musicality and artistry. Triple-threat Odom, Jr. is best known for originating the Tony-winning role of Aaron Burr in the original cast of Broadway's Hamilton. He is also known for the TV series Smash, his #1 Billboard Jazz self-titled album, the film Murder on the Orient Express, and most recently singing "America the Beautiful" at the LII Super Bowl.

West Side Story in ConcertWest Side Story in Concert
June 15 & 16

Keith Lockhart, conductor
Ali Ewoldt, Maria
Matthew Hydzik, Tony

Friday, June 15, 8PM

Saturday, June 16, 3PM*

Saturday, June 16, 8PM

Bernstein's most beloved Broadway score comes to life performed by the Pops in all its dramatic richness. A cast of Broadway singers including Ali Ewoldt and Matthew Hydzik join the orchestra for this concert presentation directed by Chad Hilligus. From the first notes to the final breath, this landmark musical is one of the greatest love stories of all time, and Bernstein's score, with lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, is regarded as one of the best ever written.

*3pm matinees are 50% off tickets for kids 17 and younger.