2020 Spring Pops - Tickets on Sale February 27!

CELEBRATING KEITH LOCKHART'S 25TH ANNIVERSARY WITH SPECIAL GUESTS
Announcing the 2020 Boston Pops Spring schedule celebrating Keith Lockhart's 25th Anniversary leading theBoston Pops!
During this time our beloved Maestro has made an indelible mark on the history of the Orchestra and has become a part of the fabric of the city of Boston.

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This season’s exciting offerings include a special tribute to honor Keith Lockhart, Julian and Eunice Cohen Boston Pops Conductor, as the conductor of the Boston Pops during the concerts Celebrating 25 Years with Keith! featuring two of his favorite vocalists, Megan Hilty and Jason Danieley; the classic film Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back is shown on the big screen and performed with live orchestral accompaniment; a return of the Boston-based band Guster after their concerts in 2005; and a “magical” evening with Penn & Teller in their return to Symphony Hall after originally performing during Keith Lockhart’s first year as the conductor of the Boston Pops in 1995; Songs of America with Jon Meacham takes the music and narrative elements covered in the book Songs of America: Patriotism, Protest, and the Music That Made a Nation and brings them to life with the Boston Pops and Jon Meacham narrating; and a symphonic concert version of the Tony Award-winning Broadway production of Ragtime.

The delight continues with some of the most beloved songs and musical scores of our time in The Wonderful World of Alan Menken’s Music. Danny Elfman’s Music from the Films of Tim Burton is a performance enriched by Tim Burton’s stunning visuals on the big screen. Enjoy a carefully curated evening of songs, poetry, stories, and surprises during An Evening with Amanda Palmer, Neil Gaiman & The Boston Pops. And no season would be complete without our perennial Gospel Night with the Boston Pops Gospel Choir and gospel superstar Smokie Norful.

We look forward to seeing you at Symphony Hall!

 

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Penn and Teller

An Evening with Penn & Teller

Keith Lockhart, conductor

Wednesday, May 6, 8pm

Thursday, May 7, 8pm

 

 

Described as “deliciously unsettling,” Penn & Teller return to delight audiences on the Symphony Hall stage after originally performing during Keith Lockhart’s first year as the conductor of the Boston Pops in 1995. For over 40 years Penn & Teller have defied labels by redefining the genre of magic by using comedy to invent their own distinct niche. With sold out runs on Broadway, world tours, and an amazing eight wins as “Las Vegas Magicians of the Year,” they are the longest running and one of the most-beloved headline acts in Las Vegas history. The first half of these concerts will also feature some of Keith's favorite music to celebrate his first 25 years as conductor of the Boston Pops!

 


Guster

Guster

Keith Lockhart, conductor

 

Friday, May 8, 8pm

Saturday, May 9, 8pm

Enjoy an evening filled with distinctive vocal harmonies, a unique performance style, lots of humor, and sheer talent. In another historical nod to Keith Lockhart’s 25 years with the Boston Pops, Guster returns to Symphony Hall after making their orchestra debut with the Boston Pops in 2005. With hits like “Satellite,” “Fa Fa,” and “Amsterdam,” Guster has been on the concert scene since their humble beginnings at Tufts University in the mid-‘90s. They have always sought to outdo themselves – whether it’s selling out Radio City Music Hall or founding the eco-friendly Campus Consciousness Tour, with buses powered by biodiesel and performances powered by wind power. The first half of these concerts will also feature some of Keith's favorite music to celebrate his first 25 years as conductor of the Boston Pops!

 


Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

Keith Lockhart, conductor

Wednesday, May 13, 8pm

Thursday, May 14, 8pm

Saturday, May 16, 3pm

Saturday, May 23, 3pm

*3pm matinees are 50% off for kids 17 and younger. Please contact Symphony Charge to receive this discount at 617-266-1200.

Join Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops as they present this classic film with live orchestral accompaniment. “You must feel the Force around you...” The battle for the galaxy intensifies in this thrilling fifth episode of the unfolding saga. As Imperial Forces launch an all-out attack on the Rebel Alliance, Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) flee to Cloud City where they are captured by Darth Vader. Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) journeys to the mysterious, marshy planet of Dagobah, where the wise Jedi Master Yoda teaches the young hero the ways of the Force. Little does Luke know that all his Jedi training will be called upon so soon. A stunning revelation—and a seeming life-or-death duel with Darth Vader—await.

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Songs of America with Jon Meacham

Keith Lockhart, conductor
Jon Meacham, special guest
Tanglewood Festival Chorus, James Burton, conductor

Tuesday, May 19, 8pm

Wednesday, May 20, 8pm

From “The Star-Spangled Banner” to "Lift Every Voice and Sing" to “Born in the U.S.A.,” join us on a moving and insightful journey through eras in American history and the songs and performers that inspired us. The book Songs of America: Patriotism, Protest, and the Music That Made a Nation was released in June 2019 by award-winning biographer Jon Meacham and country music legend Tim McGraw. As Quincy Jones says, Meacham and McGraw have “convened a concert in Songs of America,” one that reminds us of who we are, where we’ve been, and what we, at our best, can be. Join The Boston Pops and Jon Meacham as they bring the book's eloquent ideas to life, performing the music that has united and shaped our nation.

 


Ragtime logoRagtime in Concert

Keith Lockhart, conductor

Thursday, May 21, 8pm

Friday, May 22, 8pm

The Boston Pops is thrilled to perform this symphonic version of Ragtime, created especially for the Pops in honor of Keith Lockhart's 25th anniversary by Tony award-winning original creators Terrence McNally, Lynn Ahrens, and Stephen Flaherty. The 1998 Broadway production of Ragtime was nominated for 13 Tonys including Best Musical. Terrence McNally won the Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical, and composer Stephen Flaherty and lyricist Lynn Ahrens won Tonys for Best Original Score. Based on the 1975 novel by E. L. Doctorow, Ragtime weaves together the stories of three groups in the United States in the early 20th century: Eastern European immigrants, the African American community in Harlem, and an upper-class white family whose lives intersect. Together, they confront history’s timeless contradictions of wealth and poverty, freedom and prejudice, hope and despair. With a large cast of 25 vocalists, plus chorus, this concert is sure to be a highlight of the Pops season!

 

 


The Wonderful World of Alan Menken's Music

Keith Lockhart, conductor
Sierra Boggess, special guest
Telly Leung, special guest
Alton Fitzgerald White, special guest

Wednesday, May 27, 8pm

Thursday, May 28, 8pm

Saturday, May 30, 2pm

*please note start time.

Legendary composer Alan Menken has created some of the most beloved songs and musical scores of our time. His music on stage and screen includes the scores for The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Little Shop of Horrors, Newsies, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Hercules, and Tangled, among others. Join Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops in a performance filled with all your favorite songs performed by Broadway stars Sierra Boggess (The Little Mermaid, Phantom of the Opera), Telly Leung (Glee, Aladdin, Rent), and Alton Fitzgerald White (The Lion King, The Color Purple, Ragtime, Miss Saigon). The first half of these concerts will also feature some of Keith's favorite music to celebrate his first 25 years as conductor of the Boston Pops!

 



Fidelity Young Artist Competition

Celebrating 25 Years with Keith!

Keith Lockhart, conductor
Megan Hilty, special guest
Jason Danieley, special guest

Tuesday, June 2, 8pm

Wednesday, June 3, 8pm

Thursday, June 4, 8pm

 

Join the Boston Pops as we look back at 25 unforgettable years and celebrate with the music of Keith's favorite American composer, George Gershwin, performed by two of Keith Lockhart’s favorite vocalists, Broadway and television star Megan Hilty (TV's musical drama "Smash", Noises Off, Wicked) and critically acclaimed and award-winning Broadway actor, singer and concert performer, Jason Danieley (Pretty Woman, Curtains). The first night in this series of concerts features winners of Fidelity Investments Young Artists Competition. Now in its 12th year, this competition is the epitome of Keith’s support of music education and cultivation of young talent.

 


FILM NIGHT
Danny Elfman's Music from the Films of Tim Burton

Ted Sperling, conductor
Tanglewood Festival Chorus, James Burton, conductor

Friday, June 5, 8pm

Saturday, June 6, 8pm

A two-time Emmy-winning production, Danny Elfman’s Music from the Films of Tim Burton is a live concert spectacular featuring the legendary composer’s celebrated film scores brought to life on stage by the Boston Pops and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus. The concert is enriched by Hollywood filmmaker Tim Burton’s stunning visuals—including his original sketches, drawings, and film clips—rendered in exquisite detail on the big screen. This show is a beloved exploration of the collaboration between music and storytelling in film with music from the hit films Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Beetlejuice, Sleepy Hollow, Batman, Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, Edward Scissorhands, and more!

 

 


Star Wars: The Story in Music

Keith Lockhart, conductor

Wednesday, June 10, 8pm

A long time ago (1977, in fact) ...in a galaxy far, far away, John Williams began an epic creative journey. Join Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops as they perform the most extraordinary music from all nine movies while tracing the sprawling saga, gripping adventure, and unforgettable characters of Star Wars. This is a must for all Star Wars fans and film music aficionados!

 


 

An Evening with Amanda Palmer, Neil Gaiman and the Boston Pops

Keith Lockhart, conductor

Thursday, June 11, 8pm

Friday, June 12, 8m

Join Boston’s own songwriter, performer, and author Amanda Palmer and her husband, the writer and storyteller Neil Gaiman, for a special evening with the Boston Pops. The couple will be performing a carefully curated evening of songs, poetry, stories and surprises. They will be performing with the symphony orchestra, featuring new arrangements of their work created by their frequent collaborator, composer Jherek Bischoff. Expect joy and tears, magic and emotional mayhem.

 


 

Gospel Night

Charles Floyd, conductor
Smokie Norful, special guest

Saturday, June 13, 8pm

Raise the roof of Symphony Hall with the Boston Pops and the Boston Pops Gospel Choir. This concert has had people up on their feet and singing along with joy for 28 years. This year will feature Grammy winner Smokie Norful, best known for his 2002 album, “I Need You Now” and his 2004 release, “Nothing Without You,” for which he won a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album. He has five #1 Billboard Albums and has been named Billboard's "Gospel Artist of the Year" several times. Norful is the founding Senior Pastor of Victory Cathedral Worship Center in Illinois.