A Boston Pops Salute to Our Heroes


Rhiannon Giddens
Andy Grammer
Amanda Mena
US Navy Sea Chanters Chorus
Renese King
Melissa Etherige

Queen Latifa

Texas Tenors
Rita Moreno
Brian Stokes Mitchell
Amanda Gorman
US Army Field Band and Soldiers Chorus
Middlesex County Volunteers Fife and Drum Corps

DETAILS ANNOUNCED FOR 2020 BOSTON POPS FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR BROADCAST: A BOSTON POPS SALUTE TO OUR HEROES, UNDER THE DIRECTION OF KEITH LOCKHART, TO PAY TRIBUTE TO THE FRONT LINE AND ESSENTIAL WORKERS AND THOSE WHO HAVE LOST THEIR LIVES DURING THE COVID-19 HEALTH CRISIS
Bloomberg to broadcast A Boston Pops Salute to Our Heroes on Bloomberg televison (available on Cable/Satellite and Steaming services) and on Bloomberg radio on Saturday, July 4, 8-11 P.M., EDT; Show to be simulcast on July 4 on Boston's WHDH-TV

The program will feature previous musical performances from recent years including Andy Grammer, Leslie Odom Jr., Rhiannon Giddens, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Arlo Guthrie, and more. Rita Moreno and Amanda Gorman contribute moving narration and poetry accompanied by the masterful Boston Pops. The three-hour show also includes several newly-created recorded virtual performance pieces by Boston Symphony and Boston Pops players as well as the Middlesex County Volunteers Fifes and Drums. Many friends of the Boston Pops also share special video messages to commemorate our nation’s birthday. Leading the celebrations is Boston Pops conductor Keith Lockhart joined by Bloomberg’s Kim Carrigan, Janet Wu, and Joe Shortsleeve.

A Boston Pops Salute to Our Heroes will air at 8PM on July 4th on Bloomberg TV and Bloomberg.com and Boston’s Channel 7 WHDH.

A Boston Pops Salute to Our Heroes to feature new content, including a special virtual performance by Renese King with Keith Lockhart at the piano and the Boston Pops recent viral hit of Summon the Heroes with a special musical and spoken introduction by John Williams.

Keith Lockhart To Put A Special Focus On Intrinsic Messages Of The Independence Day Holiday And Fundamental Themes Of Our Times Around Achieving A Just And Equal Society For Everyone

Favorite Boston Pops July 4 Traditions—A Patriotic Sing-AlongThe Stars And Stripes Forever, appearances by The U.S. Army Field Band And Soldiers Chorus, the Middlesex County Volunteers Fife and Drums, and The 1812 Overture to fill out the program, with a retrospective Fireworks Extravaganza bringing the broadcast to a close.

The Boston Pops invites viewers to join in the Great American Picnic sweepstakes: Participants can snap a photo or video of their July 4 celebrations and post them on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter and tag #GREATAMERICANPICNIC @thebostonpops to be entered into a sweepstakes to win great prizes— click here for more details.

In these challenging times of concert cancellations due to COVID-19, Boston Pops fans can now make a donation to the orchestra in just 10 seconds at www.bostonpops.org/donatetoday

BROADCAST OF A BOSTON POPS SALUTE TO OUR HEROES

Newly created content will include virtual performances of Over the Rainbow by the Boston Pops Viola Section, the viral hit Summon the Heroes, Bugler's Holiday by the BSO Trumpet Section, Lift Every Voice and God Bless America by Renese King (voice) and Keith Lockhart (piano), and a special video message from General James C. McConville, Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army and Quincy, MA native.

 

The 2020 Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular broadcast, under the direction Keith Lockhart, will present A Boston Pops Salute to Our Heroes, featuring both new content and retrospective highlights from many of the most beloved performers from the past three years. With America’s Orchestra taking center stage, the program will include the Boston Pops’ newly released video production and viral hit of John Williams’ Summon the Heroes, paying tribute to the healthcare workers, first responders, and other essential service providers who are the heroes of the COVID-19 pandemic, and honoring the memories of those who have lost their lives during this crisis.  Opening with Brian Stokes Mitchell singing "America the Beautiful" and closing with the ever-popular fireworks extravaganza, the wide-ranging broadcast will also honor the great traditions of Boston’s Independence Day celebration with performances of Tchaikovsky’s "1812" Overture, "The Stars and Stripes Forever," and the annual Patriotic Sing-Along, taken from broadcasts in 2017, 2018, and 2019. Boston Pops Conductor Keith Lockhart teams up with Bloomberg's Kim Carrigan, Joe Shortsleeve, and Janet Wu to host the show.

Beloved performers from previous Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular Programs (in order of appearance):

  • Broadway legend Brian Stokes Mitchell sings "America the Beautiful" and "Wheels of a Dream"
  • Amanda Mena, America’s Got Talent semi-finalist from Lynn, MA sings Pink’s What About US and the national anthem with the U.S. Navy Sea Chanters
  • American folk-rock singer-songwriter Melissa Etheridge performs her mega-hit "I Wanna Come Over"
  • Amanda Gormanfirst-ever Youth Poet Laureate of the United States, performs a new take on the "Battle Hymn of the Republic" entitled "Believer’s Hymn for the Republic"
  • Broadway star Leslie Odom, Jr sings "Sarah" from The Civil War, and "Without You" from Rent
  • Grammy Award-winning artist Rhiannon Giddens, lead singer, violinist, banjo player, and a founding member of the acclaimed country, blues, and old-time music band the Carolina Chocolate Drops, performs her hits "Pretty Little Girl" and "She’s Got You"
  • Rita Moreno, iconic singer/actor/dancer and winner of the Academy Award for best supporting actress for the 1961 film version of West Side Story,narrates excerpts from Ellis Island: The Dream of America
  • Great American folk singer-songwriter, Arlo Guthrie and The Texas Tenors sing "This Land Is Your Land"
  • The incomparable Queen Latifah, American rapper, singer, songwriter, actress, and producer sings "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy"
  • Pop sensation Andy Grammer  performs his hit "Give Love"
  • Middlesex County Volunteers Fifes and Drums join the Pops for John Williams' "The Patriot"
  • The U.S. Army Field Band and Soldiers’ Chorus join the Pops for "The Stars and Stripes Forever"

Newly Created Content for A Boston Pops Salute to Our Heroes (in order of appearance):

  • Boston Pops Viola Section in a virtual performance of an all-time favorite, “Over the Rainbow”
  • Boston Pops in a viral hit performance of Summon the Heroes with a special introduction by composer and Pops Conductor Laureate John Williams
  • BSO Trumpet Section in a virtual performance of Leroy Anderson’s Bugler’s Holiday
  • Renese King (voice) and Keith Lockhart (piano) in a virtual performance of two songs—”Lift Every Voice and Sing” and “God Bless America”
  • Middlesex County Volunteers Fifes and Drums in a virtual performance of "Yankee Doodle"
  • A special video message from General James C. McConville, Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army and Quincy, MA native

 

 

STATEMENT FROM KEITH LOCKHART, JULIAN AND EUNICE COHEN BOSTON POPS CONDUCTOR

"All of us at the Boston Pops are pleased to have this opportunity to present A Boston Pops Salute to Our Heroes, a special broadcast that will pay tribute to the many frontline workers who continue to do so much to keep our communities safe and running during the COVID-19 pandemic.

"One of the positive things we have learned during the last few months is that even in the middle of a health crisis so many Americans are strong, resilient, helpful, and hopeful. It has been absolutely inspiring to see our frontline workers show such extraordinary dedication to the well-being of others, with their amazing acts of sacrifice, generosity, support, and kindness, as well as the incredible skill and know-how they bring to every situation.

"We also think it is essential to address one of the most crucial/fundamental themes of our times—the truth that we must do better as a people to confront racism and achieve a just and equal society for everyone throughout our country.


"These messages of honor, unity, diversity, equality, and fellowship will resound throughout the 2020 Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular broadcast by way of inspiring retrospective performances by our most popular artists of the last few years, side by side with brand new content developed over the last two months.

"We hope everyone throughout the country will gather around their televisions or radios, or watch the show on their phones or tablets, and join us as we show our appreciation for the heroes of our times and celebrate the intrinsic messages of Independence Day that unite us all in this great and beautifully diverse country."

QUOTE FROM THOMAS E. FAUST, JR., CHAIRMAN AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF EATON VANCE

"Eaton Vance is proud to present A Boston Pops Salute to Our Heroes, continuing our sponsorship of the Boston Pops’ annual Fourth of July celebration.  In these challenging days, I can think of no better way to commemorate our nation’s founding values of liberty and justice for all and pay tribute to the heroes of the COVID-19 pandemic than through the wonderful music of the Boston Pops."

QUOTE FROM AL MAYERS, GLOBAL HEAD OF BLOOMBERG TELEVISION AND RADIO

"We are honored to be a part of this year's redesigned broadcast, A Boston Pops Salute to Our Heroes, which is especially meaningful, and will pay tribute to the front-line workers and those we've lost during the pandemic. We hope people will find special meaning watching from home, surrounded by family and friends, and taking time to celebrate our great nation, through the sound of beautiful music, talented artists, and the timeless magic of spectacular fireworks."

QUOTE FROM GOVERNOR CHARLIE BAKER

“The Boston Pops’ spectacular July 4 celebration is a hallmark event for the Commonwealth and we are pleased they have found a way to still share this tradition in a different fashion due to COVID-19. Each year, the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular unites residents from across the Commonwealth as they celebrate the founding of our nation, and we especially look forward to this year’s tribute honoring our frontline workers.”

QUOTE FROM MAYOR MARTIN J. WALSH

“The Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular is one of the City’s most beloved traditions and anticipated annual events. While a live concert and fireworks display are not possible this year due to the ongoing public health crisis, I am so glad that thanks to a host of partners who were determined to carry on this tradition, the show will go on in a new way. I encourage all residents who look forward to Boston’s Independence Day celebrations to embrace this year’s celebration with us, as we mark another moment in our nation’s history.”


BLOOMBERG TO BROADCAST A BOSTON POPS SALUTE TO OUR HEROES ON BLOOMBERG TELEVISION (AVAILABLE ON CABLE/SATELLITE AND STREAMING SERVICES) AND BLOOMBERG RADIO ON JULY 4, STARTING AT 8 P.M.; SHOW TO BE SIMULCAST ON BOSTON’S WHDH-TV

A Boston Pops Salute to Our Heroes airs on Bloomberg Television, with a simulcast on WHDH-TV, on July 4 starting at 8 p.m. ET, and will be available for streaming on Bloomberg.com. The digital stream will be available for 24 days after the July 4 performance broadcast. The stream, along with the live broadcast on Bloomberg Television and Bloomberg Radio, and a variety of additional radio listening options (see “Tune In” information below), will help ensure easy access for the event’s loyal traditional television watchers and radio listeners, as well as fans wanting to view the show online or on their mobile device, here in Boston, throughout the country, and around the world. Visit bostonpopsjuly4th.org for further details about the wide variety of options for viewing or listening to the show.



Where to Tune in for Bloomberg’s Television Broadcast in the Greater Boston Area

Pay TV customers in the Greater Boston area can view A Boston Pops Salute to Our Heroes on DISH: Channel 203; DirectTV: Channel 353; FIOS: Channel 605; and RCN: Channels 325/672. [Bloomberg]For Comcast subscribers within the Greater Boston area, Bloomberg Television can be found on channels 45, 757, or 844, depending on the location in the market. Viewers beyond the Greater Boston area should check their local pay TV provider listings for information on where to tune in to see Bloomberg Television’s A Boston Pops Salute to Our Heroes in their local areas.

Bloomberg Radio

Radio listeners in the greater Boston area can hear the broadcast through Bloomberg’s flagship stations in Boston and Newburyport on 106.1 FM / 1330 AM / 1450 AM/ 92.9-HD2, and via expanded coverage this year on 99.1 WPLM-FM (Plymouth, MA) covering Boston’s South Shore, southeastern Massachusetts, Cape Cod and portions of Rhode Island. Nationally the concert can be found on SiriusXM channel 119, online at bloombergradio.com, and via mobile on the Bloomberg and iHeartRadio apps.


PRODUCTION TEAM FOR A BOSTON POPS SALUTE TO OUR HEROES

Pamela Picard, Executive Producer and Event Director of the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular and BSO Broadcast and Media Director, and Dennis Alves, Boston Pops Director of Artistic Planning, are serving as executive producers of this year’s broadcast of A Boston Pops Salute to Our Heroes. The production team also includes Christopher W. Ruigomez, Director of Boston Pops and Concert Operations and Assistant Director of Tanglewood.


BRIEF BACKGROUND ON THE BOSTON POPS FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR

One of the country’s premier Independence Day celebrations—which annually draws a crowd of several hundred thousand people to DCR’s Hatch Memorial Shell located on the Charles River Esplanade—carries on in the tradition of founders Arthur Fiedler (Boston Pops Conductor, 1930-1979), who initiated the free Esplanade Concerts in 1929, and David Mugar, who revitalized the tradition with fireworks and cannons in 1974, and a flyover added in 1995. Over the years, this free concert and fireworks extravaganza has attracted not only the people of Greater Boston, but also millions of visitors to our great city. Boston’s Independence Day event was managed and produced from 1974-2016 by Mr. Mugar, who has continued in an advisory role since 2017 when the Boston Pops took over the management and production roles. Following the protocol of past Fourth-of-July celebrations, the Boston Pops is working closely with local and state officials on all aspects inherent to the success of the event. For a brief history of the Boston Pops July 4 celebration, click here. (For a Boston Pops brief history, click here.)


 

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