Pops at Home: Heroic Performances
Keith Lockhart, host
Arthur Fiedler, conductor
John Williams, conductor
Ella Fitzgerald,special guest
Buddy Rich, special guest
Sarah Vaughan, special guest
Johnny Cash, special guest
Benny Goodman, special guest
Tony Bennett, special guest
Sammy Davis, Jr., special guest
John Raitt, special guest
k.d. lang, special guest
The Carpenters, special guest
THE VERY BEST OF THE BOSTON POPS, PART 1
May 24: The Boston Pops releases a star-studded celebration featuring some of the greatest moments over their 129-year history.
Hosted by Keith Lockhart and produced by Susan Dangel and Dick Bartlett, THE BEST OF THE BOSTON POPS tells the orchestra’s story—from its beginnings as summertime entertainment for Bostonians, to the national icon and beloved institution it is today. This program highlights the history and musical importance of the Boston Pops as the first and preeminent American Pops orchestra. Showcasing the extraordinary variety of artists and programming of the leadership eras of Arthur Fiedler (1930-79) and John Williams (1980-1993). This special program will feature rare footage of favorite artists past and present, included Ella Fitzgerald, Buddy Rich, Sarah Vaughan, Johnny Cash, Benny Goodman, Tony Bennett, Sammy Davis, Jr., John Raitt, k.d. lang, and The Carpenters.
Available to stream through July 8.
Keith Lockhart, conductor
John WILLIAMS Summon the Heroes
Special HomeSchool Activity:
John Williams- Summon the Heroes
KEITH LOCKHART CONDUCTS JOHN WILLIAMS' SUMMON THE HEROES WITH THE BOSTON POPS "VIRTUAL ORCHESTRA"
May 5: The Boston Pops Orchestra, under the direction of Keith Lockhart, performs a musical video tribute, Summon the Heroes—featuring the work originally composed by John Williams for the 1996 Olympic Games—as a tribute to today’s first responders who are providing critical and needed services during the COVID-19 epidemic. John Williams joins the virtual tribute with a musical and spoken introduction taped from his home studio in Los Angeles.
The Boston Pops musicians themselves conceived of the idea of a “virtual orchestra” rendition of Summon the Heroes as the perfect piece of music to honor COVID-19 front line and essential workers. Nearly 80 musicians recorded their individual parts in their basement, kitchen, living room, or bedroom!
John Williams wrote Summon the Heroes for the 1996 Olympic Games, marking the 100th anniversary of the modern Olympic Games. That same year, a recording of the work by the Boston Pops was released on a CD of the same name.
BSO Recording Engineer Nick Squire and Video Engineer Brandon Cardley, working from their homes, edited the audio and video from 86 individually submitted video files to create the musicians’ gift to all who are giving so much of themselves during this time.
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