Notable Music News: Boston Pops Spring Season Return


The Boston Pops Orchestra Brings Live Spring Performances To Life For The First Time Since The Pandemic Started

BOSTON – The music is back.

For the first time since the pandemic began, the Boston Pops are hosting a spring season with live performances, the orchestra announced Thursday.

“The musicians of the Boston Pops Orchestra join me in expressing our sheer joy in presenting the next Spring Pops season and once again welcoming live audiences to Symphony Hall in 2022,” conductor Keith Lockhart said in a statement.

Reviving in-person concerts will return “the power and meaning of the live concert experience,” he said.

It’s the Pops’ first spring season since 2019, reviving a tradition that dates back to 1885.

This spring’s lineup will pay tribute to award-winning Pops bandleader John Williams, who turned 90 last month, including performances of Williams’ theme for the 1980 classic, “Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. attack”.

It opens May 19 with works by composer Alan Menken, best known for ‘The Little Mermaid’ and ‘Beauty and the Beast’. In June, concerts will feature the music of jazz legend Duke Ellington, and the season will close with an evening dedicated to gospel.

Live performances have been canceled for 2020 and most of 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic, although the Pops briefly ventured to Symphony Hall in December for a series of holiday concerts.


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