The Boston Pops with Keith Lockhart …The Legacy Lives On.

The Boston Pops-Photo Credit Stu Rosner

The Boston Pops, these three words are instantly recognizable words of vintage Americana. And rightfully so! They are celebrating their 125th anniversary this year, 2010.
The Boston Symphony Orchestra was formed in 1881 and founder Henry Lee Higginson wrote at the time of his desire to present to the city of Boston, concerts of a lighter type of music. From 1885 to 1900 a series of concerts, known as “The Promenade Concerts” were performed, combining “lighter’ classical music with the popular theatre tunes of the day. Except for the obvious updating to current songs, not much has changed with the structure of The Boston Pops.

It wasn’t until 1930 that The Boston Pops appointed its first official conductor, Arthur Fiedler. And so would begin incredible 50 year tenure as the ‘Pops’ conductor! With Fiedler at the helm The Boston Pops popularity spread far beyond the city of Boston with the aid of radio, television and recordings. Fiedler was determined to show people that classical music wasn’t just for the well heeled and made good on his efforts to get the music to the everyday man and woman. Under Fiedler’s direction The Boston Pops has sold more recordings than any other orchestra in the world, with sales exceeding $50 million. The first recording was in 1935 for RCA Victor Records and included the first complete recording of George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. In 1947, they recorded their first hi-fidelity recording, featuring the music of Jacques Offenbach.

Fiedler also began the tradition of The Boston Pops 4th of July concerts on the Esplanade in Boston, drawing crowds of up to 500,000 people. When Fiedler passed away in 1979, he was succeeded by John Williams, noted film score composer, who carried on the tradition and included his own works in Star Wars and Indiana Jones in the Pops repertoire.

In 1995, Keith Lockhart took over the reigns and brought his flamboyant style with him. He incorporated pop acts such as Ben Folds and Elvis Costello in the concert and this year to celebrate the 125 year anniversary is gearing up to a concert with pop icon Kenny Loggins. Scheduled for September 4th at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket Rhode Island, this show promises to be a highlight in the vast history of both The Boston Pops and Kenny Loggins careers.

If you are going to be in the Providence area, be sure to catch this incredible concert at McCoy Stadium, home of the Pawtucket Red Sox. Tickets can be reserved at www.pawsox.com.

Pop goes Kenny Loggins!!

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