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Boston — By Maria Olia on April 22, 2010 at 10:42 pm
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Spring into Spring with the Boston Pops!

Opening May 4, the Boston Pops is celebrating its 125th season this spring. Since its founding in 1885 as an off-shoot of the Boston Symphony Orchestra,  the Boston Pops have always been about playing light classics and the popular music of the day. Concerts are cabaret-style with refreshments served at tables for orchestra seat patrons, with less expensive balcony seats beginning at just $20 that also offers concert-goers a terrific music experience.

Now in his 16th year as conductor, Keith Lockhart  leads the Boston Pops in a new season that runs through June 20.Continuing the Pops tradition of programming that celebrates America’s past and present,the Pops will perform with with L.A.- based  hip-hop band Ozomatli on May 7 and May 8 , celebrates the 10th anniversary of  “From the Top ” the NPR  radio show that features young musicians on June 8,  and  then goes old-school with  tributes to Cole Porter on June 9 -June 11 and  Rogers and Hammerstein on June 15 and June 16. The annual Film Night Series celebrates some of Hollywood’s great orchestral pieces on May 11-May 14 with legendary film composer and Boston Pops Laureate Conductor John Williams and is always one of the Boston Pops most popular events. The program is not yet finalized, but you are sure to hear the Pops play several of Williams’ scores- Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark, or the music of Harry Potter-and you will never forget it.  And since this is a very special 125th anniversary season, the Boston Pops have commissioned and will present the world premiere of “The Dream Lives On, a Portrait of the Kennedy Brothers” during the Stars and Stripes: American Heroes concerts on May 18, May 19, May 20, May 21,  and May 22. The city is buzzing about the news that  the May 18th concert will feature narration of the piece by Robert DeNiro, Morgan Freeman, and Ed Harris-quite a lot of star power for Boston!

The Boston Pops at Symphony Hall (301 Massachusetts Ave., Boston, 617-266-1492)(Map), tickets $20-$89

Image Credit : Michael Lutch for the Boston Symphony Orchestra

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