Several theatre and cabaret favorites will be part of the Boston Pops' 124th season, which marks Keith Lockhart's 15th year as conductor of the famed orchestra. The season will begin May 6 and run through June 21.
The opening night of the Pops season on May 6 will boast Tony Award winner Barbara Cook as well as a performance of Aaron Copland's "Lincoln Portrait" to mark the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's birth. This program will be repeated the following evening. Other highlights of the season include:
Movin' Out's Michael Cavanaugh will sing the tunes of Billy Joel May 8-9; Steven Reineke, the newly appointed conductor of the New York Pops, will makes his Boston Pops debut for these two evenings.
Virtuoso jazz guitarist and singer John Pizzarelli and avant-garde cellist Maya Beiser will join the Pops May 12-13.
The music heard in the films of director Stanley Donen ("Singin' in the Rain," "Funny Face" and "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers") will be part of "Film Night' May 28-30. John Williams will lead the orchestra, and the evenings will also feature an appearance by Donen.
Linda Eder will join Keith Lockhart and the Pops June 9 and 10 for two evenings devoted to the songs made famous by the late Judy Garland. Expect to hear Eder's renditions of "Me and My Shadow," "Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart" and "Over the Rainbow."
The songs of Richard Rodgers will be explored June 16-18 in A Richard Rodgers Celebration. Lockhart and the Pops will be joined by vocal fellows from the Tanglewood Music Center.
Four-time Grammy nominee Michael Feinstein will offer The Sinatra Project June 19-20. Erich Kunzel will lead the orchestra, and the program will also include a performance of Tchaikovsky's "Rococo Variations" by Young Concert Artists' 2008 first prize winner, cellist Narek Hakhnazaryan. The Pops play Boston's Symphony Hall. For more information call (617) 266-1492 or visit.
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