The season opens on October 21 with a program of musical-theater favorites, including music from A Chorus Line, Candide, and Sweet Charity. Soloists include Broadway stars Christiane Noll, Jan Horvath, and Debbie Gravitte.
On November 11, the Pops performs a Veteran's Day program of music from World War II, including the Airborne Symphony, which will be narrated by actor William Hurt. Blitzstein wrote much of the symphony, which is for male chorus and orchestra, while serving in the Army during World War II. He completed it at Leonard Bernstein's request in 1946, and Bernstein led the New York City Symphony in the premiere. Orson Welles was the original narrator.
Other highlights include a two-night holiday celebration on December 16 and 17; the Italian program, which includes Resphigi's Fountains of Rome, opera music by Puccini, and Italian folk music, on February 24, 2006; and a performance of film music on March 24.
The season ends on May 8, 2006, with a gala concert marking music director Skitch Henderson's 88th birthday.