Boston Pops Announces 2006 Spring Season

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The Boston Pops will present its first-ever jazz festival; tributes to George Gershwin, Leonard Bernstein, and Frank Sinatra; and a visit from former conductor John Williams during its 2006 spring season, the orchestra announced.

The season opens on May 10 at Symphony Hall and runs through July 4, when the orchestra gives its annual performances at the Esplanade on the Charles River.

The opening-night performance, the first of 28 led by Pops conductor Keith Lockhart, will feature pop musician Elvis Costello; the program features Costello's dance score Il Sogno.

Four concerts led by Williams, the conductor of the Pops from 1980 to 1993, follow May 11-16. He will lead his own music from the soundtracks of Star Wars and other films. The jazz festival, to run May 23-25, will include performances by guitarist John Pizzarelli and vocalist Jane Monheit.

Programs of Gershwin in May and June include Rhapsody in Blue, An American in Paris, and the composer's songs. The Bernstein tribute, scheduled for June 15-17, will focus on his Broadway musicals.

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