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      May 30, 2018

      Wednesday   8:00 PM

      301 Massachusetts Avenue
      Boston, Massachusetts 02115

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      Leonard Bernstein Centennial Tribute



      The Boston Pops celebrates the legendary and prolific composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein on the centennial of his birth. An American legend, Bernstein was closely connected to Boston and this orchestra. The concerts will feature a wide variety of his works from the symphonic stage, opera, Broadway, art songs and film scores, and will include vocalists singing selections from CandideWest Side Story, and more. View biography in full page >



      Having celebrated his twentieth anniversary as Boston Pops Conductor in 2015, Keith Lockhart is the second longest-tenured conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra since its founding in 1885. He took over as conductor in 1995, following John Williams's thirteen-year tenure from 1980 to 1993; Mr. Williams succeeded the legendary Arthur Fiedler, who as at the helm of the orchestra for nearly fifty years. During his tenure, Keith Lockhart has significantly expanded Pops programming, focused on national annual touring, and participated in major media events. He has solidified the orchestra's place in the fabric of the New England community and has led the Boston Pops in countless performance situations. The list of more than 250 guest artists with whom he has collaborated is a virtual "who's who" of performers and pop culture icons.

      Keith Lockhart, who occupies the Julian and Eunice Cohen Boston Pops Conductor chair, has conducted more than 1,900 Boston Pops concerts, most of which have taken place during the orchestra's spring and holiday seasons in Boston's historic Symphony Hall. Mr. Lockhart has also led annual Boston Pops appearances at Tanglewood, 43 national tours to more than 150 cities in 38 states, and four international tours to Japan and Korea. He and the Pops have made 79 television shows and participated in such high-profile sporting events as Super Bowl XXXVI, the 2008 NBA finals, the 2013 Boston Red Sox Ring Ceremony, and the Red Sox Opening Day game at Fenway Park in 2009. The annual July 4 Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular draws a live audience of over half a million to the Charles River Esplanade and millions more who view it on television or live webcast. Last year, with Eaton Vance as presenting sponsor and Bloomberg exclusive media partner, the Pops organization presented its first self-produced Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular, which was broadcast on Bloomberg Television and all its media outlets. Both companies made initial three-year commitments to the event in 2017.

      Mr. Lockhart has led eight albums on the RCA Victor/BMG Classics label, including two-The Celtic Album and The Latin Album-that earned Grammy nominations. Recent releases on Boston Pops Recordings include The Red Sox Album, A Boston Pops Christmas-Live from Symphony Hall, and The Dream Lives On: A Portrait of the Kennedy Brothers, which was a Boston Pops commission premiered in 2010 during the orchestra's 125th season. Released at the beginning of the 2017 Pops season, Lights, Camera…Music! Six Decades of John Williams features Keith Lockhart leading the Boston Pops in a collection of Williams compositions from the 1960s onward, some of which can be considered rarities.

      Programming-wise, Keith Lockhart has put an increased focus on musical theater, attracting such leading Broadway artists as Kristen Chenoweth, Idina Menzel, Kelli O'Hara, Bernadette Peters, and Billy Porter to the Pops stage. He has worked closely with hundreds of talented young musicians, including Fellows of the Tanglewood Music Center, college students from the Boston Conservatory and Berklee College of Music, and area high school students. He introduced the PopSearch talent competition and the innovative JazzFest and EdgeFest series, featuring prominent jazz and indie artists performing with the Pops. He is dedicated to building and updating the Boston Pops library of music, which contains over five thousand arrangements.

      With a renewed commitment to bring the Boston Pops into the Boston community and to important civic events, Keith Lockhart and the Pops have appeared at gubernatorial and mayoral inauguration ceremonies; the annual tree lighting in Boston's Public Garden; sporting events including Red Sox, Patriots, Bruins, and Celtics games; and the memorial service for the Boston Marathon bombing victims. He has led free concerts in such major public spaces as Boston Common and Franklin Park, and each holiday season brings members of the Pops to play for patients at Children's Hospital.

      Perhaps the most significant key to Keith Lockhart's success is his ability to connect passionately with audiences through his engaging programs, his commitment to speaking directly from the stage with fascinating insights into the music, and his inherent understanding of the importance of what sets the Pops experience apart from a traditional orchestra concert-an atmosphere of music-making that is both fun and entertaining for music lovers of all ages.

      Having just completed an eight-year tenure as principal conductor, Keith Lockhart is now chief guest conductor of the BBC Concert Orchestra in London, which he led in the June 2012 Diamond Jubilee Concert for Queen Elizabeth II; he is also artistic director of the Brevard Music Center summer institute and festival in North Carolina. Prior to his BBC appointment, he spent eleven years as music director of the Utah Symphony, which he led at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City. He has appeared as a guest conductor with virtually every major symphonic ensemble in North America, as well as many prestigious orchestras in Asia and Europe. Prior to coming to Boston, he was the associate conductor of both the Cincinnati Symphony and Cincinnati Pops orchestras, as well as music director of the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra. Born in Poughkeepsie, NY, Keith Lockhart began his musical studies with piano lessons at the age of seven. He holds degrees from Furman University and Carnegie Mellon University, and honorary doctorates from several American universities. Visit keithlockhart.com for further information. View biography in full page >



      Matthew Anderson has been praised for the warm tenor voice and polished musicality he brings to oratorio, opera, and musical theater. 

      An accomplished interpreter of the music of Bach, Mr. Anderson sings regularly as a soloist in Boston's renowned Emmanuel Music Bach Cantata Series. He has received particular acclaim for his portrayals of the Evangelists in Bach's Passions, which he has performed throughout the United States.  Mr. Anderson is a two-time prizewinner in the American Bach Society Competition and winner of the second prize in the Oratorio Society of New York Solo Competition.

      Recent performances from Mr. Anderson's varied repertoire include Handel's Acis and Galatea (Damon) with the Mark Morris Dance Group; Bach's Coffee Cantata with Boston Baroque; Mozart's Requiem with the National Chorale at Avery Fisher Hall; Stravinsky's Renard at Tanglewood and the Mostly Mozart Festival with the Mark Morris Dance Group; Handel's Messiah with the Masterwork Chorus at Carnegie Hall; John Harbison's Winter's Tale with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project; Haydn's Creation and Bach's Saint John Passion and Christmas Oratorio (Evangelist) with Emmanuel Music; Britten's Serenade with Discovery Ensemble; A Little Night Music (Mr. Erlanson) with Emmanuel Music; and Britten's Les Illuminations with The Orchestra of Indian Hill. 

      He has sung with conductors Masaaki Suzuki, Nicholas McGegan, Paul Goodwin, Harry Christophers, Martin Pearlman, John Harbison, Craig Smith, Julian Wachner, and Laurence Cummings and appeared as soloist with ensembles such as the Handel and Haydn Society, Boston Baroque, the Carmel Bach Festival, the Aldeburgh Festival, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Handel Choir of Baltimore.  Also recognized as a gifted performer of the American songbook, Mr. Anderson has won high praise for his performances with Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops in Carousel (as Mr. Snow), A Richard Rodgers Celebration, and An Evening of Cole Porter.

      Mr. Anderson spent two seasons as a vocal fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center and was a Lorraine Hunt Lieberson Fellow with Emmanuel Music.  He also trained in the James Collier Apprentice Artist Program at Des Moines Metro Opera, the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme, and the Cincinnati Opera Resident Ensemble. Mr. Anderson is a Kansas native and lives in Boston, where he studied Classics at Harvard and voice at the New England Conservatory.

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      Aimee Doherty As a lifelong Massachusetts girl Aimee is honored to be performing with Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops! Her first ever musical theater role was playing Ruth in Bernstein's WONDERFUL TOWN and she recieved an Elliot Norton Award in 2014 for her portrayal of Claire de Loone in ON THE TOWN at Lyric Stage. Earlier this season Aimee appeared in the critically acclaimed production of MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG at the Huntington Theatre as Gussie Carnegy. Additional recent Boston credits include SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE and A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC at the Huntington; SHE LOVES ME at Greater Boston Stage; and CABARET at Moonbox Productions. Aimee received Elliot Norton Awards for outstanding performance by an actress in a musical playing Velma in HAIRSPRAY (Wheelock), the Witch in INTO THE WOODS, and Eleanor in FAR FROM HEAVEN (SpeakEasy Stage) and an IRNE Award for playing Luisa in NINE (SpeakEasy Stage).   View biography in full page >



      Teresa Winner Blume, lyric coloratura, is thrilled to make her Boston Pops debut performing the works of Leonard Bernstein. Ms. Blume's performance career spans opera, oratorio, art song recital, musical theatre, concert, and commercial work. A notable non-traditional engagement was performing Schubert lieder in Boston's Museum of Fine Arts historic performance art installation of Lee Mingwei: Sonic Blossom, a project that has since been mounted at art institutions all over the world. Other recent performances include Company (The Lyric Stage Company of Boston, Moonbox Productions), Sweeney Todd(The Lyric Stage Company of Boston), Into the Woods(The Lyric Stage, Elliot Norton Award, IRNE Award), Floyd Collins (Moonbox), The Mikado (Opera Carolina, Piedmont Opera, Lyric Stage) and a concert version of  Le Nozze di Figaroconducted by Grant Llewellyn at the North Carolina Symphony. Favorite past roles include Adina in L'Elisir d'Amore, Miss Wordsworth in Albert Herring, Yum-Yum in The Mikado, Miranda in The Tempest (Hoiby), and Maria in West Side Story. Concert engagements include work with the North Carolina Symphony, New England Light Opera, and American Classics, and solo performances in Carmina Burana,Brahms' Requiem, and Mahler's Symphony No. 4.  She also frequently collaborates with composers in workshop presentations and recordings of new works through the New Opera and Musical Theatre Initiative (NOMTI). Her skill and artistry has been recognized in such competitions as the New York Oratorio Society Solo Competition (semi-finalist, 2015), the Peter Elvins Competition (semi-finalist, 2015); and in National Association of Teachers of Singing Artist Awards (National semi-finalist, 2010). 

      Originally from North Carolina, Ms. Blume earned a Bachelor of Music degree with honors in Vocal Performance from the University of Illinois. She then earned a Master of Music degree and Performer's Certificate from the Eastman School of Music where she was a Graduate Fellowship recipient, the Winner of the Jesse Kneisel Lieder Competition, and a Second Prize Winner in the first annual Kurt Weill/Lotte Lenya Musical Theater Competition. She continued her apprentice training with Central City Opera in Colorado, Brevard Music Center's Janiec Opera Center, Operafestival di Roma, and as a Resident Artist with Opera Carolina. 

      A passionate educator, voice instructor and director, Ms. Blume serves as Head of Voice at Walnut Hill School for the Arts, an international boarding arts high school in Natick, MA. Blume's students have earned top awards in competitions and admission into undergraduate and graduate programs at Cincinnati Conservatory, New England Conservatory, Manhattan School of Music, Westminster Choir College, Boston University, Boston Conservatory, NYU Steinhardt, Emerson, and Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, among others.

      Her solo album, Lullabies for Leyna, featuring peaceful art songs, traditional folk, and musical theatre selections, was recorded while expecting her first child and is available through her website. She would like to thank her parents, husband and daughters for their constant support and encouragement.

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      Praised by The Miami Herald for his "commanding stage presence and a voice of seductive beauty," baritone David McFerrin has won critical acclaim in a wide variety of repertoire.

      Mr. McFerrin's solo concert engagements have ranged from Monteverdi's Vespers of 1610 at St. Mark's Basilica in Venice to the music of Cole Porter with the Boston Pops. Past performances include a Carnegie Hall debut with Gustavo Dudamel and the Israel Philharmonic, and with the Cleveland Orchestra, North Carolina Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, Miami's Seraphic Fire, Cleveland's Apollo's Fire, New York's TENET, and Boston's Handel and Haydn Society and A Far Cry. In 2016 Mr. McFerrin was a runner-up in the Oratorio Society of New York's 2016 Lyndon Woodside Solo Competition, the premier contest for this repertoire. This season he rejoins Handel and Haydn and TENET, debuts with Arion Baroque Orchestra in Montreal, and is a featured soloist in the Cape Symphony's opera gala. Mr. McFerrin also performs throughout the Northeast and in the UK with the Boston-based renaissance ensemble Blue Heron.

      Mr. McFerrin is also a mainstay of the Boston opera scene, and has sung on many other leading stages in the US and Europe. A former Emerging Artist with Boston Lyric Opera, he has performed numerous roles with the company, including King Mark in Martin's The Love Potion, Pallante in Handel's Agrippina, and the Officer in Philip Glass' gripping two-character drama In the Penal Colony - a portrayal the Wall Street Journal hailed as "disturbingly eloquent." This season he creates the role of Dr. Ferguson in BLO's world premiere of Julian Grant's The Nefarious, Immoral but Highly Profitable Enterprise of Mr. Burke & Mr. Hare. Last season Mr. McFerrin debuted with Boston Baroque as Achilla in Handel's Giulio Cesare. He has also sung with Florida Grand Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Seattle Opera, Sarasota Opera, and the Rossini Festival in Wildbad, Germany. Additional roles include Aeneas in Dido and Aeneas, Guglielmo in Così fan tutte, Taddeo in L'Italiana in Algeri and the title role in Britten's Noye's Fludde.

      An avid recitalist and chamber musician, Mr. McFerrin has performed at the Caramoor Festival, the Steans Institute at the Ravinia Festival, New York Festival of Song, Five Boroughs Music Festival, and completed four summer residencies at the Marlboro Music Festival in Vermont. Recently David co-curated and performed a program of songs from World War I. It was presented last season in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, and is a part of the upcoming series at the Cosmos Club in Washington DC.

      Mr. McFerrin holds degrees from Carleton College, Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and the Juilliard School. In 2008 he won 2nd place in the Metropolitan Opera National Council New England Region, and was awarded a Richard F. Gold Career Grant from the Shoshana Foundation, annually given to promising young American singers. He lives in the Boston neighborhood of Roslindale with his wife Erin, a preservationist with the Massachusetts Historical Commission, and their black lab Holly. View biography in full page >



      Andy is honored to collaborate again with Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops Orchestra after performing together at the Boston Marathon Tribute Concert in 2014. A native of North Reading, Massachusetts, and alumni of The Boston Conservatory, Andy now lives in New York City where he has gone on to star in numerous regional productions around the country, including: A Christmas Carol, The Sound of Music (North Shore Music Theatre), Fallen Skies (NYCFringe), My Fair Lady (New Bedford Festival Theatre), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Reagle Music Theatre; OnStage Theatre Award), The Producers (Theatre by the Sea), Funny Girl (Arrow Rock Lyceum), For Tonight (Goodspeed Opera House). As a lifelong fan of Leonard Bernstein, Andy is fulfilling a dream by singing the legend's works alongside the Pops. Enormous thanks to Peter Mansfield and Keith Lockhart for this thrilling opportunity!

      Cost: 30.00 to 96.00

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