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      May 16, 2018

      Wednesday   8:00 PM

      301 Massachusetts Avenue
      Boston, Massachusetts 02115

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      Rock the Pops with Alfie Boe

      The legendary rock classics of the previous decades pair perfectly with the scale of a symphony orchestra! Experience the majesty and drive of favorites from Pink Floyd, Queen, The Who, the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin and others as you've never heard them before. Fresh off of Pete Townshend's Classic Quadrophenia tour, British singing sensation Alfie Boe will join the Pops for this night of classic rock & roll hits! The concert also features the Rock the Pops Chorus with student singers from Northeastern University, New England Conservatory, MIT and Tufts, as well as members of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus and the Boston Symphony Children's Choir. 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 for further information. View biography in full page >

      Alfie's exceptional voice has cemented him as Britain's biggest-selling, most popular and best loved vocalists of his generaton.

      A hugely successful recording artist, he reached Double Platinum status in 2016 with the Christmas #1 album 'Together', made with great friend Michael Ball OBE. The pair returned in 2017 with yet another No 1 album, "Together Again", another sold out tour and one hour ITV Special.  It is the latest triumph for an artist who has effortlessly broken the boundaries via his love of music, from acclaim on the great opera and West End stages, to major chart success.

      Born in Blackpool in 1973, Alfie grew up in Fleetwood, where he dreamed of a career as a singer. He was famously discovered while singing on the production line at work in a Lancashire car factory. The youngest of nine children, Alfie was inspired by his opera-loving parents from an early age.

      This year, Alfie was honored with a Blue Plaque in his hometown as part of BBC Music Day. The Blue Plaque Trust choose to honour a very select few each year who have influenced the musical landscape across the country. He was also named a BBC Music Day Ambassador for 2017.

      Alfie's journey has propelled him from his opera education at the Royal College of Music and the Royal Opera House's Young Artists Programme, straight to the Broadway boards when he was chosen by stage and film director Baz Luhrmann to star in his dazzling 2002 revival of 'La Boheme'. A coveted Tony Award celebrated Alfie's arrival on the international scene.

      A fan of both classical music and classic rock, 2015 saw Alfie collaborate with one of his heroes. In 'Classic Quadrophenia', the orchestral version of the seminal album by The Who, he worked with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and composer Pete Townshend, who picked him to play the lead role of young mod Jimmy, for rapturous performances at the Royal Albert Hall in London and Vienna.  2017 saw Alfie return to his role as Jimmy performing alongside Pete and Billy Idol in a series of critically acclaimed shows in the USA, including two nights at The Metropolitan Opera House.

      Alfie also returned to the London Colisium in 2017 to star in Roger and Hammerstein's 'Carousel', playing the role of bad boy 'Billy Bigelow'. As accomplished in leading the cast of Les Miserables as Valjean in the West End production (including the world famous 25th Anniversary performance at the O2 Arena in 2010), as he is stealing the show at the her Majesty's 90th birthday celebrations at Windsor Castle. 

      Cost: 30.00 to 96.00

      Categories: Holiday | Performing Arts

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