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The Boston Pops
Esplanade Orchestra
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In 1881, Henry Lee Higginson, the founder of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, wrote of his wish to present in Boston "concerts of a lighter kind of music." The first Boston Pops concert, on July 11, 1885, represented the fulfillment of his dream. Called the "Promenade Concerts" until 1900, they combined light classical music, tunes from the current hits of the musical theater, and an occasional novelty number. Allowing for some changes of taste over the course of a century, the early programs were remarkably similar to the Pops programs of today.

Come see The Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra LIVE in New York City at Radio City Music Hall on August 21st at 8pm. The evening will be a special one as the Boston Pops twentieth conductor, Keith Lockhart, will lead the orchestra in his fourteenth season this year with selections from "West Side Story", "Candide", "On The Town", "Wonderful Town" and an overall tribute to Leonard Bernstein. A performance by TONY Award winner Brian Stokes Mitchell rounds out the evening.

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The Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra
Keith Lockhart, conductor
With special guest Brian Stokes Mitchell
August 21, 2008
Radio City Music Hall
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