Concert & Broadway Star Linda Eder sings songs of Judy Garland with the Boston Pops

Buzz Aldren joins Lockhart and the Pops to Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Historic Apollo 11 Moon Landing

Contemporary songstress Linda Eder joins Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops on June 9 and 10 for a program celebrating the extraordinary musical legacy of Judy Garland. Drawing from her acclaimed 2005 CD By Myself, the versatile Eder lends her expressive vocals to songs the legendary Garland made famous, such as “The Boy Next Door,” “The Trolley Song,” and the unforgettable “Over the Rainbow.” Week six of the Pops’ spring season continues June 11-13 with a celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing. Lockhart and the Pops commemorate the triumphant achievement with an evening of stirring music, a the premiere of a new moon-themed sing-along, and a newly commissioned film created especially for the occasion with music by John Williams. The program also includes excerpts from Gustav Holst’s The Planets, set to high-definition videos produced and directed by Emmy-nominated astronomer and visual artist Dr. José Francisco Salgado of the Adler Planetarium. On June 11, Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin is the work’s special guest narrator.

June 9 & 10, LINDA EDER SINGS JUDY GARLAND
One of the most gifted and versatile contemporary vocalists on the scene today, Linda Eder joins Keith Lockhart and the Pops for an evening celebrating the extraordinary musical legacy of Judy Garland. Drawing from her acclaimed 2005 CD By Myself, Eder brings her distinctive artistry to some of the songs the legendary diva made famous, such as “You Made Me Love You,” “Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart,” and the unforgettable “Over the Rainbow.” Her band features pianist John Oddo, bassist David Fink, and drummer Clint de Ganon. The program opens with the suite from Stravinsky’s landmark The Firebird, followed by excerpts from Michael Daugherty’s Spaghetti Western for English horn and orchestra, featuring Pops’ principal English horn player Robert Sheena. Taking inspiration from the old Hollywood westerns of Sergio Leone, this colorful concerto casts the English horn as “The Man with No Name” moving through a series of musical landscapes.

JUNE 11, APOLLO 11 NIGHT AT POPS
Marking the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing, Keith Lockhart and the Pops celebrate the triumphant achievement with an evening of stirring music, including the opening fanfare from Strauss’s Also Sprach Zarathustra, a set of moon-themed selections, and a new sing-along of songs about the moon, from “Moon River” to “Fly Me to the Moon.” Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin narrates The Planets, a video suite produced by Dr. José Francisco Salgado, which integrates awe-inspiring NASA and European Space Agency footage with historical illustrations from the Adler Planetarium’s Collection of Works on Paper set to Gustav Holst’s colorful orchestral classic. The program also includes a newly commissioned film by Susan Dangel and Dick Bartlett created especially for the occasion and set to “Space and Technology,” from John Williams’ American Journey. This evening is the culmination of MIT’s Giant Leaps Symposium honoring the Apollo Program's achievements and exploring how to inspire the next generation of engineers, scientists, mathematicians, biologists, politicians, doctors, writers, artists, musicians, and others who have changed the world.

June 12 & 13, APOLLO 11 ANNIVERSARY
Keith Lockhart and the Pops celebrate the monumental achievement of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing with a program that features the opening fanfare from Strauss’ Also Sprach Zarathustra, excerpts from Gustav Holst’s colorful The Planets with film and a Moon Medley sing-along. The Tanglewood Festival Chorus, John Oliver, conductor, contributes a set of stirring patriotic songs followed by a newly commissioned film by Susan Dangel and Dick Bartlett created especially for the occasion and set to the music of John Williams. The program on June 12 also includes a set of tunes from the Pops’ new Red Sox Album, including a new arrangement with film of The Dropkick Murphy’s “I’m Shipping Up to Boston.” The Navy Band Northeast, Lt. Carl Gerhardt, conductor, joins Keith Lockhart and the Pops for “Navy Night,” on June 13.

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