Keith Lockhart & Bostop Pops to open 2009 Season with Legendary Barbara Cook

Keith Lockhart will lead the opening night concert of the Boston Pops 2009 season, featuring Barbara Cook, on Wednesday, May 6, at 8 p.m., at Symphony Hall. Cook will perform her signature songs from the Broadway stage and American songbook, including selections from her recent album, Rainbow ‘Round My Shoulder. The opening night program launches Keith Lockhart’s 15th season and the Boston Pops’ 124th season, which runs through June 21, at Symphony Hall, and ends with the Boston Pops Fourth of July concert on the Charles River Esplanade.

The opening night concert will also feature 19-year old Massachusetts native Tony Rymer, performing the last movement of Haydn’s Cello Concerto in C Major. Launching the season-long tribute to “America’s Favorite Pastime,” the Pops will perform selections from their newly released CD, The Red Sox Album, including the Pops’ new arrangement of the Dropkick Murphys’ “I’m Shipping Up to Boston.” The program also includes Copland’s Lincoln Portrait, celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln, accompanied by a new film by Susan Dangel and Dick Bartlett.

Other highlights of the 2009 Boston Pops season include Michael Cavanaugh (May 8-9), John Pizzarelli and cellist Maya Beiser (May 12-13), a celebration of the 100th anniversary of Ballets Russes (May 19), Film Night with John Williams (May 26-29), a celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing (June 12-13), and Michael Feinstein (June 19-20).

Wednesday, May 6
Opening Night at Pops concert at 8 p.m.
Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston

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