“America's Orchestra" to perform in Connecticut, New Hampshire, New Jersey New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island with Concerts on Dec 5-6, 12-13, 17 & 19The Boston Pops and conductor Keith Lockhart launch their ever-popular Holiday concert series throughout the Northeast on December 5, sharing a cherished New England holiday tradition with audiences throughout the region. The series begins on Saturday, December 5 at the Jorgenson Center for the Performing Arts in Storrs, Connecticut, and continues to the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts on the C.W. Post Campus, Long Island University, in Brookville, New York, and the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, New Jersey, on December 6. The series continues the following weekend with performances at Lowell Memorial Auditorium, Lowell, in Massachusetts on December 12 and the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, New Hampshire on December 13. The series concludes with performances at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut on December 17 and the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island, on December 19. These Boston Pops holiday concerts coincide with their holiday series at Symphony Hall in Boston, which runs this year from December 9 to 27.
Mr. Lockhart will lead the Boston Pops, joined by the young a cappella group the Swingle Singers, in a host of familiar holiday favorites such as the Pops’ signature “Sleigh Ride,” the traditional “Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” and the Pops’ show-stopping new arrangement, “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” Additionally, each family-friendly evening of classic seasonal favorites concludes with a visit from Santa and a holiday sing-along featuring “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Let It Snow,” “The Christmas Song,” “Winter Wonderland,” and “Jingle Bells.”
The Boston Pops recently released their popular arrangement of “The Twelve Days of Christmas” for download at www.BostonPops.org/digital. The piece is available in three formats: standard MP3 (320 kb/sec) for $3.99; AIFF hi definition stereo for $4.99; and WMA Windows Media hi-definition for $4.99. The new arrangement “The Twelve Days of Christmas” by Broadway composer and arranger David Chase, was recorded live at Symphony Hall during the 2008 Holiday Pops season and features the Boston Pops Orchestra and Tanglewood Festival chorus under the direction of Keith Lockhart.
Boston Pops Holiday concerts began in 1974 with a three-concert series at Symphony Hall. Since then, public demand for the performances has increased dramatically, and this holiday season the Boston Pops will offer 32 concerts at Symphony Hall, in addition to its tour performances.
Boston Pops 2009 Holiday Tour
December 5 Storrs, Connecticut
Jorgenson Center for the Performing Arts 8:00 p.m.
December 6 Brookville, New York
Tilles Center for the Performing Arts 2:00 p.m.
December 6 Newark, New Jersey
New Jersey Performing Arts Center 7:00 p.m.
December 12 Lowell, Massachusetts
Lowell Memorial Auditorium 7:30 p.m.
December 13 Manchester, New Hampshire
Verizon Wireless Arena 2:30 p.m.
December 17 Uncasville, Connecticut
Mohegan Sun Arena 7:30 p.m.
December 19 Providence, Rhode Island
Dunkin’ Donuts Center 7:30 p.m.