. Interchanging Idioms: WGBH to Broadcast America’s Orchestra: Celebrating 125 Years of the Boston Pops, April 18th

Friday, April 16, 2010

WGBH to Broadcast America’s Orchestra: Celebrating 125 Years of the Boston Pops, April 18th

BROADCAST SCHEDULE:
Sunday, April 18 at 7 p.m. on WGBH 2
Sunday, May 16 at 8 p.m. on WGBH 2
Wednesday, June 23 at 8 p.m. on WGBH 2
Available to PBS member stations nationwide starting in June

WGBH 2 presents the premiere broadcast of America’s Orchestra: Celebrating 125 Years of the Boston Pops, a star-studded celebration of the Boston Pops, featuring some of the greatest moments from the orchestra’s 125-year history, this Sunday, April 18, at 7 p.m. Hosted by Craig Ferguson and conceived and produced by Susan Dangel, with co-producer Dick Bartlett, America’s Orchestra: Celebrating 125 Years of the Boston Pops tells the orchestra’s story—from its beginnings as summertime entertainment for Bostonians to its impressive rise to the national icon and beloved institution it is today. The program will be broadcast on WGBH 2 on Sunday, April 18, at 7 p.m., Sunday, May 16, at 8 p.m., and Wednesday, June 23, at 8 p.m. It will also be made available to PBS member stations across the country beginning in June (check local listings).

"Celebrating its 125th anniversary this spring, the Boston Pops Orchestra performs the best music of the past and present, appealing to the widest possible audience with a broad spectrum of styles, from jazz to pop, indie rock to big band, film music to the great American songbook, and Broadway to classical, making it the perfect orchestra for people who don’t know they like orchestras!" said Boston Pops Conductor Keith Lockhart. "We hope that the upcoming PBS special reflects this diversity and gives viewers a glimpse into the storied history of this distinctively Boston creation—one of our country's greatest cultural treasures, as vibrant today as it was when it was founded in 1885."

Affectionately known as "America’s Orchestra," the Boston Pops is the most recorded and arguably the most beloved orchestra in the country, beginning with the establishment of the modern-era Pops by Arthur Fiedler and continuing through the innovations introduced by John Williams and the new-millennium Pops spearheaded by Keith Lockhart. America’s Orchestra: Celebrating 125 Years of the Boston Pops illustrates how these three maestros and the musicians of the Boston Pops Orchestra made their way into the hearts and minds of music lovers throughout New England and across the nation. The Boston Pops 125 documentary was made possible by a grant from the Mugar Foundation.

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