Monday, May 17, 2010

World Premiere Performances of The Dream Lives On: A Portrait of the Kennedy Brothers will be Recorded Live (May 18th and 19th)

Recording to include Narration by Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, Ed Harris, and Cherry Jones in the Premiere Performance with Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops

The Boston Pops Orchestra’s world premiere performances of The Dream Lives On: A Portrait of the Kennedy Brothers on May 18 and 19, with guest narrators Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, Ed Harris, and Cherry Jones, and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, under the direction of Keith Lockhart, will be recorded live for release as a CD and download (details below). In addition, Boston’s WCVB-TV5 will feature a full-length performance of the new work as part of a Memorial Day television special, An American Salute: The Pops at 125, May 31, at 7:30 p.m. Written by composer Peter Boyer and lyricist Lynn Ahrens and commissioned by Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops, The Dream Lives On pays tribute to the legacies of John, Robert, and Edward Kennedy. The centerpiece of the Boston Pops’ 125th anniversary season, May 4-June 20, this new multi-media work combines quotes from speeches by the Kennedy brothers with original text and video, accompanied by a dramatic orchestral and choral score.

In addition to an audio recording, the Boston Pops will also release a video exclusive featuring interviews with Peter Boyer, Lynn Ahrens, and Keith Lockhart, and excerpts from The Dream Lives On on . The recording, available on CD and as a download, will be available at the Symphony Shop, located in Symphony Hall, Boston MA, and online at . The recording will also be available for download at www.bostonpops.org/digital. Music will be sold in 320 kbps open MP3 formatting and an HD Stereo option sold in Apple or PC format. The recording will also be made available on iTunes, CDBaby, and Amazon.com.

WCVB-TV Channel 5 will record the world premiere performances for broadcast as part of a Memorial Day special on May 31, at 7:30 p.m. An American Salute: The Pops at 125 will be hosted by Chronicle’s Anthony Everett and will feature The Dream Lives On in its entirety, as well as a behind the scenes look at the birth of a major new orchestral work.

Commissioning of The Dream Lives On: A Portrait of the Kennedy Brothers was made possible by generous support provided by Paul and Catherine Braverman and Robert and Evelyn Doran.

TICKET INFORMATION Tickets for the 2010 Boston Pops season at Symphony Hall are priced from $20-$99. All performances start at 8 p.m. with the exception of the Sunday Family Concert at 3 p.m. on June 20. Tickets to the gala fund raiser, Presidents at Pops, on May 19, start at $500, with some options including tickets to an exclusive Boat Cruise and Esplanade Concert on July 3, as well an additional Pops 125 event to be announced soon. For further information, call 617-638-9466. Performance-only tickets for May 19 are priced from $75-$250 and can be purchased by calling 888-266-1200 or at www.bostonpops.org. Tickets may be purchased online at www.bostonpops.org or by phone through SymphonyCharge at 617-266-1200 or 888-266-1200, Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (with a $5.50 handling fee for each ticket ordered online or by phone). Tickets may also be purchased in person at the Symphony Hall box office, open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and on Sunday from 1 p.m. through the first concert intermission on concert dates. Most major credit cards and cash are accepted at the box office. For Group Sales of 25 or more, please call 617-638-9345 or 800-933-4255.

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