Boston Pops Opener, May 11--Linda Eder/Sound of Music event/Over the Rainbow Video Collage

The Boston Pops Orchestra and Keith Lockhart celebrate the opening of the 2011 season in style when Broadway darling Linda Eder takes the stage for a tribute to the music of Judy Garland, singing such favorites as “Me and My Shadow,” “Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart,” and “Over the Rainbow.” This Boston Pops opening night program on Wednesday, May 11, at 8 p.m.—heralding the start of the 126th Boston Pops season—opens with Peter Boyer’s “Silver Fanfare,” followed by a medley of Gershwin hits including “Someone to Watch Over Me” and “The Man I Love,” and a Sound of Music Sing-Along, featuring “My Favorite Things,” “Edelweiss,” and “Climb Ev’ry Mountain.” In the spirit of the festive opening of the Boston Pops spring season, Keith Lockhart invites audience members to attend the concert dressed as their favorite Sound of Music character. The first 20 patrons who enter the doors dressed in character will be invited to sing from the stage of Symphony Hall, accompanied by Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops Orchestra, and leading the audience in the incredibly popular Sound of Music Sing-Along.

The opening night program will also present the premiere of a new film by frequent Boston Pops collaborator Susie Dangel. Inspired by Aaron Copland’s “Hoe Down” from Rodeo, the film will be shown with live musical accompaniment provided by Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops Orchestra. Opening Night at Pops and the entire 2011 Spring Pops Season are sponsored by Fidelity Investments.

No Boston Pops Opening Night celebration would be complete without a chance for audience members to socialize with friends and family at a complimentary pre-concert (7 p.m.) reception, in the relaxed atmosphere of a festively decorated Symphony Hall.

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