Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops celebrate the 30th annual “Presidents at Pops” concert Wednesday, June 8, at 8 p.m., with special guest vocalist Katharine McPhee. Katharine McPhee, an American Idol finalist who appears with the Boston Pops on the 2009 Chris Botti in Boston CD and DVD, lends her supple voice and lush melodies to a program of classic Pops tunes as well as a set list of her own. Eight-voice a cappella sensation The Swingle Singers will join Ms. McPhee and the Boston Pops Orchestra for what has become one of the most anticipated fundraisers of its kind in Boston.
The 2011 “Presidents at Pops” committee, chaired by Peter Palandjian, has already raised $940,000, surpassing last year’s fundraising effort which raised $900,000. Since its inception in 1982, “Presidents at Pops” and its sister event “A Company Christmas at Pops” have raised nearly $43 million dollars, making the events among the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s most important annual fundraisers, and widely acclaimed as some of the largest and most successful corporate benefits for the arts in the United States. These generous donations, in part, help to fund the BSO’s youth and community outreach programs throughout the year.