Featuring Pops Principal Oboist Keisuke Wakao
Legendary film composer John Williams makes a welcome return to Symphony Hall to reunite with the Boston Pops for the world premiere of his Concerto for Oboe, featured in the Hollywood-themed concerts on May 25, 26, and 28. Written expressly for principal Pops oboist Keisuke Wakao, Concerto for Oboe is the latest John Williams work to showcase the talented musicians of the Boston Symphony and Boston Pops. The Hooray for Hollywood concerts, a perennial favorite with Boston fans, are highlighted this year by a tribute to the heroes of film, including the Suite from Casablanca, and music inspired by the villains of the silver screen including selections from Dracula, and the “Imperial March” from The Empire Strikes Back. Maestro Williams will conduct his cherished movie scores in sync with film footage to play above the stage throughout the Pops performance. The celebrated conductor will lead a tribute to Audrey Hepburn, featuring Boston Pops concertmaster Tamara Smirnova in the theme from Sabrina, as well as tributes to George Lucas and Steven Spielberg.