“America’s Orchestra” celebrates America’s favorite pastime in two Keith Lockhart-led Boston Pops performances highlighted by the sensational Kenny Loggins on June 21 and 22. Mr. Loggins’s compelling and soothing voice will headline a program of music from the orchestra’s chart-topping 2009 CD The Red Sox Album. Selections will include “Casey at the Bat,” “Take Me Out to the Ball Game,” and “Sweet Caroline,” along with the popular Kenny Loggins tunes “This is It,” “Celebrate Me Home,” and “Footloose.” These performances are a spring training for the Boston Pops’ first ever tour of minor league baseball parks coming this August.
On June 23 and 24 Maestro Lockhart and the Pops perform a tribute to American musical icons, celebrating the musical legacies of Richard Rodgers and George Gershwin, with Rodgers classics such as “Oh, What a Beautiful Morning” and “The Sound of Music,” as well as Gershwin’s “An American in Paris” and “I Got Rhythm.” The two-part program focuses on Richard Rodgers first, and highlights the works of George Gershwin in the second set. Canadian soprano Kathleen Brett and actor/vocalist Ron Raines feature on both portions of this memorable Boston Pops concert.
For the final spring Pops performances of the season, June 25 and 26, Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder mount the Symphony Hall stage for a Boston Pops performance featuring the music of the recent film Seabiscuit and such classical pieces as the William Tell overture. The invigorating “Light Cavalry Overture” and “De Camptown Races” will kick off this celebration of Bluegrass and America’s love of horses. The celebrated Armenian soprano Hasmik Papian will also feature as a soloist on June 25, the 60th annual Armenian Night at Pops. Derby hats are recommended as concert attire for these Triple Crown performances.