Announcing the 2019 Spring Pops Season!


There is something for everybody in this must-see Season!
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2019 Spring Pops Brochure (PDF)

The 2019 season includes some exciting offerings such as the classic film Star Wars: A New Hope performed with live orchestral accompaniment of the unforgettable John Williams score; a celebration of the Summer of ‘69 with special guest Arlo Guthrie; and the return of the talented Leslie Odom, Jr. performing a tribute to the legendary Nat King Cole along with this own Broadway favorites!

Our Redefining American Music Series features the electrifying Rhiannon Giddens and her hand-selected guests performing an eclectic variety of folk, blues, country, hot string jazz, and Caribbean music, plus so much more. Three time Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning actress Jane Lynch takes us on an entertaining journey, while America’s leading travel authority Rick Steves takes us on A Symphonic Journey across Europe. And returning from previous seasons are Cirque de la Symphonie with its magical fusion of circus acts and live orchestral music, Gospel Night with conductor Charles Floyd and special guest Dottie Peoples paying tribute to Aretha Franklin, and the ever-popular John Williams’ Film Night Tribute led by Keith Lockhart.

Ticket Prices $30—$126
Matinee Discounts The 3pm matinees on May 11 & 25 and June 8 are 50% off tickets for kids 17 and younger.
Groups Of 20+ Enjoy Up To 15% Off Regular Ticket Prices Plus No Handling Fees. Please call the Group Sales Office at 800-933-4255 for all the details.
For disability services, tickets, or information, call our Access Services Administrator at 617-638-9431, TDD/TTY 617-638-9289, or email There is a $6.50 handling fee for each ticket ordered by phone or online.
Tickets for the Presidents at Pops corporate gala start at $500 and are available by calling Anne McGuire at 617-638-9272.

Opening Night at Pops with Bernadette Peters

Keith Lockhart, conductor

Wednesday, May 8, 8pm

Celebrate the Opening Night of the Spring Pops season with Bernadette Peters, conductor Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops. Also on the program will be a tribute to the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, From the Earth to the Moon and Beyond by composer James Beckel.

Star Wars Film Concert Series
Star Wars: A New Hope

Keith Lockhart, conductor

Friday, May 10, 8pm

Saturday, May 11, 3pm

Saturday, May 11, 8pm

Tuesday, May 14, 8pm

*3pm matinees are 50% off tickets for kids 17 and younger.

Join Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops as they present this classic film with live orchestral accompaniment of the unforgettable John Williams score. Set 30 years after Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, Star Wars: A New Hope, the fourth episode of the saga, returns to the desert planet of Tatooine. A young Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) begins to discover his destiny when, searching for a lost droid, he is saved by reclusive Jedi Obi-Wan Kenobi (Alec Guinness). As civil war rages in the galaxy, and Rebel forces struggle against the evil Galactic Empire, Luke and Obi-Wan enlist the aid of hotshot pilot Han Solo (Harrison Ford). Joined by the quirky droid duo R2-D2 and C-3PO, the unlikely team sets out to rescue Rebel leader Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) and make use of the stolen plans to destroy the Empire’s ultimate weapon. In a legendary confrontation, the rogue group mounts an attack against the Death Star for a climactic battle with the evil Sith Lord Darth Vader. © 2018 & TM LUCASFILM LTD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED © DISNEY. Presentation licensed by Disney Concerts in association with 20th Century Fox,Lucasfilm Ltd. and Warner/Chappell Music. 

Summer of '69 

Summer of ’69
with special guest Arlo Guthrie 

Keith Lockhart, conductor

Wednesday, May 15, 8pm

Thursday, May 16, 8pm

The summer of 1969 was a year of unprecedented scientific exploration, social upheaval, and musical excitement. Living legend, songwriter, storyteller and singer, Arlo Guthrie joins us as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Woodstock, one of the most iconic and influential festivals in the history of music. Adding to this mix will be a Pops tribute to the year’s two most groundbreaking albums: The Beatles’ Abbey Road and The Who’s rock opera masterpiece, Tommy! We will also pay homage to one of mankind’s greatest achievements as we present the Boston debut of From the Earth to the Moon and Beyond, a new work by James Beckel celebrating the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. A celebration a half-century in the making!

Fidelity Young Artist Competition

Redefining American Music
An Evening With Rhiannon Giddens

Keith Lockhart, conductor

Wednesday, May 22, 8pm*

Thursday, May 23, 8pm

After her electric, buzz-producing performance on the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular last summer, Grammy and MacArthur ‘genius’ grant-winner Rhiannon Giddens and her band join the Pops for a genre-busting evening of music from her critically-acclaimed albums with influences in roots, jazz, blues, country, Gospel, and Celtic. The co-founder of Grammy-winning string band Carolina Chocolate Drops, Giddens is also a Grammy nominated solo artist with a recurring role on the hit-TV show Nashville, and hosts the Metropolitan Opera’s Aria Code podcast.

Redefining American Music
Rhiannon Giddens and Friends Rediscover the Incredible Black Composer

Keith Lockhart, conductor
Darius de Haas, special guest
Lara Downes, special guest

Friday, May 24, 8pm

Saturday, May 25, 8pm

Rhiannon Giddens curates this dynamic concert to rediscover the great Black composers who have been hiding in plain sight in every genre of music. Explore Samuel Coleridge- Taylor whose choral music once rivaled Handel’s Messiah to Billy Strayhorn, the genius behind Duke Ellington who wrote “Take the A-Train” and “Day Dream,” and Eubie Blake, composer of the groundbreaking Broadway musical Shuffle Along. We’ll also remember the ladies with Florence Price, the first black woman to have her symphony performed by a major orchestra, and Hazel Scott, the jazz and piano prodigy who became a Hollywood, Broadway and television star. Rhiannon will be joined by collaborators vocalist Darius de Haas (Broadway’s Shuffle Along) and pianist Lara Downes, whose playing has been described as “luscious, moody and dreamy” by the New York Times.

Once Upon at Time… Stories at the Symphony

Keith Lockhart, conductor

Saturday, May 25, 3pm*

*3pm matinees are 50% off tickets for kids 17 and younger.

Music can tell all kinds of stories: true or fantastic, adventure, romance or comedy…the only limits are the boundaries of your imagination! Come along with Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops as they take you on musicals journeys including Jim Beckel’s new multimedia work From the Earth to the Moon and Beyond, as well as selections by musical storytellers John Williams and Aaron Copland. The concert concludes with Lemony Snicket’s The Composer is Dead!, a madcap whodunnit where an inspector must sift through an entire orchestra of suspicious instruments to solve the crime. This concert promises to be fun for the whole family!

John Williams’ Film Night Tribute

Keith Lockhart, conductor

Wednesday, May 29, 8pm

Thursday, May 30, 8pm

Friday, May 31, 8pm

Experience the awe and excitement of cinema’s greatest music featuring the scores of the world’s most beloved film composer, the Boston Pops’ own John Williams. Led by Keith Lockhart, these magical evenings will also include music from the latest Star Wars film and selections performed live to film excerpts.

Once Upon a Time… Stories at the Symphony

Keith Lockhart, conductor

Saturday, June 1, 11am

Tickets: $45, $50

Seating Note:  If you do not see enough seats for your party online, or if you have additional seating requests, please call SymphonyCharge at 888-266-1200.

Concert runs approximately 80 minutes without intermission.

The Boston Pops is pleased to offer this sensory-friendly concert for the first time. Sensory-friendly concerts are designed for all families with children or adults diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder or sensory sensitivities. In addition to musical selections from John Williams and Aaron Copland, the concert will include Lemony Snicket’s The Composer Is Dead!, a madcap whodunnit where an inspector must sift through an entire orchestra of suspicious instruments to solve the crime. While the music on stage remains the same, the following modifications are made to create a welcoming environment at Symphony Hall: lower volume and lighting levels; relaxed house rules; minimal crowds to allow for movement; available noise-reduction headphones; designated quiet room and support spaces; modified food concessions; and staff and credentialed autism therapist volunteers trained to meet families’ needs. We look forward to providing an enjoyable performance in a friendly space.

An Evening with Leslie Odom, Jr. 

Keith Lockhart, conductor

Wednesday, June 5, 8pm

Thursday, June 6, 8pm

After sold-out performances in 2017, Leslie Odom, Jr., rejoins the Boston Pops to pay tribute to the legendary Nat King Cole on his centenary, and to sing many of his own Broadway favorites. A triple-threat artist, Mr. Odom is best known for originating the Tony-winning role of Aaron Burr in the original cast of Broadway’s Hamilton. He is also known for the TV series Smash, his #1 Billboard Jazz self-titled album, and the film Murder on the Orient Express.

Cirque de la Symphonie

Keith Lockhart, conductor

Saturday, June 8, 3pm*

Saturday, June 8, 8pm

*3pm matinees are 50% off tickets for kids 17 and younger.

Join us for the magical fusion of circus and live orchestral music. Cirque de la Symphonie’s aerial flyers, acrobats, contortionists, dancers, jugglers, balancers, strongmen, and other talented artists take the stage as the Boston Pops perform their own spectacular musical feats. Critics say these ‘must-see’ performances “mesmerize adults and children” with “a breathtaking display of agility and incomparable beauty.” 

Jane Lynch Sings the American Songbook*
*Plus one Guatemalan Love Song

Keith Lockhart, conductor

Tuesday, June 11, 8pm

Wednesday, June 12, 8pm

Three-time Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning actress Jane Lynch from Glee, Best in Show, Hollywood Game Night, and more, joins the Boston Pops for a memorable musical experience with a large dose of comedy. Ms. Lynch will take audiences on an entertaining journey through hilarious performances of hits from Broadway, The Great American Songbook, and beyond.


Rick Steves’ Europe: A Symphonic Journey

Jacomo Bairos, conductor

Thursday, June 13, 8pm

Friday, June 14, 8pm

Journey with Rick Steves, America’s leading authority on European travel, as he and the Boston Pops transport you on a musical voyage. Mr. Steves’ extensive knowledge of European history and culture set the context for each piece as the orchestra performs a selection of stirring 19th-century anthems by Romantic-era composers, including Grieg, Smetana, Strauss, Berlioz, Elgar, Wagner, and Verdi. Each selection honors a particular nation, while the finale, Beethoven’s Ode to Joy (Europe’s official anthem) pays homage to the continent’s motto of “United in Diversity.” The concert is enhanced by a montage of evocative video images curated by Rick Steves. Please join us for a pre-concert talk with Rick Steves. More details to follow.


Gospel Night

Charles Floyd, conductor
Dottie Peoples, special guest

Saturday, June 15, 8pm

This year’s annual Gospel Night will pay a special bit of respect to the eternal Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, and her seminal gospel album Amazing Grace with Gospel star Dottie Peoples. Join the Boston Pops and Boston Pops Gospel Choir as they once again raise the roof of Symphony Hall with this annual concert that will have you singing along and dancing for joy.