Boston Pops Announces 2012 Season, May 9-June 16; Tickets on Sale Now!

Posted December 3, 2012

The Boston Pops led by conductor Keith Lockhart, in his 18th season with “America’s Orchestra,” will kick off the 2012 “Visions of America” spring Pops season with a gala opening night performance featuring Tony Award-winning icon Bernadette Peters on May 9. Celebrating the American musical traditions that weave together the imagination and spirit of our diverse nation, the “Visions of America” season will feature the striking images of photo historian Joseph Sohm and his extraordinary photographs representing all 50 states. The season theme will culminate in the “Visions of America Photo-Symphony,” a sweeping photographic portrait of American life set to music by the acclaimed Roger Kellaway, with lyrics by the unrivaled Alan and Marilyn Bergman. This multi-media project, enhanced by the recorded narration of Clint Eastwood, will feature acclaimed vocalistPatti Austin in performances on June 14, 15, 16, bringing the 2012 season to a close.

During the 2012 spring season, the Boston Pops will usher in a series of exciting talents to pay tribute to a wide range of American musical genres. Comedian, author, musician and all-around king of artistic versatility Steve Martin will pluck the strings of his banjo for his Boston Pops debut with The Steep Canyon Rangers on May 29 and 30, and for “Presidents at Pops” on May 31. John Williams, who celebrates his 80th birthday in 2012, will lead the ever-popular Film Night on Friday, June 1, and Saturday, June 2, featuring music from many of the cinematic masterpieces that launched the Boston Pops Laureate Conductor to worldwide acclaim. Mr. Williams also shares the podium with Keith Lockhart for “Presidents at Pops” on May 31. Gospel Night at Pops celebrates a milestone as well, when conductorCharles Floyd raises the voices of the Boston Pops Gospel Choir on the 20th annual performance of this transcendent program. The Saturday, June 9 Gospel Night concert will feature American Idol‘sMelinda Doolittle, gospel singer Crystal Aitkin, and additional guest artists to be announced.