‘Boston Strong’ defines Pops Hatch Shell performance

Ellis Hall, Susan Tedeschi, and Keith Lockhart joined hands on stage at the Hatch Shell at the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular.

From left, Ellis Hall, Susan Tedeschi, and Keith Lockhart joined hands on stage at the Hatch Shell at the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular. - ARAM BOGHOSIAN FOR THE BOSTON GLOBE

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There was no flyover, no megastar headliner, and no celebrity host beyond Keith Lockhart. Whether due to CBS pulling its national television coverage this year (after two decades) or some other reason, Thursday night’s Boston Pops concert on the Esplanade seemed scaled down from previous years. But by performing for an exclusively local audience and selecting a quartet of singers with strong area connections, the Pops made the night’s theme “Boston Strong.” It was a show for Bostonians, by Bostonians.
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