BWW Review: A Grand Night for Singing at The Pops

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The Boston Pops, affectionately known as “America’s Orchestra,” opened its 129th spring season, The Very Best of the Boston Pops, with Keith Lockhart conducting a program of music by American masters and the song stylings of Broadway showman Jason Alexander. Perhaps best known for his role as George Costanza on Seinfeld (1989-1998), Alexander is a veteran of five Broadway musicals and a Tony Award-winner for Jerome Robbins’ Broadway, and his performance was a celebration of the music of the Great White Way.

The orchestra’s first selection was the rousing, Western-themed “Buckaroo Holiday” from Aaron Copland’s 1942 ballet Rodeo. Changing tempo and volume, Antonin Dvorak’s “Largo” from the New World Symphony was beautifully played, featuring English Horn soloist Barbara LaFitte. The Pops showed off their considerable swing chops with Don Sebesky’s fantastic arrangement of “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)” by Duke Ellington and Irving Mills. Taking turns in the spotlight were Michael Monaghan on saxophone, Ben Cook on piano, and Jim Gwin on the drum kit.

 

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