‘Star Wars,’ Bowie tributes top Boston Pops’ spring lineup


BOSTON (AP) — The force is strong with the Boston Pops in 2016.

The beloved orchestra announced its spring concert schedule on Friday, and it’s a star-studded lineup.

Oscar- and Grammy-winning composer John Williams, who wrote the score for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” will help Pops conductor Keith Lockhart lead a performance of selections from the hit movie’s soundtrack.

“Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane, a baritone crooner on the side, also will perform during the spring season, which kicks off May 6 and runs through June 18. So will the Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson, guitarist Tom Scholz of the band Boston, and Broadway star Sutton Foster.

“We couldn’t be happier with the terrific lineup of guest artists joining us for the 2016 Boston Pops season,” Lockhart told The Associated Press. “I can’t remember a more diverse season with such great potential, both to please our loyal audiences and reach out and entice music lovers of all ages.”

Williams, the Pops’ conductor laureate, was the force behind the music for all seven “Star Wars” films. He’ll take the baton on May 12-13 for the Pops’ Film Night appearances, which will screen clips from those movies as well as other film classics Williams wrote music for: “Jaws,” the “Indiana Jones” movies and the “Harry Potter” series.

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