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HAPPY 125TH BIRTHDAY, BOSTON POPS!

Boston Pops 125th Anniversary KEITH LOCKHART AND BOSTON POPS CELEBRATE ORCHESTRA’S 125TH ANNIVERSARY SEASON, MAY 4 - JUNE 20, 2010

WORLD PREMIERE OF “THE DREAM LIVES ON: A PORTRAIT OF THE KENNEDY BROTHERS,” BY COMPOSER PETER BOYER AND LYRICIST LYNN AHRENS, TO TAKE PLACE MAY 18

POPS ANNOUNCES NATIONAL CONTEST THROUGH TWITTER, FACEBOOK, AND MOBILE PHONE TEXT MESSAGES FOR FAMILY OF FOUR TO WIN TRIP TO BOSTON’S FOURTH-OF-JULY CELEBRATION, DETAILS AT BOSTONPOPS.ORG/125

BOSTON POPS' 2010 SEASON AND OPENING NIGHT SPONSORED BY FIDELITY INVESTMENTS

Friday, February 19 - Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops announce details of the orchestra’s 125th anniversary season, May 4-June 20, 2010, outlining programs that celebrate the orchestra’s rich tradition of performing the great music of this country’s past and present, for which the Boston Pops is so well known. Season details are also available at www.bostonpops.org.

TICKETS FOR THE 125TH BOSTON POPS SEASON, PRICED FROM $20-$99, GO ON SALE MONDAY, FEBRUARY 22, THROUGH BOSTONPOPS.ORG OR BY CALLING 888-266-1200.

THE CONTEST!

Each Pops season culminates with the nation's largest Independence Day celebration - the Boston Pops Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular on the Charles River Esplanade and broadcast nationally on CBS. In celebration of our anniversary, we're launching a national contest to bring a family of four to the Fourth of July concert with airfare, accommodations and ground transportation to and from Logan airport.

To enter, contestants must submit a 125-character-or-less message describing why the Pops should choose their family for a trip to Boston's famous July 4 celebration this year.Entries can be submitted via text message by cell phone, on the Pops Facebook and Twitter pages, or on the Boston Pops website. All submissions are due by May 15. For more information about this contest, please visit www.bostonpops.org/125.

SEASON OVERVIEW

The 125th season opens on May 4 with a gala concert featuring multiple Tony Award-winner Idina Menzel and the inimitable Doc Severinsen, who holds the distinction of having performed under the batons of Arthur Fiedler, John Williams, and Keith Lockhart—a perfect addition to a program honoring the leadership legacies of the three most famous Boston Pops conductors.

During the season the Pops will present the world premiere of a new work in honor of the Kennedy brothers, mark the 10th anniversary of the popular radio and TV show “From the Top,” focus on esteemed artists from the fields of jazz, musical theater, and pop, including Dave Brubeck, Kelli O’Hara, and Maureen McGovern, and honor the legacies of such musical titans as Ray Charles, Duke Ellington, Cole Porter, and Rodgers and Hammerstein.

Daniel Bernard Roumain, who in concert melds his classical music roots with his own Haitian-American cultural references and vibrant musical imagination, and Ozomatli , the multi-Grammy award-winning, genre-defying sensation, join the orchestra for programs that continue the Pops tradition of focusing on the best and brightest new talent on the musical scene today.

Returning to the Pops schedule is the legendary film music series under the direction of John Williams, this year marking his 30th anniversary with the Pops, and one of the newest Pops traditions, Gospel Night with Charles Floyd.

To bring the 125th season to a close in June, the Boston Pops will present one of this country’s greatest living legends—the incomparable Arlo Guthrie.


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The Boston Pops is online at bostonpops.org, part of bso.org, the largest and most visited orchestra site in the world, receiving more than 7.5 million visitors annually. The site’s Digital Music Service, launched in December 2008, has accumulated more than 55,000 downloads to date. The Pops can also be seen on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Boston-Symphony-Orchestra/6390708268?ref=ts and MySpace at http://www.myspace.com/thebostonpops. Keith Lockhart is on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Keith-Lockhart/7933239366?ref=ts and Twitter at www.twitter.com/keithlockhart.