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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Boston Holiday Pops - December 5 is Opening Night in Boston

The acclaimed Boston Holiday Pops season opens at Boston Symphony Hall on Tuesday, December 5, and runs from December 5 through December 31 with 40 evening and matinee performances.

Maestro Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops Orchestra are joined by the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, conducted by James Burton.  And Santa Claus & Mrs. Claus make an appearance at each performance.

Lockhart, who is celebrating his 23 season as conductor, is carrying on a tradition that began in December 1973 by esteemed Conductor Arthur Fiedler. 

Boston Symphony Hall itself is a big part of the Holiday Pops experience, specifically decorated to evoke all the magic and charm of the season.  Pops patrons sit at cabaret-style tables and order food and drink with family and friends.

The orchestra also takes Holiday Pops on the road, with appearances at University of Connecticut in Storrs on December 2, Hanover Theatre in Worcester on December 8, Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester on December 16, the Lowell Auditorium on December 17 and Providence Performing Arts Center in Rhode Island on December 22.

Right after Christmas on December 29-30, the Boston Pops gives three performances of “Bugs Bunny at the Symphony II,” celebrating the world’s favorite classic Looney Tunes projected on the big screen, while the Boston Pops performs the original Carl Stalling scores live.

The final show of the year takes place on December 31, New Year’s Eve, when jazz conductor Bo Winiker leads the Boston Pops Swing Orchestra along with his brother Bill Winiker and the Winiker Swing Orchestra.  It’s a perfect way to ring out the old and ring in the new, as the Boston Pops continues its fine Holiday Pops tradition for yet another season.

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