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  • The Boston Pops Orchestra

    The Boston Pops Orchestra is a symphony orchestra that specializes in popular and light classical music. Based in Boston, Massachusetts, the orchestra was founded in 1885 by Henry Lee Higginson as part of the Boston Symphony Orchestra (minus its first chair players). However, it was under the direction of longtime conductor Arthur Fiedler, whose 50-year tenure began in 1930, that the orchestra gained widespread popularity. Mixing showmanship and musicianship, he expanded the Pops’ repertoire beyond light European classical music to include contemporary classical, jazz, opera, film and Broadway scores, as well as contemporary pop hits. Of the songs created for the Pops was Leroy Anderson’s “Sleigh Ride,” now a holiday classic. In 1980, film score composer John Williams (Jaws, Star Wars, E.T., Indiana Jones, Home Alone, Schindler’s List, etc.) replaced Fiedler as the Pops’ conductor, and current conductor Keith Lockhart filled the position in 1995. Listening to the granddaddy of pop orchestras on vinyl is just about as spectacular as attending their annual July 4th performance on the Charles River Esplanade.

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