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Official Website:Boston Pops & BSO Concert in Franklin Park
Location:Franklin Park, Boston, MA
Dates:Sunday, October 1, 2017
Ages:Toddlers, Kids, Teens, Adults
Category:Music & Concerts

The Boston Pops and Boston Symphony Orchestra are teaming up for a free concert in Franklin Park on October 1. The event will mark the first time that the BSO has performed at the Roxbury park in its 136-year history, as well as the first time that the orchestra and the Pops have shared a stage in a free, outdoor public venue.

The program opens with BSO Youth and Family Concerts Conductor and Franklin Park concert emcee Thomas Wilkins leading the National Anthem.

Next, Pops conductor Keith Lockhart will helm the orchestra as it plays from the extensive repertoire of John Williams, a Boston legend in his own right who served as the Pops conductor from 1980 to 1993 and is currently the orchestra’s conductor laureate.

Attendees can expect to hear some iconic Williams’ famed movie scores, including Raiders March from “Indiana Jones” and Hedwig’s Theme from “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.”

In the second part of the program, Wilkins will conduct as the BSO plays an overture from Shostakovich, a signature composer of the BSO known for working under Stalinist persecution, as well as music from Mexican composer Arturo Marquez and William Grant, the first black person to conduct a symphony orchestra in the United States. BSO music director Andris Nelsons will conduct the concert’s final performance, the fourth movement of Mahler’s first symphony.

The diverse backgrounds of the composers included in the BSO’s Franklin Park performance reflect the diverse Boston audience they hope to reach.


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