The Boston Pops goes Hollywood for its 2013 spring season, which they've dubbed Lights! Camera! Action!
And conductor Keith Lockhart promises an array of outstanding programs to showcase the best of Hollywood and more during the six-week season, from May 8 to June 15, at Symphony Hall.
"It's really an embarrassment of riches," said Lockhart last week, during his annual chat about Pops with The Sun.
Lockhart, launching his 18th season as conductor, looks forward to a season that begins with country superstar Vince Gill joining him and the orchestra for Opening Night at Pops on Wednesday, May 8.
"It will be fun to have Vince here on opening night -- he's a great musician and will bring a little country flair to the show," said Lockhart, noting that he was a classmate of Gill's wife Amy Grant at Furman University.
Other highlights include a special tribute to the late composer Marvin Hamlisch who died last year, Fantasia in Concert, bringing Disney's animated masterpiece to Pops fans and a Pixar in Concert program, featuring music from Finding Nemo, Monsters, Inc. and Brave, among others.
There will be a Mad Men program, the return of Pops emeritus conductor John Williams with his popular Film Night program and guest appearances by Broadway legend Donna McKechnie (Tony winner for A Chorus Line) and up-and-coming stars Matthew Morrison from Glee and Megan Hilty from Smash.
"I think that people will be amazed with their performances and delighted to see a Broadway legend as well as the emerging stars before they win their Tonys," said Lockhart.
Lockhart noted that the Pops were still in talks about how to honor the Boston Marathon bombing victims.
"We are discussing it and will do something about it -- but it will most likely be at the July 4 concert," said Lockhart. "Boston is a tough town and this has brought everyone together even more."
He looks forward to welcoming everyone to the Pops this season.
"It's a really strong season," said Lockhart, noting that the Pops are ready to entertain audiences with their feel-good programs at Symphony Hall.
Visit www.bso.org/Performance/Listing for full schedule and ticket information.
On the marquee
- WILD WEST KIDS: Cannon Theatre of Littleton welcomes kids to the Wild West for its summer program. Dubbed Sip Sassparilly Saloon, it's geared to ages 8-17 and runs Monday-Thursday, Aug. 5-8 and 12-15, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., with shows on Thursday, Aug. 15, and Friday, Aug. 16, at 7 p.m. Shawn Cannon wrote and directs the original show and runs the camp. $360 before June 30; $400 after. Sibling discounts and need-based scholarships available... Cannon presents the madcap musical Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Fridays-Saturday, May 17-June 8, at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, May 25, at 1 p.m. and Thursday, June 6, at 7:30 p.m. $20, adults; $15, seniors over 65 and students; $10, kids 12 and under. Visit www.thecannontheatre.org for info.
- SUMMER LINE-UP: Reagle Music Theatre's 45th season opens with Chicago, June 13-23 and continues with Fiddler on the Roof, July 11-21 and Les Miserables, Aug. 8-18. Performances at the Robinson Theater, 617 Lexington St., Waltham. Subscriptions and single tickets available at 781-891-5600 or www.reaglemusictheatre.org.
- MUSICAL MOMENTS: The Northern Essex Community College Chorus makes music that is 500 years old sound contemporary in its upcoming spring concert on Sunday, May 5, at 2 p.m. in the Hartleb Technology Center, 100 Elliott St., Haverhill. The program features music all the way from Thomas Morley (1557-1602) up to a contemporary arrangement of music by Oscar-winning Hollywood composer John Williams. $5 at door.
- SAVE THE DATES: Commonwealth Shakespeare Company returns to the Boston Common for its 18th season with free performances of Shakespeare's comedy The Two Gentlemen of Verona July 6-28. Visit www.commshakes.org for info.
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