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Living the dream

Movie stars aren’t the usual Symphony Hall crowd, but last week, two dark-suited ushers swung open the doors of the Hatch Room and out poured Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, Ed Harris, and Cherry Jones.
De Niro Pops Off Dept.
By LLOYD SCWARTZ  |  May 28, 2010

Dream on

Some lovers of religious music consider Heinrich Schütz even greater than Bach, who was born 13 years after Schütz’s death.
Heinrich Schütz’s swan song; the Pops’ 125th-anniversary commission
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  May 28, 2010

Photos: Robert DeNiro, Morgan Freeman, and more with the Boston Pops

The Pops pays tribute to John, Robert, and Edward Kennedy by combining quotes from their speeches with original text and video, accompanied by a dramatic orchestral and choral score.
The Dream Lives On: A Portrait of the Kennedy Brothers , Symphony Hall, until June 20
By BOSTON POPS  |  May 21, 2010
Keith Lockhart's Stuff

Keith Lockhart's Stuff

For the last 15 years, Keith Lockhart has been the familiar and friendly presence at the helm of the Boston Pops Orchestra, whether he’s taking...
By Carol Beggy  |  May 17, 2010

Thinking outside the Woodbox

As Daniel Bernard Roumain was growing up in Margate, a small city in southeast Florida with a large Haitian population, he felt playing the violin was "a calling."
Fiddler on the Rise Dept.
By MATT TEMPESTA  |  March 19, 2010

Stopping time

BSO music director James Levine has returned to Symphony Hall for the first time since October, when back surgery put him out of commission.
The BSO, Peter Maxwell Davies, BCMS, BMOP, Mark Morris, and Christian Tetzlaff
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  February 05, 2010

“Film Night at Tanglewood” with John Williams + Boston Pops Orchestra + Frank Langella

“Film Night at Tanglewood” with John Williams + Boston Pops Orchestra + Frank Langella

Looking for some lighter fare after last night’s Mozart and Mahler? That would be “Film Night at Tanglewood,” with John Williams leading the Boston Pops...
By Shaula Clark  |  July 15, 2009

Interview: Keith Lockhart

"There's always some set of events, positive or negative, that color the lens that people see the Fourth of July through."
America's bandleader prepares for another Fourth
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  July 03, 2009

Dancing in a new direction

The 100th birthday of Serge Diaghilev's Ballets Russes prompted the expected centennial tributes in Boston: a "Diaghilev's Ballets Russes 1909–1929: Twenty Years That Changed the World of Art" symposium and exhibition at Harvard University in April, and
Notes from 'Ballets Russes 2009'
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 29, 2009

Three’s a charm

Muhly, Amidon, and Bartlett are all VT-to-NY transplants and long-time collaborators.
The 802 Tour at the Museum of Fine Arts, August 24, 2008
By CAITLIN E. CURRAN  |  August 26, 2008

Night music

Classic musicals make substantial enterprises —this is now the best thing the Pops does.
The Pops aces Sondheim
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  June 24, 2008


All Dolled up

Last night, Amanda Palmer kicked off this season of the Boston Pops EdgeFest.
Amanda Palmer and the Boston Pops, Symphony Hall, June 19, 2008
By RACHEL HOLLIDAY SMITH  |  June 20, 2008

Russian revel?

The Russians are coming!
Looking ahead to Ballets Russes 2009
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 23, 2008

Boston music news: May 9, 2008

The album recorded in 2005 by Unbusted— the Martha’s Vineyard core of the Billionaires — has indeed seen the light of day.
Notes on Unbusted and the Dresden Dolls
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  May 06, 2008

Celtic tigers

At 69, Paddy Moloney is still the world’s foremost uilleann-pipes player.
Interview: the Chieftains at Symphony Hall — again
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  March 12, 2008

Broadway's Best at Pops

This DVD represents some of the best of public broadcasting and a bit of the worst.
WGBH Boston Video
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  December 10, 2007


Welcome to Boston

You’re one of us now.
Better than a Duck Tour

Orchestral maneuvers

On stage, Paul had saluted scratching in early hip-hop culture by manipulating a 12-inch record briefly and then holding it up for the crowd to see.
Paul Oakenfold and Hem with the Boston Pops
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  June 29, 2007

Send in the clowns

Boston newcomers proved that even without scenery or traditional costumes, these operas can pack a wallop.
Chorus pro Musica’s verismo duo; the Boston Early Music Festival; and Carousel at the Pops
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  June 19, 2007

Folk heroics

“Why is he such a big deal right now?” a friend asked with some exasperation earlier this month when I mentioned that I had a phone date with M. Ward. M. Ward, "To Go Home" (mp3)
Or, how M. Ward became such a big deal
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  June 19, 2007

Boston music news: June 22, 2007

Keith Lockhart doesn’t think the Edgefest mix is much different from when the Pops played with Duke Ellington.
Notes on the Boston Pops, Darkbuster, and Beatlejuice
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  June 19, 2007


Working girl

It’s no surprise that the big local winners in our Best Music Poll tend also to be the hardest working bands and artists.
Amanda Palmer reflects on the Dresden Dolls’ breakthrough year
By MATT ASHARE  |  June 06, 2007

War and peace

More often than not, when an artist gets airplay covering a decades-old song, it’s out of desperation — the sign of a career on its way down.
Cowboy Junkies expand their reach
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  May 08, 2007

Missing Memory

The Portland Symphony Orchestra’s “The Magic of Christmas” performance includes a disappearing act.
 "Magic" program hits its time limit
By BEN MEIKLEJOHN  |  December 13, 2006

Welcome to Paradise

This article originally appeared in the September 16, 1994 issue of the Boston Phoenix .
Green Day at the Hatch Shell, September, 1994
By MATT ASHARE  |  October 25, 2006

Opera, opera, opera

Every performance at Santa Fe was packed, and few subscribers left unhappy.
At Santa Fe and Tanglewood and in New York
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  August 15, 2006



Kentucky quintet My Morning Jacket, no strangers to mixing a spectrum of musical genres will push even more buttons on the musical blender when they take the stage with Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops at Symphony Hall this week. My Morning Jacket pe
My Morning Jacket meet the Pops
By KERRY L. SMITH  |  July 14, 2006

On top of the Pops

If you look up "surreal" in the dictionary, you might find a picture of a full orchestra fronted by five longhairs in tuxes.
My Morning Jacket drown out the house band at Symphony Hall
By WILL SPITZ  |  June 22, 2006