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p is for pops

December 15, 2011

It’s been a long time since I saw the Boston Pops. In fact to say I saw them at all the first time is a …slight… overstatement. It was a hot July evening, mid-80s. This is about how big the Esplanade looked from my grassy vantage point along the Charles:

With somewhere around a million people between me and the shell, more or less. So it was a moderately memorable experience at best, at least musically speaking.

Fast forward to this afternoon, 4pm at magnificent Symphony Hall:

Symphony Hall, Boston

The holiday pops programs are in full swing (yes, ‘swing’) now, with awesome musical arrangements, soloists, a few props, nifty lighting and the full Tanglewood Festival Chorus. I won’t give the other surprises away except to say “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” is a real show-stopper (good thing it comes after intermission), and the Pops does a version of the 12 Days of Christmas that’s unequaled. Their 12 Days is so popular that they’re offering it now as a download at the website – recommended.

I’m glad I had better seats this time around. And I’m glad it’s not going to be another 20+ years until I hear/see them again.

It’s good to be in Boston.

in the corner

December 13, 2011

“I expected a heap of pads to fall out of it. I haven’t touched it in years!”

Working with Keith Lockhart has been an unanticipated pleasure of the new job. I’ve been producing “Keith’s Classical Corner” for a little over a month now with the program’s host, Laura Carlo, and the sessions are such rewarding experiences. Whether he’s cutting up between production sessions with that story about rescuing his clarinet from languishing in a closet, spinning an engaging history of English concert music, or relating anecdotes about the Pops…he’s just one of those people whose presence commands full attention.

This Thursday evening I’ll be at the Pops for the holiday concert. We’re recording it for broadcast this weekend.

I’ll enjoy the music, the superb acoustics of the Hall, the feeling in the audience. And I’ll be thinking about Maestro Lockhart and all of the other funny, thoughtful, talented real people who get up on the stage and make that music happen every day.

Laura Carlo with Keith Lockhart in the Classical New England studios

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