June 19, 2005 |
Was classical music always scary? Dark, imposing, forbiddingly Teutonic -- with no clapping, no talking and definitely no drinking? It wasn't, and in some places it still isn't.
July 30, 1995 |
It's one of the longest-standing traditions of an institution steeped in them: Rain shall not fall when the Boston Pops plays its summertime outdoor concerts. For as long as anyone could remember, it just didn't happen. So what was that drizzly stuff coming down early this summer, outside Hatch Shell, the Pops' venue along the Charles River? Four thousand hard-core fans were dismayed, not to mention soaking wet.
May 19, 2010
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June 2, 1989 |
Louis Bellson and His Big Band Explosion will kick off a 16-week program of free summer concerts in Warner Center Park at 5:30 p.m. Sunday. The "Summer Concerts in the Park" series is sponsored by the Valley Cultural Center. During the 1950s, Bellson, best known as a drummer, played with Benny Goodman, Count Basie and Duke Ellington. His trademark is his innovative use of two bass drums. Bellson is also well-known as a bandleader and composer of jazz, rock and fusion music, and romantic ballads.
September 10, 1986 |
The King's Singers have spent 18 years straddling the fence between serious and not-so-serious music. Through several personnel changes--and despite the heady success of briskly selling classical and pops LPs, plus frequent TV appearances--the English vocal sextet's members have remained remarkably free of identity crises. Others have not been so fortunate. "Once when we were on Johnny Carson, he introduced us as the King Sisters," countertenor Jeremy Jackman recalled with a wry grin.
February 5, 2009 |
Wrong place, wrong time Back to Boston, without Andrew Bynum. . . . Haven't we seen this before? Oh yeah, last spring, when the Celtics tore the Lakers limb from limb in the Finals, ending it with that 131-92, have-a-nice-summer massacre in Game 6. Talk about being in the wrong place at the wrong time. This is the Christmas game upside down, with the Celtics bent on payback and loaded for bear, or even better, Lakers.
August 2, 1985 |
There are probably other symphony orchestras on this planet besides the Boston Pops with an idiomatic command of Broadway nostalgia, Hollywood space opera, big band jazz, parade ground marches and even the rock platitudes of "We Are the World." Maybe so, but the others weren't in Hollywood Bowl on Wednesday, playing a "100th Birthday Season" concert to a capacity audience of 17,731. Their loss, poor devils.
November 28, 2000 |
Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra opened their annual holiday tour with a potentially exhausting weekend in the West--including two concerts in one day at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts. Yet this freelance-staffed touring arm of the Boston Pops sounded fresh and alert in Cerritos on Sunday afternoon--and probably happy to be playing in a real concert hall instead of, say, the basketball arenas in Phoenix and Sacramento.
July 3, 1995 |
Faces and stylistic turns may change, but there is a comforting predictability to that stalwart institution, the Boston Pops Orchestra. The frothy party mix of light classical music and orchestrated pop amounts to a warm, fuzzy cultural phenomenon. So, while the big news within the Boston Pops is the arrival of a new conductor, 35-year-old Keith Lockhart--only the third since 1930, after Arthur Fiedler and John Williams--rest assured that there is no upheaval in sight.
August 1, 1995 |
What is it about the venerable Boston Pops that whets the appetite for fried chicken? Could it be the reflexive instinct to picnic inspired by this summer-stock alter ego of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, or the unabashed Americana of a concert framed by the "Star-Spangled Banner" and 'Stars and Stripes Forever," as happened when the Pops Esplanade Orchestra landed at the Hollywood Bowl on Sunday? These were the burning questions at the Bowl in a gentle diversion of a concert.