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Best of Holiday Pops!

Friday, December 17, 2010
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Holiday Pops! Member Discount

Tuesday, December 7, 2010
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As a thank you for our WGBH and WGBY members, take 20% off the ticket price for December 22, 2010 Holiday Pops concerts!

Experience the wonder of a Holiday Pops concert this season. For a few weeks in December, historic Symphony Hall is transformed into a magical place for all ages as the Boston Pops perform the most beloved holiday music. Join together with the millions of other New Englanders and Bostonians to continue your family's tradition or start a new one. Order your tickets now to ensure you'll be a part of it all.

December 22, 2010 4PM
December 22, 2010 8PM

To secure your discounted tickets, visit The Boston Pops.

John Hodgman in the Young Person's Guide

Sunday, March 15, 2015
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Thousands Celebrate Fourth In Boston

By WGBH Staff & Wires   |   Tuesday, July 5, 2011
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Jul. 5, 2011

Fireworks shoot skyward behind the Hatch Shell during the Boston Pops 4th of July concert rehearsal in Boston on Sunday. (AP)

BOSTON — Hundreds of thousands of revelers with American flags and picnic coolers descended on the Esplanade in Boston on Monday for the annual fireworks show and Boston Pops concert.

About a half-million people attend the yearly event, which includes a traditional concert by the Boston Pops and a rendition of the "1812 Overture" during the start of the fireworks display over the Charles River.

People started staking out spots on the Esplanade early Monday, and police closed roads around the Esplanade and portions of Storrow Drive.

But Monday's display wasn't the end of sparks for the Charles: A fire broke out on a fireworks barge in the river Tuesday morning was quickly doused.

The fire was spotted at about 5 a.m. on Tuesday on the barge that fired off Boston's July Fourth fireworks Monday night.

The Boston Fire Department's harbor unit responded and quickly had the blaze under control within an hour.

There were no reports of injuries but the fire sent thick black smoke billowing across the river. There was no immediate word on the cause.

The festivities occurred alongside a violent weekend for Boston, with two people dead and at least nine injured by gunfire by the weekend's end.

Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.

Boston Pops Tap Own History For American Songbook Celebration

By Jared Bowen and Bob Seay   |   Monday, June 6, 2011
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June 6, 2011

Richard Rodgers, seen here with Lorenz Hart, is considered on of the seminal writers of the American Songbook.

BOSTON — The Boston Pops' 126th season is now underway, with a special focus on the American Songbook.

That's a phrase we've all heard — but what does it actually mean? The American Songbook encompasses a broad range of music, which some people say extends as far back as the 1800's and can go into somewhat contemporary times.

Singer and anthropologist Michael Feinstein says much of the American Songbook explores love and romance in clever, witty words and playful tunes.

"Most songs are songs of romance and love and the songs from the Golden Age, the '20s, '30s and 40s, were a panoply of extraordinary brilliant, clever expressions of romance. These songwriters were always trying to find different ways of expressing that oft-expressed emotion. And the wit and the humor still tickles people," Feinstein said.

And that's what conductor Keith Lockhart says he's really looking for — music that still tickles, that still resonates. Classics. 

"To, me the definition of classic is something that reaches somebody for whom it was not originally intended. Shakespeare’s plays for example are an incontrovertible example of that. But also the songs of Gershwin, the songs of Porter," Lockhart said. "Things that people now, who were not alive when either of those people died still sing, still understand, still love." 

The Boston Pops are especially well-equipped to explore this canon. The Pops is older than the songbook itself, and for decades it has literally given voice to the genre with performers like Rosemary Clooney.

Click the player above to hear WGBH's Bob Seay's full interview with Greater Boston's Jared Bowen on the Boston Pops' 126th season.

Pops Goes Motown!

Friday, June 3, 2011
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