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June 28, 2013

Celebrate the Fourth with the Boston Pops

99.5 WCRB Classical New England and 89.7 WGBH Boston Public Radio bring the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular to Backyard Barbecues Across New England
Ron Della Chiesa and Laura Carlo host live from the Esplanade on July 4
BOSTON, Mass. (June 28, 2013)On Thursday afternoon and evening, friends, families and neighbors will celebrate the Fourth of July at backyard barbecues, block parties and community festivals. Once again, 99.5 WCRB Classical New England and 89.7 WGBH Boston Public Radio are proud to bring the Boston Pops to parties across New England. WGBH’s listener-supported classical and news stations will both broadcast the 40th annual Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular Fourth of July Concert live from the Esplanade.
Ron Della Chiesa and Laura Carlo kick off the broadcast on 99.5 WCRB Classical New England at 6pm with special features, interviews and past Pops recordings. Both stations will broadcast the entire live performance beginning the moment Pops conductor Keith Lockhart takes the stage at 7:30pm. 
Lockhart and the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra will be joined by the Tanglewood Festival Chorus and special guest performances by Grammy® Award-winning blues and soul musician Susan Tedeschi, singer/songwriter Ellis Hall, singer/songwriter Howie Day and recording artist Ayla Brown.
The broadcast will also be streamed live on classicalnewengland.org.
Now in its 40th year, the concert is one of Boston’s most celebrated attractions, drawing more than 500,000 people to the Charles River Esplanade for the orchestra’s annual free outdoor event. WCRB Managing Director Benjamin K. Roe will executive produce the broadcast. The Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular Fourth of July Concert is made possible by Liberty Mutual Insurance.
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