America’s Orchestra: Celebrating 125 Years Of The Boston Pops
Airs Wednesday, June 23, 2010 at 10:30 p.m. on KPBS TV
Monday, June 21, 2010
A star-studded celebration of the Boston Pops — past, present, and future — this special anniversary tribute features some of the greatest moments from the Boston Pops’ 125-year history, telling the orchestra’s story — its transformation from summertime entertainment for Bostonians to the national icon and beloved institution of today.
Showcasing the extraordinary variety of artists and programming of the leadership eras of Arthur Fiedler (1930-79), John Williams (1980-1993) and Keith Lockhart (1995 to present), the program features interviews with and/or performances by Audra McDonald, Kristin Chenoweth, Josh Groban, James Taylor, Vanessa Williams, Yo-Yo Ma, Wynton Marsalis and Roberta Flack.
Rare footage of favorite artists past and present, including Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Johnny Cash, Benny Goodman, Tony Bennett, Sammy Davis Jr., John Raitt, k.d. lang, the Carpenters and Patti LaBelle, as well as Broadway stars Ethel Merman, Bernadette Peters, Nathan Lane and Jerry Herman, are also featured. Craig Ferguson hosts. Check out the Boston Pops 125th anniversary season with an interactive timeline of the Pops and its history! Listen to the first Boston Pops recording to sell a million copies, "Jalousie."