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Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, performing By George! The Pops Plays Gershwin
Kansas City, Missouri
Friday, 24 March 2017 - 7:30 PM
Conductor: Keith Lockhart
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Led by charismatic conductor Keith Lockhart, the Boston Pops has become a national treasure. Making its first return to the Harriman-Jewell Series and Kansas City since 2002, the famed orchestra will celebrate the music of America’s most original composer, George Gershwin.

By George! The Pops Plays Gershwin will feature several of the Boston Pops highly acclaimed orchestrations of Gershwin's most iconic works, taken from its unparalleled library of 3,400 exclusive arrangements and compositions.

The program will kick off with a new arrangement of the overture from George and Ira Gershwin’s musical Nice Work If You Can Get It, followed by additional popular works such as the original Paul Whiteman version of George Gershwin’s An American in Paris.

Fascinating Rhythm and the instantly recognizable Rhapsody in Blue and I Got Rhythm variations will showcase the talents of longtime Boston Pops piano collaborator Michael Chertock. After intermission, acclaimed vocalists Justin Hopkins and Erica Spyres will sing audience-pleasing Gershwin duets Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off from the 1937 film Shall We Dance, and a medley entitled ’S Wonderful, ’S Marvelous, ’S Gershwin.

Affectionately known as “America's Orchestra,” the Boston Pops is the most recorded and arguably the most beloved orchestra in the country, beginning with the establishment of the modern-era Pops by Arthur Fiedler and continuing through the innovations introduced by John Williams and the new-millennium Pops spearheaded by Keith Lockhart. With the 125th anniversary season in 2010, the Boston Pops reached a landmark moment in a remarkable history that began with its founding in 1885.

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