For its first in-person spring season at Symphony Hall since 2019, the Boston Pops is ready (and more than willing) to once again invite audiences to spectacular musical performances.
From movie nights celebrating Boston Pops conductor John Williams’ 90th birthday to star-studded tributes to Broadway, jazz and gospel, the dynamic 2022 Boston Pops spring season offers audiences the best of a variety of genres, starting with a big one Season Opener – “The Magical Music of Alan Menken” (May 19 and 21). Directed by Keith Lockhart, the evening will be starred by Broadway stars Susan Egan (“Beauty and the Beast“, “Thoroughly modern Millie“, “Cabaret”), Telly Leung (“Glee“, “Aladdin“, “Rent) and Alton Fitzgerald White (The Lion King“, “The colour purple“, “Ragtime”) featuring favorite songs from the legendary composer of The Little Mermaid“, “Beauty and the Beast,‘, ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ and much more.
What follows in the highly anticipated season is music to everyone’s ears.
Lockhart-led movie nights this season include the enchanting Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (May 26-28) and the 1980 classic Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back.” (June 2-4), accompanied by the Pops performing Williams’ blockbuster scores in honor of his birthday.
Tony-nominated Christopher Jackson, who originated the role of George Washington in Hamilton, will join the Pops and Lockhart for an evening of his favorite songs from pop, Broadway and beyond (June 7th & 8th) and the show will share stage with winners of the Fidelity Investments Young Artists Competition (June 7). On June 9th and 10th, two-time Tony Award winner Brian Stokes Mitchell (“Kiss Me, Kate”, “Ragtime”, “Shuffle Along”, “Man of La Mancha”) and pioneering American pianist Lara Downes explore the extraordinary musical legacies of Duke Ellington and pianist/composer Billy with The Pops Strayhorn. To wrap up the season with the 28th Annual Gospel Night on June 11, the Boston Pops, Boston Pops Gospel Choir and conductor Charles Floyd team up with Grammy-winning gospel superstar Smokie Norful.
Tickets for the 2022 Boston Pops season starting at $33 will be available beginning April 5 at 10 a.m. by calling 888-266-1200 or at www.bostonpops.org. Performances begin at 8 p.m., with the exception of the 7 p.m. movie night performances on May 26 and May 28 and June 2 and June 3 and the matinee performances of The Magical Music of Alan Menken on May 21 at 1 p.m. and “Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back” on June 4th.
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