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Peanuts, Crackerjacks And The Boston Pops

The Boston Pops announced their summer schedule Wednesday and the high-profile orchestra is pitching itself to fans of America's pastime.

Popular tunes meet peanuts and crackerjacks this August when the Pops orchestra embarks on its first tour of minor league baseball parks.

Sure, the Pops have played Fenway Park — but conductor Keith Lockhart said the choice of community venues reflects the orchestra's mission.

"We bill ourselves and really believe that we're an American institution dedicated to overcoming the idea that orchestral music needs to be a serious button-downed affair, and I think this is a great place to put our money where our mouth is on that," Lockhart said.

The Pops will 'take to the field' at stadiums in Nashville, Birmingham, and Buffalo, among others.

And get this: soft-rocker Kenny Loggins will join the tour, too.

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This program aired on March 10, 2011. The audio for this program is not available.

Andrea Shea Twitter Arts Reporter
Andrea Shea is WBUR's arts reporter.

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