The Pops Goes To The Movies, Finds Nemo

The Pops play "Fantasia" with clips from the movies May 9-11. (Photo, courtesy of Boston Pops)

BOSTON — Spring is in the air. The Boston Pops announced its schedule for May 8 (Vince Gill) to June 15 (a country music salute to US troops), with a special emphasis on movies. " 'Fantasia' In Concert" takes place May 9-11 with clips from the original film as well as "Fantasia 2000."

Here's the Pops press release:

The 2013 Boston Pops season, May 8-June 15, under the direction of Keith Lockhart, will present a season-long tribute to the world of movie music, along with programs featuring a wide variety of American musical styles, including jazz, bluegrass, country, gospel, pop, classic standards from the 50s and 60s, and show-stopping songs of Broadway and the American Songbook. For the programs focusing on the season theme, “Best of Hollywood Film Music,” audiences will hear their favorite music from classic movies and today’s popular soundtracks performed live by the Boston Pops, while the accompanying movie clips are projected onto a giant screen suspended above the orchestra.  Tickets to the 2013 Boston Pops season go on sale to the public on Wednesday, December 5, at 888-266-1200 or

Designed to appeal to audiences of all ages, highlights of the film-focused season include Fantasia in Concert featuring musical selections from Fantasia 2000 and the original 1940 movie Fantasia—one of the crown jewels of feature animation highlighting some of the most memorable classical music ever composed; Pixar in Concert, with hits from the movie studio’s thirteen feature films, including Finding Nemo, Monsters, Inc., and Brave, among others; a tribute to the legendary film and Broadway composer Marvin Hamlisch, creator of the iconic scores to A Chorus Line, The Way We Were, and The Sting; and the ever-popular Film Night, under the direction of Boston Pops Conductor Laureate John Williams, one of America’s most accomplished and successful composers for film and for the concert stage.

The May 8 Opening Night Concert of the 2013 Boston Pops season will feature country superstar Vince Gill joining Keith Lockhart and the orchestra in a selection of his most popular hit songs.  To launch the season’s Best of Hollywood Film Music theme, the opening night program will also spotlight the Boston Pops Orchestra in performances of some of the most popular music of the silver screen. In celebration of the 2013 Boston Pops season theme, the orchestra invites film music fans to participate in programming the season by submitting their favorite themes to; the top three selections will be performed during the 2013 Boston Pops season.


In addition, the 2013 Boston Pops season will present two of today’s most popular singers from the worlds of television and Broadway. Megan HIlty, star of the hit NBC series SMASH and the Broadway stage makes her Boston Pops debut in an evening of Hollywood’s Greatest Love Songs, including “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend,” among other selections. Tony-award nominated Matthew Morrison, now instantly recognizable as Will Schuester from the hit Fox television show Glee, join the Pops in an evening of song and dance reminiscent of Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly, and other classic movie dance moments.

The 21st annual Gospel Night at the Boston Pops will feature conductor, pianist, and composer Charles Floyd, the all-volunteer Boston Pops Gospel Choir, and a special guest appearance by the inspirational baritone Wintley Phipps on May 25. Rounding out the season with programs of the classic standards of the ’50s and ’60s, Boston Pops concerts on May 21, 22, 13, 23, and June 1 draw inspiration from the award-winning AMC television show Mad Men. These performances welcome Steve Lippia, who Pops conductor Keith Lockhart has called, “the absolute vocal reincarnation of the Sinatra sound.” The 2013 Boston Pops ends June 13-15 with a tribute to Nashville’s “Music City Hitmakers,” celebrating the songwriters behind some of country music’s biggest hits, including Brett James and Hillary Lindsey.  This special program will focus on patriotic music that honors the men and women who have served in the armed forces, with selections including “It’s America,” “Coming Home” from the film Country Strong, and “There’s A Place For Us” from the last installment of the Narnia series.


Wednesday, May 8, 8:00 PM

Opening Night at Pops

Keith Lockhart, conductor

Vince Gill, special guest

A complimentary pre-concert reception will kick off the Opening Night festivities.

Thursday, May 9, 8 PM

Friday, May 10, 8 PM

Saturday, May 11, 3 PM

Saturday, May 11, 8 PM

Disney’s Fantasia: Live in Concert

Keith Lockhart, conductor


Tuesday, May 14, 8 PM
Wednesday May 15, 8 PM

A Tribute to Marvin Hamlisch

Keith Lockhart, conductor
Donna McKechnie, guest artist
Jodi Benson, guest artist
Doug LaBrecque, guest artist

Tuesday, May 21, 8 PM
Wednesday, May 22, 8 PM

Music from the Mad Men Era
Keith Lockhart, conductor

Steve Lippia, guest artist

Thursday, May 23 8 PM
Friday May 24, 8 PM

Hollywood’s Greatest Love Songs
Keith Lockhart, conductor
Megan Hilty, guest artist

Saturday, May 25, 8 PM
Gospel Night
Charles Floyd, conductor
Wintley Phipps, guest artist

Tuesday, May 28, 8 PM
Wednesday, May 29, 8 PM
Matthew Morrison from Glee
Keith Lockhart, conductor

Matthew Morrison, guest artist

Thursday, May 30, 2012

Presidents at Pops

Friday, May 31, 8 PM
Saturday, June 1, 8 PM

Music from the Mad Men Era
Keith Lockhart, conductor

Steve Lippia, guest artist
Tuesday, June 4, 8 PM
Wednesday, June 5, 8 PM
Pixar in Concert
Thomas Wilkins, conductor

Friday, June 7, 8 PM

Saturday, June 8, 8 PM
Tuesday, June 11, 8 PM

Wednesday, June 12, 8 PM

Film Night
John Williams, conductor

Thursday, June 13, 8 PM
Friday, June 14, 8 PM

Saturday, June 15, 3 PM
A Country Salute to Our Troops
Keith Lockhart, conductor

Music City Hitmakers, guest artists

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