Archival 'Evening at Pops' concert series coming to WGBY-TV Friday

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BOSTON — Boston PBS' WGBH-TV and the Boston Pops are teaming up to bring five classic "Evening at Pops" television concerts to Massachusetts audiences this summer. The series, "Evening at Pops," can be seen on New England Public Media's Springfield-based PBS outlet, WGBY-TV, beginning 9 p.m. Friday with a 1976 performance of Arthur Fiedler leading the Pops and jazz icon Ella Fitzgerald at Symphony Hall.

Audiences also will get a chance to watch the first performances of John Williams and Keith Lockhart as conductors of the Boston Pops; the first joint television performance of John and Bonnie Raitt; and an evening of music from Broadway with "Wicked" star Kristin Chenoweth.

All of the Friday night telecasts begin at 9 p.m.

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Produced by WGBH, "Evening at Pops" was one of the longest-running programs on PBS, showcasing the music of the Boston Pops nationally from 1970 to 2004.                                                                                     

"`Evening at Pops' set a gold standard for filming and broadcasting concerts from Symphony Hall, so we couldn't be more thrilled that WGBH-TV and WGBY-TV will be broadcasting five of the show's retrospective performances this summer," Boston Pops conductor Keith Lockhart said in a statement.

The schedule:

- Friday: "Exquisite Ella" (1976) — Boston Pops Conductor Arthur Fiedler leads the orchestra and jazz icon Ella Fitzgerald at Symphony Hall. 9 p.m.

- July 17: "May the Force Be with You, John Williams!" (1980) — Film composer John Williams leads the Pops for the first time as the orchestra's conductor with special appearances from Hollywood friends including actor Burgess Meredith and "Star Wars" characters R2-D2 and C-3PO. 9 p.m.

- July 24: "John & Bonnie: First Raitt Pops" (1992) — Maestro Williams leads the Boston Pops in a concert highlighted by John and Bonnie Raitt in the father and daughter's first joint television performance, with an appearance by Nashville fiddler Mark O'Connor.

- July 31: "Keith Lockhart Steps Up" (1995) — Keith Lockhart takes the podium for the first time as Boston Pops conductor. Concert is highlighted by special guests Mandy Patinkin, soprano Sylvia McNair and a surprise tribute by John Williams and trumpeter Doc Severinsen.

- Aug. 7: "Kristin Chenoweth from Screen to Stage" (2004) — Maestro Lockhart leads the Boston Pops and Kristin Chenoweth in music from the silver screen to Broadway, including interviews with Oscar-nominated director Rob Marshall.

"`Evening at Pops' set a gold standard for filming and broadcasting concerts from Symphony Hall, so we couldn't be more thrilled that WGBH-TV and WGBY-TV will be broadcasting five of the show's retrospective performances this summer," Boston Pops conductor Keith Lockhart said in a statement.

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The schedule:

- Friday: "Exquisite Ella" (1976) — Boston Pops Conductor Arthur Fiedler leads the orchestra and jazz icon Ella Fitzgerald at Symphony Hall. 9 p.m.

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- July 17: "May the Force Be with You, John Williams!" (1980) — Film composer John Williams leads the Pops for the first time as the orchestra's conductor with special appearances from Hollywood friends including actor Burgess Meredith and "Star Wars" characters R2-D2 and C-3PO. 9 p.m.

- July 24: "John & Bonnie: First Raitt Pops" (1992) — Maestro Williams leads the Boston Pops in a concert highlighted by John and Bonnie Raitt in the father and daughter's first joint television performance, with an appearance by Nashville fiddler Mark O'Connor.

- July 31: "Keith Lockhart Steps Up" (1995) — Keith Lockhart takes the podium for the first time as Boston Pops conductor. Concert is highlighted by special guests Mandy Patinkin, soprano Sylvia McNair and a surprise tribute by John Williams and trumpeter Doc Severinsen.

- Aug. 7: "Kristin Chenoweth from Screen to Stage" (2004) — Maestro Lockhart leads the Boston Pops and Kristin Chenoweth in music from the silver screen to Broadway, including interviews with Oscar-nominated director Rob Marshall.


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