Hark! The Boston Pops Sing :: Their First All-Live Holiday Album
On Oct. 22, the Boston Pops will release its first all-live Holiday CD, "A Boston Pops Christmas - Live From Symphony Hall", under the direction of conductor Keith Lockhart, with the acclaimed Tanglewood Festival Chorus, and powerhouse vocalist Melinda Doolittle, an "American Idol" finalist.
"A Boston Pops Christmas - Live From Symphony Hall" was recorded live at concerts during the 2011 and 2012 Holiday Pops' seasons in Boston's Symphony Hall, widely considered one of the top concert halls in the world. The new album is the orchestra's first seasonal recording since the release of "Sleigh Ride" in 2004.
"As we started planning the repertoire for our holiday album, we set ourselves the goal of capturing the incredible spirit of the live concert experience of the Holiday Pops tradition that takes place every December at Symphony Hall," said Boston Pops Conductor Keith Lockhart.
"A Boston Pops Christmas - Live From Symphony Hall" opens in typical concert style with a high-spirited selection, "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing," and ends with the traditional Merry Little Sing-Along ("Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" - "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" - "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!" - "Winter Wonderland" - "Jingle Bells"), which consistently leaves concertgoers leaving the concert hall filled with the holiday spirit. In between, listeners will hear the recent Boston Pops arrangement of "The Twelve Days of Christmas," an audience favorite that cleverly mixes in beloved themes by Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Handel, and Sousa, and Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody." "American Idol" finalist and frequent Boston Pops collaborator Melinda Doolittle performs a medley of Christmas spirituals including "My Lord What a Morning," "Rise Up, Shepherd," and "Glory Hallelujah," as well as the upbeat "Children, Go Where I Send Thee."
"By recording the album live and presenting the musical selections in a way that relates to the actual concert experience," continued Lockhart, "our hope is to share our tradition with music fans in Boston, throughout New England, and across the country. We're also thrilled to have a chance to share two relatively new arrangements that have become audience favorites-the Boston Pops's very own 'The Twelve Days of Christmas,' and 'Dr. Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas,' as well as the amazing vocals of 'American Idol' finalist Melinda Doolittle who sings a beautiful arrangement of Christmas spirituals."
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.
A presale starting on Monday, Oct. 14, will waive the shipping costs for the "A Boston Pops Christmas - Live From Symphony Hall" at www.bostonpops.org or by calling 888-266-1200. Starting Oct. 22, the album will be available for $17.95 as a CD, $9.99 as a download in MP3 format, $10.99 in stereo hi-def, or $13.99 in 5.1 surround, by visiting www.bostonpops.org, calling 888-266-1200, or through iTunes, Amazon, and Amazon MP3.