Boston Pops Orchestra
About Boston Pops Orchestra
The Boston Pops Orchestra was formed in 1881 as an offshoot of the Boston Symphony to present “lighter” music, including current hits, show tunes, and novelty songs.
∙ In 1930, conductor Arthur Fiedler led a movement to bring orchestral music to the masses by presenting Boston Pops concerts in parks where the public could enjoy the music for free.
∙ Fiedler spent 50 years as conductor for the Boston Pops, and during this time it became the best-selling orchestra in the world, moving over 50 million records.
∙ He started two of Boston’s longest-running annual traditions, the Holiday Pops Christmas show and the Fourth of July Pops concert and fireworks show.
∙ In 1979, renowned film composer John Williams, at the time best known for writing the music for the Star Wars franchise, succeeded Fiedler as conductor for the Boston Pops.
∙ Williams began the tradition of inviting guests from outside the classical music world to perform with the orchestra, starting in 1988 with Sammy Davis, Jr.
∙ After Williams retired from full-time conducting in 1995, Keith Lockhart continued in that role for more than 25 years.
FORMEDJuly 11, 1885