Keith Lockhart is exhausted, but in a good way. And it’s only 7:30 a.m.
âI had a 2.5 hour rehearsal with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus yesterday and I’m exhausted, but it’s as much mental as it is physical,â said the affable Boston Pops conductor during our conversation. Tuesday morning, her second of the day.
This was the first time we’ve spoken since early March 2020, days before the pandemic shutdown quarantined the world and made concerts and live performances a fond memory for artists and audiences alike for more. one year.
But Lockhart and the Pops are back and ready for a Holiday Pops marathon season, with 32 concerts, through December 24, at Symphony Hall and four concerts, including Worcester’s Hanover Theater and Conservatory on Friday and Lowell Memorial Auditorium on December. 19. The concerts mark the first performances of Holiday Pops live with audiences since December 2019.
âI spent 16 months – from March 12, 2020 to July 4 of this year – without playing. And it’s tough for a performing artist who’s been doing this for 40 years, âsaid Lockhart, who is clearly thrilled to bring Holiday Pops back to life.
The season brings back all the classics that people have come to expect, Lockhart said, noting “It’s a great year for tradition.”
These include Duke Ellington’s jazzy version of Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker Suite”, the annual narrated presentation of “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas”, the animated “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”, pointing out the arrival of the Jolly Old Elf and ‘Sleigh Ride. “
New additions to the Holiday Pops offerings include two popular Mexican Christmas songs by Silvino Jaramillo and a new mix of holiday spirituals, The Good News Voyage by David Coleman with images projected by Ashley Bryan that evoke the Black Nativity, on which he is based.
âThese pieces add color and sound different,â Lockhart said.
Additionally, there will be seven shorter non-intermission children’s mornings and a sensory friendly concert on December 5 for people with the autism spectrum and their families.
The lineup is identical in the end-of-race concerts in Worcester and Lowell, said Lockhart, with the Metropolitan Chorus.
Food and beverages will be available at the tables in Symphony Hall. Proof of vaccination and masks are mandatory.
It is with “pure joy” that he and the Boston Pops return to concerts for Holiday Pops, Lockhart said. And he’s ready for the live music marathon he’s about to start running.
To obtain tickets for the Holiday Pops concerts at Symphony Hall, visit bostonpops.org or call 888-266-1200.
A limited number of seats are available for the concert at the Hanover Theater in Worcester on Friday, December 3 at 8 p.m. Visit thehanovertheatre.org.
Tickets are available for the concert at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium at 2:30 p.m. on December 19. Visit www.lowellauditorium.com.
In the wings
MORE FROM ‘FUDGE’ AT MRT: The Merrimack Repertory Theater has extended live performances until December 19 of Trista Baldwin’s “The Rise and Fall of Holly Fudge”, her holiday comedy premiere. The new schedule includes a socially distanced second performance and a change in video-on-demand dates for the show. The new performances are December 16 (social distancing) at 7 p.m. December 17, 8 p.m. December 18, 4 p.m. and December 19, at 2 p.m. Video on demand will now be available from December 20 to January 4. Call 978-654-4678 or visit mrt.org for tickets.
HOLIDAY MUSIC: Join the Lowell Philharmonic Orchestra for its âHoliday Sleigh Ride! Â»Holiday concert at 2 pm Saturday at Lowell High School, 50 Father Morrisette Boulevard. Featured are dancers from Tricia’s School of Dance and special guest Ernie Boch Jr. recounting “It Was The Night Before Christmas”. Accessible to people with reduced mobility and parking at the Ayotte garage in front of the school. Masks required. Tickets are $ 20 for adults; $ 10 for seniors; high school and the youngest are free. Tickets available at www.Brownpapertickets.com. â¦ It’s holiday season with the Chelmsford Community Jazz Band at the Chelmsford Center for the Arts, 1A North Road, at 7 pm Saturday. The fun night features jazzy arrangements of vacation favorites, plus a few surprises. Tickets available online at https://happsnow.com/event/the-chelmsford-center-for-the-arts. Proof of vaccination and mandatory masks.
HOLIDAY PLEASURE: Learn how to play these reindeer games at âRudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical,â a family-friendly show performed at the Hanover Theater in Worcester at 7:30 PM on Mondays. Tickets from $ 29 to $ 59 at https://tickets.thehanovertheatre.org/Online.
The Reagle Music Theater of Greater Boston presents “Christmas Time in Concert” Saturdays and Sundays December 4, 5, 11 and 12 at noon at the Robinson Theater at Waltham High School on Lexington Street. Included are holiday classics, solos, duets, the Living Nativity and more. Tickets are $ 45 and $ 35 for adults, $ 20 for children, with a discount of $ 3 for those over 65, at www.ReagleMusicTheatre.org or call 781-891-5600. â¦ The Players Ring in Portsmouth, NH, presents “A Christmas Carol”, reimagined with music and magic from December 3-23. Tickets are $ 25 for the general; $ 22 for seniors and students; $ 15 for children under 12 at www.playersring.org/christmas-carol-21/.
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