Boston Pops Holiday Concert at Segerstrom Hall
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The last date listed for Boston Pops Holiday Concert was Saturday November 27, 2004 / 8:00pm.
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Attending the Boston Pops Holiday Concer was a wonderful way to kick off the holiday season. As a transplanted Bostonian, I was familiar with the Pops' repertoire and this concert was certainly above par, to say the least. The musical selections...continued
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The Orange County Performing Arts Center will help usher in the holiday season beginning on the Thanksgiving weekend when Fidelity Investments presents the 2004 Boston Pops Holiday Tour. The Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra conducted by Keith Lockhart will be joined by vocalist Hayley Westenra, the fastest-selling classical artist of all time in the United Kingdom, for this very special concert in Segerstrom Hall.
The Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra is famed for its live Fourth of July
performances, which have also been enjoyed by millions on A&E and CBS, and its holiday concert tours. Conductor Keith Lockhart took up the Boston Pops baton at age 35 in 1995, inheriting a rich history that goes back to 1885, when the Boston Symphony Orchestra first performed a summer program of light music in a cafe-style setting. From a podium previously occupied by John Williams and Arthur Fiedler, Lockhart has led the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra on 22 tours of the United States and four tours of Japan and Korea. He has conducted more than 750 concerts with the Pops and made 60 television shows, including 38 new programs for PBS’s Evening at the Pops. He has also conducted the Boston Pops on a number of albums including their upcoming holiday CD, Sleigh Ride, which the Pops produced and will self distribute.
Born in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., Lockhart began taking piano lessons at the age of seven. He holds degrees from Furman University in Greenville, S.C., and Carnegie-Mellon in Pittsburgh, PA. Since 1998, he has also been music director of the Utah Symphony.
Hayley Westenra may be a new name to American audiences, but she has made history in the international classical music scene by becoming the fastest-selling classical artist of all time in the United Kingdom with her album Pure. The recording explores the worlds of Pop, traditional Maori singing and classical repertoire.
Westenra, a 17-year-old from Christchurch, New Zealand, started her journey towards fame at age 6, when a teacher who had seen her in a Christmas play encouraged her parents to start her on music lessons. In 2000, she recorded a demo album that made its way into the hands of a television journalist who invited the young singer to appear on her program. The show captured the attention of a concert promoter and led to a contract with Universal New Zealand.
Her self-titled debut album shot to the top of the New Zealand pop charts, going triple platinum. It was followed by My Gift to You, a Christmas album that also went platinum. Her success caught the attention of Decca Music Group in London, which, with the cooperation of Universal New Zealand, signed Westenra to an international music deal. In 2004, Westenra kicked off her first-ever headlining world tour of New Zealand, Australia, Japan and the United Kingdom. She is currently launching Pure in North America and has a national PBS TV special that will air in the United States later this year.