This month the Boston Pops and conductor Keith Lockhart are performing five centennial tribute concerts to Leonard Bernstein as part of the 2018 season. The Pops’ May 11, 12, 17, 29, and 30 tribute concerts feature the Overture to Candide; Three Dances from the ballet Fancy Free; music from Bernstein’s On the Town and Wonderful Town; and “Mambo,” “One Hand, One Heart,” and “Tonight” from West Side Story with local singers including Matthew Anderson, Teresa Winner Blume, Aimee Doherty, David McFerrin, and Andrew Tighe. Other Bernstein tribute concerts include semi-staged performances of On the Town on May 31 and June 1, directed by Kathleen Marshall and choreographed by David Chase; and concert performances of West Side Story on June 15 and 16. Bernstein made his professional orchestra conducting debut leading the Boston Pops at the Hatch Shell on the Charles River Esplanade in 1941. He would have turned 100 on August 25 of this year.

Posted May 11, 2018