“Casey Affleck grew up in Cambridge, but he and older brother Ben didn’t spend a lot of time at Symphony Hall when they were kids,” reads an unsigned item in Thursday’s (12/11) Boston Globe. “So it was a treat for the actor to join conductor Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops onstage Wednesday, narrating ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’ at the BSO’s annual holiday fund-raiser, ‘A Company Christmas at Pops.’ ‘I barely ever came over the bridge. For us, Somerville was, like, the distant land over the hill,’ Affleck told us backstage, his voice sounding a little froggy due to a cold. ‘There was so much of Boston I didn’t see as a kid. This place is beautiful.’ Affleck is in town shooting Disney’s ‘The Finest Hours.’ Wednesday also marked the Pops debut of Governor-elect Charlie Baker, who conducted the orchestra on ‘Sleigh Ride,’ followed by Michael Feinstein performing some holiday favorites and the Dropkick Murphys closing the show with ‘The Season’s Upon Us.’ ” The article includes a short video from the performance, featuring the Governor-elect conducting the Boston Pops, Affleck narrating “Twas the Night Before Christmas,” and the Dropkick Murphys onstage with the Pops.
Posted December 12, 2014
Pictured left to right: Keith Lockhart, Casey Affleck, and Charlie Baker backstage at Boston’s Symphony, December 10, 2014. Photo by Josh Reynolds for the Boston Globe