Boston Pops takes Gershwin on a Midwest spin

Posted on: March 30, 2017

“By George! The Boston Pops Plays Gershwin arrives at the Palladium in Carmel [Indiana] on April 2 as part of a nine-stop tour around the Midwest,” writes Breanna Cooper in Monday’s (3/27) Indianapolis Monthly. “Audiences can expect famous numbers, medleys, and guest vocalists as the orchestra plays iconic music from the Jazz Age.” Included is a Q&A with Boston Pops Conductor Keith Lockhart about the tour. “Q: What’s it like touring with such a large group? A: It’s sort of like a military operation … a lot of bus travel, especially in the Midwest, where things are spaced a little bit farther apart. Q: How were the tour stops determined? A: We’ve played Indianapolis, and we have also played the Carmel theater before, and it’s an extraordinary venue. We’re also playing in places that I don’t believe we’ve ever played before, like Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Q: Do you see the notoriety of the Pops reflected in the demographics of the audiences? A: We try very hard to be diverse.… With the Boston Pops, we’ve always positioned ourselves as an orchestra for people who don’t know they like orchestras, and not just for classical-music audiences.”

Posted March 30, 2017