For the first-time ever the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Boston Pops Orchestra will perform on the same stage in a free outdoor public venue at Franklin Park on Oct. 1st.
The Boston Pops have actually performed at Franklin Park twice before, but this will be the first performance by the Boston Symphony Orchestra in Franklin Park.
The outdoor concert will be led by BSO Music Director Andris Nelsons, Boston Pops Conductor Keith Lockhart and BSO Youth and Family Concerts Conductor Thomas Wilkins. This will be the first-time that Nelsons leads the BSO in an outdoor venue in Boston.
"A large part of my role as the BSO’s Youth and Family Concerts Conductor is to deepen the relationship between Boston’s diverse communities and the first rate musicians and incredible artistry we're able to present on the Symphony Hall stage throughout the year," said Wilkins, who will emcee the concert. "One of my great passions is helping people fall in love with music and I’m so proud that we’re able to share the remarkable talents of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Boston Pops with the greater Boston community in Franklin Park this fall. This is my first opportunity to bring the entire orchestra to the public, and it's a pleasure to be able to share the stage for this performance with Andris Nelsons and Keith Lockhart."
The program will include "The Star-Spangled Banner," as well as selections from John Williams, Shostakovich and Mahler.
There will also be a free pre-concert arts and community festival hosted by 96.9 FM from 1 to 3 pm. There will be numerous family-friendly activities, including an interactive mural, an instrument playground, crafts, a photo booth, live animals and more.
The concert is being presented by the BSO and Boston Pops in partnership with the city of Boston.
The concert will be 3 pm on Sunday, October 1st at the Franklin Park Playstead.