Sometimes you gotta get away from the formality of the BSO concerts and embrace the cheese of the Boston Pops. Normally this is reserved for the holidays. But I was fortunate enough to get on the roster for a three night series of Pops concerts called “City of Champions” — a star-studded celebration of Boston’s sports culture.
What do I mean by schlock? Our songs include the star spangled banner, O Fortuna, take me out to the ball game (which has verses?!), Heart from Damn Yankees, to be a football hero, we are the champions, an Olympic fanfare from John Williams… Andre Tippett of Patriots fame is narrating a piece. More guest stars have been promised. The whole thing is just way more fun than anyone should be allowed to have at Symphony Hall.
For instance, as i write this at rehearsal today, we sit behind the Drop kick Murphys as they warmed up. We were warned that the organist from Fenway Park would be “warming up the crowd” before the concert and at intermission on Thursday. We were also told not to be alarmed if we heard the T shirt cannon going off.
First concert is tonight. In typical pops form, we had one rehearsal which was the first time many of us saw the music, and the on stage rehearsal is now. Should be a blast!