One highlight of the 125th Anniversary season of the Boston Pops is the July 4 release of The Dream Lives On: A Portrait of the Kennedy Brothers, which was recorded during a the world premiere performances at Symphony Hall May 18 & 19, 2010 when Pops conductor Keith Lockhart led an assemblage that included narrators Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, Ed Harris, and Cherry Jones, and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus. The album also includes a new recording of Stars and Stripes Forever, the John Philip Sousa march most associated with the Boston Pops. The CD will be released on July 4th in connection with the Boston Pops Fourth-of-July Fireworks Spectacular, among the nation’s largest and most historic Independence Day celebrations, and will be sold in various locations along the Charles River Esplanade, in addition to traditional CD outlets described below
The Dream Lives On, priced at $3.99, will be available for purchase by the general public staring on July 4 online at www.bostonpops.org/shop and Boston Pops at Amazon.com, as well as at the Symphony Shop at Symphony Hall in Boston. The album will also be available for download as a complete CD www.bostonpops.org/digital. Music sold in HD stereo AIFF and WMA formatting will cost $3.49. Music sold in MP3 formatting will cost $2.99. The MP3 album will also be made available on iTunes, CDBaby, and Amazon.com.
Celebrating the legacies of these three influential and inspiring Massachusetts native sons, The Dream Lives On—composed by Peter Boyer with Tony Award-winning lyricist Lynn Ahrens—was commissioned by Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops. The Dream Lives On pays tribute to the towering achievements and singular spirit epitomized by the Kennedy brothers—the call to public service, drive for social change, and the legacy of optimism for America’s future. The title of the work was taken from the closing lines of Ted Kennedy’s speech at the 2008 Democratic National Convention. Commissioning of The Dream Lives On: A Portrait of the Kennedy Brothers was made possible by generous support provided by Paul and Catherine Braverman and Robert and Evelyn Doran.
2010 Tanglewood schedule and ticket details.