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Adventures Online: Celebrate the Holidays With the Boston Pops

Meet music lovers and ring in the New Year with the Boston Pops! Join us online for a behind-the-scenes look at a premier symphony orchestra, live from Boston.
Program No. 24207RJ
Length
3 days
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349
Online Program

Adventures Online: Celebrate the Holidays With the Boston Pops

Meet music lovers and ring in the New Year with the Boston Pops! Join us online for a behind-the-scenes look at a premier symphony orchestra, live from Boston.
Length
3 days
Starts at
349
Program No. 24207 RJ
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At a Glance

What does it take to create a world-class orchestra performance for the holiday season? Find out as you meet members of the Boston Pops and Boston Symphony Orchestra who offer an insider’s look into the work that goes on behind the scenes to create the Boston Pops 2020 Holiday Celebration. During this online learning adventure live from Boston, Massachusetts, learn about the history of Boston Symphony Hall and enjoy private meetings with members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s String and Wind sections. Hear from Boston University Professor Jeremy Yudkin, chairperson of the Musicology Department, during a presentation on classical music and musicians. View the Boston Pops holiday performance at your own pace, and later enjoy an opportunity to hear from the musicians who coordinated the event. Throughout your adventure, relish in the camaraderie and good cheer of your fellow Road Scholars as you delight in the music of the holidays — then make a toast to the New Year!

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Meet with members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s String and Wind Sections who offer a look into their work and the instruments they play.
  • Explore Boston Symphony Hall during a virtual exploration with an orchestra expert.
  • Learn what goes into planning the Boston Pops 2020 Holiday Celebration and enjoy a presentation on the behind the scenes workings on one of the finest orchestras in the country.

General Notes

Your online program will include 2-3 hours of daily instruction, discussion and/or field trips. Please review the daily itinerary for start and end times to ensure you won’t miss a minute of this live and in person experience. This live online experience is through Zoom, an easy-to-use web video service. All you need is an Internet connection and your computer. We’ll provide a how-to guide to make sure you’ll have a hassle-free experience. This session is offered live only and will not be available on demand.
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Jeremy Yudkin
Dr. Jeremy Yudkin is professor of music at Boston University, an associated faculty member of the Department of African American Studies, and visiting professor of music at Oxford University and Harvard University. Dr. Yudkin received his B.A. and M.A. from Cambridge University in classics and modern languages and his Ph.D. in historical musicology from Stanford University. He is the author of six books, and has written articles for journals including The Musical Quarterly, The Stanford Italian Review, The American Journal of Philology and others. Dr. Yudkin’s principal fields of research include medieval music, early Beethoven, popular music, and jazz.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Wendy Putnam View biography
Wendy Putnam is a violinst with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. She was born in Wisconsin and began her study of the violin at the age of three, making her concert hall appearance as a soloist at nine. She completed her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Louisiana State University, then joined the New World Symphony. She has collaborated with artists such as Sir Georg Solti, Josef Swensen, Phillipe Entremont, Benjamin Pasternack, and under conductors Michael Tilson Thomas, Seiji Ozawa, Leonard Bernstein, Christoph Eschenbach, and Mstislav Rostropovich.
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Jeremy Yudkin View biography
Dr. Jeremy Yudkin is professor of music at Boston University, an associated faculty member of the Department of African American Studies, and visiting professor of music at Oxford University and Harvard University. Dr. Yudkin received his B.A. and M.A. from Cambridge University in classics and modern languages and his Ph.D. in historical musicology from Stanford University. He is the author of six books, and has written articles for journals including The Musical Quarterly, The Stanford Italian Review, The American Journal of Philology and others. Dr. Yudkin’s principal fields of research include medieval music, early Beethoven, popular music, and jazz.
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Martha Babcock View biography
Martha Babcock began her musical studies at six, began studying the cello at ten, and made her concert debut at fourteen. She graduated cum laude from Harvard University. Winner of the Piatigorsky Prize at Tanglewood, she began her professional career as a cellist at nineteen as the youngest member of the Montreal Symphony. She joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 1973 and has served as the BSO’s assistant principal, associate principal, and acting principal cello, as well as principal cello of the Boston Pops Orchestra.
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Benjamin Wright View biography
Benjamin Wright, a former member of the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra and the Chicago Symphony, joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra trumpet section in July 2002 and became second trumpet in 2010. Mr. Wright has performed with the National Symphony Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, and the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra. From 2006-2009, he was acting assistant principal trumpet of the BSO and Boston Pops. He is on the faculty of the New England Conservatory, the Tanglewood Music Center, and The Boston Conservatory.
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Dennis Alves View biography
Dennis Alves is Director of Artistic Planning for the Boston Pops, a post he has held for nearly 30 years. He oversees all aspects of program planning at Symphony Hall and Tanglewood, tours, and television and recording projects. Of the 12 CDs recorded during his tenure, two have been nominated for Grammy Awards. In his role as Executive Producer of the annual Pops Fireworks Spectacular, he has won two New England regional Emmy Awards. Prior to taking on Arts Administration, Dennis was a leading trumpeter.
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Mike Roylance View biography
Mike W. Roylance is the principal tuba of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, joining the BSO in 2003. Previously, he performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, and Seattle Symphony Orchestra. Prior to the BSO, he was a member of Walt Disney World® “Future Corps” in Orlando. Mr. Roylance enjoyed a diverse and celebrated freelance career including performances and masterclasses throughout Europe, China, and Japan. He has been a featured soloist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Pops, and the U.S. Coast Guard Band.
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In Concert: Onstage and Offstage with the Boston Symphony Orchestra
by Carl Vigeland
To Seiji Ozawa, the Boston Symphony Orchestra season is filled with challenges. The audience at the opening night concert is greeted by leaflets declaring the musicians' grievances: A strike may cut off the season. Ozawa has chosen to make it a full orchestra, huge chorus, and outstanding vocal soloists: The local critics are eager to judge the results. And the season includes a performance at the reopening of Carnegie Hall, a major recording, and even a concert version of an opera.There is, as always, the tension between players and conductor. But for one of the musicians, the principal trumpet player, the season is both a challenge and a question of his professional survival, because of his conflict with his conductor. He feels forced to prove himself each time he plays. Yet his performances influence the way the whole orchestra sounds. The interplay between these two men becomes the dramatic center of an intensely moving story.The concertmaster, the choral director, the official coterie around Ozawa, the major players in the orchestra, are all part of a fascinating view of the BSO no outsider can witness. From rehearsal to performance, from back-corridor talk to at-home life, from Boston to New York to Tanglewood, here is an intimate, behind-the-scenes picture of one of the foremost orchestras in the world.
The Carols of Christmas: A Celebration of the Surprising Stories Behind Your Favorite Holiday Songs
by Andrew Gant
Everyone loves a carol—in the end, even Ebenezer Scrooge. They have the power to summon up a special kind of mid-winter mood, like the aroma of gingerbread or the twinkle of lights on a tree. It’s a kind of magic. But how did they get that magic? Andrew Gant—choirmaster, church musician, university professor, and writer—tells the story of some twenty carols, each accompanied by lyrics and music, unraveling a captivating, and often surprising, tale of great musicians and thinkers, saints and pagans, shepherd boys and choirboys. Readers get to delve into the history of such favorites as “Good King Wenceslas,” “Away in a Manger,” and “O, Tannenbaum,” discovering along the way how “Hark, the Herald Angels Sing” came to replace “Hark, how all the welkin’ ring” and how Ralph Vaughan Williams applied the tune of an English folk song about a dead ox to a poem by a nineteenth century American pilgrim to make “O Little Town of Bethlehem.” A charming book that brims with anecdote, expert knowledge, and Christmas spirit, this is a fittingly joyous account of one of the best-loved musical traditions.
Understanding Music
by Jeremy Yudkin
Understanding Music teaches readers to listen to music with depth, understanding, and knowledge. Using music as a tool to exercise listening skills, the Eighth Edition integrates lively text, clear listening guides, and hands-on videos and web activities to convey the importance of listening. Through exploring and understanding different music from all around the world, Understanding Music teaches readers how to appreciate music concepts and styles, as well as gain important listening skills they can exercise in all areas of life.
Christmas Traditions In Boston
by Anthony Sammarco
In 1659, the General Court of Massachusetts Bay Colony banned by law the celebration of Christmas as it was deemed to be a time of seasonal excess with no Biblical authority. Though repealed in 1681, it would not be until 1856 that Christmas Day became a state holiday in Massachusetts. In this book Christmas Traditions in Boston, Anthony Sammarco outlines the celebration (or lack thereof) of Christmas in the first two centuries after the city was settled in 1630. By the mid 19th century a German immigrant named Charles Follen introduced the Christmas tree to Boston, and shortly thereafter Louis Prang introduced his colorful Christmas cards, the first in Boston. During the next century, Boston would see caroling and hand bell ringing on Beacon Hill, a Nativity scene and other traditional New England displays on Boston Common and in the many department stores, as well as the once popular Enchanted Village of Saint Nicholas at Jordan Marsh, New England's largest store. What could have been better than after a day seeing Santa, the seasonal displays and lights on Boston Common than to enjoy a hot fudge sundae at Bailey's? Christmas Traditions in Boston revisits the memories of the past and brings together the shared tradition of how Bostonians celebrated the holiday season.





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