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2004 programs and guest artists

June 27, 2004 Paula Zahn and Keith Lockhart
Keith Lockhart's 10th Anniversary Special
Featuring CNN's Paula Zahn

EVENING AT POPS kicks off its 35th season on PBS with a very special celebration -- Keith Lockhart's 10th Anniversary!

The Boston Pops Orchestra welcomes CNN's Paula Zahn, who invites viewers along for a night of wonderful music and fabulous friends. Paula -- herself a trained cellist -- will sit down with Keith to chat about his amazing career milestone -- a decade with America's Orchestra. It's a rare opportunity to meet the man behind the baton, while also unlocking a treasure trove of choice highlights from the last ten years, including performances by Nathan Lane, Martin Short, Patti Labelle, k.d. lang, Sarah Jessica Parker, Dawn Upshaw, Penn and Teller, Audra McDonald, the cast of Forever Tango, and many, many more.

July 4, 2004 Martin Short and the Cast of "The Music Man" (R)

Continuing Keith Lockhart's 10th Anniversary year, this encore of an EVENING AT POPS favorite features television, movie and Broadway star Martin Short who performs his unique brand of free-wheeling comedy along with singing songs from the Broadway repertoire including his Tony award winning turn from Little Me. The Boston Pops Orchestra also pays a "star spangled" tribute to The Music Man with the leads from the recent Broadway revival, Craig Bierko and Rebecca Luker.

July 11, 2004 Michael McDonaldNatalie MacMaster
Michael McDonald and Natalie MacMaster

This episode of EVENING AT POPS welcomes the celebrated pop star and former Doobie brother Michael McDonald, whose recently Grammy-nominated album Motown has just gone platinum. Michael joins conductor Keith Lockhart and sings some of his biggest hits including "I Can't Let Go" and "What A Fool Believes," as well as classic blockbusters from the Motown catalogue like "I Heard It Through The Grapevine." Then, Cape Breton fiddling sensation Natalie MacMaster joins the stage and shares her special blend of bluegrass and Celtic music with the Boston Pops Orchestra.

July 18, 2004 Vanessa Williams
Vanessa Williams

In this star-powered episode, EVENING AT POPS welcomes the incomparable Grammy Award-winning Vanessa Williams, conductor Keith Lockhart's guest for a tribute to landmark black Broadway musicals and their performers. Known for her award-winning pop songs, Vanessa has also starred in several Broadway musicals including Kiss of the Spider Woman and Into the Woods. The Boston Pops Orchestra accompanies Vanessa for a tribute to black musicals featuring "Beat Out Da Rhythm On A Drum" from Carmen Jones; "Taking A Chance On Love" from Cabin in the Sky; "Come Rain Or Come Shine" from St. Louis Woman; and more. As special encores, Vanessa delights the audience with her hits "Colors Of The Wind" and "Save the Best for Last."

July 25, 2004 John WilliamsBrian Stokes MitchellMonica Mancini
John Williams
Featuring a Tribute to Bernard Herrmann and Henry Mancini, with Julie Andrews, Blake Edwards, Brian Stokes Mitchell and Mancini's daughter Monica Mancini

Boston Pops Conductor Laureate, John Williams, continues his tradition of saluting film music giants in this episode of EVENING AT POPS by saluting unique collaborations between directors and composers. The program kicks off with a special tribute to Bernard Herrmann, whose scores for Alfred Hitchcock films like Psycho and Vertigo thrilled and scared an entire generation of moviegoers, as well as heavily influenced future film composers, including Maestro Williams himself. Then, special guests -- the legendary Julie Andrews and Academy Award-winning Blake Edwards -- join Mr. Williams to pay tribute to another distinguished film scorer, their longtime friend and colleague, Henry Mancini. Broadway star Brian Stokes Mitchell (Ragtime, Kiss Me Kate, Man of La Mancha) is also on hand to perform "Whistling Away The Dark" from Darling Lili; "The Days of Wine and Roses" and other enduring Mancini classics. Finally, Mancini's daughter Monica Mancini, herself a celebrated singer, will join Mitchell to perform "Moon River." Maestro Williams and the Pops will also accompany montages from Psycho, in additional to a montage of other Alfred Hitchcock/Bernard Herrmann films; as well as Henry Mancini/Blake Edwards films.

August 1, 2004 Kristin Chenoweth
"From Screen to Stage:" Kristin Chenoweth and Rob Marshall

This special episode of EVENING AT POPS takes us from the silver screen of Hollywood to the fabled stages of the Great White Way. Broadway sensation Kristin Chenoweth, currently starring in the smash hit musical Wicked, joins conductor Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops Orchestra to pay tribute to movie musicals that became Broadway musicals, including "Let Yourself Go" from Swingtime; and "Apartment 14G" from Thoroughly Modern Millie. She will also perform her celebrated version of "Glitter And Be Gay" from Candide. Then, Keith welcomes his longtime friend and college classmate Rob Marshall, the Academy Award-nominated director of the multi-Oscar winning screen musical Chicago, who is on-hand to discuss some of those popular films that went on to become Broadway musicals.

August 8, 2004 John Williams
John Williams (R)
Featuring Lara Fabian, Josh Groban, and Christopher Parkening

Laureate conductor John Williams returns to EVENING AT POPS to showcase his Academy Award-nominated scores from Harry Potter and AI: Artificial Intelligence as well as "Call of the Champions" from the 2002 Winter Olympic Games. Also straight from Salt Lake, Olympic performer/pop vocalist Josh Groban and singer/songwriter Lara Fabian team up to perform the title track from AI, "For Always." Celebrated classical guitarist Christopher Parkening rounds out the evening with "The Days Between" from Williams' score to Stepmom. Tune in for a fabulous evening of entertainment with the most celebrated film composer of our time.

August 15, 2004 Ricky Skaggs (R)

EVENING AT POPS welcomes Grammy-award winning Ricky Skaggs for an evening of classic bluegrass music -- and unmatched talent. Joining conductor Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops Orchestra, Ricky and his own acoustic band will share highlights from his 30 year career and captivate with his rousing renditions of "Highway 40 Blues," "Soldier of the Cross," and "Road to Spencer," and other favorites. Tune in for an unbeatable night of down-home bluegrass with one of America's greatest musical icons.

August 22, 2004 A Tribute to Jerry Herman (R)
Featuring Faith Prince, Marin Mazzie, George Hearn, John Barrowman

Join Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops Orchestra as the 34th Season of EVENING AT POPS kicks off with a tribute to legendary Broadway composer Jerry Herman. In honor of Herman's 70th birthday, celebrities from the Great White Way -- including Tony-award winner Faith Prince, Marin Mazzie, and John Barrowman perform songs from the hits Hello, Dolly!, La Cage aux Folles, and Mame. Tune in as Herman shares stories from his prolific career, and for an evening of show-stopping numbers from today's brightest Broadway stars.

August 29, 2004 A Tribute to Rodgers and Hart (R)

EVENING AT POPS pays tribute to the musical genius of composer Richard Rodgers with an evening of Rodgers & Hart, celebrating his unmatched partnership with lyricists Lorenz Hart that contributed to many of our most beloved songs. Vocal renditions of such consummate favorites as "Isn't it Romantic," "Blue Moon," and "Manhattan" shine alongside the newly choreographed "Slaughter on Tenth Avenue" by the Mark Morris Dance Group. Originally choreographed by George Ballanchine, Morris lends his unique style and sensibility to this classic composition. It's sure to be a festive celebration -- with a new twist on classics!



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