Maestro Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra
Joining the Boston Pops in 1995 as its twentieth conductor, Keith Lockhart has been adding his extraordinary artistic vision to the show for seventeen years. Lockhart has appeared with almost every major symphonic ensemble in North America, and audiences around the world love his inimitable style and passion.
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Ayla Brown has pursued a diverse range of endeavors over the span of the last six years. Her achievements include being an American Idol Semifinalist, recording artist of four albums, national and local performances, and national news correspondent for The Early Show on CBS. From 2006-2010, Ayla was a Division 1 basketball player at Boston College, receiving a degree in communications. For the past two years since moving to Nashville, Ayla has had the opportunity to headline her own shows and open up for numerous country music superstars including Josh Turner, Eric Church, Sara Evans, Charlie Daniels, Craig Morgan, Darius Rucker and more.
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Born in Savannah, Georgia in the early 1950’s then moving to Boston, Massachusetts Ellis Hall embarked upon becoming one of the world’s most innovative souls. Completely blind by the age of 18, he raced off into the world of R & B and Soul to create a reputation for being one of the most scintillating performers of our time. Evident in his recorded work with The California Raisins and Kenny G, as well as his many live appearances with the likes of Stevie Wonder, Earth Wind and Fire and many more, Ellis is considered to be The Ambassador of Soul. Online | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube
Howie Day’s emotionally resonant lyrics and inventive melodies have earned him both critical praise and a legion of devoted fans. A native of Maine, Day began playing piano at age five and guitar at age 12. By 15, he was writing his own songs and performing across New England. Shortly after graduating high school, Day became a fixture at college coffeehouses across the U.S. He wrote, financed and released his first effort, Australia, which was named Best Debut Album at the 2001 Boston Music Awards. Day’s major-label debut, Stop All The World Now, was certified gold in the U.S. and spawned two Top 10 radio hits: “She Says” and the platinum single “Collide.” Day is currently immersed in the recording process of his fourth studio album. Online | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram
Susan Tedeschi’s knack for combining her passion for American roots music with an awe-inspiring vocal prowess has led to a successful and critically acclaimed career spanning two decades. Blessed with an ability to dig deep and deliver powerful R&B belters or wrap her voice around a gentle ballad, she is a talented guitarist as well, steeped in the electric blues tradition. After many nominations, Tedeschi’s first Grammy win came in 2012 as a co-leader of Tedeschi Trucks Band for their debut album Revelator. Tedeschi Trucks Band will return to Boston this summer for shows with The Black Crowes. Online | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube
Tanglewood Festival Chorus
Founded in January 1970, when conductor John Oliver was named Director of Choral and Vocal Activities at the Tanglewood Music Center, the Tanglewood Festival Chorus made its debut that year in a performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with Leonard Bernstein conducting the BSO. Made up of members who donate their time and talent, and formed originally under the joint sponsorship of Boston University and the Boston Symphony Orchestra for performances during the BSO’s Tanglewood season, the chorus originally numbered 60 well-trained Boston-area singers. Now numbering some 300 members, the Tanglewood Festival Chorus performs year-round with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Boston Pops. Online