Although I was in choir for a number of years, took a few piano lessons, and had a summer fling with the flute, I have little-to-no musical capability. But that’s not to say I don’t love music! Doesn’t everyone love music?
Last year, I went to see the Boston Symphony Orchestra for the first time and it was a beautiful experience listening to the musicians and admiring Symphony Hall. Did you know that Symphony Hall in Boston is one of the world’s most acoustically perfect music venues?
This spring the Boston Pops had a fantastic lineup of events. If two hours of classical music isn’t your thing, some of these unusual events may interest you!
Oz and the Orchestra
On Mother’s Day friend and I attended the Oz and the Orchestra event. We got to watch the Wizard of Oz on the big screen, something I haven’t done in at least 15 years! All the music was taken out of the movie and the scores were played live by the Boston Pops. It was a fantastic way to appreciate such a fun and whimsical movie.
This year is the 50th anniversary of the Wizard of Oz movie, so this special event celebrated Judy Garland and her famous red shoes. Although in the books her shoes were actually silver. The movie producers decided to make them red because of Technicolor and they wanted them to stand out. Another fun fact, I just got to see the original ruby slippers from the movie at the Smithsonian last month!
The Pops will perform with the Wizard of Oz again in August at Tanglewood.
Cirque de la Symphonie
Last week I returned again to the Symphony Hall for another out-of-the-box musical performance – Cirque de la Symphonie.
They specialize in performing with symphonies all over the world. It was simply amazing! Gymnasts, acrobats, magicians, and illusionists performed on stage along with the symphony. It was the classiest circus I’ve ever attended.
Pops on Nantucket
Another one of my favorite ways to listen to the Boston Pops, is on the beaches of Nantucket. The Pops perform on Nantucket once the summer and it’s a very fun way to enjoy the summer evening picnic on the water. We still talk about it to this day as one of our favorite summer memories! The Pops play on Nantucket on August 9th, plan accordingly!
The Boston Symphony Orchestra plays regularly over the summer at Tanglewood, a beautiful outdoor amphitheater in Western Massachusetts.
Have you seen the Boston Pops? Are you able to play any musical instruments?
Any summer musical event you recommend for me? Always looking for more ways to have fun!