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Boston Pops Perform Virtual Concerts Through the Spring


The Boston Pops announced in late April that its spring season will be presented entirely online, with six weekly concert streams beginning on May 6. 

Programs will feature newly recorded content, as well as historic performances from the archives, including a legendary program with Ella Fitzgerald. The spring season opened with the orchestra—whose musicians are members of Local 9-535 (Boston, MA)—performing a Mother’s Day program of works written by or about women, ranging from works by ABBA to Clara Schumann. The Boston Pops will return to Tanglewood for an abbreviated outdoor season with live audiences beginning in July.