Friday, March 11, 2011

Keith Lockhart Leads 2011 Boston Pops Florida Tour - “A Tribute To Cole Porter”

Keith Lockhart leads the Boston Pops in a six-concert, five-city tour of Florida. The 2011 Boston Pops Florida Tour, entitled “A Tribute to Cole Porter,” will feature Broadway stars Kelli O’Hara and Jason Danieley in such timeless classics as "It’s De-lovely," "You’re the Top," "Anything Goes," "So in Love," and "In the Still of the Night"--just a few of the highlights of the Pops’ special tribute to Cole Porter, one of the most beloved and prolific contributors to the American Songbook.

Keith Lockhart conducting the Boston Pops
(Photo by Stu Rosner) 
The Boston Pops will also perform a medley of George and Ira Gershwin favorites, including "Someone to Watch Over Me" and "The Man I Love," selections from Leonard Bernstein’s musical “On the Town,” including "Lonely Town" and "Times Square 1944," and Richard Rodgers’ "Carousel Waltz." 

 “I'm thrilled to bring the Boston Pops' Cole Porter Tribute to our audiences in Florida and to spotlight the extraordinary music of a true American icon,” said Keith Lockhart. “Responsible for so many of the songs we now consider classics, Cole Porter helped define and shape the American Songbook, as well as the American song writing tradition. It's an incredible honor for me to present this wonderful music as it was originally meant to be heard--with a full orchestra, the Boston Pops, playing his sophisticated melodies, and Broadway stars Kelli O'Hara and Jason Danieley singing his witty and stylish lyrics.”

The first segment of “A Tribute to Cole Porter,” will feature music by contemporaries of Cole Porter and music by artists he inspired. The Boston Pops will perform Leonard Bernstein, Richard Rodgers, and Gershwin selections, as well as a medley of Irving Berlin songs including "Say It With Music" and "Blue Skies." Ms. O’Hara and Mr. Danieley join the orchestra during the program’s second half, which is devoted entirely to music by Mr. Porter. This set will alternate between solos and duets as Ms. O’Hara and Mr. Danieley showcase the full range of Mr. Porter’s immense songwriting gifts. Mr. Danieley will perform songs including "In the Still of the Night" and "Where Is the Life that Late I Led," while Ms. O’Hara will feature on "So in Love" and "Always True to You in My Fashion," before both Broadway singers join forces for "You’re the Top" and "Anything Goes."  “A Tribute to Cole Porter” promises to remind Florida audiences why Mr. Porter’s catchy melodies and urbane lyrics have come to embody the golden age of Broadway musicals and the prowess of the American songwriter. 

Keith Lockhart has worked with a wide array of artists from virtually every corner of the entertainment world. From Hollywood and Broadway stars Sarah Jessica Parker, Nathan Lane, Martin Short, Mandy Patinkin, and Jason Alexander to popular singers k.d. lang, Barry Manilow, Celine Dion, Elvis Costello, and Patti LaBelle, to jazz and American songbook legends Barbara Cook, Terence Blanchard, Natalie Cole, and Mel Tormé, to classical favorites Dawn Upshaw and Gil Shaham, Keith Lockhart has brought many of the great musicians and entertainers of our day to the Pops stage.

The show takes place March 19 at 8pm at the Adrienne Arsht Center in downtown Miami (1300 Biscayne Boulevard).  For tickets and information see

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