August 2, 2010

An Evening at the Pops with Idina

The Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, site of the original 1969 Woodstock Festival.
The first of August was a gorgeous summer day---sunny skies, no humidity.
Beautiful venue.
The Museum is dedicated to the legacy of the famous music festival.

The Pavilion

Fellow lawn audience members.
View of the stage from the lawn.

Happy 125th Birthday Boston Pops! One of my enduring childhood memories was watching Evening at Pops in my parents' room with my sisters.
Conductor Keith Lockhart. He led the world-renowned orchestra in a tribute to Arthur Fiedler (Pops Conductor 1930-1979) featuring the Light Cavalry Overture, The Typewriter, and Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue. This was followed by a tribute to John Williams (Pops Conductor 1980-1993, Conductor Laureate 1993-present): Star Wars main title and the Flying theme from E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. The Raiders March was in the program but omitted from the performance.
The adroit pianist Michael Chertock performing Rhapsody in Blue.
The Beatles:Rock Band sing-along featuring Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, With a Little Help from my Friends, Twist and Shout, and Yellow Submarine. There were some initial technical difficulties but it was eventually fixed. The video game was developed by Massachusetts-based company Harmonix Music Systems.

Sorry for the blurry Jumbotron photos! Idina Menzel performed Life of the Party, Funny Girl, the Glee version of Poker Face (which I never liked), No Day but Today (a slow version which I loved), Good Morning Walker (jazzed up song for her son Walker Nathaniel), an a capella version of For Good from Wicked, Defying Gravity, and her encore, Annie's Tomorrow which she dedicated to her father who was in the audience.
Official merchandise included Idina bags and T-shirts. Rent and Wicked fangirls were out in full force.
Perfect evening of music under the stars.
Good night John Lennon!


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