Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

A BRITISH INVASION WITH THE BOSTON POPS; 'America's Orchestra' Will Perform Their Version of the Hits at the Times-Union Center on Saturday

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

A BRITISH INVASION WITH THE BOSTON POPS; 'America's Orchestra' Will Perform Their Version of the Hits at the Times-Union Center on Saturday

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Byline: Charlie Patton

What do Benjamin Britten, Edward Elgar, George Frideric Handel, John Lennon, Paul McCartney and Pete Townsend all have in common?

All are British composers whose work will be featured at 8 p.m. Saturday during "A British Invasion: The Boston Pops Plays the Beatles" at the Moran Theater in the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts.

Jacksonville will be the fourth stop on a five-city tour the iconic orchestra is making through Florida during the first week of February.

Mixing some classical music with some relatively contemporary movements is a standard approach for the Boston Pops, said Keith Lockhart, now in his 22nd season as the orchestra's conductor.

That makes him the second longest-tenured conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra since its founding in 1885. He took over as conductor in 1995, following John Williams's 13-year tenure from 1980 to 1993; Williams, who has had a celebrated career as a composer of movie soundtracks, succeeded the legendary Arthur Fiedler, who served as conductor from 1930 to 1979.

The concert will open with three classical pieces, Elgar's "Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1," familiar to anyone who has attended a graduation, Handel's Suite from "Water Music" and Britten's "The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra."

Written in 1945, "The Young Person's Guide" is a "brilliantly conceived piece" traditionally accompanied by a narration that is "frighteningly English mid-century" and rather off-putting, Lockhart said.

But John Hodgman, a comedian and actor known for playing a PC opposite Justin Long's Mac in Apple's "Get a Mac" advertising campaign, and for his work as a correspondent on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show," had toyed with a musical career while growing up in a Boston suburb.

In 2015 Hodgman wrote a new narration for the piece and performed it during a series of concerts with the Boston Pops. …

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