[gardeners] OT - Boston Pops

margaret lauterbach (gardeners@globalgarden.com)
Mon, 05 Jul 1999 08:35:28 -0600

The wonderful Boston Pops orchestra performed a great concert last night,
telecast by A&E channel. I wonder how PBS lost the rights to the live
concert. The "national orchestra" has pookier programs and plays
sluggishly. I don't know who the present conductor is, but Rostropovich was
a plodding conductor, IMHO. Maybe he set the tone for the whole orchestra.

I think Keith Lockhart is a fabulous conductor for the Boston Pops, and
there was some unscripted fun and hilarity after he yielded his podium to
Seiji Ozawa. But it must have been hot. People in the orchestra were beyond
bitching about it. Many looked as though they were going to collapse. How
hot was it? Those of you who have watched the best July 4th concert around
know there are always audience members who do a "rockettes" chorus line
dance during Stars and Stripes Forever, but last night Ozawa and Lockhart
did some of that right back. Great fun. Margaret L