The Boston Pops announce 2019 spring season

Bernadette Peters, Leslie Odom Jr., and more will join forces with Keith Lockhart and the Pops.

Cirque de la Symphonie with the Boston Pops and Conductor Keith Lockhart at Symphony Hall.
Cirque de la Symphonie with the Boston Pops and Conductor Keith Lockhart at Symphony Hall. –Stu Rosner

In a few months, the sounds of Broadway heavyweights, Grammy Award winners, and a gospel choir will fill Symphony Hall.

The Boston Pops announced its 2019 spring season on Thursday, opening with Bernadette Peters on May 8. Highlights of the lineup includes MacArthur Genius Grant winner Rhiannon Giddens in a weeklong residency titled “Redefining American Music” at the end of May and “Glee” alum Jane Lynch performing a selection of the Great American Songbook on June 11-12.

Among the notable acts returning to Symphony Hall are singer-songwriter Arlo Guthrie with a commemoration of Woodstock’s 50th anniversary on May 15-16, “Hamilton” star Leslie Odom Jr. in a centenary homage to Nat King Cole on June 5-6, and the aerial acrobats, contortionists, dancers, and jugglers of Cirque de la Symphonie on June 8.


Film presentations also color the orchestra’s 134th season. “Star Wars: A New Hope” will get the Pops treatment when Keith Lockhart leads the orchestra in John Williams’ Academy Award-winning score accompanying a screening of the 1977 film on May 10, 11, and 14. A “John Williams Film Night Tribute” on May 29-31 will celebrate other popular scores by the Conductor Laureate while film excerpts play.

The season closes on June 15 with the 27th annual Gospel Night. Charles Floyd, who has led the evening since 1994, will conduct the Boston Pops, the Boston Pops Gospel Choir, and singer Dottie Peoples in an evening playing special tribute to Aretha Franklin.

Information regarding the Fourth of July celebration will become available later in the season.

Tickets for the full season are available by phone at 888-266-1200 or through the Boston Pops website. They go on sale on Monday, Feb. 25, and cost between $30 and $126.