The Boston Pops 2017 season is underway at Symphony Hall.

The spring season opened on Wednesday night with the inimitable (Conductor Keith Lockhart’s word, not mine) Queen Latifah. The Queen segued smoothly from blues to funk to hip-hop, hyping up the crowd and playing masterfully off of her backing band and the Pops orchestra. She was the perfect opening night headliner, embodying the spirit of fun and eclectic musical approach the Pops have come to be known for in recent years.

Catch the Pops at Symphony Hall through June 17, with a common thread running through: a tribute to John Williams’ film music. Keith Lockhart and company will honor the composer and his 37-year association with the Boston Pops. I’ve cherry-picked a few performances of note; click here for the entire schedule.

Ben Folds


From “The Battle Of Who Could Care Less” through his current Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, the indie O.G. will no doubt run the musical gamut.

Jaws in Concert


As advertised: the greatest summer film of all time, screened with the Pops performing the entire score in sync with the movie.

Party with the B-52s

B-52s new portrait #2. Photo by Pieter M van Hattem

Forty years strong, and they haven’t missed a beat. See them take the stage with the Pops after the orchestra plays a set of 80s favorites.

Click here for tickets.