Get festive with Boston Pops, “America’s Orchestra”

Photo by Michael Lutch.

The University of Iowa’s Hancher will present a “Holiday Pops” performance by the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, under the direction of Keith Lockhart, at 7 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 27, in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The performance will also feature contemporary a cappella group Rockapella and soprano Kathryn Skemp Moran.

Known as “America’s Orchestra,” the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra is well known for both its Holiday Pops performances and its Fourth of July concerts, which are aired nationally each year. The orchestra has made a host of popular recordings under the batons of Arthur Fiedler, John Williams, and Lockhart.

Rockapella is a five-man a cappella group perhaps best known as the house band on the PBS television program Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? The group has recorded multiple holiday albums and will be performing brand-new arrangements of holiday favorites with the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra.

The 2011 edition of the Holiday Pops tour includes only three stops, with Hancher offering the most affordable ticket prices on the tour.

Tickets are $90/70/45 ($45/35/22.50 for youth; $25 for college students) and are available from the Hancher Box Office, 319-335-1160 or 800-426-2437, www.hancher.uiowa.edu. Any remaining tickets will be available for sale one hour before show time at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.


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