星期三, 6月 29, 2016



BOSTON – JUNE 29, 2016 – Multi-talented superstars Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas along with Grammy Award-Winning country group Little Big Town will join Conductor Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra for Boston’s 43rd annual “Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular” hosted by Emmy Award-Winning Journalist Nancy O’Dell to broadcast live on CBS on Monday, July 4th.
The “Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular,” now in its 43rd year, is an annual free outdoor Fourth of July concert at the DCR Hatch Shell on the Esplanade.
David Mugar, who will also serve as executive producer, founded the event in 1974. “We are excited to be back on the CBS Network this year,” Executive Producer David G. Mugar said. “This event marks a time honored tradition in Boston, one that is shared throughout the nation.” Demi Lovato, Nick Jonas and Little Big Town will perform some of their biggest hits with the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra under the direction of conductor Keith Lockhart.
This year’s Spectacular keeps alive several of the Boston holiday traditions including the Pops’ now classic Independence Day rendition of Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture,” which features real cannons, the live ringing of area church bells and fireworks. Also, “The Stars & Stripes Forever,” which includes the ceremonial American flag drop and confetti shot. The Spectacular will be capped off by a magnificent fireworks array that fills the skies above Boston with a stunning exhibition of color and breathtaking pageantry produced by Fireworks by Grucci out of New York. Fireworks by Grucci will also be producing the special effects pyrotechnics off the Hatch Shell. Returning this year is the 104th Fighter Wing of the Massachusetts Air National Guard, the only flying unit within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The pilots in the F-15 Eagles belong to the 131st Fighter Squadron, one of the oldest continually serving Air Force squadrons as well as the operational combat arm of the 104th Fighter Wing. They are headquartered at Barnes Air National Guard Base in Westfield, MA.
The flyover will occur at the conclusion of the “Star Spangled Banner.” This year the United States Coast Guard will be a part of the show’s honor guard and will be participating during the National Anthem.
The cannons will be fired off by the 101ST Field Artillery Regiment. The regiment currently consists of 350 men and women from the 1ST Battalion 101ST Field Artillery based in Brockton, MA. Their Unit Alpha Battery 101ST Field Artillery Second Corps Cadets is based in Danvers, MA and Fall River, MA. Demi Lovato is a multi-platinum selling recording artist who released her fifth studio album, Confident, in 2015. Within hours of the release of the first single, “Cool for the Summer,” the anthem trended worldwide and hit #1 on iTunes in 37 countries. Previously, her album, Demi, released in 2013, hit #1 on iTunes in over 50 countries around the world, with the lead single, “Heart Attack,” earning Platinum status. In addition, she had a top five radio smash and platinum single, “Neon Lights,” and a top 10 single, “Really Don’t Care.” In 2016, Lovato became the recipient of GLAAD’s Vanguard Award. In addition, she’s one of the biggest names on social media, with an engaged following of 36 million Twitter followers, over 38 million Instagram followers, and over 38 million Facebook fans. Nick Jonas launched his solo music career with a self-titled debut album, Nick Jonas, released in November 2014. The critically-acclaimed album included the triple platinum single and #1 U.S. radio hit, “Jealous,” which he co-wrote, the double platinum single, “Chains,” and the hit single “Levels.” In 2015, in partnership with Island Records, Demi Lovato, and long-time manager Phil McIntyre, he launched the artist-centric record label, Safehouse Records. Jonas released his upcoming album, Last Year Was Complicated, on June 10th. The first single off the album, “Close,” featuring Tove Lo, was released in March 2016. His co-writing credits on the album include “Chainsaw,” “Unhinged,” “The Difference,” “Champagne Problems” and “Bacon.” Jonas was the driving songwriting force behind the Jonas Brothers and was a co- writer or sole writer on the majority of their releases. In addition, he helped pen a number of songs on Demi Lovato’s first album. He is set to kick off his 40-city North American HONDA CIVIC TOUR: FUTURE NOW with Demi Lovato in June. Little Big Town – consisting of Karen Fairchild, Phillip Sweet, Kimberly Schlapman and Jimi Westbrook – first entered the music scene more than 18 years ago with hits “Boondocks,” “Bring It on Home,” “Good as Gone” and the Grammy-nominated single “Little White Church.” With albums Tornado and Painkiller, they have seen massive success with #1 singles “Pontoon,” “Tornado” and “Day Drinking” and, most recently, the best-selling country single of 2015, “Girl Crush.” In October 2014, the group fulfilled a career milestone and lifelong dream when Reba McIntire asked them to become the newest members of the Grand Ole Opry. Little Big Town has earned over 35 award show nominations and in the past five years have taken home nearly 20 awards, including multiple Grammy, CMA and ACM Awards and an Emmy Award. This past November, they received honors from the CMA for Vocal Group of the Year and Single of the Year for “Girl Crush,” and the song was also honored as CMA’s Song of the Year. At the 2016 Grammy Awards, Little Big Town won “Best Country Group/Duo Performance,” and “Girl Crush” received the honor for “Best Country Song.” Most recently, Little Big Town received honors from the Academy of Country Music for Vocal Group of the Year and Vocal Event of the Year with Miranda Lambert, and was recognized with the Crystal Milestone Award. At the Billboard Awards, Little Big Town and “Girl Crush” were nominated for Top Country Song as well as Chart Achievement Award, and the group was honored as the 2016 Music Business Association Artist of the Year. Currently, Little Big Town is on the road with Luke Bryan for the Kill the Lights Tour. Their new album, Wanderlust, produced by Pharrell Williams, was released June 10. Emmy Award-winning journalist Nancy O’Dell has proven to be a force in all areas of her career as a host, author, producer and entrepreneur. One of the country’s most respected and leading entertainment journalists, O’Dell is co-anchor of the most-watched entertainment news program in the world, “Entertainment Tonight.” Prior to her work at “ET,” she served as the co-host of “Access Hollywood” and was named one of “Television Week’s” “10 Most Bankable Stars in Syndication.” With more than 20 years of experience, O’Dell contributes to “CBS This Morning” and is a go-to anchor for live TV specials. O’Dell has been honored with two Emmy Awards, three Associated Press Awards, two Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) Awards, and has been nominated for several additional Emmys. After her mother was diagnosed and passed away in 2008 from complications related to ALS, O’Dell became a National Vice President of the Muscular Dystrophy Association and serves as the spokesperson for ALS.net. Also, she acts as an international board member for Best Buddies, a non-profit organization whose mission is to enhance the lives of people with intellectual disabilities. Affectionately known as “America’s Orchestra,” in 2016 the Boston Pops entered its 131st season of entertaining audiences in Boston and beyond. Arthur Fiedler’s 50-year tenure as Pops Conductor (1929-1979) established the Boston Pops as a national icon. John Williams (1980-1993), who succeeded Arthur Fiedler in 1980, is the most highly acclaimed composer in Hollywood and today, with 50 Academy Award nominations, the most-nominated living person in Academy history. Keith Lockhart (1995-present) has created programs that reach out to a broader and younger audience by presenting artists, both established performers and rising stars, from virtually every corner of the entertainment world, all the while maintaining the Pops’ appeal to its core audience. The Boston Pops performs for an audience of nearly 900,000 people annually in Boston, across the country and around the world, and reaches millions more through its recordings and television broadcasts. For more information, visit www.bostonpops.org. Keith Lockhart became the twentieth conductor of the Boston Pops in 1995, adding his artistic vision to the Pops tradition established by his predecessors John Williams and Arthur Fiedler. Audiences worldwide love Keith Lockhart's inimitable style, expressed not only through his consummate music-making, but also by his unique ability to speak directly to the audience about the music to which he feels so passionately committed. Keith Lockhart currently serves as principal conductor of the BBC Concert Orchestra in London, which he led in the June 2012 Diamond Jubilee Concert for Queen Elizabeth II, and as artistic director of the Brevard Music Center summer institute and festival in North Carolina. Born in Poughkeepsie, NY, Keith Lockhart began his musical studies with piano lessons at the age of seven. He holds degrees from Furman University and Carnegie Mellon University, and honorary doctorates from several American universities. The Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular will be air locally on CBS Boston’s WBZ-TV from 8 PM-9 PM then the nation will join in from 9 PM -11 PM on the CBS Network. The special will also be available to stream live across platforms via the CBS All Access subscription service. Additionally, WBZ Newsradio 1030AM broadcast will begin at 7 PM and will be hosted by Jordan Rich. A live streaming audiocast of the concert will be available on the Internet through www.cbsboston.com. On the FM dial Mix 104.1 will broadcast live on July 4 starting at 2pm with Kennedy, Salt, Gregg Daniels and Fast Freddy and will also air the fireworks music live. The “Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular” live broadcast will be produced by White Cherry Entertainment, and the live event by Boston 4 Productions. Glenn Weiss, Ricky Kirshner and R.A. Clark will serve as executive producers for the national telecast. The executive producers for Boston 4 Productions are David G. Mugar, Pamela Picard and Rich MacDonald. Michael Mathis of IMG Media and Pamela Picard will produce the local telecast seen on WBZ-TV Boston 8:00-9:00 PM, live ET. Glenn Weiss will direct the network broadcast, and Robin Abrams will direct the local broadcast.
Boston 4 Productions thanks the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ Department of Conservation and Recreation, Governor Charlie Baker, Lieutenant Governor Karen Polito, and Department of Conservation and Recreation Commissioner Leo Roy for their support. Security Restrictions Comprehensive security restrictions as determined by local, state and federal authorities are in place to ensure that all concert attendees and the neighboring communities and residents have a safe and memorable experience. It is strongly advised that those heading to The Esplanade during the holiday weekend visit www.july4th.org for a complete listing of up-to-date security information. The Oval lawn immediately in front of the Hatch Memorial Shell will be open to concertgoers beginning at 5 PM on July 3 and 9 AM on July 4. Those hoping to sit on the lawn must pass through a security checkpoint where all bags and coolers will be examined by security personnel. During the screening process, metal cutlery, alcoholic beverages and glass containers will not be allowed and will be confiscated. After gaining access to the Oval, attendees will be given a wristband so that they can gain re-entry should they need to leave during the course of the day (different colored wristbands will be given on July 3 and July 4). Each year more than 1,000 water-craft attend the event and important boating security restrictions are also posted on www.july4th.org.