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The 2018 Boston Pops spring season, under the direction of Keith Lockhart, celebrates the centennial of Leonard Bernstein, one of the greatest musical figures of the last century. His talents, which spanned the worlds of composition, performance, education, and conducting, influenced the culture at large in the mid-to-late 20th century and resulted in a legacy sure to inspire music lovers for generations to come. The Boston Pops has a special association with Leonard Bernstein — he made his professional orchestra conducting debut leading the ensemble during a performance in the Hatch Shell on the Charles River Esplanade in 1941, on the cusp of his fame.

The Boston Pops 2018 season celebration spotlights Leonard Bernstein's singular contributions as a multifaceted composer for orchestra, Broadway, and film, with a concert performance of West Side Story and a semi-staged performance of On The Town, both with star Broadway casts, along with a series of five Leonard Bernstein Centennial Tribute concerts featuring classic selections from Bernstein's scores to Candide, Fancy Free, Wonderful Town, and On the Waterfront.

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