Pops Goes the Fiedler

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Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops(Photo: RCA Victor)
Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops(Photo: RCA Victor)

This year, the music world celebrates the 125th anniversary of an American institution…the Boston Pops.  What began as a summer diversion for those living in the Boston area has blossomed into what would today be called a franchise.  Hundreds of thousands flock to Boston to see the Pops perform under the baton of current conductor Keith Lockhart.  The reason we even have the Boston Pops is because of the drive and curiosity of one man…Arthur Fiedler.

To this day, the memory of Fiedler and his 50 years at the helm of the Boston Pops is not forgotten by Bostonians, as evidenced by this statue in Charles River Park in Boston.  Erected in the summer of 1984, it sits very near where the July 4th festivities have taken place for many years.

With thanks to Bob Conrad and WCLV in Cleveland, we can delve a bit into the man who made the July 4th celebration in Boston the biggest Independence Day party of them all.

Here is pianist Earl Wild performing the finale to Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto 1 with Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops.