Transformative Power of Philanthropy

David Mugar and the
Fourth of July Celebration
The Boston Pops Concert
at the Esplanade and Fireworks

Nélida Nassar  07.02.2012

Boston’s Fourth of July started – like many things do – as just a simple idea. In September 1973, David Mugar a philantropist from Belmont, Massachusetts of Armenian-American ancestry and CEO of Mugar Enterprises suggested to Boston Pops Conductor Arthur Fiedler that in order to revive the diminishing Esplanade concert series it might be a good idea to play Tchaikovsky’s «1812 Overture» with a few added extras, the rest as the say goes is history and now has become a yearly tradition…

The 4th of July Boston celebration will take place at the Charles River Esplanade where hundreds of thousands of people will attend the Boston Pops Orchestra concert and be dazzled by the fireworks display. Under maestro Keith Lockhart’s baton, two free concerts will be performed by the Pops on  Tuesday, July 3rd and Wednesday, July 4th with guest artists Academy Award-winning actress and Grammy-Award winning musician, Jennifer Hudson and Michael Chiklis.

The Esplanade will welcome a mass of people, and the Charles River basin filled with countless pleasure boats. The Independence Day concert grande finale will have the stirring rendition of Tchaichovsky’s 1812 Overture. A huge fireworks will crown the concert over the river and will light up the entire Back Bay district. Hand-powered church bells will ring from ancient edifices in the nearby neighborhoods. If you are in Beantown do not miss this evening of extravaganza by joining in this spectacular celebration!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012
04:00 pm – Oval opens (wrist band system at Hatch Shell lawn)
08:30 pm – Boston Pops Warm Up Concert Begins
10:30 pm – 1812 Overture is Played
10:00 pm – Concert Ends

Wednesday, July 4, 2012
09:00 am – Oval opens (wrist band system at Hatch Shell lawn)
12:00 pm – Recorded Music Begins in Boston
06:00 pm – Recorded Music Begins in Cambridge
07:00 pm – WBZ News Radio 1030 AM Simulcast Begins
08:00 pm – Boston Pops Broadcast Begins on WBZ-TV Boston
08:30 pm – Boston Pops Concert Begins with National Anthem & Flyover
09:30 pm – 1812 Overture is Played
10:00 pm – CBS Network National Broadcast Begins
10:30 pm – Fireworks Begin
11:00 pm – Fireworks End

Originally Published in Berkshire Fine Arts

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