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The Boston Pops Orchestra Play Summon The Heroes Using 86 Individual Videos. Introduced By John Williams

John Williams Introduces Boston Pop's Summon The Heroes

Today the wonderful Boston Pops Orchestra treated us to a rendition of Summon The Heroes which of course was originally composed by John Williams for the Summer Olympics in 1996.   John Williams said in the video:

"It was meant to celebrate our great athletes and become ambassadors of goodwill the world over and today we have a different set of circumstances, a different set of heroes and heroines who sacrifice everyday and bring their commitment and dedication to their work."

Keith Lockhart who conducts the piece said after the statement by John Williams:

"And with that I would like to dedicate this special performance to all of today's heroes.  The police, firefighters, grocery workers, delivery people and so many more you have all of our thanks and our support. Please enjoy and stay safe and healthy."

The Boston Pops musicians themselves conceived of the idea of a “virtual orchestra” rendition of Summon the Heroes as the perfect piece of music to honor Covid-19 front line and essential workers.  Nearly 80 musicians recorded their individual parts in their basement, kitchen, living room, or bedroom!

BSO Recording Engineer Nick Squire and Video Engineer Brandon Cardley, working from their homes, edited the audio and video from 86 individually submitted video files to create the musicians’ gift to all who are giving so much of themselves during this time.

This performance is sponsored by the New Balance Foundation.




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