The Beatles, Rock Band and Boston Pops

Video game singalong planned for every show

Tonight marks the start of the 125th season of the historic Boston Pops orchestra, and part of the celebration will include showing visuals from the Beatles Rock Band video game as part of a sing-along.

I’m not sure whether this is a statement on the popularity of the Beatles, the impact of video games in today’s culture, a reaching out to younger audiences, or just a really savvy marketing move on behalf of Boston-based Harmonix (developer of the game). Maybe Boston Pops Conductor Keith Lockhart is a closet Rock Band junkie.

Whatever the reason, tonight’s kick-off concert will feature a tribute to Arthur Fieldler, the founder and conductor o the Pops from 1930 to 1979. At the end of the concert, the orchestra will perform a medley and sing-along of The Beatles’ iconic songs, synchronized to visuals created by Harmonix from their video game. Tonight’s concert will also include a special performance from Harmonix employees, who will lead the audience in the inaugural performance of the sing-along.

The medley will include "Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band / With a Little Help From My Friends," "Twist & Shout", and "Yellow Submarine."

While I won’t be attending tonight’s performance, I do have tickets to tomorrow night’s performance (starring Idina Menzel from Wicked, Rent and now guest-starring on Glee), so I may provide an update if they do the sing-along tomorrow as well (it sounds like this is an all-season thing).

This wouldn’t be the first time the Boston Pops has collaborated on a video game project – the orchestra has done video game music medleys before. I just hope they also play "Stars and Stripes Forever" as well.

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