5/3/15, PBS-TV. The Best Of The Boston Pops features some of the greatest moments from the world-renowned orchestra's 129-year history. Hosted by Pops conductor Keith Lockhart, the documentary tells the orchestra's story-from its beginning as summertime entertainment for Bostonians to its current role as a national icon and beloved institution.
Showcasing the extraordinary variety of artists and performances from the leadership eras of Arthur Fiedler (1930-79), John Williams (1980-1993), and Keith Lockhart (1995 to present), this special program includes interviews and/or performances by Audra McDonald, Kristin Chenoweth, Josh Groban, James Taylor, Vanessa Williams, Yo-Yo Ma, Wynton Marsalis and Roberta Flack, among others. It also features rare footage of legendary singers and musicians, including Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Johnny Cash, Benny Goodman and Sammy Davis, Jr., along with performances by Broadway stars Ethel Merman, Bernadette Peters, Nathan Lane and Jerry Herman.