Tonight marks the 125th season opener for the world famous Boston Pops orchestra (I know. I know. You get the newsletter too.). But what makes this year’s season especially noteworthy, particularly for fans of the video games, is that Apple, MTV Games and Harmonix have partnered with the Boston Pops to use The Beatles: Rock Band for sing-alongs that will occur at the end of every Pops performance this season.
“We are honored to be a part of the Boston Pops historic 125th season,” said Harmonix co-founder and CTO Eran Egozy in a press release. “This effort is bridging the past with the present by setting the iconic music of The Beatles, orchestrated by the Pops, to The Beatles: Rock Band visuals in one of the most celebrated halls in the world.”
Tonight’s opening concert will honor Boston Pops founder Arthur Fieldler, who started creating orchestral takes on Beatles songs for the Pops back in 1964. As for the sing-along itself, the music will be accompanied by footage from The Beatles: Rock Band projected on a 44-foot wide screen. Several Harmonix employees will actually be on hand at tonight’s performance to participate in the inaugural sing-along.
The sing-along itself will featured such Beatles classics as “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band/With a Little Help From My Friends,” “Twist & Shout” and “Yellow Submarine.”
Any Bostonians attending tonight’s Pops show? We’d love to hear how it goes.