The Boston Pops Orchestra, under the direction of Keith Lockhart, performs a musical video tribute, "Summon the Heroes" — featuring the work originally composed by John Williams for the 1996 Olympic Games— as a tribute to today’s first responders who are providing critical and needed services during the Covid-19 epidemic. John Williams joins the virtual tribute with a musical and spoken introduction taped from his home studio in Los Angeles.
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!
John Williams wrote Summon the Heroes for the 1996 Olympic Games, marking the 100th anniversary of the modern Olympic Games. Dedicated to the Boston Pops principal trumpet at the time, Tim Morrison, the work was also recorded by the Boston Pops as part of a CD of the same name.
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.
Participating musicians of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Boston Pops Orchestra
Alexander Velinzon - Associate Concertmaster – BSO & BPO
Elita Kang - Assistant Concertmaster – BSO & BPO
Bo Youp Hwang
Lisa Ji Eun Kim
Julianne Lee - Assistant Principal – BSO/Principal - BPO
Steven Ansell - Principal - BSO
Cathy Basrak - Assistant Principal – BSO/ Principal - BPO
Steven O. Laraia
Blaise Déjardin - Principal - BSO
Oliver Aldort - Assistant Principal – BSO/ Principal – BPO
Edwin Barker - Principal - BSO
Lawrence Wolfe - Assistant Principal – BSO/ Principal - BPO
Thomas Van Dyck
Elizabeth Ostling - Associate Principal – BSO/ Principal - BPO
John Ferrillo - Principal - BSO
William R. Hudgins - Principal - BSO
Thomas Martin - Associate Principal & E-flat clarinet – BSO/Principal - BPO
Richard Ranti - Associate Principal – BSO/Principal - BPO
James Sommerville - Principal - BSO
Richard Sebring - Associate Principal – BSO/Principal - BPO
Thomas Rolfs - Soloist and Principal – BSO & BPO
Thomas Siders - Associate Principal – BSO & BPO
Toby Oft - Principal – BSO & BPO
Mike Roylance - Principal – BSO & BPO
J. William Hudgins
Daniel Bauch - Assistant Timpanist
Jessica Zhou - Principal – BSO & BPO
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