Julian Edelman Conducted the Boston Pops
Outside of his manly workout regime, Julian Edelman is still keeping busy on the football offseason—and by busy, we mean he’s indulging in the fine arts. Whaddya know.
Keith Lockhart, who is celebrating his 20th anniversary with the Boston Pops, brought Edelman to the stage at Symphony Hall on Wednesday. Edelman made his conducting debut by leading the Boston Pops in the orchestra’s popular piece “The Stars and Stripes Forever.” His appearance was a part of the finale of Boston Symphony Orchestra’s 34th annual Presidents at Pops, one of the orchestra’s most successful and renowned fundraisers.
Just before the show Lockhart, the Pops’ acclaimed and longtime conductor, had one on one time with Edelman where he showed the Patriots player the gist of using a baton. In addition, The Daily Show comedian John Hodgman joined the orchestra to perform his comedic narration to Benjamin Britten’s “The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra.” Also in appearance was Broadway star Michael Cavanaugh to perform from his show “The Singers and Songwriters: A Tribute to Paul Simon, Neil Diamond, and James Taylor,” and the Pops did their own arrangement to Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass.”
Watch the video of Edelman’s conducting debut above.