Music superstar, Toby Keith, will join Conductor Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra while CBS “Late Late Show” host Craig Ferguson will return as emcee for Boston’s 37th annual Fourth of July celebration broadcast on CBS and sponsored by Bostonbased insurer Liberty Mutual Group
The BOSTON POPS FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR, now in its 37th year, is an annual free outdoor Fourth of July concert at the DCR Hatch Shell on the Esplanade and is sponsored by Liberty Mutual Group, one of America's leading insurers, offering auto, home and life insurance for individuals and families, as well as a variety of insurance products and services for businesses. New for 2010, the entire concert will be broadcast in HD (high definition), courtesy of Liberty Mutual Group. In addition, the final 20 minutes of the broadcast, featuring the spectacular fireworks display, will be presented commercial-free on WBZ-TV and CBS by Liberty Mutual Group
“We are thrilled to welcome Toby Keith to Boston to celebrate America’s birthday, and excited to welcome back Craig Ferguson as our host for the fourth time, Executive Producer David G. Mugar said. “This event is one of Boston’s greatest traditions and we are proud and honored to share it with all Americans.”
Toby Keith will perform several of his hits with Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra. The program will also include performances by Renese King, The Middlesex County Volunteers Fifes & Drums, Tanglewood Festival Chorus, Will LeBow, Jeremiah Kissel, WBZ-TV’s Jack Williams and Lisa Hughes, and several Patriotic favorites.
The official sponsor of the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular since 2005, Liberty Mutual Group renewed its sponsorship of the 37 year tradition, last year.
“Whether it’s the first stirring note played by the Pops, the amazing fireworks display, or the happy faces we see in the crowd, we at Liberty Mutual cannot help but feel proud to sponsor something so beloved in Massachusetts and across the nation,” said Paul Alexander, Senior Vice President of Communications for Liberty Mutual Group. “We look forward to celebrating America’s birthday with the millions of Americans who join us each year, and wish everyone a happy and safe Fourth of July.”
This year’s Spectacular keeps alive several of the Boston holiday traditions including the Pops’ now classic Independence Day rendition of Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture,” which features real cannons and the live ringing of area church bells. And, of course, The Spectacular will be capped off by a magnificent fireworks array that fills the skies above Boston with a stunning exhibition of color and breathtaking pageantry.
The Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular Fireworks show will be produced by PyroSpectaculars of California featuring new effects, adaptations and meaningful music themes with their fireworks show that celebrates our country, our families and the unique American tradition of July 4th fun.
“Boston is the big one, the show every pyrotechican wants to do,” Pyrotechnic designer Eric Tucker states.
Returning for this year’s flyover are the men and women of the 104th Fighter Wing, one of the oldest flying units in Massachusetts and the fourth oldest unit in the Air National Guard. Joining them is the 131st Fighter Squadron, the operational combat arm of the 104th Fighter Wing, and one of the oldest continually serving Air Force squadrons. They are headquartered at Barnes Air National Guard Base in Westfield, MA.
Toby Keith has been among the top musical performers in any genre throughout this past decade, and is ranked among the top-selling artists in all genres at #3 on Billboard's Top 200 Artists of the Decade. He was also named Billboard's #1 Country Artist of the Decade and #1 Country Songwriter of the Decade and was honored by Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI), which awarded him its prestigious Songwriter/Artist of the Decade Award. He is a three-time BMI Country Artist/Songwriter of the Year with his catalog generating more than 65 million performances. Keith's business empire is as expansive as his hit making ability, encompassing restaurants, movies, and a clothing line. In 2009, his 15th studio album, American Ride, debuted at the top of the Country Albums chart. The title track and the second single from the album, "Cryin' For Me (Wayman's Song)," landed Keith two more consecutive #1 singles, the 27th and 28th chart toppers of his career. His previous album, the critically-acclaimed That Don't Make Me A Bad Guy, also boasts the back-to-back #1 hits "She Never Cried In Front Of Me" and "God Love Her." In the past decade alone, his singles have spent more than a year at #1 on the charts. His tours continue to be among the top-drawing concerts in the world of entertainment. In 2009, Keith's U.S. "America's Toughest Tour" played to more than a million people, marking the ninth consecutive year the hard-touring artist crossed the impressive million-ticket threshold. Overseas, Keith embarked on his first European tour in November, where he sold out a two-week run that included nine shows in six countries, and he performed in Norway at the 16th annual Nobel Peace Prize concert. On June 19, he kicks off his Ford Trucks-sponsored "American Ride Tour" that will take him across the United States throughout the summer.
Craig Ferguson joined the late-night television arena as host of CBS's "The Late Late Show" in January 2005, following a career that encompassed film, television and the stage. The Scottish-born actor, writer, director and producer, who is also known for his role as Nigel Wick on "The Drew Carey Show," brings a fresh approach to late-night television, which has quickly evolved into appointment television for America's nightly insomniacs. Each weeknight, the Peabody award-winning show, lead by Emmy-nominated Ferguson, entertains audiences with an exceptional, unscripted monologue and goes one-on-one with guests from the worlds of film, television, sports and news. Additionally, "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" continues to spotlight eclectic, edgy musical acts and rising stand-up comedians. "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" is broadcast weeknights (12:37-1:37 AM, ET/PT) following broadcasts of the "Late Show with David Letterman" on CBS (on the web: www.cbs.com/latenight/latelate). Ferguson was sworn in as a United States citizen in February 2008. In fall 2009, Ferguson released his memoir, American On Purpose, an achingly funny account of living the American dream as he journeyed from a small town in Scotland to the entertainment capital of the world. The book was listed on The New York Times bestseller list and released in paperback in April 2010.
Celebrating its 125th anniversary this spring, the Boston Pops has reached a landmark moment in a storied history that began with its founding in 1885. The Boston Pops Orchestra has distinguished itself as the founder of and leader in its genre, presenting the best of a wide variety of music from jazz to pop, indie rock to big band, film music to the great American songbook, and Broadway to classical. Though Arthur Fiedler's nearly 50-year tenure as Pops conductor (1930-1979) established the Boston Pops as a national icon, Conductor Laureate John Williams (1980-1993) and present-day conductor Keith Lockhart (1995-present) have shepherded the orchestra through three decades of tumultuous change in the world of music. The Boston Pops, "America's Orchestra," performs for an audience of nearly 900,000 people annually in Boston, across the country and around the world, and reaches millions more through its recordings and television broadcasts. For more information, visit www.bostonpops.org.
The Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular telecast and live event are produced by Boston 4 Celebrations and White Cherry Entertainment for CBS, in collaboration with IMG Media. David G. Mugar of Boston 4 Celebrations is executive producer. Glenn Weiss and Ricky Kirshner of White Cherry Entertainment will produce the national telecast; Michael Mathis of IMG Media and Sheryl Bourisk of WBZ-TV Boston will produce the local telecast as seen on WBZ-TV. Glenn Weiss will direct both the local and network broadcasts. The Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular will be air locally on WBZ-TV from 8 PM-10 PM then the nation will join in from 10 PM -11 PM on the CBS Network. The show also airs locally on WBZ Newsradio 1030 AM. A streaming audiocast of the concert will be available on the Internet through www.wbz.com.
Boston 4 Celebrations thanks the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ Department of Conservation and Recreation, Governor Deval Patrick, Lieutenant Governor Timothy P. Murray, and Department of Conservation and Recreation Commissioner Richard K. Sullivan for their support.
Boston 4 Celebrations, helmed by the founder of the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular, is attended annually by over 500,000 people who pack Boston’s Charles River Esplanade and surrounding area. In addition, more than seven million people across the country and the world join the festivities through the televised broadcast on the CBS Network (10:00-11:00 PM live ET/delayed PT), which is sponsored by the Liberty Mutual Group.
This year Boston 4 Productions has teamed up with Silverscape, a Boston-based Digital Marketing firm, to design an interactive entertainment website that compliments and enhances the experience of the “Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular” on July 4th. The website seeks to create and sustain and engaged community of new fans for one of Boston’s most beloved events throughout the entire year. For more information about Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular please go to www.july4th.org.
Comprehensive security restrictions as determined by local, state and federal authorities are in place to ensure that all concert attendees and the neighboring communities and residents have a safe and memorable experience. It is strongly advised that those heading to The Esplanade during the holiday weekend visit www.july4th.org for a complete listing of up-to-date security information.
The Oval lawn immediately in front of the Hatch Memorial Shell will be open to concertgoers beginning at 4:00 PM. on July 3 for the rehearsal concert and 9:00 AM. on July 4. Those hoping to sit on the lawn must pass through a security checkpoint where all bags and coolers will be examined by security personnel. During the screening process, alcoholic beverages, glass containers, and sharp objects will not be allowed and will be confiscated. After gaining access to the Oval, attendees will be given a wrist band so that they can gain re-entry should they need to leave during the course of the day (different colored wristbands will be given on July 3 and July 4).
Each year more than 1,000 water craft attend the event and important boating security restrictions are also posted on www.july4th.org.
The MBTA is prepared for the July 4 festivities with an increase in service for the thousands of people traveling to the Esplanade. Along with more service, MBTA General Manager Richard A. Davey announced that bus, subway, and commuter rail fares will NOT be collected from 10:30 PM to the end of service on July 4. Get the most up to date information on T service to the Esplanade at www.mbta.com or call the T’s Customer Service Center at 617-222-3200.
About Liberty Mutual Group
"Helping people live safer, more secure lives" since 1912, Boston-based Liberty Mutual Group is a diversified global insurer and fifth largest property and casualty insurer in the U.S. based on 2008 direct written premium. The Company also ranks 71st on the Fortune 500 list of largest corporations in the U.S. based on 2009 revenue. As of December 31, 2009, Liberty Mutual Group had $109.5 billion in consolidated assets, $95.0 billion in consolidated liabilities, and $31.1 billion in annual consolidated revenue.
Liberty Mutual Group offers a wide range of insurance products and services, including personal automobile, homeowners, workers compensation, commercial multiple peril, commercial automobile, general liability, global specialty, group disability, assumed reinsurance, fire, and surety. Liberty Mutual Group (www.libertymutualgroup.com) employs over 45,000 people in more than 900 offices throughout the world.