An Inside Look at Playing in the Boston Pops
We have all heard the elegant version put out by the press office. Now it's your chance to hear the dirt on what it's REALLY like to crank out notes for a living in the most famous orchestra in the world. Justin Locke spent 18 seasons slaving over a hot bass in the Boston Pops. In this laugh out loud presentation he will share his favorite "gig disaster stories," explain what conductors really do, and give some insight into the pre-industrial culture of Symphony Hall. Have your questions ready!
Real Men Don’t Rehearse – an Inside Look at Playing in the Boston Pops - a series of 3 presentations by Justin Locke
1) From Farm to Fiedler: Justin shares stories of playing for Arthur Fiedler, arguably the most successful conductor in history. He also takes you through the culture shock of going from a farm in Ohio to the stage of Symphony Hall. This includes the story of playing the 1976 Bicentennial Pops concert, which is in the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest classical music concert ever.
2) Join the Pops, See the World: Cash your per diem check, pack your tux, hop on a charter flight, and discover what it’s like to travel the world with 90 wacky musicians who make up the most famous orchestra in the world. These are stories of touring the globe with the Boston Pops, including the Japan Tour with John Williams and the national tour with Henry Mancini.
3) 700 Nutcrackers Is a Lot of Nutcrackers: Justin Locke returns to share the grand finale of his many zany stories from the world of professional classical musicians. This will include tales of playing in the pit for Broadway shows and the opera, being "in the truck" for live Pops TV broadcasts, playing disastrous “kiddie koncerts,” and yes, playing over 700 Nutcracker Ballets (and they wonder why musicians are so insane). There will also be lots of classic "gig disaster stories" and . . . you will also find out what it is that conductors actually do!
About the presenter: Justin Locke has led a multifaceted life in show business. Along with his 18-year stint playing bass with the Pops and Symphony, he is also the creator of family concert programs which are performed by orchestras all over the world; his “Peter VS. the Wolf” has been done in the Theatro Municipal of Rio de Janeiro and just last season by the Berlin Kozerthaus.
Justin’s talks are based on his Pops memoir, “Real Men Don’t Rehearse,” which has sold over 15,000 copies worldwide. His second book, "Principles of Applied Stupidity," is a management book; it is an attempt to explain how the rare top conductors worked their management magic.
Justin has appeared as a guest host on CBS Radio and has been featured in the Boston Globe, on WCVB’s Chronicle HD, and as an “author@google.” Justin still occasionally works as a “score reader” for live TV broadcasts of the Pops.