The Maestro

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This statue is situated in a very fitting spot, on Boston’s Charles River Esplanade, near the location where the Boston Pops play summer concerts. This is Arthur Fiedler who conducted the Pops for many years. In 1976, our country’s bicentennial year, he and some others decided to put on a concert. Someone told him that if he played the 1812 Overture by Tchaikovsky, they could arrange for the cannons and church bells that are to accompany the piece. What followed was an amazing show that is now repeated each year. Local church bells ring, the army fires howitzers and fireworks are shot off from a barge. Arthur Fiedler started it all and for years was synonymous with the Boston Pops.

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17 thoughts on “The Maestro

    1. milfordstreet Post author

      I did not go there that year and the Maestro has passed, but the concert lives on. It is better to sit on the Cambridge side of the river. They have sound towers through which to hear the music.

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  1. sidilbradipo1

    Arthur Fiedler! My favorite symphony orchestra conductor! I have lots of LP records, pop and classic, even a couple of ten-inch 78-rpm discs 🙂
    Magnificent statue of The Maestro!
    Cheers
    Sid

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