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The Boston Pops Orchestra

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The Resume

    (1885- )
    Born in Boston, Massachusetts
    Subsection of the Boston Symphony Orchestra
    Conducted by Arthur Fiedler (1930-79), John Williams (1980- ) and Keith Lockhart (1995- )
    Appear in the PBS series 'An Evening at Pops' (1970- )

Why they might be annoying:

    Critics complain that they water down the classics.
    They did not have a permanent conductor until 1930.
    When John Williams became their conductor, they added his scores for the 'Star Wars' and 'Indiana Jones' films to their repertoire.
    Their guest conductors have ranged from Bobby McFerrin to Big Bird.

Why they might not be annoying:

    To bring classical music to a wider audience, they perform many free concerts.
    Fiedler said, 'We play all kinds of music, except the boring kind.'
    They are the most commercially successful orchestra, making over $50 million in record sales.
    Their annual Fourth of July concerts are an Independence Day tradition.

Credit: C. Fishel

Featured in the following Annoying Collections:

Year In Review:

    In 2022, Out of 9 Votes: 11.11% Annoying
    In 2021, Out of 36 Votes: 30.56% Annoying
    In 2020, Out of 2 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2019, Out of 2 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2018, Out of 1 Votes: 100% Annoying
    In 2017, Out of 12 Votes: 66.67% Annoying
    In 2016, Out of 7 Votes: 28.57% Annoying
    In 2015, Out of 9 Votes: 44.44% Annoying
    In 2014, Out of 15 Votes: 46.67% Annoying
    In 2013, Out of 23 Votes: 52.17% Annoying
    In 2012, Out of 17 Votes: 35.29% Annoying
    In 2011, Out of 13 Votes: 46.15% Annoying
    In 2010, Out of 71 Votes: 61.97% Annoying
    In 2009, Out of 39 Votes: 35.90% Annoying
    In 2008, Out of 45 Votes: 51.11% Annoying
    In 2007, Out of 92 Votes: 46.74% Annoying