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  1. The two musicians in the above article play in what is called the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra. The regular musicians who make up the Pops are in Tanglewood preparing for this week’s opening Boston Symphony Orchestra concerts. The BSO Organization runs THREE orchestras: The Boston Symphony Orchestra/The Boston Pops Orchestra and the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra. in the first several weeks of the Pops season musicians are drawn from the BSO then are replaced with free lance musicians drawn up and known as the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra (and maybe some retirees too!). The later might appear in regular BSO Subscription Concerts when the repertoire might call for a larger orchestra of works by Strauss and Mahler (enlarged string, woodwind, brass and percussion (including piano). This also applies to the second harp (the BSO use to engaged a full time second harpist: Olivia Luetcke (she hailed from Texas)then later Ann Hobson-Pilot replaced her then became Principal Harpist after Bernard Zhigera retired I think after 1981.

    During the mid 80’s John Williams who was then conductor of the Boston Pops took the free lance musicians on tour around the country billed as “The Boston Pops Orchestra” but many found out later it was NOT the same orchestra. Didn’t matter the reviews were outstanding with one from the San Francisco Chronicle saying the orchestra was good of any of the best in the country!!!!

  2. What a great story! Sasha and Leo sound like incredible musicians and people…love hearing what BU albums are up to and these two are an inspiring duo!!

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