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Leonard Nimoy, Melissa Etheridge among new guests added to Boston Pops season

A journey into space with Leonard Nimoy, a trip ‘Over the Rainbow,’ a singing competition, Grammy and Oscar-winning musician Melissa Etheridge, a ‘Seinfeld’ star, and a ‘Dreamgirl’ are all part of the upcoming 2014 Boston Pops season starting Wednesday, May 7 at Symphony Hall! See the slideshow for the complete list and visit for more information.

Keith Lockhart and John Williams among the esteemed conductors of the Boston Pops new season!
Keith Lockhart and John Williams among the esteemed conductors of the Boston Pops new season!
Stu Rosner/Boston Pops

Broadway and ‘Seinfeld’ star Jason Alexander made such an impressive mark on ‘Presidents at Pops’ last year, he is opening the season on Wednesday, May 7! He brings his charismatic humor and will delight audiences with Broadway hits such as ‘The Music Man,’ ‘Pippin,’ and ‘Merrily We Roll Along!’

A stunning film production of West Side Story was presented with live music on Valentine’s Day and it was such as success, the Boston Pops will next take on the enchanting ‘Wizard of Oz' with ‘Oz with Orchestra’ on Saturday, May 10 and Sunday, May 11. In honor of their 75th recent anniversary, the Boston Pops will unleash classic numbers such as ‘Over the Rainbow,’ ‘Off to See the Wizard,’ ‘Follow the Yellow Brick Road’ live. The search is also on for a few fans with soaring vocals to be featured during the Boston Pops season! Deadline is May 1. Learn more here.

Acclaimed guitarist Warren Hayes, who awed audiences at Tanglewood with his tribute to legendary guitarist Jerry Garcia, will perform with the Boston Pops on Tuesday May 13 and Wednesday, May 14. ‘Jerry Garcia Celebration’ features Jerry's most popular Grateful Dead songs such as ‘Dark Star,’ ‘Morning Dew,’ and ‘Bird Song.’

Boston Symphony Hall will be transformed into a circus arena equipped with dancers, jugglers, contortionists, strongmen, aerial flyers, and acrobats as the Boston Pops present ‘Cirque de la Symphonie’ on Friday, May 16 and Saturday, May 17. It will be an evening of astronomical and dazzling feats as the Boston Pops team up with these captivating performers!

The Tony award-winning lead star of the Tony award-winning Best Musical of the Year, ‘Kinky Boots,’ Billy Porter makes his Boston Pops debut on Tuesday, May 20 and Wednesday, May 21! A recording artist, songwriter, and director, Billy Porter will present ‘At the Corner of Broadway and Soul,’ an amazing evening of gospel, R&B, and Broadway hits.

Principal conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra Sarah Hicks will lead audiences into space with narrator by Leonard Nimoy called ‘Out of the World’ on Friday, May 25 and Saturday, May 26. Music from ‘Star Wars,’ ‘2001: A Space Odyssey,’ ‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind,’ ‘Star Trek,’ Holst’s ‘The Planets,’ and 'E.T.' will be featured during the program.

Other highlights of the season include ‘The Very Best of the Boston Pops’ on Thursday, May 8, Friday, May 9, and Tuesday, May 27, Gatsby night with Jazz band ‘The Hot Sardines’ on Wednesday, May 28, Thursday, May 29, and Friday, May 30, renowned Broadway star and ‘Dreamgirl’ Jennifer Holliday on Wednesday, June 4, Film Night with John Williams on Friday, June 6, Saturday, June 7, Tuesday, June 10, and Wednesday, June 11, The Very Best of the Boston Pops with Oscar and Grammy-winning musician Melissa Etheridge, Gospel Night on Saturday, June 14, and a celebration for the 75th anniversary of the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY on Saturday, August 2.

All performances take place at Boston Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave in Boston, Massachusetts. Visit, call SymphonyCharge at 1-888-266-1200, or visit the Symphony Hall box office during business hours at Boston Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave in Boston, Massachusetts.

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