In past posts, I was highly critical of how CBS destroyed our beloved Boston Pops Fourth of July Spectacular. They ripped the guts out of our happy local celebration, banishing the 1812 Overture out of their one hour prime time show. They inserted acts to appeal to a “national” audience (think Toby Keith) and their fireworks (with awful canned music) separated from the Overture by a half hour of drivel.
I write tonight in praise of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Bloomberg, as they combined to present the genuine Pops performance to a national audience. No catering to an audience outside of Boston; tonight we saw a Boston event presented to the nation. It was a job well done.