Family Guy Seth MacFarlane joins the Pops for a Night to Remember
Chances are you know Seth MacFarlane. He is the creator of many hit comedy shows that are on fox such as Family Guy, American Dad, and The Cleveland Show. MacFarlane has also written and produced the hit comedy Ted and Ted 2, which both take place in Boston. However he is rarely known for his talented singing voice. MacFarlane sings jazz and also plays the piano, talents which he showcased recently when the comedian performed with the Boston Pops on May 6th at Symphony Hall as part of their opening night.
The magical night started off with the Boston Pops performing alone without MacFarlane. They first performed “Overture to Candide”. The instruments that stood out were the violins and their beautiful sound as well as the flutes and their soft mellow tones. The second song was “Hoedown, from Rodeo”. This song was Midwestern where the trumpets added the rodeo sound to it. They also played the classic “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)”, which was one of the most memorable performances of the night. The performance included a trumpet and piano solo, which gave it the old vibe feeling. Before finally bringing out MacFarlane, the Pops performed “The Jedi Steps” and “Finale” from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. John Williams, who composed the music for Star Wars, was the conductor for the Boston Pops before Keith Lockhart took over in 1995. In honor of the film they performed the well known hit and it filled the room with happiness, and joy.
The second half of the night included MacFarlane serenading the crowded. He first sang the song “It Worries Me”. MacFarlane said before the performance “this song is basically about a break-up and how guys should apologize twice a week.” MacFarlane went on to sing “Fabulous Places”, which is about all the wonderful places in the world and how it is so amazing to travel. MacFarlane said to the audience before the show “This song is about how wonderful it is to travel, obviously before Isis.” Probably the most memorable performance of the night was when he sang the Broadway hit song “Ol’ Man River”, showing how well MacFarlane can really sing and that he isn’t just a Family Guy but he can tackle a Broadway song and absolutely nail it.
The night was full of songs that convey love and relaxation, from MacFarlane’s multiple voices like those of Stewie and Peter Griffin to the beautiful orchestra behind him.
The Boston Pops will continue their season with multiple big performances this summer. These include John Williams conducting the Boston Pops for Film Night on May 12th and 13th, which will include music from Jaws, Star Wars, Indiana Jones and Harry Potter. Another big performance will be Dolly Parton with the Boston Pops Swing Orchestra at the Tanglewood Pavilion on June 17th 2016. And of course the Boston Pops Fourth of July Spectacular which is held on The Esplanade at the Hatch Shell.
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