A Cape Cod Times article written by Tanner Stening written on August 12, 2018 details the 33rd annual Pops by the Sea event.
HYANNIS — It threatened to rain on the centennial of Leonard Bernstein’s birth.
The highly acclaimed musician, a Bay State native, was honored at the 33rd annual Pops by the Sea Concert on the Hyannis Village Green on Sunday. But the event took place beneath blue skies, a welcome sight for the thousands of concertgoers who had faced an uncertain forecast leading up to the event.
“I’ve been watching the weather report for the last two or three days,” said Rep. William Crocker, R-Centerville, before the Boston Pops took stage. “I thought, ‘Oh my god, we’re going to have to bring umbrellas.”
The six-hour event, which included a preshow, proceeded without a drop of rain.
“It’s a very nice event,” said Al Parisi, of Osterville. “Very festive.”
Crocker said the occasion is one of the centerpieces of the Cape Cod summer.
This year, as in previous years, a guest conductor was invited to perform, and it was a dream-come-true for film and TV actor Dermot Mulroney, for whom it was a professional conducting debut.
“I am so privileged and blessed to be here,” Mulroney said after being introduced by renowned Boston Pops Orchestra conductor Keith Lockhart.
Mulroney, who is a classically trained cellist, said Lockhart is one of America’s greatest conductors.
Mulroney played “The Swan” from Saint-Saëns’ “The Carnival of the Animals” before trading places with Lockhart and taking up his baton.
Lockhart described Dermot Mulroney as someone who “gets what we do up here on this stage in a very deep and personal way.”
Sunday’s program didn’t just include work from the classical canon, but also a little rock ‘n’ roll. The Pops played “Kashmir” and “Stairway to Heaven” by Led Zeppelin to mark the 50th anniversary of the English rock band’s founding.
The afternoon is chiefly sponsored by Citizens Bank, and Pops by the Sea is a major fundraiser for the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod. Proceeds support artistic and cultural grants, fellowships and scholarships.
“This is our way of expressing gratitude to all of the residents and visitors here on Cape Cod,” said Jerry Sargent, president of Citizens Bank Massachusetts. “Today is all about celebrating Leonard Bernstein and his legacy.”
Bernstein was born in Lawrence and grew up in Brookline, Roxbury and Newton, Lockhart said.
He went to Boston Latin School, then Harvard, eventually going on to become “the most prominent classical musician ever,” according to Lockhart.