Boston Pops perform in Phoenix for the first time in nearly a decade! Win tickets before you can buy them...

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By Ashley Carter By Ashley Carter
By Ashley Carter By Ashley Carter

PHOENIX - All this week Your Life A to Z is giving 3TV viewers the exclusive chance to win a pair of tickets to see "America's Orchestra" on Saturday, Nov. 16 before tickets go on-sale. Watch daily from 10-11 a.m. for your cue to call!

For the first time in nearly a decade, the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, led by Conductor Keith Lockhart, will perform in the Valley on Nov. 16. The Best of the Boston Pops presented by the Arizona Ford Dealers is being held at Hohokam Stadium, 1235 N. Center Street in Mesa. The world famous orchestra will play its way through a variety of American music, from blockbuster Broadway show tunes to Hollywood silver screen classics.

For fans of all ages, there'll also be a patriotic sing-along and a medley of holiday favorites sure to put everyone in the spirit of the forthcoming season. The evening will conclude with a show stopping fireworks spectacular choreographed to Tchaikovsky's Overture of 1812 and Stars and Stripes Forever.

This epic musical event pays tribute to the landmark Hohokam Stadium, opened in 1977 and rebuilt in 1996. It is the grand finale happening before the venue closes for a $20 million renovation. Plans call for the stadium to re-open when the Oakland Athletics begin Spring Training in 2015.

The Boston Pops,in its 128th year, features gifted musicians conducted by such geniuses as Arthur Fiedler, John Williams and now Lockhart.

One of Fielder's great dreams was to establish a series of outdoor orchestral concerts for the people of Boston. In 1929, one year before he became conductor of the Boston Pops, his dream became reality and the Esplanade concerts were inaugurated. Among many illustrious performances over the years, the annual Fourth of July concert was first held in 1976, when 400,000 people attended as part of the Bicentennial celebration.

According to the Guinness Book of World Records, it was the largest audience in history for an orchestra concert. That record has since been broken twice, first in 1998 and again in 2003, when more than a half-million people attended that year’s concert.

Like the legendary Independence Day extravaganzas broadcast nationally and held annually at the Hatch Shell outdoor concert venue in Boston, the Best of the Boston Pops at Hohokam Stadium is certain to be one of the Valley's most memorable music experiences of the year.

Doors open at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16. The performance begins at 5 p.m. Tickets go on sale June 15. Prices are $25, $39 or $49. Field level floor seats are $75 and $95. Tickets may be purchased at the Mesa Amphitheatre and Mesa Arts Center box offices or online at

The event is presented by the Arizona Ford Dealers and sponsored by Travel Assurance Promise. Media partners in clude 99.9 KEZ Radio, 3TV, Cox Media and KAET-TV Channel 8.

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