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January 08. 2014 11:48PM

Melissa Etheridge signs on for appearance with Boston Pops

Grammy- and Oscar-winning rock singer-songwriter Melissa Etheridge has signed onto the Boston Pops' 2014 schedule, with plans to make a stop at Symphony Hall June 12-13.

Etheridge, who will bring her mixture of personal lyrics, pop-based folk rock and smoky vocals to the Boston Pops stage, is an alumna of Berklee College of Music, which is a co-sponsor of the June 12 program.

"Berklee Night," one of many spring concerts celebrating the collegiate neighbors of the Boston Pops, which is led by Keith Lockhart, will feature students from the performing arts school during the first half of the program.

Etheridge will take the stage after intermission to perform some of her most recognizable hit songs to the accompaniment of the Boston Pops.

The first half of the June 13 program will tap into the theme of the spring season, "The Very Best of the Boston Pops," which draws from more than 3,400 titles in the orchestra's library.

Tickets range from $24 to $94; visit www.bostonpops.org or call (888) 266-1200 for details.

Etheridge, whose bluesy rock has fueled a string of hits including "Come to my Window," "Bring Me Some Water," "I'm the Only One" and "Ain't It Heavy," this past year took to the road to celebrate her disc "4th Street Feeling," which reflects a several-decade journey from her hardscrabble Kansas hometown to the bright lights of world stages, Broadway and the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

A popular draw here in the Granite State, where she's played in recent years at venues including the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook in Gilford and the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom, Etheridge also made her Broadway debut in "American Idiot," spearheaded by Green Day's frontman Billie Joe Armstrong.

The Boston Pops, which presents classic hits from Broadway, film and the Great American Songbook, also has scheduled guest appearances from Warren Haynes (May 13 and 14), Tony award-winning Billy Porter (May 20-21), and conductor Sarah Hicks (May 23-24), as well as first-time collaborations with the New York-based jazz band sensation The Hot Sardines (May 28-30) and Cirque de la Symphonie (May 16-17), which will bring with it aerial flyers, acrobats, dancers and jugglers.

The Boston Pops Opening night concert on May 7 will feature Jason Alexander, the actor, director, producer, writer, singer and comedian best-known for his role as George Costanza of "Seinfeld" fame. He will join the orchestra for an evening of comedy, song and dance.

Additional season highlights include a screening of the complete "Wizard of Oz" with live orchestra accompaniment (May 10-11), the annual Film Night series with Boston Pops Laureate Conductor John Williams (May 6-7 and 10-11), Gospel Night with Grammy-award winning a cappella group Take Six and the world premiere of a new work, "The Song of Solomon" by conductor Charles Floyd (June 14), as well as performances by the winners of the 2014 Fidelity Investments Young Artists Competition at the Boston Pops and original "Dreamgirls" cast member Jennifer Holliday (June 3).


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