Performers

Little Big Town

Featured Artist

GRAMMY, ACM, CMA, AMA and Emmy Award-winning country music vocal group Little Big Town first entered the music scene more than two decades ago, amassing numerous hit songs and multiple #1 singles. The quartet, consisting of members Karen Fairchild, Phillip Sweet, Kimberly Schlapman, and Jimi Westbrook, has earned more than 45 award show nominations and has taken home nearly 20 awards. Some of Little Big Town’s most popular songs include the history-making, best-selling country single of 2015, “Girl Crush”, and GRAMMY-winning, multi-week #1 single, “Better Man”. The group’s musical style relies heavily on four-part vocal harmonies, with each member alternating as lead vocalists. Little Big Town has released 27 singles and 10 studio albums, including its latest, Mr. Sun, which debuted as the Top Country Album by a group in 2022. The band is excited to perform at the Heights tonight, as members Fairchild and Schlapman met in college themselves. 

For more information on Little Big Town visit LittleBigTown.com and follow @littlebigtown on Twitter and Instagram.

Margaret Whyte ’25

Student Performer

Margaret Whyte, from Glen Rock, NJ, has loved singing and performing for as long as she can remember. At Boston College, she is part of the University Chorale and the Chamber Singers of Boston College, and she has participated in Musical Theatre Cabaret and Liederabend through the music department. Whyte also has a deep passion for acting and is an active member of the Boston College theatre department. After performing in five BC shows in only two years, Whyte now has found her niche as the technical director for the Boston College Dramatics Society. A student in the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences, she is pursuing a major in political science and minors in music and African and African diaspora studies.

Whyte is overjoyed to perform at Pops on the Heights this evening and feels “incredibly lucky to have this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity”!

Maxwell Korman '23
Maxwell Korman '23

Andrew Caden ’24

Student Performer

Andrew Caden, a senior from Bethesda, MD, is pursuing a major in economics and minors in music and Irish studies. He began playing violin at age five and took up playing Irish music on the fiddle when he was only eight. Caden has since won numerous awards and distinctions including the 15 to 18 All-Ireland Fiddle Championship in 2017 when he was just 15. He is currently working as an undergraduate research fellow at BC’s Irish Studies Department and plays music regularly throughout Boston. He has also performed at notable venues including the White House, the Kennedy Center, and various Embassies in Washington DC.

Caden is thrilled to be a part of Pops on the Heights this year.

Keith Lockhart

and the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra

On May 10, 1995, Keith Lockhart, the 20th conductor of the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, opened his very first Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra season, leading a concert featuring guests Sylvia McNair, Mandy Patinkin, and Doc Severinsen, with repertoire ranging from Wagner to “Charlie on the MTA.” He was only 35 years old—the same age as Arthur Fiedler was when he became Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra conductor. Since then, with seemingly endless energy, Keith Lockhart has led the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra in more than 2,000 concerts in every imaginable setting—from hospitals to the Super Bowl—and collaborated with nearly 300 guest artists, drawn from the worlds of classical and popular music, rock, jazz, sports, politics, Broadway, and Hollywood. He holds the Julian and Eunice Cohen Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra Conductor chair.

The Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra

For more than 135 years, the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra has entertained audiences in Boston and beyond, with Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra Conductor Keith Lockhart leading the orchestra since 1995. It all began in 1885, thanks to the vision of Civil War veteran Henry Lee Higginson. Four years earlier, in 1881, he founded the Boston Symphony Orchestra, calling its establishment “the dream of my life.” From the start he intended to present, in the warmer months, concerts of light classics and the popular music of the day. From a practical perspective, Higginson realized that these “lighter” performances would provide year-round employment for his musicians. The “Promenade Concerts,” as they were originally called, were soon informally known as “Popular Concerts,” which eventually became shortened to “Pops,” the name officially adopted in 1900.

University Chorale

of Boston College

Under the direction of Dr. Riikka Pietiläinen Caffrey, the University Chorale is a mixed chorus of over 150 singers that performs both classical and contemporary chorale literature. Presenting several concerts each year—including the ever-popular Christmas Concert with the Boston College Symphony Orchestra—the chorale also travels abroad for a spring break concert tour. Recent destinations include Italy, the Czech Republic, Ireland, Germany, and Spain.

The “Screaming Eagles”

Marching Band

With more than 180 members, the “Screaming Eagles” Marching Band is the largest and most visible student organization at Boston College. Founded in 1919, the Eagles band has traveled around the world to represent BC at football games, parades, and international celebrations. In addition to numerous domestic bowl game appearances, the band has performed at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade; the Japan Bowl in Yokohama, Japan; the second inauguration of President Barack Obama; and the Emerald Isle Classic in Dublin, Ireland.

Pre-Show Performers
Pre-Show Starts: 6:45 p.m. | Doors Open: 6 p.m.

The Boston College Acoustics

The Bostonians

The Boston College Dynamics

The Common Tones of Boston College

Heightsmen of Boston College

Jack Doppke ’25

Vanessa Lorden ’24