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Musical composition by Peter Boyer '91 premiered by Boston Pops


Peter Boyer
The Boston Pops and conductor Keith Lockhart premiered on May 18 and 19 the musical composition they commissioned from composer and RIC alum Peter Boyer ‘91 for the Pops’ 125th anniversary celebration, “The Dream Lives On: A Portrait of the Kennedy Brothers.”

The performance, staged in Boston’s Symphony Hall, was inspired by famous speeches of John, Robert and Edward Kennedy. Robert De Niro read the words of John F. Kennedy, Ed Harris, the words of Robert Kennedy, and Morgan Freeman, the words of Ted Kennedy. Cherry Jones introduces and concludes the work, for which Tony Award-winning librettist Lynn Ahrens chose the quotes and wrote original text.

Boyer said that many members of the Kennedy family were present for the premiere, including Ted Kennedy's widow Victoria Reggie Kennedy, his son Ted Kennedy Jr., Robert Kennedy's widow Ethel Kennedy and Jean Kennedy Smith, sister of the three Kennedy brothers.

“The warm and enthusiastic reaction of the Kennedy family was the most memorable and gratifying aspect of the event,” said Boyer, a Grammy-nominated composer who received an honorary Doctor of Music degree from RIC in 2004.

Upcoming performances of "The Dream Lives On" with the Boston Pops will be at Tanglewood on July 18 with Alec Baldwin, and in Hyannis with Chris Cooper on August 1.