Boston Pops to premiere work by composer Peter Boyer ’91

The Boston Pops Orchestra has commissioned RIC grad Peter Boyer to compose music for the work, “The Dream Lives On: A Portrait of the Kennedy Brothers,” for its upcoming 125th anniversary season.

Peter Boyer
Boyer ‘91, who received an honorary doctor of music degree from RIC in 2004, is a Grammy-nominated composer and conductor who has received seven national awards for his work. He is perhaps best known for his work “Ellis Island: The Dream of America,” a celebration of the American immigrant experience.

Boston Pops conductor Keith Lockhart invited Boyer to compose the work celebrating the legacy of John, Robert, and Edward Kennedy, which will be premiered by the Boston Pops Orchestra, Tanglewood Festival Chorus and celebrity narrators in five performances, May 18-22, at Boston's Symphony Hall.

The text is by Lynn Ahrens, lyricist of “Ragtime” and other Broadway shows. It includes quotes from speeches by the three Kennedy brothers as well as Ahrens’ original words.

“Having deeply admired the Kennedy brothers and their legacy for so long, I feel profoundly privileged to have been chosen for this commission, and to have this wonderful opportunity to help honor their legacy through music,” Boyer said in an email. “To have the opportunity to work with the Boston Pops and Keith Lockhart makes the project that much more exciting.”

According to Boyer the new work will be available for performance by other orchestras after the Boston Pops' premiere performances.