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27 Feb 2013

Way Back Wednesday 2.27.13

Some members of the Esplanade crowd try to get a better vantage point by sitting atop the Arthur Fiedler bust. Fiedler, was a longtime conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra and, beginning in 1929, he organized the outdoor Esplanade concerts in Boston during the summertime. These concerts became more popular in 1974 when friend, David Mugar, suggested to Fiedler that in order to revive the concert series it might be a good idea to play Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture” with a few extras. Those concerts went on to became Boston's famed 4th of July celebration! After Fiedler's death, Boston honored him with a stylized sculpture, an oversized bust of Fiedler, near the Esplanade, and also named one of the footbridges over Storrow Drive after him.

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