The Boston Pops, "America's Orchestra," and Keith Lockhart, "One of America's most favorite conductor," continue the tradition of benefiting Nantucket Cottage Hospital with their 18th annual fundraising concert on Saturday, Aug. 9. Concertgoers experience outstanding music and a majestic fireworks show on Jetties Beach, Nantucket.

The Boston Pops on Nantucket is a key fundraiser for the hospital. Keith Lockhart and I chatted on the fly, in between rehearsals, about topics that ranged from the importance of the event to the importance of music in children's lives. The event will also feature a great cover band joining the "Pops," arriving from Sweden, The Music of Abba. News commentator David Gregory will host the show.

And one more thing, can you imagine yourself conducting the Boston Pops in front of 7,000 spectators? Simply bid on this one-of-a-kind experience on the Facebook page of Nantucket Cottage Hospital. All proceeds support the hospital. No experience required and Keith Lockhart will give the winner a quick crash course in leading "America's Orchestra." For more information call (508) 825-8250. Now, strike up the band!

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