Beloved Maestro

John  Kapusta

Cape Coral, United States

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An oversized, abstract bust of the famous conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra. Boston, MA Local artist Ralph Helmick created this gigantic head from 83 sheets of aluminum to commemorate Arthur Fiedler, the conductor of the Boston Pops who catapulted the orchestra to worldwide fame during his 50-year tenure. Fiedler was born in Boston and attended the Boston Latin School before moving to Austria with his musician parents. He returned to Boston in early adulthood and joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Later, as conductor of the Pops, Fiedler aimed to make classical music more accessible and popular, and his outdoor summer concerts drew crowds of up to 400,000. This sculpture is located near the Hatch Shell, where the Pops play every Fourth of July. Helmick’s innovative construction gives Fiedler’s head a sense of movement or vibration, like the strings of a violin, which Fiedler played. In 1930 Arthur Fiedler became the conductor of the Boston Pops for almost 50 years until his death in 1979

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