Boston Pops Orchestra Embarks On Whirlwind Tour

New Pops album, Encore!, features tribute to Elvis Presley.

The Boston Pops Orchestra is 116 years old but still acts like a teenager. On its new CD, Encore!, the orchestra even features a musical tribute to the king of rock 'n' roll, Elvis Presley.

Not content to show off its vitality on disc, the orchestra is hitting the road for a brief tour, almost rock 'n' roll-like in its pace.

Before opening its season May 2 in Boston's Symphony Hall, the Pops and conductor Keith Lockhart will make a whirlwind tour that opens Monday in Danville, Ky. It will continue to Indianapolis on Tuesday; East Lansing, Mich., on Wednesday; Moline, Ill., on Friday; and Madison, Wis., on April 1. After a few days of rest, the Pops winds up its tour with shows in Lowell, Mass., on April 7 and New York on April 8.

In July, it will give free concerts at the Hatch Memorial Shell on the shore of Boston's Charles River, including a traditional July 4 concert with fireworks.