Seth MacFarlane will be the special guest performer when the Boston Pops Orchestra has their 2016 opening night this Friday, May 6, according to a report by USA Today. It will be the second time the creator of "Family Guy" has sung with the Pops, as he also joined them for a concert last summer.
It's also not as farfetched as you might think. Aside from his status as the biggest name in animated TV, MacFarlane has established a separate and equally successful singing career. He has released several albums and appeared at a number of high-profile concerts, including the BBC Proms and CBS's recent tribute to Frank Sinatra. You can watch his performance of "Ya Got Trouble" from the musical "The Music Man" at the 2012 Proms by using the media player included with this article.
MacFarlane has earned two Grammy Award nominations, both in the Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album category: one in 2012 for his debut record Music is Better Than Words and the second this year for his most recent album, No One Ever Tells You. His joining the Pops is the addition of a legitimate vocalist, setting aside the fact that he'll also bring significant name recognition from his TV and film endeavors.
And as their name indicates, the Boston Pops are well-known for their intersection with popular culture. MacFarlane's evening with the Pops is already sold out but there's no shortage of other pop culture-related evenings ahead on their 2016 calendar. The following two nights on May 7 and 8, "Dancing with the Stars" professional dancers Anna Trebunskaya and Dmitry Chaplin will be featured in "Dancing with a Twist." Tickets for those shows are available here.
On Jun. 3 and 4, the Pops will present "Raiders of the Lost Ark Live," celebrating the 35th anniversary of the first film in the Indiana Jones franchise by playing selections from John Williams' classic score. Then on Jun. 7, "Homeland" star and stage veteran Mandy Patinkin will be the featured soloist; tickets for that performance are available here.
The full Boston Pops schedule currently is slated to run through Aug. 14. By having MacFarlane rejoin them for opening night, they're kicking off their 2016 season with a bang, as even audiences who aren't familiar with symphonies will recognize the name of the man behind "Family Guy" and the "Ted" films.
But the Pops have attracted another star-studded lineup this year, and audiences who enjoy popular music might consider giving them a look - they've built their name on performances that are far more mainstream that what you'd expect from an orchestra.
For more on the Boston Pops Orchestra, visit their artist page at AXS.