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Pops Concert Tickets Going Fast

Nantucket Cottage Hospital officials answered the many requests for an encore performance at Boston Pops on Nantucket by pop-rock vocalist Michael Cavanaugh, who last performed with the Pops on Nantucket in ’09. This year, the Grammy- and Tony Award-nominated performer brings the power-house rock-and-roll songs of Elton John and more to the Pops stage on Nantucket. For his last appearance, Cavanaugh entertained the crowd with songs of Billy Joel from the Broadway musical Moving On, in which Cavanaugh starred on Broadway in over 1,200 performances as a
Billy Joel-like Piano Man.

Award-winning journalist and newscaster Katie Couric, who launches her own syndicated daytime talk show, Katie, this fall, will be host for the evening.

Nearly 8,000 concert goers are expected to attend the Saturday, August 11 evening performance on Jetties Beach. The concert remains Nantucket Cottage Hospital’s largest single fundraising event, with net proceeds helping the hospital to provide year-round, around-the-lock health care, wellness
services and emergency medical care.

Nantucket Cottage Hospital Foundation, the concert’s producers, said sales are brisk, especially for sponsorship-level tables and seats, but plenty of general admission tickets were still available at press-time. Gates to the beach open the day of the concert at 4:30 p.m., with the concert scheduled
for 7 to 9 pm. Concert-goers often begin to line up as early as 10 am. A grand finale performance of The 1812 Overture ends with a spectacular fireworks show over Nantucket Harbor.

Now in its 127th anniversary season, the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra is known affectionately as “America’s Orchestra” and is the most recorded and arguably the most beloved orchestra in the United States. This will be the 16th straight summer that the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra,
under the direction of conductor Keith Lockhart, returns to Nantucket. All proceeds from the concert benefit Nantucket Cottage Hospital and help it to deliver services as Nantucket’s only around-the-clock, year-round healthcare provider.

General admission tickets are on sale at several Nantucket locations including Aunt Leah’s Fudge on Straight Wharf (cash & check only), Murray’s Toggery Shop on upper Main Street, Nantucket Visitors Center on Federal Street, and at Nantucket Cottage Hospital Foundation Office behind the hospital.

New this year, the hospital has set up a Pops “Pop-Up Shop” to sell tickets and souvenir merchandise. Tickets are $30 for adults and $10 for children aged 5 to 12. Contact the foundation office at 508-825-8250 for more details about ticket sales and locations, or visit the hospital website at

Nantucket Island Resorts / Jill and Stephen Karp return this year as presenting sponsors of the Boston Pops on Nantucket. Major sponsors this year include Coastal Living magazine and Infiniti. A special “Infiniti Kids’ Zone,”    staffed by Maria Mitchell Aquarium of Nantucket, will allow up-close
encounters for young concert-goers with local Nantucket sea creatures. Nantucket Cottage Hospital is the only year-round, around-the-clock healthcare facility for the island located 30 miles at sea off Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Founded in 1911, the hospital today serves a year-round population of about 11,000 and a summer seasonal population approaching 50,000 on peak weekends. The NCH medical staff consists of board certified physicians in family practice, internal medicine, radiology, general surgery and orthopedic surgery. The hospital operates a 24-7 Emergency Department and 19 in-patient beds. It offers an array of diagnostic and treatment services including surgery, dialysis, chemotherapy, cardiac therapy, orthopedics, endoscopy, occupational and rehabilitative therapies, a Swing Bed recovery program, telemedicine and more than two dozen specialties available on both an in-patient and out-patient basis. Dr. Margot Hartmann, MD, PhD serves as President and CEO of the Hospital. Nantucket Cottage Hospital is an affiliate of Massachusetts General Hospital and Partners
HealthCare. For more information, visit Nantucket Cottage Hospital Communications Officer: William Ferrall, 508-825-8246 or

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