Pop Goes The Conductor

The Boston Pops has fired its principal guest conductor, who had been with the ensemble since 1979. Bruce Hangen says he wasn’t told the specific reason for his dismissal, but “speculated that perhaps he angered management by turning down Pops concerts to accept engagements with other orchestras.” The Pops, which is operated by the Boston Symphony and made up mainly of BSO musicians, isn’t commenting on the reason for the change.