September 27, 2019

Our BC Family Tradition

In its 27th year, the Pops on the Heights’ mission still stands strong: uniting BC families together for a magical evening in support of financial aid. When we come together as a community, we can make a transformational impact helping to shape the futures for so many deserving students.

Pops on the Heights has made a BC education a reality for more than 2,500 students over the past 26 years.

September 27, 2019
Conte Forum

View photos from the 2018 Pops on the Heights gala.

Purchase Your Tickets

Tickets will go on sale in mid-June 2019. Please check back in early June to ensure you get tickets to our 27th annual gala!


Reserve a Table

To maximize the impact Pops has on financial aid, we offer a variety of table benefactor options. Each comes with:

  • a VIP pre-concert reception
  • dinner at your table
  • a spectacular view of the concert from some of the best seats in the house
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Frequently Asked Questions

We have answers to all your event and ticket questions and more!

Conte Forum will be open to the public starting at 6 p.m. You must have a ticket to enter Conte Forum. Dinner will be provided at your seat, with student entertainment on stage prior to the start of the concert. The Boston Pops Orchestra will begin playing at 8 p.m. and will finish around 10 p.m.

Ticket purchasers can expect a light picnic dinner at their seat when they arrive. Bottled water is available in coolers around the concourse. Gluten-free and vegetarian meals are available by exchanging your meal at our information tables located on the concourse at each entrance.

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The Cleary Legacy

Deeply passionate about philanthropy, higher education, and the arts, the late Barbara and James F. Cleary ’50, H’93, founded the annual Pops on the Heights BC scholarship gala in 1993. Jim—a BC trustee and founder of the Fides and President’s Circle annual giving societies—and Barbara worked tirelessly to help grow the event to become the University's largest annual fundraiser, which has raised $50 million in Pops scholarships. Today, Jim and Barbara's children (Kara '84, MA'91; Kristin '89, JD'93; and Jim Jr.) continue their legacy as Pops benefactors.

In honor of the Clearys, BC has since established the annual James F. Cleary ‘50, H’93, Masters Award, which is given to a fundraising volunteer who exemplifies creativity, dedication, and leadership.