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Conductors

Keith Lockhart | John Williams | Arthur Fiedler


Keith Lockhart

Photo of Keith Lockhart In February 1995 Keith Lockhart was named 20th conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra since its founding in 1885. With his appointment to the position of Boston Pops Conductor, Mr. Lockhart succeeded John Williams, who held that position from 1980 to 1993. Named Boston Pops conductor at age 35, Mr. Lockhart is only the third conductor to lead the orchestra since 1930, when Arthur Fiedler began his unprecedented 50 years as conductor of the orchestra.

Entering his tenth season as conductor of the Boston Pops, Keith Lockhart has maintained a busy schedule. He has conducted more than 600 concerts and made 56 television shows, including 35 new programs for PBS's Evening at Pops; the annual July Fourth spectacular, produced by WBZ-TV4 in Boston and shown nationally on CBS Television; and Holiday at Pops, produced by WCVB-TV5 in Boston and shown nationally on A&E. The Boston Pops' 2002 July Fourth broadcast was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Classical Music/Dance Program, and the 2002 broadcast of "Fiddlers Three," telecast on PBS's Evening at Pops, won the 2002 ASCAP Deems Taylor Award in the Television Broadcast category.

Keith Lockhart has led the Boston Pops on 21 national tours, four overseas tours of Japan and Korea, and in performances at Carnegie Hall. Under Mr. Lockhart's direction, the orchestra has dramatically broadened its touring activities, performing to enthusiastic audiences in concert halls and sports arenas across the country. In February 2002, he led the Boston Pops in the pregame show of Super Bowl XXXVI at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, marking the first time an orchestra was featured in performance during a Super Bowl. Last summer, Mr. Lockhart led the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra in its third consecutive (and fourth overall under Mr. Lockhart) visit to Japan, as well as on a seven-city Baby Boomer Bash tour of American summer music festivals. Last winter, Mr. Lockhart embarked on his 25th Boston Pops tour in just nine seasons, a Holiday Pops tour of the eastern United States.

Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops Orchestra have released eight albums on RCA Victor: Runnin' Wild: The Boston Pops Play Glenn Miller (1996), American Visions (1997), The Celtic Album (February 1998), Holiday Pops (September 1998), A Splash of Pops (1999), the compilation album Encore! (March 2000), The Latin Album (September 2000), and My Favorite Things - A Richard Rodgers Celebration (April 2002) to critical and popular acclaim. In addition, The Celtic Album was nominated for a Grammy Award in the Classical Crossover category, and The Latin Album received a nomination for Best Pop Instrumental Album at the 2001 Latin Grammy Awards.

Born in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., in November 1959, Keith Lockhart began his musical studies with piano lessons at the age of 7. He holds degrees from Furman University in Greenville, S.C., and Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh. Mr. Lockhart came to the Boston Pops from Cincinnati, where he served as associate conductor of both the Cincinnati Symphony and Cincinnati Pops orchestras. Since 1998, Mr. Lockhart has also been music director of the Utah Symphony. In February 2002, he led the Utah Symphony as part of the Opening Exercises of the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City.

As a guest artist, Mr. Lockhart has conducted the major symphony orchestras of Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Los Angeles, Montreal, Minnesota, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Singapore, Toronto, and Vancouver. He opened the 2002-03 Saint Louis Symphony season with a gala concert featuring cellist Yo-Yo Ma as soloist, and will return to Saint Louis during the 2004-05 season. He led the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester in Berlin on New Year's Eve and the Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam in June 2003. Recent engagements include successful appearances with the Edmonton, Toronto, and Columbus symphonies. He will make his Boston Lyric Opera debut later this season, leading Tosca in March and April of 2004, and is scheduled to conduct the Baltimore Symphony in May 2004. Notable past engagements include his first major opera production, Douglas Moore's The Ballad of Baby Doe, with the Washington (D.C.) Opera and recent debuts with the New York Chamber Symphony, the Houston Symphony, and the New Japan Philharmonic.

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Conductors

Keith Lockhart | John Williams | Arthur Fiedler



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