During the 2007 season, his thirteenth as Boston Pops Conductor, Keith Lockhart will surpass the milestone of his 1,000th Boston Pops concert. In February 1995 he was named 20th Conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra since its founding in 1885. During his tenure, Keith Lockhart has made 64 television shows, including 38 new programs for PBS’s Evening at Pops; the annual July Fourth spectacular, produced by Boston’s WBZ-TV and shown nationally on CBS Television. The Boston Pops’ 2002 July Fourth broadcast was Emmy-nominated, and the Evening at Pops telecast of “Fiddlers Three” won the 2002 ASCAP Deems Taylor Award. Keith Lockhart was an October 2006 recipient of the Bob Hope Patriot Award.
Keith has led the Boston Pops on 29 national tours, four overseas tours of Japan and Korea, and in performances at Carnegie Hall and Radio City Music Hall. In September 2004 the Pops appeared live on national television with Sir Elton John during the NFL Season Kickoff special. In February 2002 Mr. Lockhart led the Boston Pops in the pre-game show of Super Bowl XXXVI at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans. In November 2004 he and the Boston Pops released Sleigh Ride, the orchestra’s first self-produced recording, which was followed in June 2005 by America. Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops Orchestra recorded eight albums with RCA Victor—Runnin’ Wild: The Boston Pops Play Glenn Miller, American Visions, the Grammy-nominated The Celtic Album, Holiday Pops, A Splash of Pops, Encore!, the Latin Grammy-nominated The Latin Album, and My Favorite Things: A Richard Rodgers Celebration.
Born in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., in November 1959, Keith Lockhart began his musical studies with piano lessons at the age of seven. He holds degrees from Furman University in Greenville, S.C., and Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh. Music Director of the Utah Symphony since 1998, Mr. Lockhart led that orchestra at the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City. Named artistic advisor of the Brevard Music Center in June 2006, Mr. Lockhart has become artistic director and principal conductor of the North Carolina summer institute and festival.
Mr. Lockhart led his first major opera production, Douglas Moore’s The Ballad of Baby Doe, with the Washington (D.C.) Opera and in spring 2004 made his Boston Lyric Opera debut with Puccini’s Tosca. He returned to BLO in November 2006 for Madama Butterfly.