Keith Lockhart, conductor of the Boston Pops, joins morning host Laura Carlo every Tuesday at 8:30am for a musical pick of the day. Keith goes behind the music with stories about the composers and performers, giving your morning an extra dose of color.
Keith Lockhart became the twentieth conductor of the Boston Pops in 1995, adding his artistic vision to the Pops tradition established by his predecessors John Williams and Arthur Fiedler. During his seventeen-year tenure, he has conducted the Boston Pops in more than 1,300 concerts, including 34 national tours, performances at Carnegie Hall and Radio City Music Hall, and four tours of Japan and Korea. He and the Boston Pops have released four self-produced recordings—Sleigh Ride, America, Oscar & Tony, and The Red Sox Album, as well as eight albums with RCA Victor.
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In August 2010, Keith Lockhart was appointed seventh Principal Conductor of the BBC Concert Orchestra, an orchestra that celebrates its 60th year in 2012. The BBC Concert Orchestra plays a diverse mix of music from classical to rock and roll, and is heard regularly on BBC television shows, film, radio (including BBC2’s Friday Night is Music Night, the longest running music program in the world,) as well as in the concert hall.
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In October 2007, Lockhart succeeded David Effron to become artistic director of the Brevard Music Center, one of this nation's leading summer festivals and institutes for young musicians. Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina, BMC welcomes each year 400 students from around the United States and the globe, along with 65 distinguished faculty artists drawn from the most prestigious conservatories, universities and orchestras in America join these talented young people. Lockhart's appointment solidifies an already special relationship with the Brevard Music Center. Having attended as a teenager for two summers, in 1974 and 1975.
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