Keith Lockhart, conductor
Having led more than 1,300 Boston Pops concerts, Keith Lockhart (1995-present) is now in his 18th season as the 20th Boston Pops Conductor. In response to the ever-diversifying trends in music, Maestro Lockhart has taken the Pops in new directions, creating programs that reach out to a broader and younger audience by presenting artists—both established performers and rising stars—from virtually every corner of the entertainment world, all the while maintaining the Pops’ appeal to its core audience.
He has made 73 television shows, led 35 national and four overseas tours with the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra and recorded 11 albums. Maestro Lockhart’s tenure has been marked by a dramatic increase in touring, the Orchestra’s first Grammy® nominations, the first major network national broadcast of the Fourth-of-July spectacular from the Esplanade and the release of the Boston Pops’ first self-produced and self-distributed recordings. He has also led the Boston Pops at several high profile sports events, including the pre-game show of NFL’s Super Bowl XXXVI with the New England Patriots, the national anthem for the 2008 NBA Finals with the Boston Celtics, and the opening game of MLB’s 2007 World Series, at Fenway Park with the Boston Red Sox.