Keith Lockhart

 [Keith Lockhart]

In February,1995, 35-year-old Keith Lockhart becomes the twentieth conductor of "America's Orchestra" The Boston Pops.  His Opening Night Pops concert features Mandy Patinkin, Sylvia McNair, and Doc Severinsen.


The Boston Pops Orchestra was founded in 1885 as a subsection of the Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO), founded four years earlier. Careful examination of the rosters of “Pops" or “Festival" orchestras, which are associated with a co-resident symphony orchestra in the same community, will reveal that the principal players of a “Pops" ensemble usually hold the post of assistant or associate principal of the “parent" ensemble. In general parlance, the Boston Pops is described as: “The Boston Symphony minus the first-chair players." This “elite core” of BSO musicians constitute a separate subsection of the BSO, and perform alongside the Pops as the Boston Symphony Chamber Players, a 12-member ensemble founded in 1964.

 

 

 

 

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