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Having celebrated his twentieth anniversary as Boston Pops Conductor in 2015, Keith Lockhart is the second longest-tenured conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra since its founding in 1885. He took over as conductor in 1995, following John Williams's thirteen-year tenure from 1980 to 1993; Mr. Williams succeeded the legendary Arthur Fiedler, who as at the helm of the orchestra for nearly fifty years. During his tenure, Keith Lockhart has significantly expanded Pops programming, focused on national annual touring, and participated in major media events. He has solidified the orchestra's place in the fabric of the New England community and has led the Boston Pops in countless performance situations. The list of more than 250 guest artists with whom he has collaborated is a virtual "who's who" of performers and pop culture icons.
Keith Lockhart, who occupies the Julian and Eunice Cohen Boston Pops Conductor chair, has conducted more than 1,900 Boston Pops concerts, most of which have taken place during the orchestra's spring and holiday seasons in Boston's historic Symphony Hall. Mr. Lockhart has also led annual Boston Pops appearances at Tanglewood, 43 national tours to more than 150 cities in 38 states, and four international tours to Japan and Korea. He and the Pops have made 79 television shows and participated in such high-profile sporting events as Super Bowl XXXVI, the 2008 NBA finals, the 2013 Boston Red Sox Ring Ceremony, and the Red Sox Opening Day game at Fenway Park in 2009. The annual July 4 Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular draws a live audience of over half a million to the Charles River Esplanade and millions more who view it on television or live webcast. Last year, with Eaton Vance as presenting sponsor and Bloomberg exclusive media partner, the Pops organization presented its first self-produced Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular, which was broadcast on Bloomberg Television and all its media outlets. Both companies made initial three-year commitments to the event in 2017.
Mr. Lockhart has led eight albums on the RCA Victor/BMG Classics label, including two-The Celtic Album and The Latin Album-that earned Grammy nominations. Recent releases on Boston Pops Recordings include The Red Sox Album, A Boston Pops Christmas-Live from Symphony Hall, and The Dream Lives On: A Portrait of the Kennedy Brothers, which was a Boston Pops commission premiered in 2010 during the orchestra's 125th season. Released at the beginning of the 2017 Pops season, Lights, Camera…Music! Six Decades of John Williams features Keith Lockhart leading the Boston Pops in a collection of Williams compositions from the 1960s onward, some of which can be considered rarities.
Programming-wise, Keith Lockhart has put an increased focus on musical theater, attracting such leading Broadway artists as Kristen Chenoweth, Idina Menzel, Kelli O'Hara, Bernadette Peters, and Billy Porter to the Pops stage. He has worked closely with hundreds of talented young musicians, including Fellows of the Tanglewood Music Center, college students from the Boston Conservatory and Berklee College of Music, and area high school students. He introduced the PopSearch talent competition and the innovative JazzFest and EdgeFest series, featuring prominent jazz and indie artists performing with the Pops. He is dedicated to building and updating the Boston Pops library of music, which contains over five thousand arrangements.
With a renewed commitment to bring the Boston Pops into the Boston community and to important civic events, Keith Lockhart and the Pops have appeared at gubernatorial and mayoral inauguration ceremonies; the annual tree lighting in Boston's Public Garden; sporting events including Red Sox, Patriots, Bruins, and Celtics games; and the memorial service for the Boston Marathon bombing victims. He has led free concerts in such major public spaces as Boston Common and Franklin Park, and each holiday season brings members of the Pops to play for patients at Children's Hospital.
Perhaps the most significant key to Keith Lockhart's success is his ability to connect passionately with audiences through his engaging programs, his commitment to speaking directly from the stage with fascinating insights into the music, and his inherent understanding of the importance of what sets the Pops experience apart from a traditional orchestra concert-an atmosphere of music-making that is both fun and entertaining for music lovers of all ages.
Having just completed an eight-year tenure as principal conductor, Keith Lockhart is now chief guest conductor of the BBC Concert Orchestra in London, which he led in the June 2012 Diamond Jubilee Concert for Queen Elizabeth II; he is also artistic director of the Brevard Music Center summer institute and festival in North Carolina. Prior to his BBC appointment, he spent eleven years as music director of the Utah Symphony, which he led at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City. He has appeared as a guest conductor with virtually every major symphonic ensemble in North America, as well as many prestigious orchestras in Asia and Europe. Prior to coming to Boston, he was the associate conductor of both the Cincinnati Symphony and Cincinnati Pops orchestras, as well as music director of the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra. Born in Poughkeepsie, NY, Keith Lockhart began his musical studies with piano lessons at the age of seven. He holds degrees from Furman University and Carnegie Mellon University, and honorary doctorates from several American universities. Visit keithlockhart.com for further information.
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Seth MacFarlane's talents encompass every aspect of the
entertainment industry. He has created some of the most popular
content on television and film today while also expanding his
career in the worlds of music, science and philanthropy.
At 25, MacFarlane became the youngest showrunner in television
history when his animated series "Family Guy" aired on FOX. Gearing
up for its 17th season, "Family Guy" has garnered MacFarlane
numerous nominations and four Emmy Awards for "Outstanding
Voice-Over Performance" and "Outstanding Music and Lyrics." In
addition to "Family Guy," MacFarlane serves as co-creator,
executive producer and voice actor on "American Dad!" He also
executive produced the 21st century version of "Cosmos: A Space
Time Odyssey" for FOX and National Geographic. The show was seen by
more than 135 million people worldwide and received 13 Emmy
nominations. Most recently, MacFarlane created, executive produces
and stars in the sci-fi dramedy, "The Orville," is set 400 years in
the future and follows the adventures of the Orville, a
not-so-top-of-the-line exploratory ship in Earth's interstellar
fleet. The series premiered on September 10, 2017 to over 14
million viewers across all platforms, making it FOX's most watched
and highest-rated series launch since 2015. It currently averages
more than 10 million multi-platform viewers each week and is FOX's
No. 1 new series in ratings and total viewership. The show was most
recently picked up for a second season, set to air in 2018.
MacFarlane made his feature film directorial debut in 2012 with
the highest-grossing original R-rated comedy film of all time, TED.
This buddy comedy starred Mark Wahlberg and MacFarlane as the voice
of the lovable foul-mouthed teddy bear. The film made over $545
million worldwide and was co-written and produced by MacFarlane.
Fresh off the success of TED, MacFarlane hosted the 85th Academy
Awards in 2013 and was also nominated that same year for "Best
Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song"
for "Everybody Needs a Best Friend" from TED. Due to its great
success and cult following, the highly anticipated sequel, TED 2,
was released on June 26, 2015. In May 2014, Universal released
MacFarlane's western-comedy A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST,
which he wrote, produced, directed and starred in with an ensemble
cast that included Charlize Theron, Liam Neeson, Amanda Seyfried
and Neil Patrick Harris. In 2016, MacFarlane voiced "Mike," a small
mouse with a big Sinatra-esque voice, in Illumination
Entertainment's animated musical family comedy, SING. Most
recently, MacFarlane made an unrecognizable appearance in Steven
Soderbergh's heist film, LOGAN LUCKY, which was released on August
MacFarlane sang with famed composer John Williams at the
Hollywood Bowl, The John Wilson Orchestra for BBC proms and joined
numerous celebrated symphonies including Boston, San Francisco,
Atlanta, Chicago, Baltimore and the National Symphony Orchestra.
MacFarlane's debut album "Music is Better Than Words," debuted at
#1 on the iTunes Jazz Chart in 2011 and went on to receive four
Grammy nominations, including "Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album."
Released by Universal Republic, the album is a celebration of the
classic, sophisticated sound of swing orchestras. In 2014,
MacFarlane released his first-ever Christmas album, "Holiday for
Swing," that debuted at No. 1 on the iTunes Holiday Album Chart. On
his third album, "No One Ever Tells You," MacFarlane showcased the
unique orchestral arrangements of the '50s and '60s. The album
quickly rose to No. 1 on the Jazz Chart and garnered MacFarlane a
Grammy nomination for "Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album."
MacFarlane's fourth and most recent album, "In Full Swing," was
released September 2017 and debuted at No. 1 on the iTunes Jazz
Chart, No.1 on the Current Traditional Jazz Chart - making for his
first No.1 Traditional Jazz album - and earned him a Grammy
nomination in the "Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album" category. In
addition, MacFarlane recently joined Barbra Streisand for a duet of
"Pure Imagination" on her new musical pairings album "ENCORE: Movie
Partners Sing Broadway."
MacFarlane created The Seth MacFarlane Foundation to focus his
charitable efforts. As an advocate for science, he funded the Seth
MacFarlane collection of the Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan archive at
the Library of Congress. He also executive produced the climate
change documentary inspired by the nonfiction bestseller by Naomi
Klein, THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING. The film, which premiered in 2015,
shot in nine countries over four years, bringing awareness to the
insurmountable issue of global warming and the economic systems
that facilitate it. Through his foundation, MacFarlane continues to
be an avid supporter of science communication, cancer research, The
Human Rights Campaign, Oceana, the People of the American Way,
Chrysalis and Perry's Place.
Seth MacFarlane, soloist