Keith Lockhart: An Exhibition of his Archive

This exhibition highlights the career of the charismatic twentieth conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra, Keith Lockhart, one of the recent additions to the list of collections at the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center.

The exhibition opens with letters welcoming the conductor to his new position from Johanna Fiedler, daughter of long-time Boston Pops conductor, Arthur Fiedler, and Seiji Ozawa, then-conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. These are accompanied by a photograph from a formal welcoming at Symphony Hall featuring Keith Lockhart with conductors John Williams and Seiji Ozawa presiding.

Notable correspondence in the exhibition includes notes and letters cutting across a wide spectrum of names representing a variety of fields. They include Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, conductors Harry Ellis Dickson and John Williams, Senators Edward M. Kennedy and John Kerry, poet Maya Angelou, actor Steve Martin, and Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, to name a few.

There are photographs of Keith Lockhart at work with popular singers Cyndi Lauper and Steven Tyler, Governor Deval Patrick narrating a performance of "Twas the Night Before Christmas," as well as photographs of Keith Lockhart receiving an honorary doctorate degree at his alma mater, Carnegie Melon University, and Keith Lockhart pitching on the mound at Fenway following the release of "The Boston Pops Red Sox Album."

Memorabilia and awards on exhibition include an inscribed silver baton presented to Lockhart at the beginning of his Boston Pops tenure in 1995, his Nominee's Medal from the 41st Grammy Awards, his I.D. badge from the2003 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics, a large gavel presented to Keith Lockhart by State Senate President William Bulger, the Key to the City of Cincinnati, and the U.S.O. Award for his many years of support of American Armed Forces at home and abroad.

Of special interest is material related to the commissioned piece: "The Dream Lives On: A Portrait of the Kennedy Brothers," first performed in 2010, combing text by John Robert, and Edward Kennedy with music by composer Peter Boyer. The exhibition grouping of material related to this includes notes of appreciation from Ted Kennedy, Jr. and Victoria Reggie Kennedy.

Alan Cumming
Keith Lockhart