Boston’s Lockhart to lead BBC orchestra at Palladium

Keith Lockhart, an American conductor whose career took off when he was appointed conductor of the Boston Pops, will visit the metropolitan area this week leading his other orchestra in a a program of English music.

That focus is appropriate, because the “other orchestra” is the BBC Concert Orchestra, of which Lockhart was named seventh principal conductor in 2010.

The program here will feature Sophie Shao as soloist in Elgar’s Cello Concerto in E minor.

The rest of the program contains Butterworth’s “The Banks of Green Willow,” Elgar’s “Enigma Variations,” and Britten’s “Four Sea Interludes from ‘Peter Grimes’ .”

Founded in 1930, the BBC Concert Orchestra is heard regularly on BBC television, including BBC2’s “Friday Night Is Music Night,” the longest running music program in the world.

Lockhart is a celebrity in his adopted hometown of Boston. A 2004 Associated Press story listed him as one of Beantown’s three “famous residents,” along with author Robin Cook and actor Matt Damon.

He brought the Boston Pops to what was then called Deer Creek Music Center in 1995, just three months after his appointment to lead the orchestra, succeeding Arthur Fiedler and John Williams. And he returned to the area in 2000 with the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, this time to another since renamed landmark facility, Conseco Fieldhouse.

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