Keith Lockhart, still going strong with the Boston Pops

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By Doug Most | Globe Staff

“He looks like a cross between Ricky Nelson and Richard Thomas in his John-Boy days, and he has a very pleasant way of chatting up the audience.”

That’s how Boston Globe classical music critic Richard Dyer, in his May 19, 1994, review of a Boston Pops concert, described the youthful, neatly coiffed visiting conductor who was in charge that night. The 34-year-old Keith Lockhart, then the associate conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony and the Cincinnati Pops, was the favorite to replace the legendary John Williams, and sure enough the Boston Pops baton was passed a few months later.

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