Lockhart Gives Back To Brevard Music Center

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Keith Lockhart is best known as conductor of the world famous Boston Pops, but Brevard and the Brevard Music Center hold a special place in Lockhart’s life.

His grandfather was a professor at Brevard College and Lockhart used to visit his grandparents at their home on Franklin Street during the summer.

“I grew up spending big chunks of my summers here even though I wasn’t at the music center,” said Lockhart.

That local connection led to Lockhart attending BMC in 1974 and 1975 when he was a high school student.

“Like most formative experiences, those experiences I had in those days did not fully register on me until I was further away from them. That’s true for most 14 and 15-year-olds,” he said. “I do remember this place in a way that I would like our current students to remember it, as a place that was a catalyst in my life to pursue this as a career.”

Lockhart said he had more “concentrated listening experiences” during his two summers as a student than he had in his entire life before attending BMC. When he was not practicing or performing, he took advantage of listening to live opera and live symphonic performances.

“I sang in a chorus for Beethoven 9 under Robert Shaw’s direction as a very scared 14-year-old,” he said. “I had my first conducting lessons here. Look how it turned out.”

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