Famous Conductor Keith Lockhart To Lead
Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall, Jan. 30
Violinist Andrés Cárdenes Will Be the Featured Solo Artist
PITTSBURGH—Keith Lockhart, music director and principal conductor of the world-renowned Boston Pops Orchestra and Utah Symphony, will lead the Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic in concert on Jan. 30 in New York City's Carnegie Hall. The event, which serves as the capstone of a College of Fine Arts weekend in New York, marks the first time the celebrated conductor and alumnus of Carnegie Mellon's School of Music will lead the philharmonic since he was a graduate student.
"Keith Lockhart's participation in the Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic's Carnegie Hall concert reunites one of our most successful alumni with the school at which he first began his professional conducting career," said Noel Zahler, head of the School of Music. "Keith is an innovative and inspiring leader who has helped to place our school on the international stage. We are thrilled to reunite him with this orchestra and to welcome him back to Carnegie Mellon."
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Andrés Cárdenes, the Dorothy Richard Starling & Alexander Speyer Jr. University Professor of Violin, will be the featured solo artist. Recognized worldwide as a musical phenomenon, the Grammy-nominated Cárdenes has parlayed his myriad talents into one of classical music's most versatile careers. A ferocious, passionate and charismatic artist, the Cuban-born Cárdenes has garnered international acclaim from critics and audiences alike for his compelling solo violin, conducting, viola, chamber music, concertmaster and recorded performances.
Lockhart, who holds a master's degree in Orchestral Conducting from Carnegie Mellon, has become one of the world's premier conductors. He has conducted more than 1,000 concerts in his tenure with the Boston Pops, widely regarded as one of the world's greatest symphony orchestras. Now entering his 14th season with the group, Lockhart has led the Boston Pops in more than 65 televised performances, including an Emmy-nominated concert, and in 11 commercial albums, including Grammy-nominated recordings The Latin Album and The Celtic Album.
Under Lockhart, the Pops became the first-ever orchestra to be featured in a Super Bowl and also appeared with Sir Elton John to open the 2004 NFL season. Additionally, Lockhart has served as the music director for the Utah Symphony Orchestra, leading them in performances during the Opening Ceremony of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City. He has been a guest conductor for many of the major symphonies of the world, including the symphonies of Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Berlin, Singapore and Scotland.
The Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic is comprised of student musicians from across the United States and 19 foreign countries. Philharmonic performances have been received enthusiastically by audiences and critics at such prestigious institutions as the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Boston's Symphony Hall and Severance Hall in Cleveland. Its recordings appear on the Mode Records, New World Records, New Albion and Carnegie Mellon record labels. The orchestra claims alumni in the New York Philharmonic, Chicago and Pittsburgh symphony orchestras, among others.