Saturday, May 20, 2006

Meeting the Maestro

I love music, I love attending live theater and concerts and I love the Boston Pops which heralds the arrival of spring in Boston every year! This week I went to the Pops; the program that night was Classical Countdown - Fiedler's Greatest Hits. Being there was as enjoyable as it has been in the past, but this evening held a special ending for me!

I have had a major crush (blushing) on the conductor, Keith Lockhart, since he picked up his baton as the conducter of the Pops in 1995, when he replaced John Williams. He is so talented, so energetic and so very, very easy on the eyes! When the concert was over, I asked if Mr. Lockhart could sign my program. To my amazement, an usher told my date and I to go stand by the inside stage door. A few minutes later, a young man opened that door and I asked if I could meet Keith so he could sign my program; he told me and a few other people who had congregated there to wait and he'd see what he could do. Not long after, he opened the door and told us to go upstairs. We climbed up a long, narrow, winding staircase and to my amazement we were about to enter the inner sanctum! Another gentleman ushered us into an office with comfy chairs and sofas and there he was in the flesh!!! Keith Lockhart!!! Be still my heart!!! I have met other celebrities in the past, not just locally known, but never before had my heart been beating so hard nor had I been flush with this kind of excitement! I felt like I was tripping over my words while gushing accolades at the same time. He is a genuinly nice man and even more adorable in person ... and yes, he did personally autograph my program which I will treasure!

Apperently, I'm not the only one who feels this way about Lockhart. Here's an exerpt from an article in "Lockhart is the boy wonder of the music world. In 1995, at the age of 35, he was named conductor of the Boston Pops, the world-famous orchestra that has blended orchestral music with pop for some 117 years. Compared to most conductors, he was a kid. About two years later he was named director of the Utah Symphony. In Boston, he has attained a certain rock-star status. His face appears on T-shirts, coffee mugs, postcards, city buses, TV and radio shows. Women have been known to scream when he takes the stage. He is stopped for autographs on the street. Attendance soared to an all-time record when he took over the Pops. His often-noted charisma and youthful good looks - people tell him he reminds them of actor Hugh Grant - along with his position as conductor of the beloved Pops, have made him a popular figure in Boston."


At Saturday, May 20, 2006 12:56:00 AM, Blogger genderist said...

What a great story!

At Saturday, May 20, 2006 6:48:00 AM, Anonymous Saturday said...

Well written blog. Glad you got to meet your "idol".

At Saturday, May 20, 2006 7:36:00 AM, Blogger PJ said...

What a great evening to remember.
and he is WAY cuter than Hugh Grant..:)

At Saturday, May 20, 2006 9:39:00 AM, Blogger Melli said...

Ohhhhhhh my! Well... I have to say that John Williams is more what I THINK of in a conductor ... but you're quite right! Keith Lockhart is MUCH easier on the eyes! I do still think he looks verrrrry young! Sort of like Dennis the Menace up there conducting! LOL!

I'm so happy for you that you got to see this wonderful performance - and that you were in the right place at JUST the right time to get to meet him! That is thrilling and a memory for a lifetime! :)

At Saturday, May 20, 2006 9:58:00 AM, Blogger Wystful1 said...

35?!!! What a gyp! What I mean is....why wasn't I born about 34 years ago. Damn.

What a lucious, lucious looking piece of manhood.


I'm still breathing erratically.

At Saturday, May 20, 2006 10:00:00 AM, Blogger Chi said...

Oh, yes...he is definitely pleasing to the eye! *s*

Have a great day!

At Saturday, May 20, 2006 3:26:00 PM, Blogger genderist said...

Thanks for sending Barb over!

At Saturday, May 27, 2006 8:16:00 PM, Blogger Mike Barer said...

That is cool. I felt the same way meeting Seattle Mariner Edgar Martinez.

At Wednesday, May 31, 2006 4:54:00 PM, Blogger LibertyBelle said...

He is soooooooooooo cute!
I have lots of CD with his picture on it.
You are so lucky to be able to go to the Pop's concerts!
Kiss Keith from me next time you see him.


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