Keith Lockhart Returns
Keith Lockhart – Conductor
Andrew von Oeyen – Piano
Beethoven – Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 4 in G major, Op. 58
Berlioz – Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14
A self-portrait of an arch-Romantic, Symphonie Fantastique or, as it was originally known, “Episodes in the Life of an Artist” is the epic retelling of composer Hector Berlioz’s obsessive quest for art and love. Today, the work stands as one of the most beloved in all of symphonic literature. “Plunged into an endless, insatiable passion” for the Irish actress Harriet Smithson, Berlioz’s monumental composition combines high emotion with opium-fueled hallucination to convey the dreams, tenderness, ecstasy and despair that characterized his longing. Fortunately, Berlioz did get the girl, marrying Smithson in 1833. While the pair eventually separated, the symphony remained.
Leading the orchestra through Berlioz’s opus is one of America’s most popular conductors, Keith Lockhart. Following in the illustrious footsteps of Arthur Fiedler and John Williams, Lockhart assumed the role of conductor with the Boston Pops Orchestra in 1995. Celebrated pianist Andrew von Oeyen will join Lockhart and the orchestra for the program’s first half, a performance of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4. A master technician, Oeyen’s interpretation of the essential concerto has been acclaimed for its “elegance, mature intimacy and ruminative assurance.” (Detroit News)
Beloved conductor Keith Lockhart holds many esteemed positions—Principal Conductor of the BBC Concert Orchestra, Artistic Director of the Brevard Music Center Summer Institute and Festival and Music Director Emeritus of the Utah Symphony, but he is most widely and affectionately known as the conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra.
Over the last 16 years, Lockhart has conducted more than 1,300 Boston Pops concerts and made over 70 television shows, including 38 new programs for PBS’s Evening at Pops; the annual July Fourth spectacular, shown nationally on CBS Television; and the orchestra’s annual holiday special, aired nationally on PBS.
Andrew von Oeyen
Andrew von Oeyen
Born in 1979, Andrew von Oeyen has already established himself as one of the most captivating pianists of his generation. Since his debut at age 16 with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, von Oeyen has performed to critical acclaim in recital and orchestral appearances around the world. Commanding an extensive and diverse repertoire, von Oeyen has performed the major concertos of the keyboard literature with such ensembles as the Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Berlin Symphony Orchestra and Ravinia Festival Orchestra among others. As both a soloist and conductor, he has led concerti and orchestral works at the Spoleto Festival USA, and on July 4, 2009, performed at the US Capitol with the National Symphony in A Capitol Fourth, reaching millions worldwide in the multi-award winning PBS live telecast.