Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

April 4, 2013

Pops conductor Lockhart to appear in town

Fall event at Collins Center

The Andover Townsman

---- — Boston Pops conductor Keith Lockhart and some musical friends will perform in Andover this coming fall.

On Saturday, Sept. 28, at 7:30 p.m. at the Collins Center for the Performing Arts at Andover High School in Andover, Lockhart will present a talk on composer Igor Stravinsky’s “The Soldier’s Tale,” illustrated by periodic interludes of music performed by a group of seven musicians. This event is presented by the Northern Essex Community College Foundation Inc., the Women of NECC, and the NECC Alumni Association. Proceeds will benefit NECC’s Endowment Fund.

The 1918 theatrical Russian parable “The Soldier’s Tale” is meant to be “read, played, and danced” and tells the tale of a soldier who trades his fiddle to the devil for a book that predicts the future of the economy.

Lockhart, a 53-year-old New York native, became the 20th conductor of the Boston Pops in 1995, adding his artistic vision to the Pops tradition established by his predecessors John Williams and Arthur Fiedler.

The Boston Pops played opening night, Sept. 25, 1983 at the Collins Center for the Performing Arts, but such well known performers appear at the facility infrequently today.

People can purchase tickets at $35 each by calling the NECC Institutional Advancement events line at 978-556-3870 or visiting

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