Keith's Corner

Inspiring music and personal stories from our very own Keith Lockhart and special guests.

One of my great joys at Brevard is being able to share with you symphonic music that is special to me. Keith's Corner will allow me, albeit virtually, to continue to do that. Join me here as I share stories with you about the music that I love...some of the music that made me fall in love with orchestras, some works that have produced memorable moments during my years at Brevard, and some of the music that touches me most profoundly. It will also be an opportunity to, on occasion, introduce you to a gem you may not have yet discovered. Join me for a completely personal, somewhat subjective and, I hope, entertaining listening experience! – Keith Lockhart

Posted December 17, 2020

Keith shares the beautiful Adoration of the Magi (Three Botticelli Pictures) of Italian composer Ottorino Respighi. The featured recording is of Keith Lockhart conducting the Boston Pops Orchestra on their album Sleigh Ride from 2004.

Posted November 5, 2020

I've been involved with Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution for the last five years. My wife, Emiley, followed her passion for the sea and originally joined the organization as a volunteer, and followed that by accepting a position in WHOI's administration. She is currently the Deputy General Counsel, and participates in policy and planning for all facets of the organization, which is involved in cutting-edge ocean research all over the world.

When they asked me to perform at their virtual gala in October. I chose Debussy's piano prelude "La Cathédrale Engloutie," a piece I have always loved but never gotten around to learning. Debussy's gorgeous work, which dates from 1910, is a quintessential example of his impressionist style. Its veiled musical imagery paints the subtle play of wind, water, and light. Its program tells of an old Breton legend, about a magical cathedral that rises, on certain crystal-clear mornings, from the watery depths. One hears music that depicts dawn on the ocean, muted sounds of monk's chanting, bells pealing and the cathedral organ in its full glory as the edifice breaks the surface of the water, and then the long, slow diminuendo as the mystical cathedral returns to the depths.

I chose this piece for them because, at its core, the story it tells is one of humanity's age-old fascination with what lies below the surface of our oceans. Woods Hole is dedicated to just that knowledge. For more information on this extraordinary institution, please visit

Posted September 24, 2020

Keith shares an informal interview with pianist and BMC favorite Garrick Ohlsson. Following the interview, Ohlsson performs Chopin's Nocturne in F-sharp Major Op. 15, no. 2 from home.

Posted August 13, 2020

Keith shares the music of American composer Gabriela Lena Frank. Her Three Latin American Dances for Orchestra include the "Jungle Jaunt," "Highland Harawi," and "The Mestizo Waltz." The featured recording is of Keith Lockhart conducting the Utah Symphony in 2004.

Posted July 23, 2020

Keith talks about his fondness for the music of Antonín Dvořák and about his relationship with the Czech Philharmonic. As he notes, Dvořák is as important and symbolic to the Czech Republic as Gershwin is to the United States. The central piece for discussion is Dvořák's Symphony No. 9, "From the New World," and the featured recording is of Václav Neumann conducting the Czech Philharmonic in a live performance from 1993.

Posted July 9, 2020

Keith discusses Strauss's tone poem Don Quixote and the experience of preparing and performing it with the Brevard Music Center Orchestra and internationally renowned cellist Johannes Moser. The featured recording is from that performance in 2015.

Posted June 25, 2020

In addition to his role as the BMC Artistic Director, Keith is the Conductor of the Boston Pops Symphony Orchestra. Here, Keith discusses working with composer John Williams and recreating the music of Star Wars. The featured performance is of the main title from Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, with Williams conducting the orchestra during its 1993 Japan Tour.

Posted June 11, 2020

Keith explores the music of Czech composer Leoš Janáček, specifically the Adagio movement from the Idyll for String Orchestra. The featured performance is from A Far Cry, a Boston-based, self-conducted chamber orchestra.

Posted May 28, 2020

BMC Artistic Director Keith Lockhart discusses his deep connection with the music of Mahler and collaborating with his dear friend Ilana Davidson. Listen to a performance of the fourth movement with Lockhart, Davidson, and the Brevard Music Center Orchestra from July 25, 2014.

Posted May 14, 2020

The Boston Pops Orchestra, under the direction of Keith Lockhart, performs a musical video tribute, Summon the Heroes–featuring the work originally composed by John Williams for the 1996 Olympic Games–as a tribute to today’s first responders who are providing critical and needed services during the Covid-19 epidemic. John Williams joins the virtual tribute with a musical and spoken introduction from his home studio in Los Angeles.

Posted May 7, 2020

Keith discusses conductor Robert Shaw and Beethoven's Symphony No. 9, followed by a recording of the fourth movement by Shaw and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus.