Boston Pops conductor Keith Lockhart gearing up for his 24th Fourth of July performance

BOSTON (WHDH) - Boston Pops conductor Keith Lockhart says he and his orchestra will be ready to go for what will be his 24th Fourth of July performance.

Lockhart said that despite having conducted the show for more than two decades, the annual celebration on the Esplanade never gets old.

“Here we have a half million people, give or take, sitting in close proximity in peace and harmony in a tiny little square mile section of Boston,” Lockhart said. “It’s a sociological phenomenon as much as it is a concert.”

And while this year’s show will be among the hottest he’s ever conducted, Lockart says the fans won’t be let down.

“The Boston Pops must play outdoors more than any other orchestra. We’ve played all over the country and in stadiums everywhere in some of the worst imaginable conditions,” he said. “So we know how to deal with that.”

The Independence Day maestro said he’s particularly excited to see how the crowd reacts to this year’s headliners, saying, “To have a pop star like Rachel Platten and to have a classic rock act like Indigo Girls, and this Rhiannon Giddons is one of the most talented performers I’ve ever seen on this stage — I’m simply blown away by her.”

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