A new cruise offering from Smithsonian Journeys and PONANT 

Explore unique cultures rooted in Old Europe as you follow the Saint Lawrence River through Québec and continue along the Canadian Maritimes, experiencing world-class cities and stunning islands illuminated by fall foliage.

Starting at: $12,510 Make a Reservation Ask Us A Question or Call 855-330-1542
 View of Quebec  Mary, Queen of the World Cathedral, Montreal, Québec  Coastal Lunenburg, Nova Scotia  Acadia National Park. Credit: National Park Service

Symphony on the St. Lawrence: From Québec to the Canadian Maritimes

Featuring Boston Pops conductor Keith Lockhart

15 days from $12,510

A new cruise offering from Smithsonian Journeys and PONANT 

Explore unique cultures rooted in Old Europe as you follow the Saint Lawrence River through Québec and continue along the Canadian Maritimes, experiencing world-class cities and stunning islands illuminated by fall foliage.

or Call 855-330-1542

Experts

Oct 16 - 30, 2023 Departure
Keith Lockhart

Keith Lockhart

Keith Lockhart is currently Conductor of the Boston Pops and Artistic Director of the Brevard Music Center in North Carolina.

Now in his twenty-seventh season, he has served as Conductor of the Boston Pops since 1995, a tenure that includes over two thousand performances, forty-three national tours to more than 150 cities, and four international tours. His tenure as conductor is the second-longest in the history of the organization, founded in 1885. He and the Pops have made eighty-six television shows and sixteen recordings and participated in such high-profile sporting events as Super Bowl XXXVI, the 2008 NBA finals, the 2013 Boston Red Sox Ring Ceremony, and, most recently, Game 2 of the 2018 World Series between the Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers. The annual July 4 Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular draws a live audience of over half a million with millions more who watch on television or live webcast.

Keith is currently in his 15th season as Artistic Director of the Brevard Music Center summer institute and festival, continuing a relationship that began as a student there, nearly fifty years ago. The Brevard Music Center is one of America’s premiere educational institutions for high school and college-age musicians and presents seven intensive weeks of instruction and performance each summer.

From 2010-2018 Keith served as the seventh Principal Conductor of the BBC Concert Orchestra, followed by a two-year appointment as Chief Guest Conductor. Highlights of his tenure include three critically acclaimed North American tours, conducting annual performances at The Proms, and celebrating the orchestra’s 60th year in 2012. In June of that same year, he conducted the orchestra during Queen Elizabeth II’s gala Diamond Jubilee Concert, which was broadcast around the world.
 

In addition, Keith has conducted nearly every major orchestra in North America, as well as the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, the Czech Philharmonic, the Vienna Radio Symphony, the NHK Symphony and New Japan Philharmonic in Tokyo, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, the London Symphony and the London Philharmonic, among many others. From 1998-2009 he was the Music Director of the Utah Symphony and led the orchestra during Opening Ceremonies of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, and on its first tour of Europe in nearly three decades, in 2005. He has also served as Associate Conductor of both the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra and Music Director of the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra.

Born in Poughkeepsie, NY, Maestro Lockhart began his musical studies on piano at the age of 7, and holds degrees from Furman University and Carnegie Mellon University, as well as numerous honorary degrees. He lives in Newton, Massachusetts with his wife, attorney Emiley Lockhart, and their two sons.

Photo: credit Marco Borggreve

Oct 16 - 30, 2023 Departure
Eric Roorda

Eric Roorda

Eric Paul Roorda is a maritime historian, author and artist.  A native of the Great Lakes region, he recently retired from thirty years of college teaching for Johns Hopkins University, Williams College, and Mystic Seaport Museum, among other places.  His most recent books are The Ocean Reader: History, Politics, Culture (2020), Cats At Sea, A to Z (2019), and Twain At Sea: The Maritime Writings of Samuel Langhorne Clemens (2018).  He received his education at The College of William and Mary and The Johns Hopkins University.

Eric comes from a seafaring family in Holland: his grandfather was a First Engineer in the Dutch Merchant Marine whose ships were sunk twice during World War I, and his great-grandfather worked on Zuiderzee ferries.