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Keith Lockhart will wave his baton in Utah for an additional three years, the Utah Symphony has announced. The musical director's contract was extended through the summer of 2005.

Lockhart, whose original contract was to expire in the summer of 2002, was delighted with the decision. "I am thrilled to have the opportunity to continue to make music with the great musicians of the Utah Symphony and to help continue the great work of this orchestra in enriching the lives of the people in Utah," Lockhart said in a written statement issued by the Symphony.

"More than anything in my time spent here so far," said Lockhart, "I value the relationships I have with (the Utah Symphony) — whose dedication and will to excel never ceases to thrill me — and with our audience, whose support of and belief in the mission of the Utah Symphony has kept us going for over 60 years."

Lockhart, who is also the musical director for the Boston Pops Orchestra, has been at the Utah Symphony helm since 1998. He replaced Joseph Silverstein, who retired.