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Conductor Lockhart is ready for some football

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Utah Symphony conductor Keith Lockhart says he's a lapsed football fan, but on Super Bowl Sunday, he plans to root for the New England Patriots.

Lockhart will lead the Boston Pops — his other orchestra — when it performs a selection of American classics during the pre-game show.

"Who could have known that the Patriots would have ended up as AFC champions?" Lockhart said from Salt Lake City. "We're glad we're not the only team from Boston there."

The 15-minute program at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans will feature Mariah Carey singing "The Star-Spangled Banner," accompanied by the Pops.

The orchestra also will perform "America the Beautiful," and two selections by composer Aaron Copland, "Fanfare for the Common Man," and the "Lincoln Portrait," which will feature four former presidents narrating — Gerald R. Ford, Jimmy Carter, George Bush and Bill Clinton.