SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Conductor Keith Lockhart is ending an 11-year run as director of the Utah Symphony.

Lockhart's farewell was a two-night production of Leonard Bernstein's "Mass" on Friday and Saturday.

Lockhart and the nearly 250 performers at Abravanel Hall received excellent reviews after Friday's performance, when stage director Michael Scarola pushed Lockhart forward to accept a hearty ovation.

Lockhart's finale was scheduled for Saturday night.

No replacement has been named for Lockhart, who has headed the symphony since 1998.

The rarely-performed "Mass" was commissioned by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis for the 1971 opening of the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.


Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune,