The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra announced today that it has renewed the contract of Principal Pops Conductor Jack Everly through 2017. Maestro Everly’s tenure as BSO Principal Pops Conductor began in 2003. That initial contract was renewed in 2008 and is set to expire at the end of the 2011-2012 season. This most recent contract renewal extends Maestro Everly’s tenure for five further seasons, through the end of the 2016-2017 season. This parallels the length of BSO Music Director Marin Alsop’s current five year contract that expires in 2015.
Under Jack Everly’s dynamic leadership, the BSO has seen a marked increase in BSO SuperPops series subscribers at the BSO’s two venues: the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall (Baltimore, Md.) and at The Music Center at Strathmore (North Bethesda, Md.). The two best selling Pops series--the Saturday evening and Sunday matinee series in Baltimore—have seen a 20-28% increase in the number of subscribers. In the current 2010-2011 season, the remaining nine Pops programs are projected to sell out. Further, Maestro Everly has earned critical acclaim, “Everly is a seasoned Broadway veteran who knows all about timing and sending an audience out of a theater with a flourish.” (The Baltimore Sun)
During Jack Everly’s tenure as Principal Pops Conductor, he has led the BSO in dynamic presentations of musical tributes to legends like Irving Berlin, Rodgers & Hammerstein and Judy Garland and concerts that feature musical styles ranging from Big Band to Broadway to music for Cinema. He served as the music director for six seasons for the BSO’s popular Holiday Spectacular, a Broadway-style musical production with lavish sets and costumes and headliners that included Sandi Patty, Maureen McGovern and Ann Hampton Callaway. Additionally, the BSO has benefitted from Maestro Everly’s role as music director for the Symphonic Pops Consortium, an organization he created in 1998. The Consortium produces a new theatrical pops program each season. Shows produced by the Consortium in which Maestro Everly has led the BSO include Leading Men of Broadway, Big Band Hit Parade, Disco Days and Boogie Nights and Mysterioso: Music, Magic, Mayhem & Mirth.