Jack Everly, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's ingratiating principal pops conductor, will be on the podium for two high-profile events in Washington this summer. Everly will succeed the late Erich Kunzel on the podium for the National Symphony Orchestra's 2010 Memorial Day and Fourth of July concerts on the the West Lawn of the Capitol, performances broadcast nationally on PBS.
Kunzel, who died last September, led those popular programs for 20 years. Everly, who serves as principal pops conductor in Indianapolis, Ottawa and Naples (Fla.), ought to be a smooth fit for these concerts.
In a statement released Tuesday, Jerry Colbert, executive producer for Capital Concerts, the non-profit production company that has produced these concerts for three decades, said: "It was a real tragedy to lose our long-time conductor and friend Erich Kunzel ... [he] paid Jack the highest compliment he could by recommending him so strongly. With his experience conducting numerous orchestras around the world, on Broadway, and in ballet, Jack Everly will help bring new ideas to these national celebrations ..."
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