Jack Everly has been named the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's new SuperPops conductor, starting in 2003-2004.
"They've made a wonderful choice," Carol Channing said by phone from Palm Springs, Calif. "He was my conductor twice for Hello, Dolly in New York and on tour, and he's awfully good. He's so sensitive to performers; he breathes with you. I think the world of Jack."
Everly, principal pops conductor of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and former music director of the American Ballet Theatre, first worked with the BSO in 1982. Since the end of Marvin Hamlisch's tenure as the BSO's SuperPops conductor in 2000 (no successor was named until now), he has led three pops programs here and will be on the podium for another this April.
"I am delighted to formalize our relationship at a time when so many exciting things are happening with this terrific orchestra," Everly said.
During his inaugural season, he will conduct salutes to "The Great American Songbook," operetta, Broadway divas and Andrew Lloyd Webber. Also on the SuperPops lineup: Burt Bacharach, Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme, Patti Lapone and the Capitol Quartet.