BSO SuperPops Kicks Off New Season with Hollywood: The Epics, October 8-11
Program includes music from Star Wars, Titanic, Gone with the Wind and a special tribute to John Williams
Baltimore, Md. (August 27, 2009)—BSO Principal Pops Conductor Jack Everly will lead the BSO and the Baltimore Choral Arts Society in soundtracks from Hollywood on Thursday, October 8, 2009 at 8:00 p.m. at The Music Center at Strathmore, Friday, October 9 and Saturday, October 10 at 8:00 p.m., and Sunday, October 11 at 3:00 p.m. at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. The program includes music from Hollywood favorites such as Ben-Hur, Lawrence of Arabia, Titanic, Gone with the Wind and Star Wars, as well as a special tribute to the Academy Award-winning composer John Williams. Please see below for complete program information.
Jack Everly, conductor
Jack Everly is the Principal Pops Conductor of the Baltimore and Indianapolis symphony orchestras, Naples Philharmonic Orchestra and National Arts Centre Orchestra (Ottawa). He is widely known for his innovative approach to programs that have brought new audiences to the time-tested and beloved symphonic pops genre. This season he made his Cleveland Orchestra debut at Blossom Music Center and appears as guest conductor in Pittsburgh, Milwaukee, Toronto, Cincinnati and Detroit.
Mr. Everly is the Music Director of Yuletide Celebration, now a 24-year tradition. These theatrical symphonic holiday concerts are presented annually in December in Indianapolis and are seen by more than 40,000 concert-goers. Mr. Everly led the ISO in its first Pops recording, Yuletide Celebration, Volume One, including three of his own arrangements.
Originally appointed by Mikhail Baryshnikov, Mr. Everly was conductor of the American Ballet Theatre for 14 years, where he served as music director. In addition to his ABT tenure, he has teamed with Marvin Hamlisch in Broadway shows that Mr. Hamlisch scored including The Goodbye Girl, They're Playing Our Song and A Chorus Line. He conducted Carol Channing hundreds of times in Hello, Dolly! in two separate Broadway productions.
In television and film, Jack Everly has appeared on "In Performance at the White House" and conducted the songs for Disney's animated classic The Hunchback of Notre Dame. He has been music director on numerous Broadway cast recordings, and conducted the critically praised, Everything's Coming Up Roses: The Complete Overtures of Broadway's Jule Styne. A CD released in July 2005, In the Presence, features tenor Daniel Rodriguez with the Czech Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra of Prague conducted by Mr. Everly.
In 1998, Mr. Everly created the Symphonic Pops Consortium serving as music director. The Consortium, based in Indianapolis, produces a new theatrical pops program each season providing a superior quality artistic program for all. In the past nine years, more than 225 performances of SPC programs have taken place in 25 cities across the U.S. and Canada. This season's world premiere will be Mysterioso: Music, Magic, Mayhem & Mirth.
In May 2009, Maestro Everly received an Honorary Doctorate of Arts from Franklin College in his home state of Indiana.
Baltimore Choral Arts Society (Tom Hall, director)
The Baltimore Choral Arts Society, now in its 43rd season, is one of Maryland's premier cultural institutions. The Symphonic Chorus, Full Chorus, Orchestra and Chamber Chorus perform throughout the mid-Atlantic region, as well as in Washington, D.C., New York and in Europe.
In the summer of 2007, Tom Hall led the Chorus in a successful, three-city tour of France including sold-out performances in Paris and Aix-en-Provence. The Chorus has also appeared at Spain's prestigious Festival of the Costa del Sol.
For more than 10 years, WMAR Television, the ABC network affiliate in Maryland, has featured Choral Arts in an hour-long special, "Christmas with Choral Arts," which won an Emmy Award in 2006. Mr. Hall and the chorus were also featured in a PBS documentary called Jews and Christians: A Journey of Faith, broadcast nationwide, and on National Public Radio's Special Coverage in 2001. On local radio, Mr. Hall is the host of Choral Arts Classics, a monthly program on WYPR that features the Choral Arts Chorus and Orchestra, and he is the Culture Editor on WYPR's Maryland Morning with Sheilah Kast.
A recording with Dave Brubeck, featuring Brubeck's oratorio, The Gates of Justice, was released internationally on the NAXOS label in 2004; Choral Arts has two other recordings in current release: Christmas with Choral Arts, and a live recording of the Rachmaninoff All-Night Vigil.
Appointed Music Director in 1982, Mr. Hall has added more than 100 new works to the BCAS repertoire, and he has premiered works by contemporary composers including Dave Brubeck Peter Schickele, Libby Larsen and Robert Sirota.
COMPLETE PROGRAM INFORMATION
BSO SuperPops: Hollywood: The Epics
Thursday, October 8, 2009 at 8:00 p.m. -The Music Center at Strathmore
Friday, October 9, 2009 at 8:00 p.m. -Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall (JMSH)
Saturday, October 10, 2009 at 8:00 p.m. - JMSH
Sunday, October 11, 2009 at 3:00 p.m. - JMSH
Jack Everly, conductor
Baltimore Choral Arts Society
Tom Hall, director
Program to be announced from stage
Tickets for these concerts go on sale September 1st, range from $28 to $90, and are available through the BSO Ticket Office, 877.BSO.1444, 410.783.8000 or BSOmusic.org.