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April 27, 2010

Succeeding the late Erich Kunzel, Jack Everly to conduct National Symphony's Capitol concerts

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 ..."


Posted by Tim Smith at 1:42 PM | | Comments (1)


Bravo to Maestro Everly for the new gig. Very prestigious and well deserved.

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Born and raised in Washington, D.C., I couldn't help but develop a keen interest in politics, but music, theater and visual art also proved great attractions. Music became my main focus after high school. I thought about being a cocktail pianist, but I hated taking requests, so I studied music history instead, earning a B.A. in that field from Eisenhower College (Seneca Falls, N.Y.) and an M.A. from Occidental College (Los Angeles). I then landed in journalism. After freelancing for the Washington Post and others, I was classical music critic for the Sun-Sentinel in South Florida, where I also contributed to NPR. I've written for the New York Times, BBC Music Magazine and other publications, and I'm a longtime contributor to Opera News. My book, The NPR Curious Listener's Guide to Classical Music (Perigee, 2002), can be found on the most discerning remainder racks.

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