Principal Pops Conductor Jack Everly leads the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Baltimore Choral Arts Society in a concert featuring popular favorites from musicals such as Les Misérables and Miss Saigon on Thursday, April 19 at 8 p.m. at the Music Center at Strathmore, Friday, April 20 at 8 p.m., Saturday, April 21 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, April 22 at 3 p.m. at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. Entitled "Do You Hear the People Sing," this program celebrates music by two of the world's most prolific writers of modern musical theatre, Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg, whose masterpiece Les Misérables is the longest-running musical in the world. Also included in the program are selections from the award-winning team's shows Martin Guerre, Pirate Queen, and La Revolution Francaise. Please see below for complete program details.
Based on a classical novel by Frenchman Victor Hugo, the cherished story of Les Misérables has captivated audiences for nearly a quarter century. The musical has been translated to 21 different languages among 41 countries and seen 43,000 professional performances to an estimated audience of 55 million people. Among its most memorable songs are "I Dreamed a Dream," "On My Own," "Bring Him Home" and "Do You Hear the People Sing."
Considered Schönberg and Boublil's second major success, Miss Saigon is a modern retelling of Puccini's Madame Butterfly – the American Lieutenant replaced by a GI, and Japanese geisha by a Vietnamese bar girl. The soul-stirring story of Miss Saigon confronts such issues as war, love, family, and death. At its highly anticipated Broadway opening, the musical broke the Broadway record for advance ticket sales at $24 million. Also included on this program are selections from the awardwinning shows Martin Guerre, Pirate Queen and La Revolution Francaise.
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), and the Music Director of the National Memorial Day Concert and A Capitol Fourth on PBS.
Mr. Everly is the Music Director of Yuletide Celebration, now a 26-year tradition. These theatrical symphonic holiday concerts are presented annually in December in Indianapolis and are seen by
more than 40,000 concert?goers.
Originally appointed by Mikhail Baryshnikov, Mr. Everly was conductor of the American Ballet Theatre for 14 years, where he served as Music Director. Mr. Everly has teamed with Marvin Hamlisch in Broadway shows 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.
Mr. Everly has conducted the songs for Disney's animated classic, The Hunchback of Notre Dame,
and led the Czech Philharmonic on the recordings In the Presence and Sandi Patty's 2011 release,
Broadway Stories. He also conducted the critically praised Everything's Coming Up Roses: The Complete Overtures of Broadway's Jule Styne.
In 1998, Jack Everly created the Symphonic Pops Consortium, serving as Music Director. The Consortium, based in Indianapolis, produces a new theatrical pops program each season. In the past 12 years, more than 225 performances of SPC programs have taken place across the U.S. and Canada. Maestro Everly holds an Honorary Doctorate of Arts from Franklin College in his home state of Indiana.
The Baltimore Choral Arts Society, now in its 45th 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, 3-city tour of France including soldout performances in Paris and AixenProvence, and the Chorus has also appeared at Spain's
prestigious Festival of the Costa del Sol.
For the past 15 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 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.