Principal Pops Conductor
Pops Conductor Jack Everly is a leader of this beloved genre throughout North America.
Jack Everly was named to the new position of Principal Pops Conductor of the National Arts Centre Orchestra in May 2004. Perennially popular with orchestra musicians, guest artists, and audiences, Maestro Everly’s contract was recently renewed by the NAC until the end of the 2014-2015 season. When he was first engaged, Everly was already well known to NAC Orchestra audiences for pops concerts such as Pops Goes British (2004), A Gershwin Celebration and Those Glorious Hollywood Musicals (2003), Celtic Celebration and Broadway Spectacular (2002), and Gotta Dance! (2000). To these he has added such shows as Broadway Divas, a Boston Pops Tribute featuring Pinchas Zukerman, the 2005 Black & White Opera Soiree fundraiser, the hilarious The 1950s: The Golden Age of Black and White, The Beat Goes On – Music of the Baby Boomers, Mysterioso: Music, Magic & Mayhem, Irving Berlin: From Rags to Ritzes, and this season's Broadway's Leading Men.
Jack Everly is also the Principal Pops Conductor with the Baltimore and Indianapolis Symphony Orchestras and the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra. This season he returns to The Cleveland Orchestra and appears as guest conductor in Pittsburgh, Detroit, Edmonton, Ft. Worth, and Phoenix.
Jack Everly is the newly named Music Director of the National Memorial Day Concertand A Capitol Fourth on PBS-TV in the United States. He conducted these programs, respectively, on May 30 and July 4, 2010. Both concerts were performed before a concert audience of hundreds of thousands and broadcast live in HD from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol -- two of PBS’s highest-rated programs. Everly took the baton from legendary pops conductor Erich Kunzel, who conducted these concerts for twenty years until his death in 2009.
Mr. Everly is the Music Director of Yuletide Celebration, now celebrating its 25th anniversary. 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, that included three of his own arrangements.
Originally appointed by Artistic Director Mikhail Baryshnikov, Mr. Everly conducted thousands of performances and dozens of world premieres for American Ballet Theatre, where he served as Music Director. Mr. Everly was not only at the helm for their annual season at Lincoln Center’s Metropolitan Opera House, but also for over 50 international tours with the famed company. In addition to his 14-year ABT tenure, he has teamed with composer Marvin Hamlisch in several 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.
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 led the orchestra for the national PBS telecast of the American Ballet Theatre’s Romeo and Juliet, starring Natalia Makarova. 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 2005 CD, In The Presence, features tenor Daniel Rodriguez with the Czech Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra of Prague conducted by Mr. Everly.
In 1998, Jack Everly created the Indianapolis-based Symphonic Pops Consortium (SPC), serving as Music Director. The Consortium, which is made up of major U.S. orchestras, produces a new theatrical pops program each season. In the past decade, 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. When not on the podium or arranging, he indulges in his love for films, Häagen-Dazs, and a pooch named Max.