Last month we told you about a simple little contract dispute the Philly Pops were having with their music director of 33 years and beard aficionado Peter Nero. The problem was that the Philly Pops didn’t have much money, and most of the money they did have was going to Nero. The Pops called Nero’s contract “economically burdensome,” which seems like some serious bankruptcy court smack-talk. Today, Nero and the Pops filed a settlement agreement in federal court that puts Nero in a “new position as Artistic Director for the upcoming 2012-2013 concert season, including conducting three concert series, the nine highly-popular holiday concert spectaculars and the 4th of July celebration.”
Maestro Nero (as the press release and we’re sure anyone who is near Peter Nero calls him) will move to the position of Music Director Emeritus of The Philly POPS beginning in July 2013. But with Nero not helming the baton for all of this year’s concerts, who they gonna call? Marvin Hamlisch. The legendary composer, conductor, and EGOT recipient will conduct the Pops in the Bond and Beyond Concert Series on April 26, 27, and 28. Hamlisch originally co-wrote “Nobody Does It Better” from The Spy Who Loved Me, “Bond 77/Bond Theme,” as well as the orchestral/disco score for the film. In addition, Michael Krajewski (pops conductor of the Houston Symphony, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra) will conduct the Lennon and McCartney Concert Series in March, featuring a Pops recreation of Beatles tunes.