General Music Director of MidAmerica Productions in Carnegie Hall & MidAm International, Names
MICHAEL J. GLASGOW
COMPOSER & CONDUCTOR"
NEW YORK, NY, October 17, 2019 -
Peter Tiboris today named Michael J. Glasgow as "Distinguished Composer & Conductor" with MidAmerica Productions (MAP) and MidAm International. The appointment takes effect immediately.
"The purpose of this recently established designation from MAP and MidAm," declares Mr. Tiboris, "is to foster the creation and performance of music by composers and conductors whose work and esthetic align with our values and objectives. They represent excellence both as creators and performers."
He continues, "Michael J. Glasgow brought MAP the New York premiere of his Requiem in 2017, and from the outset I knew he was a force to be reckoned with in the world of choral music. The European premiere of the work, which MidAm presented in Vienna in June this year, was another triumph in what promises to be a fruitful relationship."
Mr. Glasgow recalls, "My initial involvement with MidAmerica Productions was a perfect alignment of blessing and kismet: conducting the Carnegie Hall premiere of my Requiem on my fortieth birthday was one of the greatest gifts I've ever received. Maestro Tiboris and his absolutely incredible staff have a vision to advance the modern choral and orchestral literature, and it was a deep honor to be a part of that creative energy."
He adds, "The support for the invitation to conduct the European premiere of the work in Vienna was overwhelming. MidAmerica is about more than just the 'business' of concertizing; the company has a drive to curate a repertoire of excellent musical talent from page to podium. To be named as Distinguished Composer & Conductor with one of New York's preeminent production companies is a tremendously humbling distinction."
Mr. Glasgow joins Michael John Trotta and Nestor Taylor in the ranks of MidAmerica Productions' Distinguished Composers & Conductors.
About Michael J. Glasgow
Michael J. Glasgow is a native of Detroit, and his family still lives in Michigan. An honors graduate from the College of Charleston (SC), he holds B.A. degrees in music theory/composition, and in journalism. He holds a summa cum laude Master of Church Music degree from Concordia University Wisconsin as a rare double-emphasis student, in both choral and handbell music.
Mr. Glasgow has composed four musical plays (two of which premiered in Charleston's Sottile Theatre), as well as numerous original sacred choral, orchestral, and handbell compositions. His setting of the Latin Requiem text premiered on April 8, 2001, with full orchestra and choir, at North Raleigh United Methodist Church, where he has served as Minister of Music since 1998. Its ten-year anniversary presentations on April 10, 2011 received tremendous acclaim. On June 11, 2017 - his 40th birthday - Mr. Glasgow made his Carnegie Hall debut, conducting the work in New York City's iconic venue; and conducted its European premiere in Vienna in June 2019.
An active member of the American Composers Forum (ACF), American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), the Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and the Worship Arts (FUMMWA), Handbell Musicians of America, and Mensa, Mr. Glasgow participates in many extracurricular and educational pursuits. He also serves as the bass section leader for the North Carolina Master Chorale.
A composer heralded for his "abundant melodic gift" (New York Concert Review), Mr. Glasgow strives to creatively advance the choral, handbell, and orchestral literature. His music has won numerous accolades and recognitions in composition contests, and he has fulfilled more than 40 commissions, including Concerto for Castings, a multi-movement symphonic work featuring a virtuosic part for a solo percussionist on a handbell-keyboard instrument. In March 2020, he will lead Hong Kong's Millennium Youth Orchestra in the world premiere, with soloist Matthew Lau.
On the podium, Michael J. Glasgow is a dynamic, energizing musician who connects well with people and music, and as such is sought after for conducting engagements throughout the country and abroad. Summer 2013 marked his international conducting debut, as a conductor for the Handbell Ringers of Great Britain Ringing Residency Week in Sheffield, England; a return engagement was almost immediately booked for 2015, and then 2017. He has also conducted in the Eastern Caribbean, eastern and western Canada, Hong Kong, Austria, and Singapore.
In his admittedly limited spare time, Mr. Glasgow enjoys weightlifting, yoga, and gourmet cooking. Additional information and samples of his work may be found at www.michaeljglasgow.com and on YouTube and
About MidAmerica Productions and MidAm International
Peter Tiboris created and conducted his first concert in New York on January 7, 1984, at Lincoln Center, featuring the American Symphony Orchestra, soloists, and three choruses, the Louisiana Chorale of Acadiana, Camerata Singers of Baton Rouge, and Collegiate Chorale of New York. Although he didn't realize it at the time, Mr. Tiboris had just created his own successful production company, MidAmerica Productions, which was to become the foremost independent producer of choral concerts in Carnegie Hall. During its 37 years, MidAmerica Productions has brought together conductors, soloists, and choral and instrumental ensembles from the U.S. and abroad to appear at New York's top venues, including Stern Auditorium, Weill Recital Hall, and Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall; and Alice Tully Hall and Avery Fisher Hall (now David Geffen Hall) at Lincoln Center.
MidAmerica Productions' concerts have showcased choral groups singing oratorios with talented conductors, full orchestra, and professional soloists; individual instrumental and choral groups performing as part of the Ensemble Spotlight Series; and solo recitals. Diverse programs have included Madrigal Festivals, Vocal Jazz Festivals, National Wind Ensemble, National Festival Youth Orchestra, and Sweet Adelines. Among the renowned guest conductors who have led MidAmerica's concerts are John Rutter (who has conducted more than 125 concerts in Carnegie Hall), Sherrill Milnes, Lukas Foss, Helmuth Rilling, H. Robert Reynolds, JoAnne Falletta, Michael Morgan, and Jonathan Willcocks. More than 800 conductors have conducted on MidAmerica's series in New York, sharing the stage with 1200 solo artists from the world's greatest opera companies and concert stages, and more than 3700 choral ensembles from the U.S. and abroad. There have been 174 youth and collegiate orchestras and well as 146 youth and collegiate bands, jazz bands, and wind ensembles.
Over the years, MidAmerica has commissioned new works and presented numerous premieres in Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall. Its 93 world premieres have included Dinos Constantinides'
Hymn to the Human Spirit
Midnight Fantasy II
for wind ensemble; John Rutter's
Cantate Domino, Distant Land, Magnificat,
Mass of the Children
; and John Leavitt's
A Christmas Garland
. Its 21 U.S. premieres and 105 New York premieres have featured new and older works such as Mozart's
Die Schuldigkeit des Ersten Gebots
Concerto for Violin and Cello
Ode to Joy
, Mikis Theodorakis'
Rhapsody for Cello and Orchestra
, and Rene Clausen's
Hellas: In the Name of Freedom
. In 2015, John Rutter conducted the New York premiere of his work, C
anticles of Creation
. Additional to its Stern Auditorium series, MidAmerica Productions has presented 400 chamber music concerts in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall since 1989. World-class soloists, chamber ensembles, and members of orchestras such as the New York Philharmonic, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic have appeared on MidAmerica's chamber music series.
In 2004 Peter Tiboris founded MidAm International, which produces concerts in major international cultural centers including Vienna, Salzburg, Florence, Verona, Venice, Paris, Prague, Berlin, Warsaw, Krakow, Lisbon, Porto, London, Oxford, Athens, Moscow and St. Petersburg. In 2005, he created the International Festival of the Aegean on the Greek island of Syros where, each July, he presents international-caliber performances of opera, oratorios, concerti, symphonic works, Greek folk music, jazz, theater and ballet. In 2011, the Festival was named "Best cultural organization operating in the wider region of Greece" by the Awards Committee of Music Critics of the Union of Greek Theatre and Music Critics in Athens.
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