Bill McGlaughlin is known for the unusual breadth of his repertoire. “In my first position, with the St. Paul Chamber orchestra, I arrived knowing the standard symphonic repertoire I’d grown up with — Beethoven to Bartok, essentially. The Chamber Orchestra hardly played any of that — our fare was 17th and 18th century music and a whole lot of new music written yesterday. I had to able to learn music very quickly, virtually at sight and that ability has stood me in good stead.”
Through decades of conducting symphony orchestras, McGlaughin performed all of the standard repertoire from Monteverdi on with a strong emotional attachment to American masters — Gershwin and Copland to the present. He is a four time winner of awards from ASCAP for adventurous programming and his opera repertoire, to give an example, runs from a ground breaking “native American” production of Magic Flute at the San Antonio Festival to the operas of Anthony Davis — X, Under the Double Moon and Tanya.
“My years as Music Director of four orchestras left me with a wealth of extraordinary music under my fingers and I love it all,” says McGlaughlin.
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