Memorial For John McGlinn, Conductor & Musical Archivist, To Be Held September 18

By: Aug. 17, 2009
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A memorial service has been set for American conductor and musical theatre archivist John McGlinn. The public service will take place at Merkin Hall (129 West 67th Street) at 2pm on McGlinn's birthday, September 18.

Among those scheduled to speak or perform are Brent Barrett, Ted Chapin, Kim Criswell, George Dvorsky, Jason Graae, Debbie Gravitte, cellist Jerry Grossman, Erik Haagensen, Jeanne lehman, Rebecca Luker, Hugh Panaro, Ron Raines, Korliss Uecker, DOna Vaughn, Margaret Jane Wray and more.

The Merkin Hall Box Office wil be handling the tickets for the event, which are available at no charge. For tickets, please call 212-501-3330 or email The box office is located at 129 W. 67th St b/n Broadway and Amsterdam.

John McGlinn passed away Saturday, February 14th, 2009.

He was one of the principal proponents of making authentic studio cast recordings of classic Musical Theatre Works

McGlinn was the music director for the off-Broadway productions of Jerome Kern's SITTING PRETTY (1989) and The cat AND THE FIDDLE (1990). John McGlinn was active in the recording studio in the 1980's and his complete recordings of Jerome Kern & Oscar Hammerstein's SHOW BOAT and Cole Porter's ANYTHING GOES are considered to be the definitive representations of those productions.

John McGlinn made his operatic debut in 1993 conducting for the Juilliard Opera Theatre. He made his New York City Opera debut in 1996.

For many years he was active in the restoration and recording of American stage works, recording with such artists as Frederica von Stade, Thomas Hampson, Ruth Ann Swenson, Teresa Stratas, Jerry Hadley and Roberta Peters, and recorded Fieber with Ian Bostridge and the orchestra of NDR Hannover. He has performed and recorded with the London Sinfonietta, the London Symphony, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Bologna Opera, the Monte Carlo Philharmonic and the BBC Concert Orchestra, among many others.