J. Ernest Green is the Artistic Director of Live Arts Maryland and the Music Director of the Annapolis Chamber Orchestra and Annapolis Chorale. He served as a Cover Conductor with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts from 2001-2012, where he worked with such artists as Metropolitan Opera star Denyce Graves, Sir James Galway, Pinchas Zuckerman, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski. He received acclaim for conducting the National Symphony Orchestra for a subscription weekend with less than 20 minutes to prepare the program when Bill Conti was unable to appear! He regularly worked with and conducted for the late Marvin Hamlisch. In January 2013, he conducted the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s tribute to Mr. Hamlisch, featuring Idina Menzel, Robert Klein, Lucie Arnaz, Maria Friedman and Brian D’Arcy James. In fall 2012, he was the Musical Advisor for the Juilliard Memorial Concert for Mr. Hamlisch, where he worked with Mike Nichols, Liza Minnelli, Aretha Franklin, Lang Lang, Kevin Cole, Maria Friedman and Barbra Streisand. In spring 2014, conducted the Pittsburgh Symphony and a new production of “I Pagliacci” with the Naples Opera in Florida. Known for his adventurous and creative programming as he pushes the boundaries of the concert hall, Mr. Green has created several “fusion” programs combining standard concert repertoire with popular and contemporary music, which he has lead with orchestras both here and abroad. In addition, he has received acclaim for his concert productions of operas and other stage works, among them Verdi’s “La Traviata,” “Sweeney Todd,” and, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “South Pacific.” He has also been engaged to develop similar programs for other orchestras. Mr. Green also created a new concert production of “Don Giovanni,” which premiered in 2010. Referring to his creativity and innovation in and beyond the concert hall, The Baltimore Sun recently said, “Green should be commended for his downright prodigious programming.” J. Ernest Green has appeared with many orchestras including: The Philadelphia Orchestra with Marvin Hamlisch, The National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center, The Florida Orchestra, Cumberland Valley Chamber Orchestra, Annapolis Symphony, the Sophia Symphony and Varna Symphony (Bulgaria), Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Lincoln Symphony, Orquestra Sinfonica Nacional (Santo Domingo), Mesa Symphony, Cumberland Valley Chamber Players and the Trinity Chamber Orchestra (Cleveland). He has toured with the Ballet Arabesque (Bulgaria) the Ballet Theatre of Maryland, Mozart Festival Opera and the Teatro Lirico d’Europa. Mr. Green’s opera credits include the Hawaii Opera Theatre, Teatro Lirico d’Europa, Boston Aria Guild, Indiana Opera North, Associacão Opera de Brasilia, Boston Academy of Music and the Young Victorian Theatre Company. He made his Carnegie Hall debut in 1993 and in 1986 made his international debut conducting performances with the Fundacão Orquestra Sinfonica de Brazil, Associacão Opera de Brasilia, and the Orquestra Jovem de Brasilia. In addition to his musical activities, Mr. Green is an avid advocate for the arts and an active fundraiser for his own company as well as other community organizations. He has served as a music panelist for the Maryland State Arts Council and has served as an advisor on its Strategic Planning Committee. In 2002 he was given the Performing Arts Award (also known as the “Annie”) by the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County and, in 2012, received the council’s Lifetime Achievement Award making him the only person to have received two such awards!
Organist Larry Molinaro regularly presents solo concerts of the music of J.S. Bach for Live Arts Maryland. In recent seasons these have included performances of the Goldberg Variations, the Art of Fugue, the Clavier-Übung series, the Well-Tempered Clavier (Book I), and a lecture-recital, “Dance, Dance Revelation,” about dance rhythms in the music of Bach. His interpretation of the music of Bach has won praise from critics and audiences alike for being innovative, thoughtful, informative and “a model of its kind” (Washington Post). Critics have written about his “graceful agility” (Baltimore Sun) and his ability to be “both instructive and entertaining”. Following a performance with the Annapolis Chorale and Chamber Orchestra, The Capital wrote that “Molinaro opened the program with a spectacularly rousing performance of Bach…There were times when one would swear there had to be another person at the organ, too: two hands and two feet couldn’t have struck all those notes and produced all that marvelous sound.” About Molinaro’s recreation of Felix Mendelssohn’s famous Bach recital at the Thomaskirche in Leipzig in 1840, the Washington Post remarked “…the organist’s propulsive, immaculately articulated playing revved the evening to a thrilling conclusion.” The Washington Post also noted that in a performance of Bach’s Goldberg Variations “…it was obvious that Molinaro had thought long and hard about this music and had come up with arresting ideas.” In addition to his performances of the music of J.S. Bach, Larry Molinaro pursues an interest in the art of classical improvisation and is a frequent contributor to conferences on baroque music, in the research area of 18th century improvisation practice and education. In recent years he has presented at conferences in South Hampton (UK), Salzburg (Austria) and Canterbury (UK). For Live Arts Maryland, he also regularly improvises live scores to silent films including Lon Chaney’s Phantom of the Opera (1925/1929) and Cecil B. DeMille’s King of Kings (1928). Larry Molinaro earned the Artist’s Diploma in organ performance from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and continued his studies at Yale University’s School of Music where he was Frank Bozyan Scholar for Organ.