The Kennedy Center

J. Ernest Green



Biography

J. Ernest Green celebrates his 25th season as Music Director of the Annapolis Chorale this year.  He is also in his fifth season as a cover conductor with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center, where he has worked with such artists as Metropolitan Opera star Denyce Graves, Sir James Galway, Pinchas Zukerman and Marvin Hamlisch.   From 1995-98 he was the Principal Guest Conductor of the Boston Aria Guild and has served as the Conductor for the Teatro Lirico d'Europa in Paris.  Mr. Green was the Music Director for the Young Victorian Theatre Company from 1985-2008.

In 1986, he made his international debut conducting performances with the Fundação Orquestra Sinfônica Brasileira, Associação Opera de Brasília, and the Orquestra Jovem de Brasília and in 1993 made his Carnegie Hall debut.  From 2004-2007, Mr. Green served as the Music Director of the Mozart Festival Opera, where he lead productions of Don Giovanni, Le nozze di Figaro, and The Magic Flute, as well as Verdi's La traviata and Rossini's The Barber of Seville.

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, most recently Sweeney Todd.  He has also been engaged to develop similar programs for other orchestras as well.

Mr. Green's recent and upcoming engagements include:  conducting the Philadephia Orchestra in August 2009; the January 2008 national Martin Luther King Day concert at the Kennedy Center; engagements with the Florida Orchestra; concerts at Carnegie Hall, Cumberland Valley Chamber Orchestra, Annapolis Symphony, the Sophia Symphony and Varna Symphony (Bulgaria), the Ballet Arabesque (Bulgaria); the Ballet Theatre of Maryland and the Teatro Lirico d'Europa.  He has conducted orchestras both here and abroad including the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Lincoln Symphony, Orquestra Sinfônica Nacional (Dominacan Republic), Mesa Symphony, Cumberland Valley Chamber Players and the Trinity Chamber Orchestra (Cleveland).

His opera credits include the Hawaii Opera Theatre, Teatro Lirico d'Europa, Boston Aria Guild, Indiana Opera North, Boston Academy of Music, and the Young Victorian Theatre Company, in addition to those mentioned above.

In addition to his musical activities, Mr. Green has a long track record as an avid advocate for the arts.  He has served as a music panelist for the Maryland State Arts Council and was recently appointed to serve on its Strategic Planning Committee.       
J. Ernest Green