Michael Glasgow’s ‘Gloria’ to Get World Premiere at Carnegie Hall

By Afton Wooten

Composer and conductor Michael Glasgow will take the podium at Carnegie Hall to make the world premiere of his new “Gloria” on June 20.

The 82-voice chorus and soloists soprano Haley Sicking and baritone Erik Earl Larson will be joined by the New England Symphonic Ensemble.

Glasgow’s 26-minute, three-movement “Gloria” was composed primarily during quarantine. The composer notes that “I’ve taken care to ensure that this Gloria actually sounds like what it says: the first movement is one of jubilant praise and faith; the second movement is a quiet prayer…and the final movement is an explosive celebration of mixed meter, syncopation and cross-rhythms, culminating in ecstatic Amens that I envisioned as ‘an amazing party that you don’t want to leave.”

The evening will also include another world premiere by Alexis Ward. Mindy J. Forehand will conduct Ward’s “Nos Non Solum.” Diane Retallack will lead Brahms’s Ein Deutsches Requiem and Ola Gjeilo’s Dreamweaver.