James Bagwell

Conductor

“James Bagwell led his eager Chorale and the American Symphony Orchestra with sympathetic verve.”

– MARTIN BERNHEIMER, FINANCIAL TIMES

James Bagwell maintains an active international schedule as a conductor of choral, operatic, and orchestral music. He was recently named associate conductor of The Orchestra Now (TON) and was appointed principal guest conductor of the American Symphony Orchestra in 2009.

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James was recently featured as the Insignia Artists Management Artist of the Month!

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Upcoming Schedule

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June 29, 2024

8:00PM

Western Piedmont Symphony

James will be conducting the Western Piedmont Symphony with singer Natalie Merchant in a sold-out event.

Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts
Boone, North Carolina
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July 2, 2024

7:30PM

Nashville Symphony

James returns to conduct the Nashville Symphony with singer Natalie Merchant

Schermerhorn Symphony Center
Nashville, Tennessee
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July 26-August 8

Le Prophete: Bard Summerscape

James will serve as chorus master for this rarely-performed opera.

Fisher Center, Sosnoff Theater
Annandale-on-Hudson
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August 9, 2024

7:00PM

Bard Music Festival: Program One

James will prepare the Bard Festival Chorale for a performance of Berlioz's Lelio.

Fisher Center, Sosnoff Theater
Annandale-on-Hudson
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August 10, 2024

7:00PM

Bard Music Festival: Program Three

James will prepare the Bard Festival Chorale for a performance of the Berlioz Te Deum

Fisher Center, Sosnoff Theater
Annandale-on-Hudson, New York
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“The Bard singers, under the direction of James Bagwell, were a highlight of and an authoritative presence throughout, projecting Nono’s fractured, eerie voicings and wailing walls of sound with confidence from their station behind the orchestra. More than the instrumentalists and most of the vocal soloists, or the conductor, Bagwell’s choir gave this allegorical beast much of its galvanizing force.”

– SEAN PICCOLI, NEW YORK CLASSICAL REVIEW

Recordings

June 27, 2014

Philip Glass: Koyaanisqatsi with Orchestra

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