Marc-André Bougie named honorary composer/conductor at MidAmerica Productions

After a 15-year collaboration, MidAmerica Productions (MAP) named Marc-Andre Bougie of Texarkana, Texas, one of his honorary composers/conductors. He joins a list that includes only three other distinguished composer/conductors: Michael J. Glasgow (North Carolina), Terre Johnson (Georgia) and Michael John Trotta (New Jersey).

Mr. Bougie, who directed the New York premiere of his Requiem at Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage on March 19, is delighted with his new appointment. “This is probably the most significant recognition of my musical work since I began my career as a composer and conductor almost 30 years ago,” said Mr. Bougie. “My journey has taken me through all sorts of twists and turns, but through it all I have stayed true to my original calling of bringing people together through music and contributing to repertoire so that future generations can hopefully , enjoy my music.”

Peter Tiboris, founder and general music director of MAP, formally invited Mr. Bougie to join the list of honorary composers/conductors the day after the premiere of the Requiem, which he described as a “stunning success”. , and the composition among the best that MAP had ever presented. “The goal of this small, elite group is to showcase their direction and compositions on our series,” Mr. Tiboris wrote. “The Requiem was unique and special, unlike any other composition and without crossover with other composers of the 20th century. In short, it was Mr. Bougie’s own “voice” and, therefore, it must be interpreted and heard often in important venues. I look forward to doing it at Carnegie Hall and internationally.”

Mr. Bougie’s relationship with MidAmerica dates back to 2007, when he brought his backing vocals to New York to sing Beethoven’s Mass in C, and in 2010 he returned to New York with MAP for his conducting debut at the Carnegie Hall. The New York premiere of the Requiem took place during Mr. Bougie’s fourth appearance at Carnegie Hall with MAP. With his new appointment as Honorary Composer/Conductor, he began to look forward to what may follow.

“I would like to thank MidAmerica Productions, Maestro Tiboris and the entire MidAmerica team for their support over the years,” Mr. Bougie said. “I am grateful to have gotten to know so many members of this great company, and more than anything else, I feel privileged to have been part, in some ways, of this incredible team. It became clear to me that the next phase of my career will involve both aspects of my conducting and composition training, and I couldn’t be more excited about what’s yet to come!”

Marc-André Bougie’s next project is a new Magnificat. Partnering again with MidAmerica Productions, it aims to hold its world premiere at Carnegie Hall in 2024.

ABOUT MARC-ANDRÉ BOUGIE, Conductor and Composer

Praised for his captivating performances, his visionary musical leadership and his engaging personality, American conductor Marc-André Bougie is quickly establishing himself as a highly sought-after conductor in North America and abroad. Now entering his eleventh season as Music Director of the Texarkana Symphony Orchestra, he has also conducted the Pleven Philharmonic (Bulgaria), Orchestra Cantelli (Italy), Orchester des Sources (Canada), Shreveport Symphony, Shreveport Opera, Shreveport Chorale, Shreveport Metropolitan Ballet, Texarkana Regional Chorale, Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Northwest Louisiana, St. Pius X Choir & Orchestra, Sacred Heart Choir, the University of Missouri Philharmonic, Contemporary Chamber Players and University Singers, Columbia Youth Orchestra, and Show-Me Opera Studio – a wealth of experience that testifies to the versatility and adaptability of his management style. He made his debut as a conductor at Carnegie Hall in 2010. He has collaborated with world renowned artists such as Zuill Bailey, Jimmy Brière, Michael Brown, Tony DeSare, the Harlem String Quartet, Sharon Isbin, Jean-François Normand, Sandi Patty, Jane Redding, Elena Urioste, Bradley Welch and many more. In January 2016, he conducted the premiere of the new educational program Dvořáks’ New World, created by Michael Boudewyns and Sara Valentine – and of which Marc-André is the musical collaborator. He has also worked actively with contemporary American and Canadian composers, and has commissioned and premiered many new works – most recently Southern Air and Flourish by award-winning composer Clint Needham.

Marc-André is married to soprano Candace Taylor with whom he collaborates as a composer, pianist and conductor. They recently worked on an album containing one of their new compositions, Ave Maria. He won the 2001 MTNA National Composition Competition and holds a master’s degree in orchestral conducting from the University of Missouri-Columbia. In addition to his conducting commitments, Marc-André teaches at Texarkana College, and he was recently awarded the 2016 Texarkana College Chair of Excellence in Teaching.

His involvement in the advancement of music in the fields of the profession of conductor, choral music, religious music and college education is reflected in his work with organizations dedicated to these disciplines. He is a board member of the Conductors’ Guild and the Texas Two-Year College Choral Directors Association, a member of the Diocese of Tyler Liturgical Commission, and a member of the Music Studies Area Advisory Committee of the Coordinating Board of Texas higher education. He is also on the Arts in Education Artist List for the State of Arkansas.

In his spare time, Marc-André enjoys cooking, traveling and spending time with his wife and daughter, Miriam Taylor Bougie.

ABOUT PETER TIBORIS, Founder, CEO and Music Director of MidAmerica Productions and MidAm International

Greek-American bandleader, musical director and impresario Peter Tiboris has been a vital presence on the international music scene for over 50 years.

As Managing and Musical Director of MidAmerica Productions in New York since its founding in 1983, Mr. Tiboris has presented more than 1,400 concerts worldwide, including at Carnegie Hall and other New York City venues. , including Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher (now David Geffen) Hall and Alice Tully Hall (site of his New York City debut on January 7, 1984 with the American Symphony Orchestra). In 2004, he founded MidAm International, which produces concerts in major European cultural centers including Paris, Vienna, Salzburg, Florence, Lisbon, Prague, Berlin, Warsaw, Athens, Moscow and Saint Petersburg. In 2005 he established the International Aegean Festival on the Greek island of Syros in the Cyclades where he presented world-class performances of opera, oratorios, concertos, symphonic works, musical Greek folk, jazz, theater and ballet. In 2011, the Festival was named “Best cultural organization operating in the wider region of Greece” by the Music Critics Awards Committee of the Union of Greek Theater and Music Critics in Athens.

Mr. Tiboris has a vast repertoire, ranging from great choral works to countless symphonies, operas and ballets, including numerous world and American premieres. Distinguished orchestras Mr. Tiboris has conducted include London’s Royal Philharmonic and Philharmonia Orchestras, Niedersächsische Orchester Hannover, Virtuosi di Praga, Brno Philharmonic, National Opera Orchestra of Cairo, American Symphony Orchestra, Moscow Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra, Société Philharmonique de Montreal, Israel Rishon Le-Zion Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra del Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Orchestra di Verona and Orchestra di Siciliana di Palermo. Her ballet engagements include the Balletto di Verona and the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, whose Peer Gynt production with director/choreographer Renato Zanella was named “Ballet of the Year” by Danza e Danza Magazine. In 2016, he made his Asian debut with the Macau Orchestra and the Taipei Philharmonic Choir in Macau, China.

In 1995, Maestro Tiboris founded Elysium Recordings, which has a catalog of 27 albums (ten of which feature him as a conductor), with other notables including New York Philharmonic member pianist Dimitris Sgouros and Lukas Foss . He has also recorded for Bridge Records and Albany Records. His discography includes the first commercial recording of Mascagni’s opera Silvano; and world premiere recordings of works by Beethoven, Mozart and Schubert incorporating Mahler’s “Retuschen”, as well as David Rosen’s critical edition of Verdi’s Requiem (1874).

A native of Wisconsin, Peter Tiboris studied music at the University of Wisconsin and earned a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois. He is married to soprano Eilana Lappalainen and they reside in the United States, Germany and Greece.

ABOUT MIDAMERICA PRODUCTIONS AND MIDAM INTERNATIONAL

Peter Tiboris created and conducted his first concert in New York on January 7, 1984 at Lincoln Center, with the American Symphony Orchestra, soloists and three choirs, the Louisiana Chorale of Acadiana, the Camerata Singers of Baton Rouge and the Collegiate Chorale of New York.

For 39 years, MidAmerica Productions has brought together conductors, soloists, and choral and orchestral ensembles from the United States and abroad to perform at New York’s finest venues, including the Stern Auditorium, Weill Recital Hall and Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall; and Alice Tully Hall and Avery Fisher Hall (now David Geffen Hall) at Lincoln Center. In addition to presenting orchestral and choral works, MidAmerica Productions championed contemporary composers with 98 world premieres, 38 US premieres and 121 New York premieres.

Additionally, MidAmerica Productions has presented concerts in many US cities and countries around the world, including Greece, England, Austria, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Italy, France, Portugal , Russia, Ukraine, Slovakia and Mexico.

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