Port Arthur Native to Conduct Anastasia at Lutcher Theater
Glenn Alexander II may be married and living in New York City, but he considers himself a proud Port Arthur native to the city he still considers home.
Alexander, 27, grew up in the Southeast Texas area and always dreamed of sharing his talents with the world. He’ll soon be able to showcase his ability when he makes his Lutcher Theater debut for the national tour of the Broadway musical Anastasia on March 30 and 31 at 7:30 p.m. where he serves as the conductor and musical director.
“I’m really looking forward to showing the community we are able to go out in the world and do great things,” said Alexander. “It’s always been a dream of mine to do something for, and perform for, the community.”
Alexander attended Port Arthur ISD schools from the second through eighth grades and graduated from Legacy Christian Academy in 2013. A versatile young conductor, pianist, producer, and arranger whose musicality crosses many genres, Alexander is known for his unique and passionate interpretation of the orchestral repertoire.
In the 2022-23 season, Alexander made his Carnegie Hall debut conducting Grammy and Academy Award-winning composer Jon Batiste’s premiere of American Symphony. He is concurrently a Project Inclusion Conducting Freeman Fellow with the Chicago Sinfonietta and a conducting fellow with the Greater Connecticut Youth Orchestras while also serving as a cover conductor at the Manhattan School of Music.
Not only is he heavily involved in classical music, Alexander recently co-produced a nationally renowned self-titled EP with Kim Cruse, a finalist of The Voice. An accomplished gospel musician, Alexander has served as a pianist and organist for many different congregations.
Alexander is currently a doctoral student in orchestral conducting at the Manhattan School of Music. He holds a Master of Music in Orchestral Conducting from the Bard College Conservatory of Music and a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Prairie View A&M University. His teachers and mentors include James Bagwell, Damien Sneed, and Dr. Vicki A. Seldon. He is a brother of both Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America.
“I’m definitely happy that I can come home and do this for my community,” said Alexander. “I’m just very thankful, I mean little old me. I’m just really excited.”
Select tickets for Anastasia are available and can be purchased at lutcher.org or by calling the Box Office at 409-886-5535.