Praised for his polished, expressive, and nuanced performances, conductor Glenn Langdon’s unusually varied repertoire highlights an eclectic musical aesthetic and singularly American heritage. From directing performances of the Rite of Spring and Carmina Burana, to the jazz of Kermit Ruffins and the cajun fiddle tunes of Amanda Shaw, Langdon is fully "at home." His conducting credits include The Cleveland Orchestra, the BBC Scottish National Orchestra, the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra, and the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra in addition to Broadway touring shows, ballet orchestras, and pops concerts. Outside the US, Langdon has conducted the Singapore Orchestra, L'Orchestre National de Lyon, the Orchestra Sinfonica di Sanremo in Italy, and the Stavanger Symphony in Norway.
A veteran of touring Broadway shows, Langdon was Music Director of the touring production of Andrew Lloyd Weber's the Phantom of the Opera. On tour, Glenn traveled to over 60 cities in the United States and Canada over 14 years, conducting close to 5000 performances of the world's most successful Broadway musical productions.
With his wide musical curiosity and a strong interest in story telling, Langdon was inevitably drawn to work in the field of dance as well. As Music Director and principal conductor of the Houston Ballet he conducted the breadth of the classical repertory and distinguished himself with performances of the 20th century works by Stravinsky, Orff, and Prokofiev. Collaborating with jazz legend Cleo Laine and her husband John Dankworth, Langdon led the premiere of a dance theater piece, Lady In Waiting, in Houston, Texas and conducted the world premier of the ballet Gautama Buddha by British composer Naresh Sohal at the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland.
Langdon’s interest in bringing music to audiences in non-traditional venues began when he was Music Director of the Texas Opera Theatre Residency Company, a regional affiliate of the Houston Grand Opera. Touring throughout Texas and the immediate Southwest, Langdon and a small troupe of singers and production personnel performed light opera and musical theatre excerpts in locations as diverse as senior citizen centers, high schools, opera houses and small German-Texas beer halls. Programs with original music, props, costumes and inventive staging were produced in classrooms, introducing hundreds of school children to the arts.
Hailing from generations of cotton farmers, Langdon cares deeply about sustainability in agriculture for the future of America's farmlands. And as a musician, he's committed to making the arts accessible to all and the sustainability of the arts for the soul of the country.
Langdon graduated from Florida State University and attended the University of Houston, studying piano with James Streem, Carlisle Floyd and Abbey Simon. His conducting studies included work at the Tanglewood Music Center, L'Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Italy and the Centre Acanthes in Avignon, France, where Glenn was mentored by Leonard Bernstein, Seiji Ozawa, Gustav Meier, Franco Ferrara, and Pierre Boulez.
“The LPO, under the direction of Glenn Langdon, provided a confident interpretation of the score throughout the performance. The orchestra seemed to delight in playing this music and made the familiar tunes come alive.”
“Glenn Langdon conducted a finely nuanced performance that underplayed the circus aspects of Tchaikovsky’s score and the orchestra played the score as well as any pit orchestra in memory.”
“And conductor Glenn Langdon elicited a notably polished, expressive performance of Bartok’s dissonant, sensuous musical score to the ballet.”
“Glenn Langdon conducted a graceful, tautly paced performance of the musical score.”
“Glenn Langdon had the Opera House orchestra playing with fine ardor and precision.”
“Glenn Langdon’s spirited musical direction of the Houston Ballet Orchestra provides a basis for a coordination of rhythmic timing onstage that is a consistent pleasure one may count on.”
“Daphnis and Chloe captures beautifully the sprawling but sensuously sexy nature of Ravel’s 55-minute score, handsomely performed by Glenn Langdon the Houston Ballet Orchestra and the 60 voices of the University of Houston-University Park Concert Chorale and University Chorus.”