Aszemar Glenn, Managing Director of Saint Johns Music is an american music musicologist, composer, and eclectic pianist, he has contributed to the Smithsonian Foundation Black Past Web site. Mr. Glenn a native of Portland fell in love with soul, gospel and pop music at a young age and, later, trained in classical music while a student at Pacific University. He has participated in international piano competitions endorsed by the Van Cliburn Foundation and has been feature on regional and public broadcasting television. He earned his Fine Arts degree at Pacific University in the disciplines of Art, Dance, Theater, and Music. Mr. Glenn has numerous achievements in his career, being awarded the OMTA state music award in music composition and two National Endowment for the Arts grants, one in composition the other in performance. As soloist he performed with the Willamette Falls Symphony the world premiere of “Reclere” a piano concerto by internationally known composer Klaus Cornell and in 2004 his own first symphony was performed by the Oregon Cascade Symphony. In 2011 he wrote a jazz suite for piano entitled “S.S.S” that paid tribute to black jazz artist of past. Suite “S.S.S.” was performed by the composer in a lecture style performance called Black Composers of Oregon past and present funded through and presented at the Multnomah County Library, which included Richard Moffatt's “American Dance Suite”. This native of Portland, Oregon divides his time between working on his original music, performing and managing the Saint Johns music series.
ASZEMAR GLENN, Host
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