season also marks Anthony LaGruth's 13th season as Music Director
and Conductor of the Shrewsbury Chorale. American conductor Anthony
LaGruth has delighted audiences and critics alike with many exciting
performances that have been recognized for their innovative presentation
of classical music. Roxanne Orgill of the Bergen Record (NJ) wrote, “ Mr.
LaGruth conducts with subtlety and a refined sense of style that
is refreshing.” and The Ellsworth
American (Maine) noted his “…control, musicianship,
and involvement with the music.” A versatile musician,
Mr. LaGruth is currently the Artistic Director and Conductor of
the Garden State Philharmonic and founder of the acclaimed chamber
group, The Polished Brass.
LaGruth recently made his European debut in Romania leading concerts
with several orchestras including the state philharmonics of Satu
Mare, Botosani, and Raumnica Valcea. He also made his Lincoln Center
debut leading a young artists concerto concert at Alice Tully Hall.
His debut with the Lyric Opera of San Antonio, conducting performances
of Verdi’s Rigoletto, prompted
critic Mike Greenberg to write, “LaGruth brought crisp definition,
dramatic sensitivity, and stylishly flexible tempos to the score.”
LaGruth has worked with some of the greatest composers of our age,
including Hans Werner Henze, John Corigliano, and Pulitzer Prize
winner Karel Husa, and has collaborated with a wide range of soloists
including Philip Smith, Devy Ehrly, Christopher Collins Lee, and
A proponent of American music, Mr. LaGruth
is one of the creators of the American Symphony Orchestra League’s
new commissioning project; Made in America. This program
offers smaller orchestras throughout the country the opportunity
to commission works by major American composers through “grass
This project debuted in 2005 with a work by Joan Tower.
by his colleagues for his rapport with audiences, Mr. LaGruth builds
relationships with his listeners through many outreach programs
and his very popular pre-concert discussions, Musically Speaking.
Whether educating and entertaining students in a Young Peoples concert
or chatting informally with audience members, Mr. LaGruth finds
innovative ways to bridge the gap between
new audiences and classical music.
An honors graduate
of Ithaca College, Mr. LaGruth
earned a master’s
degree in orchestral conducting and bachelor's degree in composition.
He also attended the world-renowned Pierre Monteux School for Conductors,
where he was a conducting fellow under the tutelage of Charles Bruck
and Michael Jinbo. Mr. LaGruth has enjoyed a close association with
the Pierre Monteux School and has served on the staff of that institution.
Mr. LaGruth is a member of the Board of Directors of the Conductors
Guild, a national service organization for conductors.