Michael Valenti (Composer)
Michael’s musical work encompasses concert and religious compositions, ballet, television, variety, drama and musical theater. His Broadway credits include Oh Brother!; Tennessee Williams’ last play, Clothes for a Summer Hotel; Honky Tonk Nights; Blackstone!; and Blood Red Roses. Michael wrote the scores for many Off Broadway productions, including In the Summer House, for the Manhattan Theatre Club, and Mademoiselle Colombe, for which he received two Outer Critics Circle Award nominations (Best Book and Best Music for a Musical). In 1987, the Goldman Memorial Band, whose permanent repertory includes Michael's “Big Apple March”, gave Michael a retrospective of all his concert-band music at Lincoln Center. In 1995, he composed Processional for a Pontiff, a large orchestral work which was written for the entrance of Pope John Paul II into Central Park, New York, on the occasion of his celebration of the Eucharist. Michael Valenti composed, arranged, and conducted the music for the Emmy Award winning television series: A Walk Through the 20th Century. For CBS Radio, he shared the Peabody Award for Newsmark. For the past seven years, Mr. Valenti has been composing music for the Big Apple Circus, and his original manuscripts were exhibited at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center. Michael has composed original music for the Stageplays world premiere productions of Pied-à-Terre, First Wife, Nanny, and From A Dark Land.