Norman Snow is an actor who is probably best known for his role as the evil tyrant Xur in the science fiction film The Last Starfighter (1984). Norman started his career as a member of the first graduating class of the Juilliard School Drama Division and founding member of the Acting Company. He has performed in countless plays on Broadway, Off-Broadway and in regional theatre. He is acknowledged in the acting community as an accomplished character actor playing roles in television since the late 1970s, in series such as Man from Atlantis, Quantum Leap, L.A. Law, Beverly Hills, 90210 and Star Trek: The Next Generation . Other film credits include FBI Agent Springfield in the 1986 Michael Mann “Hannibal Lecktor” thriller Manhunter.
Norman Snow has had a vibrant singing career since moving to LA in the early 1990s. He was a member of Paul Salomonvich’s Saint Charles Borromeo Choir for nine years and is now thrilled to be a member of the Metropolitan Master Chorale for the last five years.
Joined the MMC: 2015
Hometown: North Little Rock, Arkansas
Education: BFA from Juilliard (first class of the Juilliard Drama Division). Sang with the Little Rock Second Baptist Church choirs for 13 years.
Guest appearances: TV: As the World Turns, General Hospital, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Law and Order, The Closer, George Washington—The Forging of a Nation.
Highlights of your musical career: Singing at the American Choral Directors Association National Convention with the St. Charles Borromeo Choir under the direction of Paul Salamunovich. Singing with the Los Angeles Master Chorale accompanied by the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen, in the all-male choir of Stravinsky’s Oedipus Rex.
A defining moment or favorite onstage experience: Appearing on stage at Lincoln Center with the New York City Ballet playing the Major Duomo (a non-dancing role) in Jerome Robbins’ Fanfare. The New York State Theatre is vast, more than 1,000 seats and no microphones. Mr. Robbins encouraged me to use large gestures and to speak very loudly and—in other words—to ham it up. So I did. He liked it. During the performance, the lovely dancers flew about the stage. The orchestra was thrilling. I didn’t miss any of my cues. In the wings, as I exited the stage, the star whom everyone had paid to see that night was preparing to enter. He nodded at me and mumbled a greeting. It was Mikhail Baryshnikov. What a cool gig. They paid me, too.
What are you listening to: All of the music for the spring concerts.
Your favorite thing about the MMC: The large number of fine readers.