Pierre Boulez Day at the Lucerne Festival

 

The Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra with Matthias Pintscher

Terrific review of the Lucerne Festival’s “Day for Pierre Boulez” celebration in the Financial Times. Tod Machover’s Re-Structures for two pianos and electronics received its world premiere and was praised as “lush and playful.”

Seldom have all aspects of the Lucerne Festival, from its educational initiatives to its big-stage concerts, come together as harmoniously as in its Day for Pierre Boulez last weekend. The world scoffed when Schoenberg declared that one day milkmen would be whistling his tunes like Puccini’s. As Boulez’s Dialogue de l’ombre double for clarinet and tape was broadcast across the railway forecourt and the popular space between Lake Lucerne and the culture and conference centre (KKL), it began to feel as if Schoenberg’s prediction had come true — just a generation later.

Read the full article here: The festival’s ‘Day for Pierre Boulez’ was a triumphant celebration of the composer

On Michigan Radio: How to create a symphony of Detroit

Composer Tod Machover works with a Detroit Symphony Orchestra percussionist on what the beat of Detroit sounds like. CREDIT EMILY FOX / MICHIGAN RADIO

Composer Tod Machover works with a Detroit Symphony Orchestra percussionist on what the beat of Detroit sounds like.
CREDIT EMILY FOX / MICHIGAN RADIO

Michigan Radio’s Emily Fox chats with Tod Machover about the “Symphony in D” project. You can listen here to How to create a symphony of Detroit

In the interview, Tod explains how he is working with people from all over Detroit to convey the story of the city’s vibrant history and diverse communities through sound, which he will transform into an orchestral piece. One of our favorite quotes:

Machover says another part of this project is to send the message that classical music isn’t just something that only a few special people can make.

“I think classical music is one of the domains where we’re most scared or intimidated about participating because the level of expertise is so high and of course there are certain things you can do in classical music that you can only do if you devote yourself to it for 20 years, but it would be such a more vital field if everybody was touching it somehow,” he says.

That point is getting across to the students. 13-year-old Emiilah Shuler and 11-year-old Samuel Pickens felt inspired after composing their mini Symphony in D.

“I think it gives us a chance to believe that we can do that one day, when we are all grown up, anything is possible,” says Shuler.

Pickens adds, “I’m glad to be helping my hometown make a symphony and I feel proud.”

Forward-looking orchestra projects

Interesting article in the current issue of SYMPHONY Magazine on forward-looking orchestra projects that connect with cities in unusual ways. Along with a project for the Seattle Symphony by John Luther Adams and one for Miami’s New World Symphony by Michael Gordon, the article discusses Tod Machover’s SYMPHONY IN D project for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Check out the full article here.

What’s happening in Lucerne

Tod Machover landed on the cover of PIU, the magazine for this summer’s LUCERNE FESTIVAL. Check out the very interesting article about his composer-in-residency that begins in mid-August, and all the new music that he will be presenting (and which he is feverishly working on right now). How about including lovely Lucerne in your summer travel plans to experience some of these events? Links to tickets in the right column. Download the article here.

“A Participatory Experiment to Watch”

Image Source: Knight Foundation

Image Source: Knight Foundation

The Nonprofit Quarterly discusses the Detroit Symphony’s “Symphony in D” project as part of a broader trend to harness technology to engage communities in arts and culture.

Gone may be the days of the thought that “art is not for me,” as our arts organizations continue to engage audiences through a variety of ways beyond attendance at a museum or gallery. We have expanded our thinking to identify that it is just as important to bring art out into our communities as it is to bring the residents of the community into our venues. The Detroit Symphony is a great model for this, as they are actively involving their community in the creation process in addition to opening the gates of access to their community.

Read the full article: DSO’s “Symphony in D”: A Participatory Experiment to Watch

Interview: “Model D”

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Tod Machover writes:

Great new interview about the SYMPHONY IN D project for Detroit, by Walter Wasacz in “Model D.” Walter says I am “friendly, down to earth, even” – gee, I HOPE so:) – and I’m thrilled that my dear friend and brilliant musician/writer Wesley Strick also got mentioned in the article; his name came up because Walter had written for Creem Magazine which started in Detroit; that was one of Wes’ first writing gigs (although from Manhattan), although he is now better know as one of Hollywood’s most prominent screenwriters. Anyway, this interview captures much of the spirit of the Detroit project; will be back there next week to meet more people, hear more sounds, AND attend the Detroit Tigers’ Opening Day game…..binaural microphones in hand (or in-ear, to be precise!).

Read the full article here.