Wonderful interview with Tonya Matthews – director of the Michigan Science Center, PhD in biology, and truly brilliant poet and performance artist – on the occasion of the PBS premiere of the Dennis Scholl/Marlin Johnson documentary on the SYMPHONY IN D project. Tonya speaks beautifully about her work and about describing Detroit in words and music. Read the full interview here: THIS FRIDAY at 8 PM | Symphony in D, A Symphony by Detroit for Detroit
Be sure to read–and subscribe to–the City Symphonies blog, which has been posting some captivating stories about the Philadelphia Voices project. Here’s an excerpt from the most recent post, Jam Session with Sister Cities Girlchoir:
I gave the girls a challenge of helping to create Philadelphia Voices by thinking of words and phrases that convey the essence of the city to each of them, and then making melodies or texts to express those feelings. They will all work on this on their own and in Saturday rehearsals, and then we’ll get back together in a few weeks to share results. I am sure that some of this material will end up in Philadelphia Voices; the Sister Cities Girlchoir will be among the several hundred voices on stage for the premiere performances in Philly and at Carnegie Hall. Exciting!
The Emmy-award-winning “Symphony in D” documentary, directed by Dennis Scholl and Marlon Johnson,aired at 8pm October 13 on Detroit’s DPTV. In an article in Broadway World, the Tod Machover symphony is described as an “audacious project…It received an awe-inspiring world premiere, led by DSO Music Director Leonard Slatkin, at Orchestra Hall, playing to an enthusiast crowd and rave reviews – including one critic who called it “an extremely powerful love letter to Detroit.””
Read more at Broadway World, Documentary to Profile Detroit Symphony’s SYMPHONY IN D Tonight on DPTV
From Tod Machover’s Facebook
A new City Symphony—based on the model that we created over the past several years and mentored, but not created, by our team at the MIT Media Lab—premieres in Miami on October 21. Called Project 305, the new collaborative work has been organized by the New World Symphony with support from the Knight Foundation, with the composition – called “Miami in Movements” – created by composer Ted Hearne and videographer Jonathan David Kane. It is really exciting to see our symphony model moving out into the world, and I can’t wait to hear the final performance. More on that soon, and great article from Broadway World.
Composer Tod Machover visits the National Constitution Center on Constitution Day, September 17, 2017, for his newest city symphony project, “Philadelphia Voices.” His objective: to collect sounds that capture the spirit of the place that gave birth to American democracy. Add your voice to the project by downloading the Philadelphia Voices app!
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From Tod Machover’s Facebook page:
“I am flying out to San Francisco for the day tomorrow to give the closing performance for Ford’s City of Tomorrow symposium. Anita Schaufelberger is coming over from Switzerland to play a new version of the City Symphony performance we gave two years ago at the World Economic Forum, and Ben Bloomberg from the MIT Media Lab will be there as well to make it all sound great. Peter Alexander Torpey prepared a new version of the video in spectacular hi-def vertical format, so it should be quite a show. Come see it if you’re in San Francisco…although I think the event is sold out.” You can see the original Davos performance above.
Congratulations to Dennis Scholl, Marlon Johnson and Tod Machover for taking home an Emmy for Best Cultural Documentary for the film of SYMPHONY IN D at the Michigan Emmy Awards last night! Check out the trailer above. Dennis Scholl and Marlon Johnson picked up the awards in Detroit (photo below). Tod had to stay home to work on his next opera, but he wrote to his co-producers: “Congratulations to the whole team. This was such a great collaboration, one I will never forget.”