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It looks like a busy year ahead, with a new opera commission, on-going discussions with various organizations for the next city symphony projects, and, not to disappoint you, a few nutty, out-of-the-box projects TBD.
Recent major projects include:
A Symphony for Lucerne, commissioned by the Lucerne Festival, was premiered in September 2015, with Matthias Pintscher condusting the Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra. Watch the premier performance here.
Vocal Vibrations, commissioned by Le Laboratoire, was on exhibit from March to September 2014 in Paris, France. The installation opened at the new Le Laboratoire in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in October 2014.
A Symphony for Perth, commissioned by the 2014 Perth International Arts Festival and premiered on March 1, 2014, with the Western Australia Symphony Orchestra conducted by Carolyn Kuan.
Festival City, commissioned by the 2013 Edinburgh International Festival. It received its premier performance on August 27th, 2013, with the Royal Scottish Orchestra under the baton of Peter Oundjian.
A Toronto Symphony: Concerto for Composer and City. In this project, Tod Machover invites the residents of Toronto to collaborate in the creation of a new orchestral work, which will be premiered by the Toronto Symphony in 2013.
Death and the Powers. In addition to the posts on this blog, you will find information about the opera at the official Death and the Powers Web site.
The story of Death and the Powers:
- Synposis in English
- Synopsis in French
- Libretto by Robert Pinsky (previous version) – Posted on Poetry Foundation site