New World Symphony
The Atlantic’s CityLab blog reports on Tod Machover’s two new city symphony projects, in Miami and Philadelphia. You can read it here: Turning Street Noise Into a City Symphony.
“Like so many things in our culture, there’s a growing gap between experts and ordinary people, and I thought music is such a great laboratory to show how things can be different,” says Machover. “So I wanted the project to be a representation of connecting people—no matter what their background was in music—as equals.”
In this interview, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra, discusses Tod Machover’s “Philadelphia Voices,” a work commissioned for 2018. The orchestra is featuring American composers during its 2017-2018 season. Other works included the Bernstein Centenary featuring “West Side Story,” “Chichester Psalms,” and Symphony No. 2 for Piano and Orchestra (“The Age of Anxiety”); Wynton Marsalis’s Violin Concerto; and Michael Tilson Thomas’s “Four Preludes on Playthings of the Wind.”
Stravinsky: A Life in Progress
Tuesday, February 7 | 6pm
Part of the Opera Night at the Boston Public Library series
Boston Public Library Central Branch | Rabb Hall
Free and open to the public
Igor Stravinsky’s epic life and innovative works took him from Russia to France, Hollywood, and even Boston as he helped define – and redefine – music in the 20th century. Two renowned guest speakers — Tod Machover, Boston-based composer and co-founding member of the MIT Media Lab, and Joseph Auner, Stravinsky and music history scholar at Tufts University — survey Stravinsky life from his youthful innovations to the neoclassical period that culminated in his witty, classic opera The Rake’s Progress, to the musical experimentation that defined his later years, illuminated with live selections by BLO artists.
Read more about the speakers and events here.
The Boston Lyric Opera just announced the commission for Tod Machover’s next opera, called “Schoenberg in Hollywood”. The premiere will be in November 2018. Machover is taking a sabbatical from the MIT Media Lab to work on the opera. Read about the basics at tinyurl.com/TodBLOrelease. More to come!!!
Composer Tod Machover’s ground-breaking “city symphony” projects, which involve entire urban communities in collaborating to create sonic portraits of their cities, is making its next stop in Miami. Machover has created city symphonies in Toronto, Edinburgh, Perth, Lucerne, and Detroit, but he encourages other artists to take hold of the idea and spread it to more communities. With support from the Knight Foundation, the first such project took place earlier this year in Akron, Ohio. In Miami, Machover will oversee Project 305, which will be shaped by composer Ted Hearne and filmmaker Jonathan David Kane for the New World Symphony. (View Project 305 trailer above.) Continue reading
Interesting “debate” at the MIT Media Lab on Dec.9 that Tod Machover be moderating and speaking at – “The Artist: Means, Meaning and Impact in the 21st Century”. Final event of the DeVos Institute series on “Generation Elsewhere: Art in the Age of Distraction”. Full info and registration at www.devosinstitute.net/GenerationElsewhere. Press release at http://web.media.mit.edu/~tod/media/pdfs/The-Artist_Means-Meaning-Impact_PressRelease.pdf.
If you’re in Colorado or Vermont this fall, mark your calendars for these upcoming Tod Machover concerts!
- Thursday, September 29, 7:30-9:00 PM. Packard Performance Hall, 5 W. Cache La Poudre Street, in Colorado Springs. Machover, performs with Susan Grace and guests. More info here.
- Friday, October 14, University of Vermont, Burlington. 2:30 PM, talk on “Robotic Operas, City Symphonies, and Beyond,” sponsored by the UVM Burack President’s Distinguished Lecture Series. Concert at 7:30 pm, sponsored bythe UVM Humanities Center and the Department of Music & Dance. More info here.
Here is the program for the Colorado Springs concert: Continue reading