A sneak peek at Schoenberg in Hollywood

https://vimeo.com/276223205 Check out the teaser created by video designer Peter Torpey for Tod Machover's new opera, "Schoenberg in Hollywood," which premieres this November 14-18 in Boston. For more information and tickets, visit Boston Lyric Opera.

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Braham Murray, 1943-2018

From Tod Machover's Facebook page: It is with great sadness that I report the passing of Braham Murray. In fact, Braham died a week go - suddenly and unexpectedly - and I haven't been able to get myself to write a post since then; it all still feels so shocking and unreal. Braham was one of …

“Schoenberg in Hollywood” tickets now on sale

Mark your calendars and reserve your tickets for Tod Machover's newest opera, Schoenberg in Hollywood, premiering this November in Boston. Commissioned by the Boston Lyric Opera, the BLO's website describes the work as "a searing, intimate portrait" of one of the 20th century's most radical and influential artists. The brilliant composer Arnold Schoenberg fled the …

Our Philadelphia story in Playbill

Here's an excellent essay on PHILADELPHIA VOICES and the City Symphony concept by Paul Horsley in The Philadelphia Orchestra's Playbill magazine from March. Check it out on pages 6-12; well-written and interesting. You can read it here.

BBC radio documentary on “The Making of Philadelphia Voices”

Reporter Andrea Shea delves into the creation of Tod Machover's newest symphonic work, "Philadelphia Voices." From the famous Mummers’ New Year’s Day Parade to the sizzling of celebrated cheesesteaks, acclaimed U.S composer and inventor Tod Machover has been collecting sounds for his latest piece 'Philadelphia Voices,' a composition inspired by the heritage, sights and sounds of …

Praise for “Philadelphia Voices” and Ben Bloomberg!

Music critic Bernard Jacobson in his review for Seen and Heard International writes that "Philadelphia Voices" "comes across as a creation open to the world and indeed drawing on an omnivorous variety of materials ranging from the literary, by way of quotations from our contemporaries, to evocations of visual, social, and traditional elements that vividly express the …

BBC feature on “Philadelphia Voices”

Short but really well done radio piece on PHILADELPHIA VOICES on the BBC World Service, starting at 43:27 (https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/w172w71npzrxglp). The BBC packs a huge amount of information into this short interview, with musical examples. And after the interview, the journalist and two guests continue to discuss what was said about the new piece, about city …

New York Times beguiled by “Cheese Steak solo”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cbOfKM0MRHc If the Philadelphia Eagles can win the Super Bowl, why can't Philly's iconic cheese steak have its moment too? So seems to be the question driving New York Times reporter Michael Cooper as he shadowed Tod Machover, who was on a last-ditch quest to capture the perfect audio recording at Pat's, one of the …