“Symphony for the Koreas” launch event

From Tod Machover’s Facebook page:

“I am excited to be going to Korea in a few weeks to participate in the Lindenbaum Music Festival. Invited by Festival director and violinist Hyung Joon Won, and collaborating with conductor Toshi Shimada of Yale and grad student Hane Lee from the MIT Media Lab, we will be presenting a glimpse of previous City Symphonies and also premiering a “launch composition” for a “Symphony for the Koreas”. Preparing it all now…so stay tuned!”

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“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 darkness and despair of Hitler’s Europe and found himself in 1930s Hollywood—a bold, new world of golden sunshine and camera-ready beauty. Can he find a way to reconcile reflection with action, and tradition with revolution? What is the meaning of art in the wake of atrocity?

In this World Premiere from BLO’s New Works Initiative, internationally acclaimed composer Tod Machover, based in Boston, along with librettist Simon Robson, explores a great artist’s personal struggle, finding humor, heroism, and—ultimately—hope.

Information about the performance and creative team, as well as tickets, are available here.

Mark your calendars for “Philadelphia Voices”

Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Tod Machover’s highly anticipated Philadelphia Voices will be presented this April in a series of performances at Philadelphia’s Verizon Hall and New York’s Carnegie Hall. The latest of Machover’s City Symphonies projects, the new work is inspired by conversations, poetry, sound, and music contributed by thousands of Philadelphians contemplating the state of their city (before and after the Eagles’ Super Bowl epic win) and the meaning of democracy today in the birthplace of the U.S. Constitution. Philadelphia Voices was commissioned by the Philadelphia Orchestra and made possible by a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Performing alongside the Philadelphia Orchestra, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin, will be the Westminster Symphonic Choir, Sister Cities Girlchoir, and Commonwealth Youthchoirs.

Tickets are now on sale:

Quattro Mani presents Re-Structures with Tod Machover

Tod Machover – composer, inventor and professor at the MIT Media Lab – began his career as the first Director of Musical Research at Pierre Boulez’s IRCAM institute in Paris. His Re-Structures for 2 Pianos and Electronics was commissioned in 2015 by the Lucerne Festival, and was premiered there to celebrate Boulez’s 90th birthday. Mark Swed of the Los Angeles Times wrote that Re-Structures “morphs from hardcore 1950s serialism into fresh, rhythmically driving, all-cylinders-firing, electronically enhanced Machover…Thrilling!” The work – which was recently recorded by Quattro Mani for Bridge Records – will receive its East Coast premiere by acclaimed piano duo Quattro Mani on November 13 at ArtScience Gallery in Cambridge, AM, and New York City premiere on November 15 at Carnegie Hall. Continue reading

An Emmy for “Symphony in D” documentary

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.”

December 9 at MIT Media Lab, “The Artist: Means, Meaning and Impact in the 21st Century”

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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.

Two Machover concerts this fall

colorado_aspensIf 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