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:
- April 5, 2018, 7:30 pm. Philadelphia Voices, World Premiere, Philadelphia Orchestra, Verizon Hall.
- April 6, 2018, 7:30 pm. Philadelphia Voices, Philadelphia Orchestra, Verizon Hall.
- April 7, 2018, 7:30 pm. Philadelphia Voices, Philadelphia Orchestra, Verizon Hall.
- April 10, 2018, 8:00 pm. Philadelphia Voices, Carnegie Hall, New York City.
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
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.”
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
From Tod Machover’s Facebook page:
“Speaking tomorrow at Lincoln Center’s fascinating Global Exchange event that explores the potential for the arts to raise awareness of – and change behavior towards – some of the world’s most intractable problems. Will be presenting information about our City Symphonies past, present and future, as well as giving some first-time glimpses of some of the newest things we are cooking up at the MIT Media Lab.
Tod Machover will be speaking on “Hyperinstruments, Robotic Operas, and City Symphonies” this Sunday, May 22, at Moogfest 2016. According to the festival’s website, “Moogfest is a tribute to Dr. Robert Moog and the profound influence his inventions have had on how we hear the world. Over the last sixty years, Bob Moog and Moog Music have pioneered the analog synthesizer and other technology tools for artists. This exchange between engineer and musician is celebrated with a unique festival format where the creative process is understood as a collaboration among many people, across time and space, in commerce and culture.”
“By day, Moogfest is a platform for conversation and experimentation. This mind-expanding conference attracts creative and technology enthusiasts for three days of participatory programming in Durham, North Carolina. By night, Moogfest presents cutting-edge music in venues throughout the city. Performing artists include early pioneers in electronic music, alongside pop and avant garde experimentalists of today.”
Listed among 10 Events You Can’t Miss at Moogfest.