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.
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 Philadelphia, the city known as the birthplace of American democracy.
Then in his barn studio, next to his Boston home, he manipulates these hours and hours of recording, crafting them into the music and soundscape for the piece. We also have behind the scenes access as the composition receives its premiere performed by the Philadelphia Orchestra and local choirs.
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 character of this one specific corner of the world. Continue reading
Wonderful interview with Tonya Matthews – director of the Michigan Science Center, PhD in biology, and truly brilliant poet and performance artist – on the occasion of the PBS premiere of the Dennis Scholl/Marlin Johnson documentary on the SYMPHONY IN D project. Tonya speaks beautifully about her work and about describing Detroit in words and music. Read the full interview here: THIS FRIDAY at 8 PM | Symphony in D, A Symphony by Detroit for Detroit
The Emmy-award-winning “Symphony in D” documentary, directed by Dennis Scholl and Marlon Johnson,aired at 8pm October 13 on Detroit’s DPTV. In an article in Broadway World, the Tod Machover symphony is described as an “audacious project…It received an awe-inspiring world premiere, led by DSO Music Director Leonard Slatkin, at Orchestra Hall, playing to an enthusiast crowd and rave reviews – including one critic who called it “an extremely powerful love letter to Detroit.””
Read more at Broadway World, Documentary to Profile Detroit Symphony’s SYMPHONY IN D Tonight on DPTV
From Tod Machover’s Facebook
A new City Symphony—based on the model that we created over the past several years and mentored, but not created, by our team at the MIT Media Lab—premieres in Miami on October 21. Called Project 305, the new collaborative work has been organized by the New World Symphony with support from the Knight Foundation, with the composition – called “Miami in Movements” – created by composer Ted Hearne and videographer Jonathan David Kane. It is really exciting to see our symphony model moving out into the world, and I can’t wait to hear the final performance. More on that soon, and great article from Broadway World.