“Symphony in D” documentary aired on DPTV

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


New World Symphony’s Project

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.

Philadelphia Voices @ National Constitution Center

Composer Tod Machover visits the National Constitution Center on Constitution Day, September 17, 2017, for his newest city symphony project, “Philadelphia Voices.” His objective: to collect sounds that capture the spirit of the place that gave birth to American democracy. Add your voice to the project by downloading the Philadelphia Voices app!

Download in the iTunes Store

Download in Google Play Store


Ford’s City of Tomorrow Symposium

From Tod Machover’s Facebook page:

“I am flying out to San Francisco for the day tomorrow to give the closing performance for Ford’s City of Tomorrow symposium. Anita Schaufelberger is coming over from Switzerland to play a new version of the City Symphony performance we gave two years ago at the World Economic Forum, and Ben Bloomberg from the MIT Media Lab will be there as well to make it all sound great. Peter Alexander Torpey prepared a new version of the video in spectacular hi-def vertical format, so it should be quite a show. Come see it if you’re in San Francisco…although I think the event is sold out.” You can see the original Davos performance above.

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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.”

Philadelphia Voices website launched

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Check out the new website for the latest Tod Machover City Symphony project, Philadelphia Voices. “Tod Machover and Opera of the Future launched the Collaborative City Symphony project in 2012, and since then have created collaborative symphonies with the cities of Toronto (Toronto Symphony Orchestra, 2013), Edinburgh (Edinburgh International Festival, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, 2013), Perth (Perth International Festival, West Australian Symphony Orchestra, 2014), Lucerne (Lucerne Festival, Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra, 2015), Detroit (Detroit Symphony Orchestra with Knight Foundation, 2015), and Miami (New World Symphony with Knight Foundation, 2017). Machover and his research group collaborated with these cities to explore new relationships between author/audience, composition/improvisation, music/noise, and online/onsite, while emphasizing the potential of each locale to inspire its citizens to engage with their community in a profound way through music. One of the most rewarding aspects of the City Symphonies project is that the processes employed to achieve the final work are designed to grow naturally out of each particular city and context. For this reason, all the City Symphonies realized to date by Tod Machover and the MIT Media Lab have differed widely in terms of use of imagery/video, interactive performance elements, incorporation of local musicians, balance of acoustic/electronic sounds, and overall aesthetic profile.”

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Kennedy Center Arts Summit today

From Tod Machover’s Facebook page:

Arrived in DC yesterday afternoon by train from Philly, into Union Station – grungy and dilapidated in the back, splendid in the front…a metaphor for something, perhaps??? Went to the speaker’s dinner for today’s Kennedy Center “Arts Summit”, hosted by Yo-Yo Ma. Was wonderful to see many old friends from around the world, and to meet some terrific new people, including arts leaders, “citizen artists” working in a huge array of media and styles, art patrons and collectors, etc. An intensely engaged group determined to help the arts not just thrive but also to become one of the great galvanizing, enriching and democratizing (in the best sense) forces in our society. There couldn’t be a more important moment – or more central place – to discuss and strategize. Info on today’s Arts Summit at https://www.kennedy-center.org/pages/specialevents/summit.

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