Michael Shapiro recently completed a large scale work entitled Voices for soprano soloist, chorus, and chamber ensemble based on Sephardic poetry of the Shoah which will be premiered in 2019/2020 and recorded. He has also composed this season the chamber work American Realists for clarinet, violin, cello, and piano inspired by the paintings of Childe Hassam, John Singer Sargent, Winslow Homer, James Abbot McNeil Whistler, and Edward Hopper.
Michael Shapiro is currently working on a full length opera called Getting In with librettist Mark Campbell.
During the 2017-2018 season Michael Shapiro conducts the Westchester Choral Society and The Chappaqua Orchestra in Johannes Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem, Broadway stars Erin Stewart and David DeWitt and the West Point Band’s Quintette Seven in a Broadway retrospective, and the winners of The Chappaqua Orchestra concerto competition as well as the New York premiere of Robert Paterson’s Dark Mountains.
Later this year performances of Frankenstein-The Movie Score include its European premiere at the Bergen International Festival by the Dragefjellets Musikkorps, conducted by Michael Shapiro, a repeat performance by the Dallas Winds, Jerry Junkin, conducting, at the Moody Performance Hall in the Dallas Arts District, Rideau Lake Orchestra, Alexandra Guerin conducting, Perth, Canada, and other ensembles and venues to be announced.
Performances of Frankenstein-The Movie Score earlier this season included those by the Royal Canadian Air Force Band in Winnipeg, Canada (Canadian premiere, Captain Matthew Clark, conductor), Beloit-Janesville Symphony in Wisconsin (Robert Tomaro, conductor); Concordia Orchestra, Fargo, North Dakota (Kevin Suetterlin, conductor); Tufts Wind Ensemble, Boston, Massachusetts (John McCann, conductor), and SIU Wind Ensemble, Carbondale, Illinois (Christopher Lee Morehouse, conductor).
The latest recording of Michael Shapiro’s music – his Second Sonata for violin and piano played by Tim Fain, violin, and Steven Beck, piano – was released on Paumanok Records and is available on iTunes, CD Baby, and Amazon.
His new work for concert band, Bamboula!, celebrating Mardi Gras and the spirit of New Orleans, will receive consortium premiere performances next season in Texas by commissioning bands UT Wind Ensemble (Jerry Junkin, conductor) in Austin, and Texas Tech Wind Ensemble (Sarah McKoin, conductor) in Lubbock.
His recently completed The Babbling Orchestra for narrator, piccolo, and orchestra on a text by Elliott Forrest, which was premiered by Diva Goodfriend-Koven, piccolo soloist, and The Chappaqua Orchestra last season, will receive its New Jersey premiere under the direction of Anthony LaGruth narrated by Mr. Forrest.
Susan Sturman, cellist, recently presented the Texas premiere in Corpus Christi of his Eliahu Hanavi Variations for solo cello surrounded by new paintings by Diane Weiner and will again perform the work at the College Music Society convention in San Antonio this season.