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 Spring 2020 in Washington, D.C. and Prague, Czech Republic by the George Washington University Singers, Anthony Blake Clark, conductor, and in November, 2020 by Ember conducted by Deborah Simpkin King in Manhattan and Montclair, New Jersey.
His Archangel Concerto for piano and orchestra was recorded by Steven Beck with Michael Shapiro conducting the BBC National Orchestra of Wales (BBC Now) and broadcast over BBC 3 as well as recording his Roller Coaster (premiered by Marin Alsop conducting the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music Orchestra) and Perlimplinito, Opera Sweet, A Lace Paper Valentine (entr’acte music from Shapiro’s first opera).
Michael Shapiro is currently working on a full length musical theater work called Getting In, story by Greg Sego, as well as 24 piano pieces called Passages based on Torah and Haftorah portions, a revision of The Headless Horseman for the 200th anniversary of Washington Irving’s Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Full Speed Ahead and Enter Soft, Exit Loud for band, and the Third Symphony.
Soprano Ariadne Greif will be recording Michael Shapiro’s song cycles for Paumanok Records accompanied by the composer.
His new work for band Ol’ Mississippi Sings the Blues was performed by lead commissioner, the University of Memphis, Albert Nguyen, conductor, in Memphis and on tour in Tennessee. The Georgia premiere was held at Kennesaw State University, David Kehler, conductor. In addition at these universities, Michael Shapiro was active in teaching residencies with conducting and composition students.
This year’s performances of Michael Shapiro’s music to the classic talkie film Frankenstein included 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; United States Navy Band, Captain Kenneth Collins conducting, at the AFI Silver Theater, Silver Spring, Maryland; Piedmont Wind Symphony, Matthew Thomas Troy, conducting, at Reynolds Auditorium, Winston-Salem, North Carolina; Syracuse University Symphony Orchestra, James Tapia conducting, at Setnor Auditorium, Syracuse, New York; Arizona State University Symphony Orchestra, Jeffery Meyer conducting, at Gammage Auditorium in Phoenix and at Mesa Performing Arts Center, Mesa, Arizona; Rideau Lakes Orchestra, Alexandra Guerin conducting, at Mason Theatre, Perth, Canada; Livingston Symphony Orchestra, Anthony LaGruth conducting, at Mt. Pleasant School, Livingston, New Jersey; and the St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic, Jeffery Meyer, conducting, at Lendok Film Studio, St. Petersburg, Russia. Next season performances include those by the York Symphony and the Yakima Symphony conducted by Lawrence Golan, the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Matthew Kraemer, conductor, Connecticut College Orchestra, Matthias Elmer, conductor, Wesleyan College Orchestra, Nadya Potemkina, conductor, and the University of Hawaii Wind Ensemble, Jeffrey Boeckman, conductor.
Michael Shapiro’s new operatic version Frankenstein-The Movie Opera will be premiered in October, 2020.