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.
During the next two seasons, Michael Shapiro and Elliott Forrest’s family work for piccolo, narrator, and orchestra and video, The Babbling Orchestra, will be played on tour by Sir James Galway (orchestras and venues to be announced).
His Archangel Concerto for piano and orchestra will be recorded in 2019 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 opera called Getting In, story by Greg Sego, and Ol’ Mississippi Sings the Blues to be performed by an international consortium of wind ensembles, lead commissioner, the University of Memphis, Albert Nguyen, conductor.
This year’s performances of Michael Shapiro’s music to the classic talkie film Frankenstein 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, Piedmont Wind Symphony, Matthew Thomas Troy, conducting, at Reynolds Auditorium, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Rideau Lake Orchestra, Alexandra Guerin conducting, Perth, Canada, and other ensembles and venues to be announced.
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, Yilun Xu, pianist, in the Third Piano Concerto of Prokofiev, and Sara Scanlon, cellist, in Dvorak’s Cello Concerto as well as the New York premiere of Robert Paterson’s Dark Mountains.
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.
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 again performed the work at the College Music Society convention in San Antonio this season.