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 April 2019 in Washington, D.C. by the George Washington University Singers, Anthony Blake Clark, conductor, and recorded in the 2019/2020 season.
He has also composed 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.
Next season Michael Shapiro and Elliott Forrest’s family work for piccolo, narrator, and orchestra and video, The Babbling Orchestra, will be premiered in New York by Sir James Galway.
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 with librettist Mark Campbell on a full length opera called Getting In, story by Greg Sego, as well as 24 piano pieces called Passages based on Torah and Haftorah portions and the Third Symphony.
His new work for band Ol’ Mississippi Sings the Blues shall be performed by lead commissioner, the University of Memphis, Albert Nguyen, conductor. The Georgia premiere will be held at Kennesaw State University, David Kehler, 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; 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.
Michael Shapiro’s new operatic version Frankenstein-The Movie Opera will be premiered in October, 2020.
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.