During the 2016/17 season Michael Shapiro conducts The Chappaqua Orchestra in his Frankenstein-The Movie Score in Nyack, New York, as part of the ArtsRock series as well as concerts at Wallace Auditorium in Chappaqua with Paul Shaffer (SNL and Letterman), Elliott Forrest (WQXR), and Mindy Kaufman (New York Philharmonic principal piccolo), and the winners of The Chappaqua Orchestra concerto competition.
Upcoming performances of Frankenstein-The Movie Score include those by the Beloit-Janesville Symphony (Robert Tomaro, conductor); Armed Services band at the Midwest Clinic Convention, Chicago, Illinois (Jerry Junkin, conductor); Concordia Orchestra, Fargo, North Dakota (Kevin Suetterlin, conductor); and colleges in Alabama and Minnesota.
His new work for concert band, Bamboula!, celebrating Mardi Gras and the spirit of New Orleans, will receive consortium premiere performances this and next season in North Carolina and Texas by the Piedmont Wind Symphony, UT Wind Ensemble, and Texas Tech Wind Ensemble.
The latest recording of Michael Shapiro’s music – his Second Sonata for violin and piano played by Tim Fain, violin, and Steven Beck, piano – will be issued in March, 2017 on Paumanok Records and available on iTunes, CD Baby, and Amazon.
Michael Shapiro’s piano concerto, Archangel, played by pianist Steven Beck, will be recorded in Scotland next season.
Susan Sturman, cellist, will present the Texas premiere of his Eliahu Hanavi Variations for solo cello surrounded by new paintings by Diane Weiner.
He recently completed The Babbling Orchestra for narrator, piccolo, and orchestra on a text by Elliott Forrest, which will be premiered by Mindy Kaufman, piccolo soloist, and The Chappaqua Orchestra during the 2016/2017 season, and is working on a Trio Sonata for two violins (alternate clarinet), cello, and piano, Voices for soprano soloist, chorus, and Terezin ensemble based on Sephardic poetry of the Holocaust, and Ole Mississippi Sings the Blues for a concert band consortium.