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, the winners of The Chappaqua Orchestra concerto competition, and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (Glasgow) in Archangel Concerto for Piano and Orchestra (Steven Beck, piano), Perlimplinito, Opera Sweet, A Lace Paper Valentine, and Roller Coaster.
Additional upcoming performances of Frankenstein-The Movie Score include 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), SIU Wind Ensemble, Carbondale, Illinois (Christopher Lee Morehouse, conductor), and Sound of the South Symphony Band, Troy, Alabama (Mark Walker, conductor) .
His new work for concert band, Bamboula!, celebrating Mardi Gras and the spirit of New Orleans, will receive consortium premiere performances this season in Texas by the UT Wind Ensemble (Jerry Junkin, conductor) in Austin, and Texas Tech Wind Ensemble (Sarah McKoin, conductor) in Lubbock and at the CBDNA Conference in Houston.
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 in March, 2017 on Paumanok Records and is available on iTunes, CD Baby, and Amazon.
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.
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 by the Garden State Philharmonic under the direction of Anthony LaGruth narrated by Mr. Forrest.
Michael Shapiro is working on a full length opera called Getting In with librettist Mark Campbell and 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 2018/2019 by a consortium of choruses nationwide.