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 Chappaqua Performing Arts Center in Chappaqua with Paul Shaffer (SNL and Letterman), Elliott Forrest (WQXR), and Diva Goodfriend-Koven (MET Orchestra, American Symphony Orchestra, and American Composers Orchestra), and the winners of The Chappaqua Orchestra concerto competition, cellists Julian Langford and Dylan Wu.
Upcoming performances of Frankenstein-The Movie Score include those by the Royal Canadian Air Force Band in Winnipeg, Canada (Canadian premiere), Beloit-Janesville Symphony in Wisconsin (Robert Tomaro, conductor); Concordia Orchestra, Fargo, North Dakota (Kevin Suetterlin, conductor); Tufts Wind Ensemble, Boston, Massachusetts (John McCann, conductor), Sound of the South Symphony Band, Troy, Alabama (Mark Walker, conductor), and SIU Wind Ensemble, Carbondale, Illinois (Christopher Lee Morehouse, conductor).
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 – was released in March, 2017 on Paumanok Records and is available on iTunes, CD Baby, and Amazon.
Michael Shapiro’s piano concerto, Archangel, played by pianist Steven Beck, Roller Coaster, and Perlimplinito, Opera Sweet, A Lace Paper Valentine will be recorded in Scotland next season.
Susan Sturman, cellist, presented 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 was premiered by Diva Goodfriend-Koven, piccolo soloist, and The Chappaqua Orchestra during the 2016/2017 season and next season will receive its New Jersey premiere by the Garden State Philharmonic under the direction of Anthony LaGruth. Michael Shapiro is working on a full evening opera called Getting In, a large scale work for choir entitled Voices for soprano soloist, chorus, and Terezin ensemble based on Sephardic poetry of the Holocaust, Ole Mississippi Sings the Blues for a concert band consortium, and Trio Sonata for two violins (alternate clarinet), cello, and piano.