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Michael Shapiro recently completed At the Shore of the Sea, Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, for violinist Tim Fain, which will be premiered and recorded in 2021 and three piano pieces called Interludes for piano (expressing hopes for healing for every one and dedicated to Lara Downes). Shapiro is working on 24 piano pieces called Passages based on Torah and Haftorah portions and an opera called The Slave based on the novel by Isaac Bashevis Singer, libretto by Hannah McDermott.
Soprano Ariadne Greif has recorded Michael Shapiro’s song cycles for Paumanok Records accompanied by the composer, which will be issued in December 2020 on CD and download on the major platforms.
Michael Shapiro’s large scale work entitled Voices for soprano soloist, chorus, and chamber ensemble based on Sephardic poetry of the Shoah will be premiered by Ember conducted by Deborah Simpkin King in Manhattan and Montclair, New Jersey and recorded for Paumanok Records in the U.K. conducted by the composer.
His Archangel Concerto for piano and orchestra was recorded by Steven Beck with Michael Shapiro conducting the BBC National Orchestra of Wales as well as recording his Roller Coaster (premiered by Marin Alsop conducting the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music Orchestra), Perlimplinito, Opera Sweet, A Lace Paper Valentine (entr’acte music from Shapiro’s first opera), and Widorama! (his arrangement of Charles-Marie Widor’s famous organ Toccata), which were premiered on BBC 3.
Some of these works are being featured on SiriusXM Symphony Hall Living American and Classics on Film programs hosted by Shapiro, and over eighty (80) public and commercial radio stations in the United States from New York to California, on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and via BBC 3 and Bradley Stoke Radio in the United Kingdom.
His new work for band Ol’ Mississippi Sings the Blues was performed by lead commissioner, the University of Memphis, Albert Nguyen, conductor, in Memphis and on tour in Tennessee. The Georgia premiere was held at Kennesaw State University, David Kehler, conductor. In addition at these universities, Michael Shapiro was active in teaching residencies with conducting and composition students.
Recent performances of Michael Shapiro’s music to the classic talkie film Frankenstein included 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, the York Symphony and the Yakima Symphony conducted by Lawrence Golan, the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Matthew Kraemer, conductor, Steamboat Springs Strings Music Festival, Mark Gould, conductor, Connecticut College Orchestra, Matthias Elmer, conductor, Wesleyan College Orchestra, Nadya Potemkina, conductor, Texas Woman’s University Wind Symphony, Carter Biggars, conductor, University of Hawaii Wind Ensemble, Jeffrey Boeckman, conductor, Rogue Valley Symphonic Band, Daniel Kocurek, conductor, Ashland, Oregon, and Sonoma State Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Andy Collinsworth, conductor.
In coming seasons Michael Shapiro’s new operatic version Frankenstein-The Movie Opera and his full length opera The Slave will both be premiered, as well as several other performances of Frankenstein-The Movie Requiem and Frankenstein-The Movie Score in Florida, California, Ohio, Tennessee, Montana, Mississippi, and Canada.
Michael Shapiro’s new weekly broadcast show (appearing on the Crossover Media network, FaceBook, Vimeo, and YouTube, and as an Apple Podcast), INTERPLAY, Conversations in Music, features guests such as JoAnne Falletta, Ivan Fischer, Leonard Slatkin, Gabriela Montero, Jerry Junkin, Norman Lebrecht, Elliott Forrest, Garrett Keast, Tim Fain, Lara Downes, Sara Sant’Ambrogio, Adrian Partington, Simone Dinnerstein, Blind Mississippi Morris, Jamie Bernstein, Andreas Haefliger, Sarah McKoin, Robert Carnochan, David Kehler, Albert Nguyen, and Kevin Sedatole, Sir James Galway and Lady Jeanne Galway, Francesca Zambello, Martin Bresnick, Michael Christie, Daron Hagen, and Jennifer Higdon.