Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Cello Concerto Update

For Immediate Release
March 28, 2012


On April 27 and 28 the American Symphony Orchestra and Music Director and Conductor Leon Botstein present the world premiere performances of Howard Shore’s Mythic Gardens at the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Arts at Bard College. Commissioned by the Orchestra thanks to a generous gift from Stuart and Linda Nelson, Shore composed the concerto for cellist Sophie Shao, who will premiere the work.

Award-winning composer (including the score of The Lord of the Rings trilogy), Shore first worked with Shao when she performed solo cello pieces on his score for the Oscar nominated 2008 documentary The Betrayal (Nerakhoon). Shore says that “the concerto was conceived for the masterful playing of Sophie Shao and for the depth and beauty of the 1860 Honore Derazey cello in her hands. The work was inspired by the architecture of three classic Italian Gardens: Cimbrone, Medici and Visconti Borremeo Litta.” Mythic Gardens is a companion piece to Shore’s 2010 piano concerto Ruin and Memory which he composed for Lang Lang.

“I am so excited to premiere this complex piece, full of such beautiful and dramatic moments,” says Shao. “Just to have the opportunity to perform a Howard Shore work in front of a live audience is a thrill.”

The work will be presented as part of a program that also includes works by Lutosławski, Brubeck and Bartók. See below for full details.

American Symphony Orchestra
Friday & Saturday, April 27 & 28, 2012
Richard B. Fisher Center for the Arts at Bard College
7:00 p.m. Preconcert Talk with Peter Laki
8:00 p.m. Concert
Tickets: $25, 35, 40
Concerto for Orchestra
Prague Concerto for Bass Trombone and Orchestra
Tamas Markovics, bass trombone
Mythic Gardens, Concerto for Cello and Orchestra
Sophie Shao, cello
Concerto for Orchestra
Ticket Information

Tickets can be purchased through fishercenter.bard.edu, in person at the Fisher Center Office, or by calling (845) 758-7900.

About the American Symphony Orchestra

Founded in 1962 by legendary conductor Leopold Stokowski, the American Symphony Orchestra continues its mission to demystify orchestral music, and make it accessible and affordable to everyone. Under music director Leon Botstein, the ASO has pioneered what the Wall Street Journal called “a new concept in orchestras,” presenting concerts curated around various themes drawn from the visual arts, literature, politics and history, and unearthing rarely-performed masterworks for well-deserved revival. These concerts are performed in the Vanguard Series at Carnegie Hall.

The orchestra also performs in the celebrated concert series Classics Declassified at Peter Norton Symphony Space, and is the resident orchestra of the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College, where it appears in a winter subscription series as well as Bard’s annual SummerScape Festival and the Bard Music Festival. In 2010, the American Symphony became the resident orchestra of The Collegiate Chorale, performing regularly in the Chorale’s New York concert series. The orchestra has made several tours of Asia and Europe, and has performed in countless benefits for organizations including the Jerusalem Foundation and PBS.

ASO’s award-winning music education program, Music Notes, integrates symphonic music into core humanities classes in high schools across the tri-state area.

In addition to albums released on the Telarc, New World, Bridge, Koch and Vanguard labels, many live performances by the American Symphony Orchestra are now available for digital download. In many cases, these are the only existing recordings of some of the rare works that have been rediscovered in ASO performances.

Twitter: @ASOrch

Tuesday, March 27, 2012


While we wait for Middle-earth to begin making noise (and music!) once again, here's an image I dug up in my recent research. Thought it might be of interest to certain readers here. Can anyone ID it?

Monday, March 19, 2012

Cello Concerto Premiere Set

World Premiere of Howard Shore's Cello Concerto 
Mythic Gardens
 For Sohie Shao 

Friday, April 27, 2012 - Saturday, April 28, 2012 
Conducted by Leon Botstein, Music Director 7 pm 
Pre-concert Talk with Peter Laki 
8 pm Performance Tickets available HERE  

Other selections include:

Witold Lutosławski - Concerto for Orchestra 
 Christopher Brubeck - Prague Concerto for Bass Trombone and Orchestra 
Tamas Markovics, bass trombone 

Béla Bartók - Concerto for Orchestra

Friday, March 9, 2012

Ongoing Discussion [March 2012]

I’ve been looking for something to hang an Ongoing Discussion board on for a few days now. Here’s a good candidate: Howard Shore’s score for A Dangerous Method has won the 2011 Genie for Best Original Score! (The Genie is awarded by the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television each year; read more about the awards HERE.)

You can read the full rundown of this year's Genies HERE or HERE,but I imagine this part will be of particular interest to blog readers:

Cronenberg was also in good spirits. Accepting the Best Original Score award for an absent Howard Shore, his friend and frequent collaborator, he joked: “Howard is in New Zealand working on The Hobbit. It’s kind of a sequel to A Dangerous Method.”

In other news, I'm hoping to turn my attention fully toward Middle-earth sometime this summer. Things should slowly gather momentum until they hit full speed later in the year. (Amazing things are already happening in NZ!) While all that gets moving, I've agreed to pursue another rather large project. It's an entirely different type of piece from the Middle-earth work, but it sort of ties into the pieces I've been doing for the past four or five months. I don't want to say too much right now -- primarily because I'm still making some of the overarching creative decisions -- but suffice it to say that between the Hugo writing and a piece on Puccini and Edison that I just finished for the Seattle Opera, my desk is absolutely overflowing with research materials ... as is the kitchen table, the nightstand, etc. I'm not sure what the timeline for this new project will look like, but I'll let you know as soon as I do! (This is all in addition to three or four projects that have been developing since last fall that are still in the pipeline.)

So we're in the 'inchoate' months right now. I guess that's usual for this time of year. Everything is gestating and forming. But enjoy the calm while you can -- once things get cranking later this year, it's going to be quite a ride!
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