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Michael Tilson Thomas: Where Now Is

Michael Tilson Thomas: Where Now Is

Music

Published 9/25/20

The documentary sheds light on formative experiences in MTT’s musical life—the central influence of his father, his first time hearing the music of James Brown, his early clashes with classical music orthodoxy—all of which shaped his personality, artistry, and goals along his path to becoming one of America’s most important musical figures.Michael Tilson Thomas is Co-Founder and Artistic Director of the New World Symphony, Music Director Laureate of the San Francisco Symphony, and Conductor Laureate of the London Symphony Orchestra. In addition to conducting the world’s leading orchestras, MTT is also noted for his work as a composer and as a producer of multimedia projects dedicated to music education and reinventing the concert experience. He is an eleven-time Grammy Award winner whose wide-ranging discography includes more than 120 recordings, including most recently a recording of his compositions on SFS Media. His television work includes numerous performances for the …

Virtual Symphony of Voices

Virtual Symphony of Voices

Music

Published 8/3/20

‘A [Virtual] Symphony of Voices: A Celebration of Women in Philanthropy’ will be broadcast on Zoom, beginning with a live, interactive cocktail hour from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Zoom Rooms specific to each organization/individual being honored. All guests will then join together for the main program at 7 p.m.The virtual event will feature a special presentation about the 19th amendment by the League of Women Voters; profiles of each organization and honoree; and performances by several of the orchestra’s talented female musicians. The event is free (registration is required), though donations are welcome. Proceeds will benefit both the participating organization of the attendee’s choice and The Symphonia. For donations of $50 or more received by August 12, attendees will receive a special gift mailed to them prior to the celebration (HINT: it’s a delicious cocktail mix kit, perfect for the Zoom Room Happy Hour!)Honorees include Impact 100 Palm Beach County and its all-female …

Nu Deco director remains optimistic about ensemble & wider world of live music

Nu Deco director remains optimistic about ensemble & wider world of live music

Music

Published 7/2/20

In late winter, he got to spend a few days in Los Angeles working on the world premiere of Grammy- and Emmy award-winner Robert Glasper’s first orchestral work, commissioned by Miami’s Nu Deco Ensemble. As the ensemble’s cofounder and artistic director, Hyken is instrumental in developing the artistic vision of the orchestra, and its collaborations with artists.“It was an absolute bucket-list collaborator,” says Hyken. “He is such an incredible artist that is really breaking boundaries and just revered in the musical world. The opportunity to get him to write a piece for orchestra the first time with Nu Deco was really exciting.”Fast-forward to mid-March and COVID-19 changed everything.“We were gearing up for [the world premiere concert] … He had come in, we did one rehearsal within New World Center, and it was a total match made in heaven. Everyone was really excited about the work and the collaboration,” Hyken says. “Then the very next day, the world started …

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