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November 2009
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Preview of Identity guzheng concerto

Identity – Zhongshan Zuang, a new concerto for orchestra and guzheng (Chinese zither) enjoyed a preview performance at the San Gabriel Mission Playhouse on October 24th, 2009. The performance featured guzheng virtuoso Chang Su as soloist, and a 69-piece orchestra led by conductor Case Scaglione, music director of the YMF Debut Orchestra. Identity was composed by Michael Gordon Shapiro, incorporating themes by composer/producer Victor Cheng.

The piece is currently in preparation for a second concert in Los Angeles, with plans underway for performances in Taiwan and mainland China.

Identity Postcard Front

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October 2009
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Cue of the Week: “Meeting in the Fields”

My music has been used in three separate and unrelated adaptations of the novel Anthem: an audio book, a stage play, and now Greg Bowyer’s in-progress feature film project. I wrote this cue to accompany the guy-meets-girl-in-post-apocalyptic-wrecked-society moment early in the film.


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Meeting In The Fields
 

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October 2009
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Cue of the Week: Excerpt from “Identity” Concerto

This is a very special Cue of the Week – and not just because it’s the first that’s been run in two weeks. Today’s selection is an excerpt from Identity – Zhongshan Zhuang, a concerto for orchestra and guzheng (Chinese zither). This playful passage is an excerpt from our promotional album, which features emulated orchestra but a live recording of guzheng virtuoso Chang Su.

Of course, there’s nothing like the real thing. Those in the Greater Los Angeles area are invited to come to the premiere of the piece tomorrow night, October 24th at 8pm at the San Gabriel Mission Playhouse. Tickets and information may be found at the Hanyii Productions website.


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Identity – Excerpt From Movement 3 (The Grandchildren Play)
 

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October 2009
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Mini-musical wins awards down under

Michael’s short musicals “Climb The Smallest Mountain” and “The Charmed Life” were included in the 2009 Short, Sweet, and Song short musical festival in Sydney, NSW, Australia.

“Climb the Smallest Mountain” won awards for Best Production and Audience Choice. Actor Lloyd Harvey, who played roles in both musicals, won the award for Best Male Actor.

At the 2008 edition of the festival, Michael’s musical “The Alleged Adventures of Blenderman” similarly won Best Production and Audience Choice awards, and lead actor James Millar won the award for Best Male Actor.

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October 2009
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Cue of the Week: “Tropical Falls”

Not to be confused with “Tropical Vignette”, run earlier this summer – I really need to come up with more creative cue titles – this week’s selection is an upbeat mix of bass marimba, African and Latin percussion, and the occasional musical oddity. I like to think of it as suggestive of a waterfall, though perhaps a busy one with tropical critters playing about.


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Tropical Falls
 

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