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January 2013
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Premiere of “Lament for Solo Violin”

Michael’s Lament for Solo Violin premiered in December at a San Francisco commemorative service for victims of the Nanking Massacre. Joseph Maile performs in the photo below.

Lament for solo violin

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November 2012
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New Solo Violin Work

Michael was commissioned to write a piece for solo violin to be premiered on December 15th in San Francisco at a commemoration of the 1937 Nanking Massacre. The piece, “Lament for Solo Violin: Nanking 1937” is an elegy and gesture of sympathy for those impacted by this dark period during World War Two. The piece will be performed by violinist Joseph Maile.

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August 2012
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“Super Sidekick: The Musical” wins accolades at NY Fringe Festival

Super Sidekick: The Musical, with book by Gregory Crafts and music and lyrics by Michael Gordon Shapiro, has earned a number of accolades and positive reviews at the 2012 New York Fringe Festival. Some honors include a Critic’s Pick designation by New York Magazine, and a glowing review from NYTheatre.com .

The music was also one a small number of shows to be granted a one-month extension in the Fringe Encores series, and was the only children’s show to do so in the festival’s history.

Super Sidekick: The Musical will be included in the fall 2012 catalog from stage publisher Samuel French.

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January 2012
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“Identity” guzheng concerto now available on iTunes

Identity: Zhongshan Zhuang is now available from online music vendors including the iTunes store. The album presents a studio performance of the piece recorded at Warner Brothers Studios in 2010, as well as several traditional solo guzheng pieces. Su Chang returns as featured soloist, and the United Musicians Symphonic Orchestra of Los Angeles is conducted by Case Scaglione.

Click here to view Identity: Zhongshan Zhuang on the iTunes store.

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November 2011
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“Identity” guzheng concerto mainland China concerts

Michael’s concerto for orchestra and guzheng (Chinese zither), co-written with producer/composer Victor Cheng, continues its run of performances in the People’s Republic of China. Concerts this fall included the cities of Wuhan and Xiamen, with guzheng virtuoso Su Chang returning in her role as soloist. The piece is also scheduled for two performances in Taiwan this December.


Su Chang

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August 2011
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“Strange Rain” Now Available on iOS App Store

Michael’s music is included in the newest version of Opertoon’s top-selling iOS app (former #1 on U.S. iPad entertainment charts) Strange Rain.

Strange Rain is an immersive experience featuring music against a changing backdrop of stormy weather and a nonlinear narrative story. Michael’s moody piano score, one of the app’s three musical accompaniments, evolves in tandem with the visuals to become slowly stranger over time.

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February 2011
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“Identity: Zhongshan Zuang” album to be released by Hanyi

The album of Identity: Zhongshan Zuang, a concerto for orchestra and guzheng, will be released by Hanyi on March 24th, 2011. The album features the concerto itself, written by Michael Gordon Shapiro and Victor Cheng, as well as several solo guzheng pieces by virtuoso Su Chang.

The album will be available in CD format on CDBaby, as well as on iTunes and other major online music retailers.

Identity CD back

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