An American Tragedy at Glimmerglass Festival 2014

An American Tragedy at Glimmerglass Festival 2014

The Glimmerglass Festival has announced its 2014 season, including a new production of Tobias Picker's AN AMERICAN TRAGEDY. The production, directed by Peter Kazaras and conducted by George Manahan, r...Read More »
Dolores Claiborne “A Triumph” at San Francisco Opera

Dolores Claiborne “A Triumph” at San Francisco Opera

Audiences are still raving about Tobias Picker's Dolores Claiborne following its world premiere in San Francisco Opera's acclaimed production, directed by James Robinson and conducted by George Manaha...Read More »
“The Opera San Antonio Starts Life With Vow of Freshness”

“The Opera San Antonio Starts Life With Vow of Freshness”

Mike Greenberg profiles The Opera San Antonio and its upcoming events with artistic director Tobias Picker for Classical Voice America. Photo: Tobias Picker, Mel Weingart and Plato Karayanis (L t...Read More »
Tobias Picker & Mikael Karlsson at (le) poisson rouge

Tobias Picker & Mikael Karlsson at (le) poisson rouge

Kicking off the celebrations of much beloved composer Tobias Picker’s 60th birthday year and Mika’s 10th year as a sought-after composer working in New York and all over the world, here is a concert o...Read More »
Thérèse Raquin

Thérèse Raquin

The Microscopic Opera Company presents a new production of the chamber version of Tobias Picker's Thérèse Raquin. The production stars Katherine Drago, Dimitrie Lazich, Anna Singer, Jeffrey Gross and ...Read More »
Tobias Picker Elected to American Academy of Arts and Letters

Tobias Picker Elected to American Academy of Arts and Letters

Many congratulations to Tobias Picker on his election to the American Academy of Arts and Letters. The composer joins an esteemed list of musicians in the Academy that includes John Adams, Steve Reich...Read More »

The Opera San Antonio Presents Inaugural Gala Concert Featuring the Music of Tobias Picker; Miller Theatre Presents the Tobias Picker Ensemble

In honor of its impending grand opening in 2015, The Opera San Antonio hosts an inaugural gala concert on May 23 at the Majestic Theatre in San Antonio, featuring performances from Tobias Picker’s An American Tragedy. Tobias Picker, Artistic Director of The Opera San Antonio, has curated a diverse line-up of opera highlights for the event, with performances by star singers including Patricia Racette, Susannah Biller, Dolora Zajick, Daniela Mack, Jay Hunter Morris, Alek Shrader, Lucas Meachem and Eric Owens. Mixing music “from the time of Handel to the time of Tobias,” according to board chairman Mel Weingart, the program features music from Picker’s An American Tragedy including the aria See the Light performed by Dolora Zajick and the San Antonio Symphony, led by conductor Sebastian Lang-Lessing. With its first season set to open in January of 2015, The Opera San Antonio will make its home at the new Tobin Center for the Performing Arts.

On May 7, the Miller Theatre Pop-Up Concerts series celebrates the chamber music of Tobias Picker with a performance by the Tobias Picker Ensemble. The program includes Picker’s Nova quintet and Invisible Lilacsfor violin and piano, both of which will be featured on an upcoming recording of Picker’s chamber music on the Tzadik label. The Miller Theatre program also includes two works for solo piano: When Soft Voices Dieand the third etude from Four Etudes for Ursula, performed by Nathaniel LaNassa.

For more information on Tobias Picker visit www.schott-music.com.

To learn more about The Opera San Antonio visit www.theoperasa.org.

For details on the “Picker Pops Up” concert visit www.millertheatre.com.

Tobias Picker
An American Tragedy (2005)
opera in two acts

libretto (En) by Gene Scheer

for 2 sopranos, 3 mezzo-sopranos, 2 tenors, 2 baritones, boy soprano, children's voices and SATB chorus

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Nova (1979)
for piano quintet

Invisible Lilacs (1991)
for violin and piano

When Soft Voices Die (1977)
for solo piano

Four Etudes for Ursula (1996)
for solo piano


Tobias Picker’s Awakenings at New York Live Arts

On April 19, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s presents the US premiere of Tobias Picker's ballet-suite, Awakenings. Presented by New York Live Arts as part of its annual Live Ideas Festival the performance is the centerpiece of this year’s theme, “The World of Oliver Sacks,” exploring neuro-physical connections as seen through the works of the acclaimed neurologist and author.

Commissioned by the Rambert Dance Company, Picker’s Awakenings is a striking music and dance adaptation of the themes and cases discussed in Dr. Sacks’ novel of the same name.

Picker offers the following introduction:

In composing Awakenings, I was inspired by the exquisite art and stunning imagery of Oliver Sacks' prose, and above all by the lives of the uniquely tragic patients he writes about. His book, Awakenings, written in the form of a series of case studies and footnotes, suggested the musical structure and characteristics of the score. While not specifically programmatic, I hope that the music may express some understanding of the patients as well as the sense of nostalgia, anger and longing they felt for their stolen past.

The Rambert Dance Company premiered Awakenings in 2010 at The Lowry in Salford (UK) with a subsequent tour of over 50 performances throughout the United Kingdom. This month’s performance features new choreography for solo dancer by Aletta Collins with soloist Daniel Hay-Gordon and includes a screening of Re: Awakenings, a film by Bill Morrison based on original footage taken by Sacks. Taking place at the New York Live Arts Theater in Manhattan, the concert concludes with a concert-performance of selected passages from Michael Nyman’s opera, The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat.

For more information on Tobias Picker, please visit www.schott-music.com

To learn more about the New York Live Arts “Live Ideas” Festival, visit www.newyorklivearts.org

Tobias Picker
Awakenings (2010)
for chamber orchestra
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Tobias Picker’s Romances and Interludes at Indiana University of Pennsylvania

On March 12, the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Symphony presents Tobias Picker's enchanting work for oboe and orchestra Romances and Interludes. The concert features soloist Stephanie Caulder with David Martynuik conducting. Written in 1989,Romances and Interludes was commissioned by the Houston Symphony and its music director Christoph Eschenbach for principle oboist Robert Atherholt. Eschenbach and Atherholt presented the world premiere in 1990.

Romances and Interludes was inspired by Robert Schumann’s Drei Romanzen for oboe and piano. Composed by Schumann in 1849, Drei Romanzen is the only contribution of an original solo work by a major Romantic composer to the entire 19th-century oboe literature. Picker embedded these pieces in his own composition which flows breathlessly through a succession of romances and interludes introduced by a prelude. In April, Indiana University of Pennsylvania Symphony tours Romances and Interludes to the Bowie Center for the Performing Arts in Bowie, MD.

Precise details on the concert are located at www.iup.edu.

For more information about Tobias Picker visit www.tobiaspicker.com or www.schott-music.com.

Tobias Picker
Romances and Interludes (1989)
for oboe and orchestra
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