By Peter Dizikes.
Philadelphia is having an entertaining 2018. The Eagles won the Super Bowl. Villanova rolled to the men’s national college basketball championship. And now, for a culture break, residents can enjoy “Philadelphia Voices,” an ambitious new symphony by acclaimed MIT composer Tod Machover. The piece, which incorporates citizen contributions and the sounds and words of everyday life, is the sixth part of the “City Symphony” series by Machover, who is the Muriel R. Cooper Professor of Music and Media at the MIT Media Lab. The symphony, having made its debut in Philadelphia from April 5-7, will also be performed at New York’s Carnegie Hall on April 10. MIT News spoke with Machover about “Philadelphia Voices.”
MIT composer Tod Machover along with writers Jayda Hepburn and Cameron Coles, who contributed texts used in the libretto of Machover’s new symphony, “Philadelphia Voices,” which premiered in Philadelphia on April 5, 2018.
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