ARTISTS

Howard Shore, Composer

Howard Shore is among today’s most respected, honored, and active composers and music conductors. His work with Peter Jackson on The Lord of the Rings trilogy stands as his most towering achievement to date, earning him three Academy Awards. He has also been honored with four Grammy and three Golden Globe awards. Shore was one of the original creators of Saturday Night Live. He served as the music director on the show from 1975 to 1980. At the same time, he began collaborating with David Cronenberg and has scored 15 of the director’s films, including the forthcoming Maps to the Stars, The Fly, Crash, and Naked Lunch. His original scores to A Dangerous Method, Eastern Promises and Dead Ringers were each honoured with a Genie Award and Cosmopolis was awarded for score and song “Long to Live” with Canadian Screen Awards. Shore continues to distinguish himself with a wide range of projects, from Martin Scorsese’s Hugo, The Departed, The Aviator and Gangs of New York to Ed Wood, The Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia, and Mrs. Doubtfire.

Shore’s music has been performed in concerts throughout the world. In 2003, Shore conducted the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in the world premiere of The Lord of the Rings Symphony in Wellington. Since then, the Symphony and The Lord of the Rings – Live to Projection concerts have had over 340 performances by the world’s most prestigious orchestras.

In 2008, Howard Shore’s opera The Fly premiered at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris and at Los Angeles Opera and just completed a successful run at Theatre Trier in Germany. Other recent works include the piano concerto Ruin and Memory for Lang Lang which premiered in Beijing with the China Philharmonic Orchestra in 2010, the cello concerto Mythic Gardens for Sophie Shao which premiered with the American Symphony Orchestra in 2012 and Fanfare for the Wanamaker Organ in Philadelphia. He is currently working on the score for the third film of The Hobbit trilogy.

Shore received the Career Achievement for Music Composition Award from the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures, New York Chapter's Recording Academy Honors, ASCAP’s Henry Mancini Award, the Frederick Loewe Award and the Max Steiner Award from the city of Vienna. He holds honorary doctorates from Berklee College of Music and York University, he is an Officier de l'ordre des Arts et des Lettres de la France and the recipient of the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award in Canada.



21st Century
Symphony Orchestra & Chorus
Ludwig Wicki, Conductor

Magnificent film music is the credo and passion of the 21st Century Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, based in Lucerne, Switzerland, and it’s artistic director, Maestro Ludwig Wicki. The orchestra presents about 45 concerts of symphonic film music annually in the world renowned Concert Hall at the KKL Luzern and on tour. Because the voice is frequently a key element of film music, the Chorus has become an integral part of the concert activities of the 21st Century Symphony Orchestra, participating in almost all concerts in Lucerne, and also on tour.

In 2007, the 21st Century Symphony Orchestra initiated a rich collaboration with composer and triple Academy Award-winner Howard Shore. The pinnacle of this work, the highly acclaimed soundtrack from The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, was performed in 2008 as a world premiere by the orchestra, live in synchronization to the epic motion picture. In the following years, this project continued with world premieres of The Two Towers (2009), and The Return of the King (2010). In addition to other performances, the first two films of the trilogy were subsequently presented, in concert, at Radio City Music Hall in New York.

The 21st Century Symphony Orchestra & Chorus has presented a wide range of epic films as live world premieres, including Pirates of the Caribbean, Gladiators, and Disney’s Fantasia. Concert tours have led the orchestra to renowned concert venues such as the Auditorium Stravinsky in Montreux, the Alte Oper in Frankfurt, and the Palais de Congrès in Paris. Renowned film composers such as Academy Award-winners Howard Shore and Michael Giacchino, singer-songwriter Randy Newman, or Bafta Award-winners George Fenton and Patrick Doyle, have taken great pride in working with the 21st Century Symphony Orchestra & Chorus.

In spring 2014, the 21st Century Symphony Orchestra presented Star Trek (2009) and Star Trek: Into Darkness as live in concert premieres in Lucerne, and also in the legendary Royal Albert Hall in London.



KAITLYN LUSK, Soprano

Kaitlyn Lusk has legitimately gained international acclaim and won the praise of both media critics and concert audiences alike with her incredible voice and captivating presence.


In 2003 she made her major orchestra debut with the Baltimore Symphony at the age of 14. The following year she delivered three show-stopping New Year’s Eve showcase performances with the Boston Pops. She was promptly invited back and received standing ovations from SRO crowds in response to her performance of newly arranged renditions of songs made famous by Judy Garland.
Soon after she was chosen by Howard Shore to perform as the “Featured Soloist” with the touring production of the Lord Of The Rings. She has since performed with over 75 of the world’s finest orchestras on such legendary stages such as Radio City Music Hall, Royal Albert Hall, the Sydney Opera House, and Het Concertgebouw. 

As an additional highlight, Kaitlyn was chosen by Howard Shore to perform the Academy Award winning song “Into The West” as part of the Grammy Honors in New York City.


As a featured “Special Guest Artist”, she has continued to deepen her involvement in film music by joining the 21st Century Orchestra and Maestro Ludwig Wicki in several concerts featuring the music of Ennio Morricone and other classic cinematic songs.

Referencing Kaitlyn's recordings; She is the “Featured Soloist” on the album "Lord of the Rings Symphony" which was recorded in Lucerne Switzerland with the 21st. Century Orchestra. Her existing solo studio album, "No Looking Back", features some of the music industries finest musicians/songwriters and was produced by the award-winning composer/arranger, Kim Scharnberg.
Of further note, Kaitlyn has also developed an independent production titled "FilmSong". This fully orchestrated and family oriented extravaganza features a 75-minute tour de force of songs from blockbuster movies that range from animated children's favorites to mainstream feature films.

Please visit www.KaitlynLusk.com for further info and updates. 
 



BROOKLYN YOUTH CHORUS
DIANNE BERKUN-MENAKER, DIRECTOR

Now in its 23rd season, the Grammy® Award-winning Brooklyn Youth Chorus, under the direction of Founder & Artistic Director Dianne Berkun-Menaker, is one of the country’s leading youth choruses and the ensemble of choice for internationally renowned orchestras and artists. The New York Times has hailed the Chorus as "remarkable young singers," who perform "with confidence, energy, and tenderness.... The sheer beauty of their singing [is] captivating."

New York magazine remarked, "among New York's choral groups, Brooklyn Youth Chorus stands alone." The Chorus has been touted by The New York Times as a "consistently bold organization that regularly commissions works from composers representing an unusually broad stylistic range." Composers to date include Pulitzer Prize winning composers Caroline Shaw and David Lang, Nico Muhly, Bryce Dessner, Missy Mazzoli, Julia Wolf, Shara Worden, John King, Colin Stetson, and others.

Brooklyn Youth Chorus has appeared with acclaimed orchestras and conductors, including the New York Philharmonic, London and Atlanta symphonies, Mariinsky Orchestra and others under the baton of Alan Gilbert, Marin Alsop, James Levine, Robert Spano, and Esa-Pekka Salonen. The Chorus has also performed live and in albums with celebrated recording artists such as Barbra Streisand, Elton John, Lou Reed, Grizzly Bear, and John Legend. The Chorus won a Grammy Award for the world premiere live recording of John Adams’ On the Transmigration of Souls with the New York Philharmonic in 2005. The Chorus’s television appearances include Late Night with David Letterman, Saturday Night Live, Late Show with Conan O’Brien, and on commercials for Taylor Made Gold Clubs and Santander Bank.

Awarded the 2014 Richard B. Fisher Next Wave Award last month for its production of Black Mountain Songs, its largest evening-length production to date, Brooklyn Youth Chorus has also garnered a strong reputation as an arts presenter. Other featured productions include Brooklyn Village, co-produced with the Brooklyn Philharmonic and Roulette in 2012; and Tell the Way, co-produced with St. Ann’s Warehouse curated by composer Nico Muhly in 2011. The Chorus has also appeared at such important music festivals as BAM’s Next Wave and Crossing Brooklyn Ferry festivals, the Ecstatic Music Festival, the MusicNOW Festival, the Prototype Festival, and Park Avenue Armory’s Tune-In Festival.

The Chorus serves more than 500 singers annually in nine ensembles at its headquarters in Cobble Hill and its neighborhood locations in Bedford-Stuyvesant and Red Hook. Choristers, who range from 7 to 19 years old, hail from 67 different zip codes throughout New York City.