The first project is to make a recording of Vincent Ho’s concerto for percussion and orchestra, The Shaman, with percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra conducted by Alexander Mickelthwate. This piece has been seen in Winnipeg, Toronto and taipei and has received a lot of positive reviews. Full details are here.
In 1937 La Scala held a contest for a new opera. The winning opera should have been La Serenata al Vento composed by Aldo Finzi, a young, but already successful composer. It never played during his lifetime. Finzi was Jewish and the regime wasn’t prepared for a Jew as the heir of Verdi and Puccini. It wasn’t until 2012 that the work premiered at Bergamo. Now Croatian director Sanela Bajric wants to make a documentary about Finzi and his music and, of course, needs to raise the necessary. Full details are here.