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Michael Schachter

Composer, Music Theater

Staggering. . . astonishing. . . bringing overwhelming humanity to exactly the place where it is needed.” – Los Angeles Times

Michael Schachter is a composer for stage and concert hall, pianist, and scholar. He spent his formative years immersed in omnivorous musical activity: absorbing the strains of Jewish cantillation, performing piano concerti, leading jazz combos, accompanying musicals and gospel groups, conducting Renaissance choral music, and studying Southeast Indian classical (Karnatak) music in Chennai.

Highlights of Schachter’s 2019–20 season include the world premiere of a concerto for Grammy-nominated violinist Philippe Quint, co-commissioned by the Knoxville Symphony and the Knoxville Museum of Art; the Kennedy Center premiere of An Overture to Knoxville, also with the Knoxville Symphony; and a new choral work based on 15th-century kabbalist ethical texts for the Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum.

Schachter’s music-theatrical work, The Black Clown, premiered with a sold-out four-week run at the American Repertory Theater to kick off their 2018–19 season. It moves to New York’s Lincoln Center this summer as part of the 2019 Mostly Mozart Festival.

Fusing vaudeville, gospel, opera, jazz, and spirituals, The Black Clown brings Langston Hughes’s verse to life in a stunning new music-theater piece by Schachter and bass-baritone Davóne Tines. Powerful and prescient, the work animates a Black man’s resilience against a legacy of oppression, assisted by a dancing and singing ensemble of twelve. The production contains racial slurs and stylized representations of violence, particularly related to slavery, as well as haze, simulated smoking, and bright flashing lights. Well-prepared teenagers will appreciate the stylized movement, dynamic music, and deep engagement with American history.

Photo Credits for The Black Clown: Maggie Hall

Special Projects
BC3

To book The Black Clown, please contact Pomegranate Arts at info@pomarts.com.

Press

Pure Poetry…

The Black Clown has made its grand entrance in a world premiere at the American Repertory Theater, with an opening night performance Wednesday that brought down the house…READ MORE

It merits the widest possible audience…

Incisive and persuasive. . . this is one of those scores so interesting and involving, you wish you could purchase it in the lobby on the way out…READ MORE

A Mindblowing Experience…

Davóne Tines, who stars in the title role, and Michael Schachter, who wrote the score, have adapted Hughes’ iconic work to create something that is so much greater. . . a mind-blowing theatrical experience…READ MORE

Michael Schachter

Composer, Music Theater

Staggering. . . astonishing. . . bringing overwhelming humanity to exactly the place where it is needed.” – Los Angeles Times

Michael Schachter is a composer for stage and concert hall, pianist, and scholar. He spent his formative years immersed in omnivorous musical activity: absorbing the strains of Jewish cantillation, performing piano concerti, leading jazz combos, accompanying musicals and gospel groups, conducting Renaissance choral music, and studying Southeast Indian classical (Karnatak) music in Chennai.

Highlights of Schachter’s 2019–20 season include the world premiere of a concerto for Grammy-nominated violinist Philippe Quint, co-commissioned by the Knoxville Symphony and the Knoxville Museum of Art; the Kennedy Center premiere of An Overture to Knoxville, also with the Knoxville Symphony; and a new choral work based on 15th-century kabbalist ethical texts for the Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum.

Schachter’s music-theatrical work, The Black Clown, premiered with a sold-out four-week run at the American Repertory Theater to kick off their 2018–19 season. It moves to New York’s Lincoln Center this summer as part of the 2019 Mostly Mozart Festival.

Fusing vaudeville, gospel, opera, jazz, and spirituals, The Black Clown brings Langston Hughes’s verse to life in a stunning new music-theater piece by Schachter and bass-baritone Davóne Tines. Powerful and prescient, the work animates a Black man’s resilience against a legacy of oppression, assisted by a dancing and singing ensemble of twelve. The production contains racial slurs and stylized representations of violence, particularly related to slavery, as well as haze, simulated smoking, and bright flashing lights. Well-prepared teenagers will appreciate the stylized movement, dynamic music, and deep engagement with American history.

Michael Schachter is represented by Cadenza Artists. For booking The Black Clown, please contact Pomegranate Arts at info@pomarts.com.

Photo Credits for The Black Clown: Maggie Hall

Special Projects
BC3

To book The Black Clown, please contact Pomegranate Arts at info@pomarts.com.

Images
Audio

Press

Pure Poetry…

The Black Clown has made its grand entrance in a world premiere at the American Repertory Theater, with an opening night performance Wednesday that brought down the house…READ MORE

It merits the widest possible audience…

Incisive and persuasive. . . this is one of those scores so interesting and involving, you wish you could purchase it in the lobby on the way out…READ MORE

A Mindblowing Experience…

Davóne Tines, who stars in the title role, and Michael Schachter, who wrote the score, have adapted Hughes’ iconic work to create something that is so much greater. . . a mind-blowing theatrical experience…READ MORE