Christopher Theofanidis

Works: Orchestra

Title Instrumentation Duration Listen
The Game (2017) For orchestra
Commissioned by the Baltimore Symphony
Inspired by The Wire; Based on Tom Waits’ song
“Way down in the hole”
ca. 3'
Summer Music (2016) For orchestra
Commissioned by the Williamsport Symphony for their 50th anniversary
ca. 15'
A Thousand Cranes (2015)
I. Stars and Sonnets
II. Wind Spirit
III. Sadako
For strings and harp ca. 30' Watch - A Thousand Cranes (excerpts)
East Coast Chamber Orchestra (ECCO) and Sivan Magen, harp. Performed at the Winspear Opera House in Dallas as part of Soundings: New Music at the Nasher, December 2015.
Dreamtime Ancestors (2015) For orchestra ca. 20'
Creation/Creator (2015) For soloists, actors, chorus and orchestra ca. 80' I. Elephant in the Dark
II. God-Tapestry
IV. Laboratories of the Universe
V. In the Eternal
VII. Two Girls
XI. An Angel in the Marble
XII. The Music it Makes
IX. Between Green Thread and Broccoli
XIII. All Things Bound in a Single Book
Robert Spano, conductor
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Making Up For Lost Time (2015) For orchestra ca. 12'
The Legend of the Northern Lights (2014) For narrator, child actor and orchestra (with film) ca. 25' Watch NHSO Interview
New Haven Symphony Orchestra Music Director William Boughton interviews composer Christopher Theofanidis. Watch Interview about The Legend of the Northern Lights with WFMT's Noel Morris
Christopher Theofanidis discusses a brand new piece, The Legend of the Northern Lights, with WFMT's Noel Morris on the eve of its world premiere by the Grant Park Orchestra in Chicago.
The Gift (2013) for tenor, chorus, and orchestra
Commissioned by the Pittsburgh Symphony
ca. 20'
Virtue (2013)
after Hildegard’s Ordo Virtutum
For soprano soloist, male actor, either 3 amplified female voices or women’s choir (may also be done with children’s choir), chamber orchestra ca. 20'
The Wind and Petit Jean (2013) For orchestra ca. 13'
Concerto (2013) For marimba and wind sinfonietta ca. 20'
Une Certaine joie de vivre (2010) For orchestra ca. 3'
Symphony (2009) For orchestra
Commissioned by Robert Spano for the Atlanta Symphony
ca. 35' Listen - I
Listen - II
Listen - III
Listen - IV
Atlanta Symphony/Robert Spano, conducting
Concerto (2009) For cello and orchestra
commissioned for the Dallas Symphony and Nina Kotova
Concerto (2008) For violin and orchestra
Commissioned by the Pittsburgh Symphony for Sarah Chang
ca. 23'
Sarah Chang, violin
Pittsburgh Symphony/Andris Nelsons, conducting
Field of Infinite Forms (2008) For orchestra and digital playback
Electronics realized by Mark Wingate
Acoustic music realized by Christopher Theofanidis
ca. 20'
Austin Symphony/Peter Bay, conducting
Rex Tremendae Majestatis (2008) For solo organ, orchestral brass, and percussion
Commissioned by the Pacific Symphony for Paul Jacobs
ca. 8'
Paul Jacobs, organ
Pacific Symphony/Carl St. Clair, conducting
The Refuge (2007) Libretto by Leah Lax
For soloists, chorus, orchestra, and several non-Western ensembles
Commissioned by Houston Grand Opera
ca. 90'
Libretto by Leah Lax; Houston Grand Opera: Albina Shagimuratova, Rebekah Camm, sopranos; Faith Sherman, Jamie Barton, mezzo-sopranos; Beau Gibson, tenor; Liam Bonner, baritone; Ryan McKinny, bass-baritone; Philip Evbomoen, tenor soloist; Julie Trinh Dang, dan bau and dan tranh; Ali Durrani, Qawwali singer; Chandrakantha Courtney, sitars; David Courtney, tabla; Giridahar Kalamanglam, Samhitha Murthy, tanpuras; Vadim Angerov, bayan; Gifted and Talented Vocal Ensemble; Spanish Choir, Sacred Heart Co-Cathedral Chorus; Children’s Chorus and Orchestra of HOUSTON GRAND OPERA; Patrick Summers, conducting
Muse (2007) For strings and harpsichord
Commissioned by The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra as part of their New Brandenburg Project.
ca. 12'
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra Watch Muse for strings and harpsichord
Portland Youth Philharmonic/ David Hattner, Musical Director; Wieden+Kennedy Building Portland, Oregon
Concerto (2006) For piano and chamber orchestra
Commissioned by Pro Musica Columbus for Donald Berman
ca. 21'
Donald Berman, piano
Pro Musica Columbus/Timothy Russell, conducting
The Here and Now (2005) For soloists, chorus, and orchestra
Commissioned by the Atlanta Symphony and Chorus
ca. 35'
Hila Plittman, soprano; Rick Clement, tenor; Brett Polegato, baritone Atlanta Symphony and Chorus/Robert Spano, conducting
Concerto (2003) For viola and chamber orchestra
Commissioned by the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra for Kim Kashkashian
ca. 27'
Artemis (2003) A ballet, with orchestra
Commissioned by The American Ballet Theatre, Lar Lubovitch, choreographer
ca. 25'
Peace, Love, Light YOUMEONE (2002) For string orchestra
Commissioned by the California Symphony
ca. 6'
Concerto (1997/2002) For bassoon and chamber orchestra
Commissioned by the Absolute Ensemble for Martin Kuuskmann
ca. 23'
Mvt I. alone, inward
Mvt II. beautiful
Mvt III. threatening, fast
Martin Kuuskman, bassoon
Northwest Sinfonia / Barry Jekowsky, conducting
Rainbow Body (2000) For orchestra
Commissioned by the Houston Symphony
ca. 12' Listen
Atlanta Symphony / Robert Spano, conducting
Flourishes (1998) For orchestra and antiphonal brass
Commissioned by the Ft. Worth Symphony
for the opening of Bass Hall
ca. 4'
Visions and Miracles (1997) For string quartet or string orchestra
Commissioned by the Barlow Endowment for the Cassatt, Muir, and Cuartetto Latinoamericano String Quartets
ca. 17' Listen
String Orchestra of New York City (SONYC)
As Dancing is to Architecture (1996) For orchestra
Commissioned by the California Symphony
ca. 4'
California Symphony/Barry Jekowsky, conducting
This dream, strange and moving (1995) For orchestra
Commissioned by the California Symphony
ca. 8'
Concerto (1994) For alto saxophone and orchestra
Commissioned by Worldwide Concurrent Premieres and Commissioning Fund for a consortium of 10 saxophonists
ca. 18'