As we flip from 2018 to 2019, let's take a moment to reflect on the time we have spent together and on our time yet to come. Our concert seasons span the calendar year and it is fun for us to reflect on last season, SEA CHANGE: Music Inspired by Nature, which concluded over the summer, and our season still in progress, RESOLUTION: Music of Social Action.
We began the year with a performance in the NYC subway station at Times Square for the BBC America launch of the wildly successful Blue Planet II. Our musicians performed the theme music, based on the Radiohead song "Bloom," and composed/orchestrated by Hans Zimmer, Jacob Shea, David Fleming, and Bleeding Fingers Music.
For the inaugural year of EarthFest at the American Museum of Natural History, we performed in the Milstein Family Hall of Ocean Life on Earth Day. John Luther Adams was in attendance for our performance of his Pulitzer Prize-winning piece, Become Ocean. We were proud to also present the world premiere of TCS musician and composer Mike Boyman's The Howling Wilderness, written specifically for this venue and event.
Kicking off this season, we invited Kim King to be our special guest narrator for Aaron Copland's Lincoln Portrait. These words from the mid-1800s, reconstructed and set to music in 1942, and spoken in the present day rings true across the ages.
Continuing our performances at Rikers Island, inspired by our experience shooting the Amazon Original series Mozart in the Jungle episode 307: Not Yet Titled, we brought three groups to incarcerated New Yorkers inside the detention facilities throughout year. Beginning with the winter 2018 performance (and continuing through our 2018-19 season) TCS is proud to be able to say our this program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Special thanks to TCS board members EJ Lee and Angela Shankar for coordinating with DOC program director Tommy Demenkoff on this impactful series.
Also throughout the season, TCS musicians were hired for gala performances, special recitals, and private educational forums - we are always proud to provide music for events where needed and to represent our musicians fairly.
Lastly, we closed out the year with our annual holiday performance which included, as is our tradition, The Night Before Christmas by composer and founding TCS member Aaron Dai. This year's special guest narrator was Annie Golden, who brought the reading to its most vibrant life yet.
People talk about New Year's resolutions every year. This season we bring you RESOLUTION. Thank you for being there with us - Happy New Year!