Stanley Joel Silverman
Stanley Silverman at home
July 5, 1938 Education Mills College (MA), Boston University (BMus), Columbia University, High School of Performing Arts Occupation Composer, arranger, conductor, guitarist Years active 1958-present Mary Delson (1966-1975), Martha Caplin (1980-1995) Children Ben Silverman, Rena Silverman Parent(s) Meyer Silverman, Eva Silverman (nee) Kass Website stanleysilverman .com Stanley Silverman (born July 5, 1938 in New York City) is an American composer, arranger, conductor and guitarist. 
Silverman's diverse career covers music theatre, film, television, classical and pop music. His work has featured on stages across the world including on and off-Broadway and his collaborators include
Richard Foreman, Anthony Burgess and  Arthur Miller.  He has also worked with renowned directors  Mike Nichols and  Arthur Penn. Silverman worked with  Paul Simon on his musical The Capeman in 1998 for which his orchestrations were nominated for Tony and Drama Desk Awards. His music has been performed by  Pierre Boulez, Michael Tilson Thomas, Tashi,  the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio and pop icons  James Taylor and Sting.
Across a successful career as a conductor, Silverman worked on the Tony, Drama Desk and Grammy Award nominated 1976
Joseph Papp production of which starred in the lead role The Threepenny Opera Raul Julia. 
Stanley Silverman composing at home in New York
Stanley Silverman was born in
New York City and is the son of Russian Jewish immigrants. Silverman grew up in the  Bronx attending public school followed by the High School of Performing Arts before completing his BMus at Boston University and his MA in Music Composition at Mills College.
Tanglewood Silverman studied with Leon Kirchner and at Mills College with Kirchner and Darius Milhaud. Silverman's Tenso: Afternoon Music For Orchestra, composed for a White House concert premiered in 1962 for President John F. Kennedy.
As a young man Silverman played guitar in a western
swing band and developed an interest in jazz music which took him to the Brussels World Fair playing with his college jazz quintet.
Upon graduating Silverman became a regular concert guitarist and worked with the
New York Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony Orchestra and The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Silverman also played guitar at the Malboro Festival, the Ojai Festival and during this period worked with Leonard Bernstein, Pierre Boulez, Lukas Foss and Gunther Schuller. As a young guitarist Silverman specialized in new music performing and recording many premieres.
Following work as guitarist, Silverman concentrated on his career as a composer and was part of
Charles Wuorinen's New York composer-performer group, The Group for Contemporary Music. 
Stanley Silverman with James Taylor
Silverman taught at Tanglewood during the 1960s and in 1965 was appointed music director of The Lincoln Center Repertory Theater before joining Canada's Stratford Festival at the invitation of
Glenn Gould.  He worked at the  Stratford Shakespeare Festival extensively from 1967 when he composed music for John Hirsch's production of Richard III until 1994. His career at the Festival was celebrated in a one off concert in 2013 called  Celebrating Stanley which covered the diverse range of material he had composed over almost three decades for the Festival. In 1971 Silverman, along with Lyn Austin and Oliver Smith, was a founding member of the Lenox Arts Center, later the Music Theatre Group. 
Amongst a range of noteworthy collaborations, Silverman composed the incidental music for
Arthur Miller's 1972 Broadway production of The Creation of the World and Other Business and worked with the playwright again on his only musical which premiered at Miller's Up from Paradise alma mater, the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor in 1973. A recent production took place under the direction of  Patrick Kennedy at the New Wimbledon Theatre, London in 2014.
In 1976, Silverman joined
Joseph Papp's production of The Threepenny Opera as Musical Director. The show premiered at the Vivian Beaumont Theater under the direction of Richard Foreman. Of Silverman's musical direction, Alan Rich of New York Magazine said, " This is strong, intelligent music-making, and it clarifies, more than any version I have heard live or on records, the stature of this dazzling score." The production received critical acclaim and went on to earn Tony, Drama Desk and Grammy Award nominations.  
During the 1980s, Silverman enjoyed a brief and successful directing career including an
Obie award winning production of the Virgil Thomson and Gertrude Stein opera, The Mother of Us All in 1983.  He also conceived and directed the 1986 music-theater piece  Black Sea Follies at Playwrights Horizons 
Aside from his involvement with theatre, Silverman has worked with several musicians as an arranger including a Grammy award-winning collaboration with
James Taylor on Hourglass.
In recent years, Silverman has been a specialist consultant for Reveille TV, Electus Studios and NBC music Specials.
Silverman was honored by the Lincoln Center Institute for the Arts in Education in 2004, having served for over thirty years as one of its founding board members.
Recent activity Hotel For Criminals by Richard Foreman and Stanley Silverman had its UK premiere in October 2016 at the New Wimbledon Studio directed by Patrick Kennedy. The show garnered positive reviews from critics, including British Theatre's Critics Choice 2016, in particular for Silverman's score:
 "The music is immensely more tuneful and memorable than the great majority of scores currently to be heard in the commercial scene."
 "The score is filled with rich vocal harmonies and elegant melodies dappled amongst chromatic recitative and horror film discordance."
 "Silverman's score is a rich combination of haunting, discordant phrases and sumptuous melodies that reflect the other-worldliness of the narrative."
 "Stanley Silverman's score is beautiful, enigmatic and embraces the show's disjointed narrative with its smooth and impressive melodies."
On 26 February 2017
BBC Radio 3 broadcast Anthony Burgess's Oedipus the King with Silverman's score. It was rebroadcast on 19 May 2019.
On January 12, Sting recorded the vocals for
Fear No More composed by Silverman performed by the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson trio.
Collaborations with Richard Foreman
In 1968 Silverman began collaborating with playwright/director
Richard Foreman resulting in several works of music-theatre. Their first collaboration was Elephant Steps which premiered at Tanglewood in 1968 with the New York Magazine calling it  "The best piece of new music I've heard in concert all year." A musical recording of the same name was released on  LP by Columbia Records in 1974. "A mere Chuck Berry expert cannot judge the quality of the 'classical' music herein contained, although he can mention that he does not intend to investigate it further", wrote rock critic Robert Christgau in (1981). "The 'rock,' however, was apparently concocted by Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies David Clayton-Thomas's heir covert and the pit band from the Oslo production of Hair. And any English major can see through the ' libretto.'"
Other collaborations include
Dream Tantras For Western Massachusetts, Hotel For Criminals, Madame Adare, The American Imagination, Africanus Instructus, Love & Science and Dr Selavy's Magic Theatre which led to the New York Times describing Silverman as "  the brightest talent in this medium to come along since " Leonard Bernstein... he could turn out to be the later day Cole Porter. 
Silverman has been influenced by the works of
Baroque composers Handel, Henry Purcell, Austrian expressionist Arnold Schoenberg, French guitarist Django Reinhardt, songwriters Rodgers and Hart, and Cuban charanga. 
80th birthday celebrations
To celebrate Silverman's 80th birthday on July 5, several concerts and productions are being staged around the world in 2018/9.
Private birthday celebration hosted by
James Taylor and Kim Taylor
Songs from Up From Paradise, Book & Lyrics by Arthur Miller
Elephant Steps (opera), Libretto by .
Richard Foreman 50th anniversary production directed by
Six Saudades do Brasil for String Quartet (Premiere)
American Friends of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra to Honor Stanley Silverman.
The Israel Philharmonic will perform a program including works composed by Stanley Silverman.
Late 2019 - ALBUM, In Celebration, Trio No.1 - The Piano Trios of Stanley Silverman The Kalichstein-Laredo- Robinson Trio with Guest Artist
In Celebration, Trio No. 1 is included on Chamber Music America's list of 100 best chamber pieces written by an American.
Trio No. 2 "Reveille"
In 1966, Silverman married former VP of
BBC America and theatre and television producer and executive Mary Silverman (née Delson); the couple had one child, Ben, chairman and
co-CEO of Propagate and former NBC co-chairman. With Mary, Silverman also raised artist and illustrator Sarah Delson.  In 1980 Silverman married Martha Caplin,  a founding member and 1st Violin, Primavera Quartet and the  Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. The couple has one child, Rena, a journalist and photography writer.
1970: Hunter Playhouse, New York & Lake George Opera
2018: Arcola Theatre, London
1969: Stratford Festival, Canada
Dream Tantras for Western Massachusetts
1971: Commemorating the opening of the Lenox Arts Center, Lenox, Massachusetts
Dr. Selavy's Magic Theatre
1972: Lenox Arts Center
1972-73: Mercer Arts Center, New York
1973: Wisdom Bridge Theatre, Chicago
1978: Oxford Playhouse, U.K.
1985: New York Off-Broadway Revival (Music Theatre Group)
2014: New Wimbledon Theatre, U.K.
Hotel for Criminals
1974: Lenox Arts Center
1975: Westbeth Theatre, New York
1977: Berkeley Repertory Theatre, California
1977: Lyon Opera, FR
2009: Provincetown Playhouse
2016: New Wimbledon Theatre, U.K.
The American Imagination
1978: Music Theatre Group, New York
1980: New York City Opera, Lincoln Center
The Columbine String Quartet Tonight
1981: Music Theatre Group, Off Broadway
1981: Wolf Trap Theatre
Up from Paradise
1977: Kennedy Center
1981: Whitney Museum
1987: Great Lakes Shakespeare Festival
2014: New Wimbledon Theatre, U.K.
2018: Stratford Festival, Canada
1986: Music Theatre Group, New York
1986: Festival d'Automne, Centre Pompidou, Paris
1986: Festival de Otono, Teatro Monumental, Madrid
1986: Festival de Lille, l'Opera
A Good Life
Paradise for the Worried
1989: Lenox Arts Center, Massachusetts
1990: Music Theatre Group, New York
Love and Science
1990: Music Theatre Group, Lenox, Mass.
1991: Music Theatre Group, New York
1993: Houston Grand Opera, Houston
Celebrating Stanley (Revue)
2013: Stratford Shakespeare Festival, Ontario, Canada
Celebrating Silverman (Revue)
2014: London Hippodrome, London
The Watering Place 1972:
The Creation of the World and Other Business 1978:
Bent (Nominated - Drama Desk Award) 1981:
The Little Foxes 1982:
Private Lives 1992:
Saint Joan (National Actors Theatre) 1993:
Timon of Athens (Nominated - Drama Desk Award) 1994:
The Government Inspector 1995: Uncle Vanya
The Golden Six 1962:
Ten Nights in a Barroom 1983:
The Lady and the Clarinet 2007: Fugue
Repertory Theater of Lincoln Center
The Country Wife 1966
The Little Foxes & Galileo 1968:
St. Joan & Tiger at the Gates 1970:
Beggar on Horseback 1971:
Mary Stuart 1972: Narrow Road to the Deep North
Stratford Festival, Canada
Richard III 1968:
Midsummer Night's Dream 1969:
School for Scandal 1981:
A Comedy of Errors 1982:
The Tempest, Arms and the Man & Mary Stuart 1983:
Love's Labour's Lost & Much Ado About Nothing 1985:
King Lear 1989:
The Merchant of Venice 1991:
Timon of Athens 1992:
The Tempest & Measure for Measure 1994: Twelfth Night & 2 One-Act Plays by Moliere
Guthrie Theatre. Minneapolis
Taming of the Shrew 1972:
Oedipus 1973: School for Scandal
New York Shakespeare Festival
Julius Caesar & Coriolanus 1984:
The Golem 1994: The Merry Wives of Windsor
Mark Taper Forum. Los Angeles
Long Wharf Theatre. New Haven
Two by A.M. (Arthur Miller) 1983: The Lady and the Clarinet
Royal Exchange Theatre. Manchester U.K.
1987: The Bluebird of Unhappiness
Seattle Repertory Theatre
1987: The Caucasian Chalk Circle
Hartford Stage Company
Lincoln Center Theatre. New York
Royal Shakespeare Company
1999: Timon of Athens (adaptation)
The Berkshire Theatre Festival
The Skin of Our Teeth 1966:
The Cretan Women 1966: The Merchant of Venice
1962: White House & Carnegie Hall
1963: Broadcast, Brazil Television and Japanese Television
1964: Tanglewood (de Varon)
1965: Town Hall, New York
1966: Festival de Musique Americaine Contemporaine, Radio diffusion Television Francaise, Paris
1968: Monday Evening Concerts, Los Angeles; Tanglewood
1969: Stratford Festival, Canada
1971: New York Philharmonic Encounter Series (Pierre Boulez)
The Midsummer Night's Dream Show
1971: New England Conservatory Chorus, Jordan Hall, Boston
1973: Speculum Musicae, Burgess, Gagnon, Whitney Museum, NY
Oedipus The King (Oratorio)
1973: Speculum Musicae, Burgess, Gagnon at the Whitney Museum, NY
2016: BBC Orchestra and Chorus, BBC Radio 3
1974: Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
1984: Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
1987: Y Chamber Soloists, New York (Jaime Laredo)
2004: Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
The Charleston Concerto
1976: U.S Bicentennial performances in Charleston and New York
Variations on a Theme of Kurt Weill
1977: Naumburg Award. Performed by Empire Brass Quintet at Tully Hall, Lincoln Center (American Tour 1977-1984)
1978: Brooklyn Philharmonic at the Brooklyn Academy of Music
1982:Empire Brass Quintet at Sanders Theatre, Harvard University
1995: Meridian Brass Quintet (International Tour & Recording)
2018: Israel Philharmonic at the Wallis Annenberg Center, Los Angeles
New York Shakespeare Festival Fanfare
1978: Delacorte Theatre, New York
Chaconne in D minor (Arranged for Brass Quintet)
1982: Empire Brass Quintet at Sanders Theatre, Harvard University
Birthday Variations for Avery Fisher
1986: Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center
Trio No. 1 In Celebration
1989: Performed by Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio at the 92nd Street Y, New York and Krannert Center, Urbana Illinois. (International Tour, 1990-95, American Tour 2000-present).
2001: Ouro Preto & Pocos de Caldas, Brazil, (Musitrio)
2007: Bronfman Chamber Series, Sun Valley, ID
2008: Rio & Porto Alegre, Brazil, (Musitrio), Gewurzmuehle Zug, Switzerland (Ensemble Chameleon)
2013: Maestro Sergio Magnani Hall, Belo Horizonte, Brazil (Musitrio)
1990: Fairmount Temple, Cleveland, Ohio
1994: Dayton Philharmonic, Dayton, Ohio
1999: European Cultural Centre of Delphi, Greece (Antigoni Goni)
2000: Concertgebouw, Amsterdam,
2001: Royal Academy of Music, London (Antigoni Goni); Carnegie Recital Hall, New York (Antigoni Goni)
2001: Prague, Czech Republic, (Antigoni, Goni)
Shakespeare and Our Planet
2001: Lincoln Center Institute (2 concerts & tour)
2002: (Gala) Walter Reade Theater, Lincoln Center
Trio No.2 Reveille
2011: Performed by Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio with Sting at the 92nd St. Y, New York
2013: Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio, Kennedy Center, Washington DC (& U.S. tour)
2013: Ensemble Chameleon. Grosse Halle Gewurzmuhle, Zug, Switzerland. Saal Hofmat, Oberagi, Switzerland
2018: Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio, Da Camera Society, Los Angeles
Saudades do Brazil for String Quartet (after Milhaud)
2020: Quartet Guignard, Sala Sergio Magnani, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Principal performances as guitarist
1961: Ojai Festival, California
1962: Los Angeles Philharmonic
1962-63: Pierre Boulez Tour
1965, 1966, 1967: Marlborough Festival
1966, 1967: Boston Symphony Orchestra
1966-72: New York Philharmonic
1966: Stravinsky Festival, Lincoln Center
1966: Festival de Musique Americaine Contemporaine, Paris
1971, 1974, 1978, 1981, 1984, 1985: Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
1987, 1993: Chamber Music at the Y, New York
Final Concert with the Boston Symphony, WGBH (1962)
Nashville Star, NBC, USA Network (2003-2008)
Michael Buble's Christmas in New York (with Justin Bieber), NBC (2011)
Casanova, Amazon Studios (2015) Israel Philharmonic Global Gala (hosted by Helen Mirren), Livestream on Israel Philharmonic Orchestra website (2020)
Doctor Selavy's Magic Theatre (1974, 2011)
Elephant Steps (1974, 2013)
New American Music Vol. 2.
Planh (1975, 2004) Sweet Airs That Give Delight,
Shakespeare songs (1992) Legacies: Piano Trios by Zwilich, Pärt, Kirchner & Silverman (1996)
Age of Influence,
Variations on a Theme of Kurt Weill (1996) Kinematic,
In Celebration (2002) Hymn to the Muse, Eridos (2016)
Selected credits include:
Symphony No. 7 (Leonard Bernstein, 1967)
Footlifters (Gunther Schuller 1975, 2005)
Threepenny Opera, guitar, banjo, Hawaiian guitar (1976, 2010)
Marlboro Music Festival 40th Anniversary (1984, 1990) Brasileirinho ( Paula Robison, 1993)
Major arranger credits include:
Threepenny Opera LP (1976) CD (2004) Timon of Athens, Duke Ellington (1993)
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