‘Harry Potter,’ Hanson part of Tulsa Symphony 2018-2019 season

By | March 22, 2018

Tulsa World

The second “Harry Potter” film will get the “In Concert” treatment, and Tulsa’s Hanson will make its local orchestral debut as part of the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra’s 2018-2019 season.

The season will also feature another film with live orchestral accompaniment, the comedy “Home Alone,” as well as a rare performance of Benjamin Britten’s “War Requiem.”

Current subscribers may renew their season tickets beginning April 2, with new season ticket sales beginning April 30. Tickets for individual concerts will go on sale in July.

The season begins Sept. 7 with the traditional “Symphony in the Park,” a free concert event held on the Guthrie Green in the Tulsa Arts District conducted by Ron Spigelman.

Cellist Lynn Harrell will be the guest artist for the orchestra’s Opening Night Gala Concert on Oct. 6. Harrell will be the soloist for the Cello Concerto in B Minor by Dvorak, part of a program led by principal guest conductor Daniel Hege.

James Bagwell, former music director of Light Opera Oklahoma and a frequent guest conductor with the Tulsa Symphony, will return Nov. 11 to lead the orchestra and the Tulsa Oratorio Chorus in Britten’s “War Requiem,” considered the composer’s choral masterpiece, combining the Latin Mass with poems by Wilfred Owens, a writer killed during the final days of World War I.

“Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” will be accompanied by a live performance of the John Williams score for two performances Nov. 17-18.

Williams’ music was also featured in the comedy “Home Alone,” about a young boy accidentally left behind by his family during Christmas and his efforts to fend off a couple of bumbling burglars. The film with live accompaniment will be presented Dec. 1.

Hege will return to the podium Jan. 5 to lead the orchestra in a program of song and dance, featuring selections from Mozart’s opera “The Magic Flute” and Prokofiev’s score to the ballet “Romeo and Juliet.”

The Feb. 2 concert will feature guest conductor Gerhardt Zimmermann overseeing the performance of the Symphony No. 7 by Shostakovich, also known as the “Leningrad,” as it was written during the siege of that city during World War II and paints a bleak musical picture of the horrors of war.

Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances, Op. 45, was the final piece he composed before his death in 1943, so it is fitting this will be the cornerstone of the symphony’s final Classics concert of the season April 13, 2019.

The season concludes May 17, 2019, with “Hanson String Theory,” an evening that will feature new and retrospective songs by the band, arranged by David Campbell.

The project marks a new direction for the band, which recently celebrated its 25th anniversary with a sold-out world tour.

“Hanson String Theory” will debut Aug. 2, performed by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, followed by an Aug. 4 concert by the National Symphony Orchestra at Wolf Trap.

The Tulsa Symphony will also present four Fridays in the Loft chamber music concerts, featuring TSO musicians in an informal setting, complete with conversation with the musicians, wine and hors d’oeuvres.

Dates for the Fridays in the Loft series are Sept. 21; Jan. 18, 2019; March 15, 2019; and April 26, 2019.

For more information: 918-584-3645, tulsasymphony.org.



PSO summer season will include Hanson, Ben Folds, Harry Shearer

By | March 22, 2018

Post Gazette

Did you ever imagine back when “MMMbop” was the No. 1 song in America that one day we’d be seeing Hanson with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra?

The Hanson brothers, who scored that hit in 1997, will be part of PSO’s pop-friendly summer schedule, along with indie-rocker Ben Folds, a frequent guest, and comedian Harry Shearer appearing as Spinal Tap bassist Derek Smalls.

The PSO will also present the John Williams music to “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” and “Star Wars IV: A New Hope” with screenings of the films.

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Here is the summer lineup at Heinz Hall, Downtown.

June 20: Ben Folds

June 27: Harry Shearer

July 12-13: Music of “Star Wars IV: A New Hope”

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July 26-27: Music of “Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone”

Aug. 2: Hanson

In addition to those shows and the conclusion of the PSO’s subscription seasons, the orchestra also will perform three free outdoor concerts:

June 3: Three Rivers Arts Festival at Point State Park, Downtown, time TBA

June 30: South Park Amphitheater, 8 p.m.

July 1: Hartwood Acres, Hampton, 8:15 p.m.

There are also several community outreach shows:

May 31: “An American Salute,” Wilkinsburg Community Engagement Concert, Wilkinsburg High School Auditorium, Wilkinsburg, 7 p.m. The concert will feature Wilkinsburg students, Mayor Marita Garrett as narrator, vocalist Katy Williams and a PSO soloist. $10; $5 for students. Benefits the music education programs in the Wilkinsburg School District.

June 29: “An Americana Concert” at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum, Oakland, 7 p.m.: Concert of sing-alongs, marches and tributes to military personnel.

July 20: PSO/MCG Jazz Concert, Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild, Manchester, 7:30 p.m. The PSO will be joined by vocalist Maucha Adnet and percussionist Duduka da Fonseca to celebrate the music of Brazilian icon Antonio Carlos Jobim.

July 31: Hill House Concert, Kaufmann Auditorium in the Hill House, Hill District, 7 p.m. Program will be announced soon.

For details, go to pittsburghsymphony.org.



HNET Newsletter- Mar 22, 2018

By | March 22, 2018


WEEKLY PIC

You can hear it this summer! What is #hansonstringtheory?


MESSAGE FROM THE BAND

This is an exciting day. After a sold out world tour last year celebrating a quarter century making music together, our 26th birthday heralds a musical experience unlike any other.

Months of incubating, planning, composing and imagining lead us to our new project: STRING THEORY.

So you have asked, what is HANSON STRING THEORY? Is it a concert? Is it a product? We can tell you this, it spans our whole musical career plus new music, and you can see it when we perform with the National Symphony Orchestra at Wolf Trap on Aug 4th and with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra on Aug 2nd.

26 years old. It’s incredible to do something you love for that many years. The only way we know how to do things is to keep on reaching, why not reach for the sky?

We are just getting started.

Keep Reaching – Isaac, Taylor and Zac


STRING THEORY

After a sold out world tour celebrating 25 years together, HANSON marks their 26th birthday with a musical experience unlike any other.

HANSON STRING THEORY

A musical manifesto with new and career spanning works from HANSON, arranged by David Campbell, performed with the world’s leading symphonies.

HANSON STRING THEORY, Live with the National Symphony Orchestra on Aug 4th @ Wolf Trap and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra on Aug 2nd @ Heinz Hall.


BACK TO THE ISLAND 2019

ON-SALE STARTS MONDAY, MARCH 26th at 10am ET!

Fan Club Exclusive:  The Back To The Island destination concert event is a rare musical escape that takes music fans to a world-class resort destination on the Caribbean shore, to enjoy connecting with other music fans in a beautiful place, while sharing once-in-a-lifetime musical experiences with HANSON as your host.Throughout this one-of-a-kind experience, guests are invited to relax in the tropical beauty of Jamaica with the soundtrack of twenty-six years of HANSON music as their tour guide. Back To The Island 2019 will feature rare performances and exclusive events hosted by the band each day.

Come take part in the seventh annual BTTI and escape to the tropics to kick off HANSON’s 27th year together on the beaches of the Caribbean. We can’t wait to return and we hope you’ll join us when we head Back To The Island!

On-sale begins Monday, March 26th at 10am ET!

For more details about Back To The Island 2019, CLICK HERE.

All those attending Back To The Island must be Fan Club members at the time of reservation. IF YOU ARE NOT A FAN CLUB MEMBER, JOIN NOW!


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It’s 2018! Remember to renew your Hanson.net membership for 2018.  You can find your current expiration date by going to your My Account page.



Tuesday Trivia

By | March 20, 2018

TuesdayTrivia

Zac plays bass on Ooh La La La.

Which show in 1998 sold whistles to fans?



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More Than Big-Name Acts, Music Rights Took Center Stage At SXSW

By | March 20, 2018

Forbes

Where’s Garth? Brooks appeared last year at South by Southwest, but in 2018 the focus was elsewhere. (Photo by Jack Plunkett/Invision/AP)

Last week, the music world descended on Austin, Texas, for the annual tech-and-entertainment fortnight known as South By Southwest. But unlike recent years, talk of music rights — not keynotes by A-list acts, like Garth Brooks last year — ended up at the forefront.

The industry has become transfixed by streaming, which has finally turned a corner with the growth of services like Spotify and Apple Music. Whereas the likes of Bruce Springsteen and Lady Gaga headlined prior iterations of SXSW, this year was highlighted by speeches from YouTube’s Lyor Cohen and Apple’s Eddy Cue. And behind the scenes, much of the action revolved around music rights.

“Catalogues are growing [in value], and that is streaming,” says Matt Smith, CEO of Royalty Exchange. “Everybody can see it, there’s a lot of enthusiasm around Spotify’s IPO. There’s a lot of financial coverage, essentially, of the growth in the music business, finally, after this huge bear market. That’s bringing a lot of people in now.”

Smith’s company serves as a marketplace for sound recording and publishing copyrights for music ranging from Sesame Street tunes to Eminem songs (the latter through its subsidiary, Royalty Flow, which is planning an IPO). Royalty Exchange is agnostic to the boom-and-bust cycle, taking a 15% cut of each deal; the company has been a part of more than 230 transactions worth over $14 million in total during the past two years.

The music rights rush has also attracted big institutional players, a trend on display last week. Winton Group, a data-driven investment management firm with some $30 billion in assets under management, unveiled Music Fund — an algorithm-driven outfit set to buy pieces of catalogues — at SXSW. The idea: give up-and-coming musicians a chance to sell slices of their rights in order to stay independent, rather than selling away everything to a major label.

“Any artist that has music that’s generating royalties could come to us and say, ‘I’m interested in selling X percentage of these tracks,’” says Winton data scientist Thomas Jerde. “And our algorithm would say, ‘Here’s the evaluation, and here’s an offer.’ So you can use that capital to do whatever you want. Invest in your career.”

Winton is especially interested in the long tail of music royalties.

“If you’ve had 10 years of constant $1,000-a-year [payouts], it’s plausible to believe that next year is going to be around that same number,” says Music Fund founder Geoff Cross. “Similarly, you expect that when a track is launched, it’s going to be a big spike, and then it’s going to decay.”

The draw for investors and marketplace operators is clear. But does selling off increasingly valuable assets make sense for artists? Depends who you ask. Proponents of outfits like Music Fund and Royalty Exchange cite the freedom to sell small chunks of a catalogue, sometimes for a term of just a few years, as a great way to free up cash to make new music or plan a tour.

Some musicians remain skeptical, including singer-songwriter Taylor Hanson, who along with his brothers Zac and Isaac plays in the band Hanson, one of the bigger names at SXSW this year.

“In 2018, artists are at risk of offering up their core intellectual property to the lowest bidder, streamer or company acquiring those rights,” he says. “History is repeating itself, just like artists of the early record industry in the ’50s who sold their publishing royalties and then watched those residuals earn millions for publishing houses long after the heyday of album sales. I would say to all artists, large or small, learn from the past and maintain the ownership of your creation; it will always be your future.”

As for South By Southwest, the relative lack of stadium-filling acts this year was in many ways refreshing, returning the confab to its roots as a platform for rising artists to get discovered. But even last year, Brooks offered a clue toward the future.

“I think I’m the bridesmaid,” the country superstar told me. “I think everybody wants to know what Amazon is doing.”



Back To The Island 2019 – Pre-Sale starts today!

By | March 19, 2018


BACK TO THE ISLAND 2019

Fan Club Exclusive:  PRE-SALE STARTS TODAY, MARCH 19th at 10am ET!

The Back To The Island destination concert event is a rare musical escape that takes music fans to a world-class resort destination on the Caribbean shore, to enjoy connecting with other music fans in a beautiful place, while sharing once-in-a-lifetime musical experiences with HANSON as your host.

Come take part in the seventh annual BTTI and escape to the tropics to kick off HANSON’s 27th year together on the beaches of the Caribbean. We can’t wait to return and we hope you’ll join us when we head Back To The Island!

Pre-sale begins for returning islanders TODAY, March 19th at 10am ET!

Returning Islanders, BOOK NOW!

For more details about Back To The Island 2019, CLICK HERE.

All those attending Back To The Island must be Fan Club members at the time of reservation. IF YOU ARE NOT A FAN CLUB MEMBER, JOIN NOW!

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MMMBop Hanson Brother Stops by The Alamo

By | March 19, 2018

MySanAntonio

 

While we all remember “MMMBop,” Hanson remembers the Alamo.

At least the youngest of the three brothers does.

Zac Hanson, now 32, stopped by San Antonio’s most-famous landmark with his family over the weekend.

He captured the moment on with an Instagram selfie of his kids and wife, Kathryn, and the hashtag “#rememberthealamo.”

While they may best be remembered for the 21-year-old song, Zac and his brothers, Isaac and Taylor, are celebrating 25 years of making music together this year. The trio was in Austin for SXSW prior to the Alamo visit.

 



HNET Newsletter- Mar 19, 2018

By | March 19, 2018


WEEKLY PIC

In this pic we are taking in the beach view during Back To The Island 2018. This week we look ahead to the next Island Adventure with BTTI 2019. Hope to see you there!


MESSAGE FROM THE BAND

We are entering a busy time of year for the band as we share news of coming projects, kick off on-sales for special events and prepare to record brand new music for Hanson.net.

Last week we popped into South By Southwest music conference supporting music education and creativity with the John Lennon Songwriting Bus and advocacy for artists at the annual Grammy Block Party plus a special performance for our friends at KGSR in Austin.

Now we are here today with the kick off pre-sale for our 7th Back To The Island event, WOW, hard to believe seventh year. As we look ahead at another exciting year, it’s pretty great to know that no matter what occurs between now and then, we will have an epic time in a beautiful place with a ton of music fans, helping us all start the new year right.

If you have joined for BTTI before, you know all about the special concerts (solo shows that only happen at BTTI, special themed concerts and rare set lists), special guests (last event we had Chris Carrabba of Dashboard Confessional and Stephen Kellogg) and awesome activities available during your island stay.

BTTI 2019 is continuing the tradition of special shows perched on the beach, a late night dance party, pics with the band and we’re adding a few new things that we think will make it the best BTTI yet, like an insider chat about the bands most ambitious project yet, String Theory, and an adventure to a natural waterfall Dunn’s River Falls. You Don’t want to miss it. Beyond the planned activities, there is also a bit more room for the unexpected and the unplanned during this years event, something Zac shared about in his latest blog HERE.

Between now and this next BTTI, we are sure to share in other adventures, whether at HANSON Day in May or as a part of other musical projects like String Theory which will be revealed in more detail next month.

Have a great week!!

Isaac, Taylor and Zac


BACK TO THE ISLAND 2019!

PRE-SALE STARTS TODAY, MARCH 19th at 10am ET!

Fan Club Exclusive:  The Back To The Island destination concert event is a rare musical escape that takes music fans to a world-class resort destination on the Caribbean shore, to enjoy connecting with other music fans in a beautiful place, while sharing once-in-a-lifetime musical experiences with HANSON as your host.Throughout this one-of-a-kind experience, guests are invited to relax in the tropical beauty of Jamaica with the soundtrack of twenty-six years of HANSON music as their tour guide. Back To The Island 2019 will feature rare performances and exclusive events hosted by the band each day.

Come take part in the seventh annual BTTI and escape to the tropics to kick off HANSON’s 27th year together on the beaches of the Caribbean. We can’t wait to return and we hope you’ll join us when we head Back To The Island!

Pre-sale begins TODAY, March 19th at 10am ET!

For more details about Back To The Island 2019, CLICK HERE.

All those attending Back To The Island must be Fan Club members at the time of reservation. IF YOU ARE NOT A FAN CLUB MEMBER, JOIN NOW!


HANSON DAY 2018

HANSON Day is going to be bigger and better than ever with more events than ever during the weekend:

  • Exclusive Turn Off The Machine Listening Party – LIMITED TICKETS REMAINING
  • Movie In The Park – Free Event
  • Movie Night
  • Game Night – LIMITED TICKETS REMAINING
  • Painting Class – SOLD OUT
  • Karaoke – SOLD OUT
  • Storytellers
  • Fan Club Dinner – SOLD OUT
  • Dance Party
  • I Heart 2 Bowl – SOLD OUT
  • HANSON Day Concert and State of The Band – Free Event
  • HANSON Day Art Gallery – Free Event
  • I Heart Hanson Store – Free Event
  • Group Photos   – Free Event

Join us for HANSON Day Weekend on May 17th, 18th and 19th in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Hanson.net members wishing to attend can RSVP by logging in and clicking the RSVP button on the HANSON Day event in the calendar section.

HANSON Day is a celebration of HANSON’s formation 26 years ago. Members can look forward to the release of the 2018 Members EP at HANSON Day this year.

Tickets for HDay events on sale NOW! For details about the new events and all the HANSON Day activities, CLICK HERE!

NOTE: Must have a current Hanson.net membership (valid through at least May 20th), be age 13+ and RSVP to attend HANSON Day.


JOIN HANSON.NET!

It’s 2018! Remember to renew your Hanson.net membership for 2018.  You can find your current expiration date by going to your My Account page.



Bring Hanson to Newcastle is gaining momentum

By | March 16, 2018

The Herald

If there’s one thing Topics likes to see, it’s Newcastle being promoted as a great place to go.

Lord mayor Nuatali Nelmes’s passion for talking up the city must be rubbing off on us.

Each and every one of us are ambassadors for our city and region, aren’t we? We’re parochial. We love our town.

Which is why we were delighted to see the actions of a group of hardcore, passionate, fervent and (just slightly) obsessive fans of the cult band Hanson.

Now, many of you would only know this band from the 1997 hit, MMMBop.

The Hanson brothers – Isaac, Taylor and Zac – were young, baby-faced whipper-snappers back then, but have since released six albums and built a largely underground but passionate following.

As such, there’s a Facebook group called Bring Hanson to Newcastle. This campaign, which includes a petition, was spearheaded by Emily Fuller, Samantha Nay and Helen Gregory. The girls are doing their bit to promote Newcastle.

You see, lead singer Taylor is known for wearing a black cap with the initials “TUL”, which is the airport code for Tulsa – the band’s hometown.

“We all travelled to Tulsa in May last year, where we talked their ears off about Newcastle,” Helen said.

When the band came to Australia last June, the girls made their own “TUL” black caps and wore them to multiple shows.

They also made black caps with the initials “NTL” – the airport code for Newcastle.

The girls gave NTL hats to the band.

“When we met them at the Sydney show, we said ‘look we’re representing your hometown, feel free to promote ours’,” said Helen, who reports for the Herald when she’s not following Hanson around the world.

“You’re gonna need to know this airport code for when you come to Newcastle – hopefully soon,” the girls told the band.

The girls wondered if they’d ever see the hats again.

After the show, Zac came out of the Enmore Theatre wearing his NTL hat.

“The next day he was photographed by another fan in Sydney wearing the hat. We were pretty chuffed by that,” Helen said.

Then, earlier this week – nine months after the Sydney show – Taylor’s daughter Penny was seen in a photo on Instagram wearing the hat.

Penny Hanson wearing the Newcastle hat.

Penny Hanson wearing the Newcastle hat.

What does it all mean? Well, we reckon it might just mean that Hanson will be coming to Newcastle on their next Australian tour.

 



SXSW: Hanson Deliver the Hits, Hint at ‘Next Big Project’

By | March 16, 2018

Billboard

Jiro Schneider
Hanson

Hanson has a storied history with South By Southwest, from busking on the streets of Austin as youths and famously singing a capella at the closing barbeque and softball tournament before signing its major label deal in the mid-90s to headlining a tribute to fellow Oklahoman Leon Russell at last year’s Texas Recording Academy chapter Block Party. The brothers added to that legacy on Thursday afternoon by coming in from Oklahoma especially for a rare, and lightly publicized, trio performance at the John Lennon Come Together For Education day party at the Belmont.

The group turned in a generous and intimate 12-song, 55-minute show that fit the event with plenty of songwriting stories as Hanson worked through acoustic renditions of “Strong Enough To Break,” “Penny & Me,” “Madeline,” “Weird,” “On And On” and “MMMBop” — the platter played to a sea of cell phone cameras — before plugging in for “Thinking ‘Bout You,” “Been There Before,” “Where’s the Love,” This Time Around,” “A Minute Without You” and “Lost Without Each Other.”

“We kinda consider ourselves locals,” Zac Hanson told Billboard afterwards. “Tulsa’s not far away, so to support music in this region makes a lot of sense. It seemed like a cool way to come and be part of the festival without doing the rigamarole, and it really connects to something we see in sort of our immediate future.”

Taylor Hanson — who turned 35 on Wednesday — teased that at the beginning of the show, telling the Fansons in front of him that the group was “quietly plotting the rest of our year.” That will include a tour Hanson plans to announce in April, as well as the group’s “next big project” that the brothers were being circumspect about on Thursday.  “It’s very musical,” Taylor said. And though Zac said the group is “in the studio right now recording new music,” Taylor added that “we don’t really think about our music under the terms of, like, records anymore. Some of it’s a product of 2018 and some of it is a product of being a band that tries to think about the bigger picture, the kdea of long-term, of songs living past your lifetime.

“Year 26 for our band this year — we just need to make sure every project we do is exciting and challenging for us, and hopefully it’s a great story.

Hanson’s 2018 may also include more partnerships with the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus and, according to Taylor, “making our project an opportunity to talk about the importance of supporting music in every school and in every community. The whole idea of creativity is so important to American culture, so important to our future.”  And, Zac, added, “it’s really about our love of seeing music education grow for kids. We all have kids. We started as kids. One of the first things we did as a band was playing in schools. So if we can help that keep going and grow, we want to.”