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  • 04-26-17

    CF Kip Winger World Premiere

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    World Premiere of Grammy Nominated CF Kip Winger's "A Parting Grace" from his #1 Billboard Debut Classical CD "Conversations With Nijinsky"

    Sun River Music Festival - 40th Anniversary Summer Festival

    CLASSICAL CONCERT I - Saturday August 12, 2017 - Tower Theatre in Bend - Featuring concertmaster Steven Moeckel

    ROSSINI La Gazza Ladra (The Thieving Magpie)
    MENDELSSOHN Violin Concerto in E Minor, Op. 64
    KIP WINGER Parting Grace (World Premiere)
    MOZART Symphony No. 36 in C Major (Linz), K. 425 (from the first ever Sunriver Music Festival program 40 years ago!)

    http://sunrivermusic.org

    http://sunrivermusic.org/events/tickets
  • 03-15-17

    Nashville Ballet to feature C.F. Kip Winger's "Ghosts"

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    Nashville Ballet 'steps into the future' with ambitious 2017-18 season

    "Modern Masters," May 4-6, 2018 (TPAC's Jackson Hall.) "Modern Masters" will include three ballets - "6 Dances,," with Jiri Kylian's clever choreography set to Mozart's "Six German Dances"; "Ghosts'" featuring choreography by Christopher Wheeldon and music by Grammy-nominated composer C.F. Kip Winger,,previously known as front man for rock band Winger; and George Balanchine's "Western Symphony!" set in the Old West and featuring American folk tunes.

    MODERN MASTERS
    KYLIAN, WHEELDON & BALANCHINE

    MAY 4-6, 2018
    TPAC'S JACKSON HALL

    Six Dances Choreography by Jiri KYLIAN
    Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Ghosts Choreography by Christopher Wheeldon
    Music by Grammy-nominated composer C.F. Kip Winger

    Western Symphony Choreography by George Balanchine
    Music by Hershy Kay

    Live Music Performed by the Nashville Symphony

    Tickets on sale soon - http://www.nashvilleballet.com/2017-2018-season/
  • 01-30-17

    Nashville Symphony featuring CF Kip Winger's "Conversations With Nijinsky

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    Nashville Symphony has revealed their 2017/18 Season featuring C.F.Kip Winger's 'Conversations With Nijinsky':

    "Universal Language"
    Few music directors are as devoted as Guerrero is to championing new works from American composers; the 2017-18 season will include a commissioned piece from composer Jonathan Leshnoff as well as contemporary works by Christopher Rouse and Kip Winger, among others.

    Aegis Sciences Classical Series

    PROGRAM
    Debussy - Prelude to the Afternoon of the Faun
    MacDowell - Piano Concerto No. 2
    C.F. Kip Winger - Conversations with Nijinsky
    Stravinsky - The Firebird Suite (1919 version)

    Thursday, September 14, 2017 at 7:00 pm
    Friday, September 15, 2017 at 8:00 pm
    Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 8:00 pm

    On sale NOW to 2017/18 subscribers
    2017/18 subscribers: call 615.687.6400 to purchase now

    On sale to the public in July

    Questions? Email tickets@nashvillesymphony.org


    PERFORMERS
    Nashville Symphony
    Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor
    Andre Watts, piano

    https://www.nashvillesymphony.org

    Tickets: https://www.nashvillesymphony.org/tickets/concert/2017-Stravinskys-Firebird

  • 12-06-16

    CF Kip Winger Nominated for a Grammy

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    CF Kip Winger has been nominated for a Grammy for Best Contemporary Classical Composition for his debut Classical Release "Conversations With Nijinsky" - C. F. Kip Winger, composer (Martin West & San Francisco Ballet Orchestra)

  • 10-18-16

    Press Release by Naxos on CF Kip Winger's New Classical CD, 'Conversations With Nijinsky'

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
    October 14, 2016

    C.F KIP WINGER CELEBRATES THE LIFE OF DANCER AND CHOREOGRAPHER VASLAV NIJINSKY IN DEBUT CLASSICAL ALBUM

    Additional compositions include ballet and chamber music
    "Kip Winger has captured my father's heart and soul. Many have been inspired by Nijinsky in words and dance, but no one, until now, in music. Nijinsky was inspired by the music he heard. And now, Kip Winger reminds us of Nijinsky's genius with his work."- Dame Tamara Nijinsky

    Conversations With Nijinsky, a four-movement musical tribute to the artistry and life of Nijinsky is the centerpiece of Kip Winger's debut album as a classical composer. Performed by the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra with Martin West conducting, and recorded by GRAMMY-winning recording engineer Leslie Ann Jones, Winger's world-premiere recording declares loudly and clearly that, while he may be the front man of the rock band Winger, he is a force to be reckoned with as a classical composer. The album also includes a recording of Winger's ballet, Ghosts, a composition that has finally made its way to CD after a nine-year odyssey. World-renowned choreographer Christopher Wheeldon has been a champion of the piece ever since Winger sent him his first sketch of Ghosts in 2007. After convincing the composer to add four minutes to the score, Wheeldon subsequently choreographed a ballet that ran in the San Francisco Ballet repertoire for four years, with performances at Lincoln Center in New York, Sadler's Wells Theatre in London, the War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco, and the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris.

    Winger is no stranger to ballet, having studied it since he was 16 as an extension of his interest in martial arts. His exposure over the years to the many ballet scores of Tchaikovsky, Ravel, Stravinsky and Debussy made the form a natural choice as he began to explore classical composition. But the transition to classical composing was no overnight decision. Winger dug deep into the process, studying ear training and composition with such prominent teachers as Richard Danielpour, Michael Kurek and Richard Hermann.. His traditional approach has resulted in commissions from the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Sun River Music Festival (Oregon), and the Tucson Symphony. Winger's partnership with Martin West and the award-winning San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, which developed during the Ghost performances, culminated in the orchestra's commitment to Winger's music and this recording in particular.

    Conductor Martin West states, "I think he does feel like he has something to prove. I personally don't think he has anything to prove. For him, I think he would love to be known as a classical composer of note. That's very difficult for anyone to achieve. But as far as I'm concerned, he is and I'm happy to be his advocate and play his music."

    The final work featured on the album, an adagio titled A Parting Grace, is a chamber piece which Winger - from his unique perspective as both a composer and a dancer - sees as yet another link to ballet. Winger says he "sees" all of his music as dance, subscribing to George Balanchine's idea that we should "see the music, hear the Dance." Winger's debut album enables the listener to do just that.

    This VBI Classical Recording is digitally distributed by Naxos in conventional and high resolution formats and as a CD through CD Baby, Amazon and more.

  • 08-30-16

    Winger's Seventeen Added to Rock Band

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    Rock Band has added Seventeen to its downloadable songs library. Here's what they had to say:

    "A powerful rock'n'roll track, "Seventeen" by Winger, is also coming to the Rock Band Library. Guitarists will get their rock on with this tune, complete with two insanely difficult guitar solos. Our Audio QA team even commented that this has some of the hardest guitar charts they've ever authored, and is right on par with Symphony X's "Nevermore". You'll definitely want to spend some time in Practice Mode for this one"

  • 07-21-16

    Kip Winger feature on Billboard - Topping The Classical Album Charts on Billboard

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    Composing a classical album is a dream Winger has harbored since the days his band was charting top 20 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 like "Miles Away" and "Headed For A Heartbreak." It's the result of years of studying composition that he embarked on in the late 90s. "To have this record made by such a great orchestra, amazing conductor, and to be taken seriously and then have it No. 1 on the Traditional Classical chart is surreal," says Winger. "Really, absolutely awesome."
  • 06-26-16

    NPR Features CF Kip Winger and his Musical Journey

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    NPR met with CF Kip Winger to discuss his musical journey and his #1 Billboard debut Classical Release "Conversations With Nijinsky"
  • 06-07-16

    Conversations With Nijinsky Hits #1 on Billboard Music

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    It was announced today that CF Kip Winger's debut Classical CD Conversations With Nijinsky, performed by the Grammy Winning San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, has hit #1 on the Billboard Music Charts

  • 05-27-16

    Conversations With Nijinsky is No.1 on iTunes!

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    Thank you everyone for your support. We still have 5 days to go, for the CD to qualify for the Billboard chart.

    To purchase the CD visit the home page of my official website, kipwinger.com for details. If you missed my debut live chat on FaceBook last night, you can watch it on my FaceBook page at the link below:

    You rule! - KW

  • 04-26-16

    Press Release

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    C.F. KIP WINGER CELEBRATES THE LIFE OF DANCER AND CHOREOGRAPHER VASLAV NIJINSKY IN DEBUT CLASSICAL ALBUM

    Additional compositions include ballet and chamber music.

    "Kip Winger has captured my father's heart and soul. Many have been inspired by Nijinsky in words and dance, but no one, until now, in music. Nijinsky was inspired by the music her heard. And now, Kip Winger, reminds us of Nijinsky's genius with his work"

    - Dame Tamara Nijinsky

    The daughter of the iconic dancer and choreographer Vaslav Nijinsky uttered these words upon hearing Kip Winger's newly composed "Conversations with Nijinsky". a four-movement musical tribute to the artistry and life of Nijinsky. "Conversations" is the centerpiece of Kip Winger's debut album as a classical composer. Performed by the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra with Martin West conducting, and recorded by Grammy-winning recording engineer Leslie Ann Jones, Winger's world-premiere recording declares loudly and clearly that. while he may be the front man of the rock band Winger, he is a force to be reckoned with as a classical composer.

    The recording is set for release on May 27, 2016.

    The album also includes a recording of Winger's ballet, "Ghosts," a composition that has finally made its way to CD after a nine-year odyssey. World-renowned choreographer Christopher Wheeldon has been a champion of the piece ever since Winger sent him his first sketch of "Ghosts" in 2007.

    After convincing the composer to add four minutes to the score, Wheeldon subsequently choreographer a ballet that ran in the San Francisco Ballet repertoire for four years, with performances at Lincoln Center in New York, Sadler's Wells Theatre in London, the War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco, and the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris.

    Winger is no stranger to ballet, having studied it since he was 16 as an extension of his interest in martial arts. His exposure over the years to the many ballet scores of Tchaikovsky, Ravel, Stravinsky and Debussy made the form of a natural choice as he began to explore classical composition.

    But the transition to classical composing was no overnight decision. Winger dug deep into the process, studying ear training and composition with such prominent teachers as Richard Danielpour, Michael Kurek and Richard Hermann. His traditional approach has resulted in commission from the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Sun River Music Festival (Oregon), and the Tucson Symphony. Winger's partnership with Martin West and the award-winning San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, which developed during the "Ghosts" performances, culminated in the orchestra's commitment to Winger's music and this recording in particular.

    The final work featured on the album, an Adiagio titled "A Parting Grace" , is a chamber piece which Winger - from his unique perspective as both a composer and a dancer - sees as yet another link to ballet. Winger says he "sees" all of his music as dance, subscribing to George Balanchine's idea that we should "see the music, hear the dance." Winger's debut album enables the listener to do just that.

    Winger is launching an exclusive pre-sale of the May 27 release.

    The artist is offering signed copies of the CD, along with a free track download, at www.kipwinger.com. Dart Music will distribute the album digitally and will be available for pre-order - along withtwo instant gratification tracks - at iTunes and at digital retailers worldwide. Upon release, the album will also be on Amazon.com and CDBaby.com.

    FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
    Brian Horner
    Sound Artist Support
    P.O. Box 267
    Old Hickory, TN 37138
    T (615)364-7656 F (615)807-3087
    bhorner@soundartistsupport.com
  • 03-20-16

    CF Kip Winger's Conversations With Nijinsky by The San Francisco Ballet Orchestra

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    Hear Excerpts of CF Kip Winger's Conversations with Nijinsky by Grammy winning San Francisco Ballet Orchestra. World premiere March 25th, Herbst Theatre, War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco, CA. Tickets on sale now.
  • 03-10-16

    San Francisco Ballet Orchestra - CF Kip Winger's upcoming CD Release

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    In the Recording Studio with C.F. Kip Winger - On our latest CD Release, By The San Francisco Ballet Orchestra.

    Excerpt-

    On his latest project, C.F. Kip Winger had this to say-

    A Chance Encounter

    "I wrote Conversations with Nijinsky while reading several biographies of the legendary dancer. Later, while recording a demo of the piece at Oberlin College, I got a message on Facebook from Kinga Gaspers-the granddaughter of Nijinsky. I immediately took the opportunity to send her the demo, to which she replied, 'My grandfather would have loved this!'
  • 03-01-16

    World Premiere - CF Kip Winger's "Conversations With Nijinsky"

    From San Francisco Ballet - Celebrate the 40th anniversary of one of the world's most recorded ballet orchestras with an evening of sensational music curated by Music Director and Principal Conductor Martin West. March 25, 2016, Herbst Theatre, War Memorial Opera House.

    Thrill to the world premiere of "Conversations With Nijinsky" by C.F. Kip Winger, who composed the haunting score for Christopher Wheeldon's hugely successful ballet "Ghosts".

    Kip states, "I'm extremely honored and excited to be working with 2016 Grammy winners - The San Francisco Ballet Orchestra - for the world premiere of my newest piece, "Conversations With Nijinsky" on Friday March 25th, as part of their 40th anniversary concert" (KW)
  • 10-14-15

    Winger debut album charts in Rolling Stone Magazine Top 50

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    Winger debut album charts in Rolling Stone Magazine Top 50

    "The band's musical pedigree was practically unmatched in Eighties metal...Winger crafted an album that combined hard-pop melodies with plenty of proggy, technically dazzling instrumental work" - Rolling Stone.
  • 08-06-15

    ALICE COOPER, JOHNNY DEPP, DAVE GROHL, BRIAN JOHNSON, SIR PAUL MCCARTNEY, SLASH, KIP WINGER Appear On HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES Debut

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    ALICE COOPER, JOHNNY DEPP, DAVE GROHL, BRIAN JOHNSON, SIR PAUL MCCARTNEY, SLASH, KIP WINGER Appear On HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES Debut

    The Hollywood Vampires "For the next two years, Alice Cooper, Joe Perry and Johnny Depp, joined by producer Bob Ezrin and an amazing group of modern day vampires, including Perry Farrell, Dave Grohl, Sir Paul McCartney, Joe Walsh, Slash, Robbie Krieger, Zak Starkey, Brian Johnson and Kip Winger, recorded tracks by their dead friends and heroes. Also included are two original songs that tell the story of the Vampires, one of which, "Raise The Dead", has an intro by Sir Christopher Lee, recorded just prior to his death."

    "I'm extremely psyched and honored to be on this album - KW"

    Pre-order the album now to unlock exclusive behind the scenes content: http://smarturl.it/HollywoodVampiresPM (U.S Only)
  • 07-05-15

    C.F. Kip Winger World Premiere of "Granted Passage"

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    C.F. Kip Winger- World Premiere of his new Orchestral piece, "Granted Passage"

    Wednesday, August 19th - 7:30 PM

    Historic Great Hall - Sunriver Resort
    Sunriver, OR

    As noted by Sunriver Music Festival - "CF Kip Winger and Heather Schmidt have composed new pieces for the Festival. Both are beautiful, accessible, powerful, meaningful and inspired works. Having these two composers participate at this year's SRMF will add an important dynamic to the nearly two dozen traditional works we will present. We look forward to these exciting premieres!"

    Listen to the audio below to hear our Maestro George Hanson describe these two new works.

    http://www.george-hanson.com/two-world-premieres-at-sunriver-audio/

    Classical Concert IV

    Artistic Director & Conductor George Hanson
    The Sunriver Music Festival Orchestra

    "Einigkeit und Recht und Freheit"
    "Unity and Justice and Freedom"

    CF KIP WINGER - World Premiere - "Granted Passage"

    MENDELSSOHN - Concerto for Piano no. 1 in G minor, op.25 Featuring Sean Chen, piano

    SCHUMANN - Symphony no. 2 in C major, op. 61

    http://www.sunrivermusic.org/SummerFestival.htm

    http://www.sunrivermusic.org/tickets.html#Purchase_Tickets_On-Line

    C.F Kip Winger - https://www.kipwinger.com

    Sean Chen - https://www.facebook.com/seanchenpiano?fref=ts

    George Hanson - https://www.facebook.com/pages/George-Hanson/171270599622690?fref=ts

    Oregon Symphony - https://www.facebook.com/OregonSymphony?fref=ts

    Sunriver Music Festival -
    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sunriver-Music-Festival/102470953164271?fref=ts
  • 03-03-15

    CF Kip Winger Commissioned by Colorado Symphony

    CF Kip Winger was recently commissioned by The Colorado Symphony to write a Guitar and Orchestra piece - the soloist will be Michael Chapdelaine. The performance will be in Denver at Boettcher Concert Hall on April 24th.
  • 11-20-14

    Brazil Tour Announcement 2015!

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    Feb 6 - PORTO ALEGRE - Pepsi On Stage (w/ Mr Big)
    Feb 7 - SAO PAULO - HSBC Brasil (w/ Mr Big)
    Feb 8 - RIO DE JANEIRO - Fundicao Progresso (w/ Mr Big)
    Feb 10 - BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil - Granfino's (Winger Only)
  • 11-11-14

    Cenk Eroglu Teams Kip Winger & Richard Page Together

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    "I called my dear friends for a little help ...Kip Winger / Richard Page / Pat Mastelotto / Reb Beach / John Roth / Howard Leese / George Gakis / Blanc Blanc / Steve Lukather and many others. Some donated their time and recorded for me, some supported me with other things... So I did 6 different versions of this song with different artists.. This one is Version 1 with Kip Winger and Richard Page on Lead vocals / Pat Mastelotto on drums and me on Lead Gtr and all the other instruments.. I will share the other versions very soon."

    "This song is for everyone who are standing tall to protect their freedom! We were all born Free! So..... Long Live Freedom!"

    .. Cenk Eroglu