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  • 06-21-19

    Get Jack! A Musical Thriller By Kip Winger & Damien Gray

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    The Get Jack Concept Album is complete! The pre-sale of this album begins June 21st through July 19th. If you participate in this, your pre-order will automatically enter your name for your chance to win a custom painted, one-of-a-kind, Get Jack guitar. If you choose to support us in ordering the pre-sale, please go to GETJACK.COM, email your proof of purchase and you will automatically become eligible to win the Get Jack guitar, as well as a special bonus track for Winger fans. The winner will be announced via FaceBook Live in August.

    GET JACK, tells the story of five women on the night they were murdered and mutilated by Jack The Ripper. The 5 murdered women, AKA, The Canonical Five are back and the spotlight is now on them!

    Act 1 is a fall back through time in which we meet each of The Canonical Five in a series of interviews regarding the night of their murders.

    In the second act, the ladies take on a mission and journey through the mind of a serial killer to force him to reveal himself to the world. They torment their killer by making him face his demons and then drag the murdering bastard to hell!

    “We’re five slaughtered women! Remember Our Names! Canonical Five, Canonical Five, Kelly, Chapman, Eddowes, Nichols and Stride!”

    Though history has brought forth multiple suspects, no one has ever definitively identified the killer, and neither does Get Jack. In this show the character of Jack The Ripper is a composite of different suspects put together to form one man locked in a fierce battle between madness and denial.

    Since this concept album was recorded the show has continued to evolve through several workshops and is now a full-scale musical gearing up for its first production. In this concept album the story is told as a remembrance of past events, while the story in the staged musical happens in real time. Because of this shift, some songs and music featured here will not appear in the staged musical.

    Buried in the work are references to everything from infamous serial killers to Shakespeare. The devil is in the details. Have fun playing our funny little games. Crank up your speakers and let’s Get Jack!


  • 10-30-18

    Get Jack Update!

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    Get the latest news and updates on Kip Winger, and Damien Gray’s, musical thriller, Get Jack! Live Video Update can be viewed in its entirety on the Get Jack FaceBook Page. Thanks for following us on this project!

  • 07-18-18

    CF Kip Winger's 'Ghosts' - Paul Vasterling’s 20th Anniversary Gala, Nashville Ballet

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    Paul Vasterling’s 20th Anniversary Gala
    Andrew Jackson Hall

    Tarantella choreography by George Balanchine
    Music by Louis Moreau Gottschalk, reconstructed and orchestrated by Hershy Kay
    Live music performed by the Nashville Symphony

    Ghosts © excerpt choreography by Christopher Wheeldon
    Music by C.F. Kip Winger
    Live music performed by the Nashville Symphony

    Bloom excerpt choreography by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa
    Music by Philip Glass
    Live music performed by the Nashville Symphony

    World premiere choreography by Carlos Pons Guerra

    I Enjoy You choreography by Darrell Moultrie
    Music composed and performed live by Louis York

    Romeo & Juliet excerpt choreography by Paul Vasterling
    Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Live music performed by the Nashville Symphony

    Firebird excerpt choreography by Paul Vasterling
    Music by Igor Stravinsky
    Live music performed by the Nashville Symphony

    Honor Nashville Ballet’s extraordinary past, exceptional present and groundbreaking future. Join Nashville Ballet for the ultimate evening of celebration commemorating Paul Vasterling’s 20th anniversary as Artistic Director. Curating a collection of classical and contemporary works never before seen at Nashville Ballet with a few familiar favorites, Vasterling sets the tone for the company’s next 20 years of athleticism, artistry, imagination and innovation—all culminating in a truly grand finale featuring a procession of Nashville Ballet artists from School of Nashville Ballet students to the professional company.
  • 01-19-18

    Frontiers Music srl Press Release

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    CF Kip Winger - Solo Box Set Coming Soon

    On March 23, 2018, Frontiers Music Srl will release a box set, collecting all the solo works of acclaimed Grammy Nominated Composer Kip Winger into one collection. The set will be comprised of Kip's solo albums, including:

    - This Conversation Seems Like a Dream (1997)
    - Down Incognito (1998)
    - Songs from the Ocean Floor (2000)
    - From the Moon to the Sun (2008)

    In addition, there is going to be a bonus disc (exclusive to the physical edition, while stock lasts), which includes a new previously unreleased song and all of the bonus cuts from previous records.

    The "Solo Box Set Collection" will be a strictly limited edition of 1,500 copies (worldwide) and include five cds in vinyl replica cases and a booklet with liner notes written by Kip Winger. Pre-order here: http://radi.al/KipWingerCollection

    Kip Winger rode the wave of the '80s/early '90s pop-metal explosion first with Alice Cooper and then in the wildly successful band of his namesake, Winger, before beginning a solo career in the late '90s. His debut solo effort, "This Conversation Seems Like A Dream", was released in 1997 and supported with a solo acoustic tour. An acoustic album featuring the new Track "Another Way" and of past favorites, "Down Incognito" was then released in 1999. Winger followed it with his second proper solo album, 2000's "Songs from the Ocean Floor", which addressed his grief over the loss of his wife, who had passed away in a car accident shortly after the release of his first solo album.

    After a long hiatus with his solo work, Kip returned with "From The Moon To The Sun" in 2008; an extensive body of work that includes everything from straight up heavy and dark music to absolutely melodic and beautiful works.

    More recently, Winger has enjoyed success composing classical music. Choreographer Christopher Wheeldon created the ballet "Ghosts", based on a piece Kip wrote, which premiered at the San Francisco Ballet on February 9, 2010. The ballet was a hit and was brought back for a five seasons in 2010. Ghosts will make its Nashville debut in May 2018 with Nashville Ballet.

    Winger then composed a four-part work entitled "Conversations with Nijinsky", intended to celebrate the life of ballet dancer and choreographer Vaslav Nijinsky. A recording of the piece performed by the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra on the album "C.F. Kip Winger: Conversations with Nijinsky" entered at number one on the traditional classical category on the Billboard music charts. "Conversations with Nijinsky" was also nominated in the Best Classical Contemporary Composition category at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards. Winger also recently finished a two act musical, Get Jack, which is currently in development in New York City.

    This collection is an unmissable opportunity to get to know in-depth the astounding musical abilities and art of one of today's musical greats!

    TRACK LISTING:

    CD 1 - This Conversation Seems Like A Dream
    Kiss Of Life
    Monster
    Endless Circles
    Angel Of The Underground
    Steam
    I'll Be Down
    Naked Son
    Daniel
    How Far Will We Go
    Don't Let Go
    Here

    CD 2 - Down Incognito
    Another Way
    Down Incognito
    Under One Condition
    Miles Away
    Steam
    Headed For A Heartbreak
    How Far Will We Go
    Naked Son
    Spell I'm Under
    Easy Come Easy Go
    Daniel

    CD 3 - Songs From The Ocean Floor
    Cross
    Crash The Wall
    Sure Was A Wildflower
    Two Lovers Stand
    Landslide
    Faster
    Song Of Midnight
    Free
    Only One Word
    Broken Open
    Resurrection
    Everything You Need

    CD 4 - From The Moon To The Sun
    Every Story Told
    Nothing
    Where Will You Go
    Pages And Pages
    In Your Eyes Another Life
    Runaway
    California
    What We Are
    One Big Game
    Why
    Reason To Believe

    CD 5 - Bonus Cd
    Hands Of Love
    Monster (European Bonus Track)
    Holy Man
    Free (Instrumental)
    Ghosts
    Now And Forever
    Kiss Of Life (Demo)
    Don't Let Go (Demo)
    Headed For A Heartbreak (Demo 1987)
    Hour Of Need (Demo)
    Monster (Demo)
    Rainbow In The Rose
    Blind Revolution Mad
    Headed For A Heartbreak (Live)

    Pre-order here: http://radi.al/KipWingerCollection
  • 10-06-17

    Get Jack News!

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    GRAMMY AWARD NOMINEE KIP WINGER AND ACCLAIMED WRITER/DIRECTOR DAMIEN GRAY TO DEBUT NEW MUSICAL THRILLER IN TWO CONCERT PRESENTATIONS ON MONDAY,,OCTOBER 30, 2017 AT SIR STUDIOS

    (New York, NY)

    Grammy Award-Nominated composer and rock icon Kip Winger, in his theatrical composing debut, and acclaimed writer/director Damien Gray (Atomic the Musical) will present two concert presentations of their new musical thriller GET JACK on Monday, October 30 at SIR Studios, 520 W 25th St. The concerts are invitation-only.

    And now if you will, a murder review, where 5 fallen women make their bloody debut. A legend is born as blood drips from a knife and this is the story I'm telling tonight.

    One of the most murderously debated, debunked, and devoured tales of all time gets 'ripped' to guitar shreds as five female victims of Jack the Ripper rise from the dead to track down their killer and get their glorious revenge. Brought to spine-tingling life with music by a genre-defying rock icon, GET JACK combines Winger's mastery of classical compositions and rock glory in one bloodtastic musical. Giving voice to the vindicated victims is innovative and acclaimed book writer, lyricist and director Damien Gray, whose unique career path has crossed
    genres and disciplines - from directing for Walt Disney World to writing for both theater and film.

    The killer cast features - The Canonical Five: Eden Espinosa (Wicked, Rags) as Catherine Eddows, Charissa Hogeland (BAZ, Heathers: The Musical) as Mary Jane Kelly, Katie Thompson (Gypsy, Pump Boys And Dinettes) as Annie Chapman, Carrie Manolakos (Wicked) as Mary Ann (Polly) Nichols, and Shannon Conley (Hedwig And the Angry Inch) as Elizabeth Stride; as well as, Tony Award Winner Levi Kreis (Million Dollar Quartet's Jerry Lee Lewis) as The Player, PJ Griffith (We Will Rock You, Mamma Mia,) as The Keeper and Michael Falzon (Australia's Rock of Ages & Hedwig And The Angry Inch Australia) as BitPart.
  • 10-06-17

    Introduction to the Get Jack Cast

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    GET JACK CAST

    Top Row
    Eden Espinosa, Katie Thompson, Charissa Hogeland, Levi Kreis

    Bottom Row
    Michael Falzon, Carrie Manolakos, Shannon Conley, PJ Griffith

    Get Jack, by Kip Winger and Damien Gray. Music Director Andy Peterson
  • 08-29-17

    Get Jack, the new musical by Kip Winger and Damien Gray

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    Get Jack! Hell Hath No Fury Like A Woman Scorned. A KILLER NEW MUSICAL BY Kip Winger and Damien Gray coming soon! For more information, or to buy tickets, please visit their Kickstarter Campaign.
  • 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
    On sale to the public July 21st at 10:00 AM
    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!'