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Alice Cooper | National Youth Orchestra of Germany: Bio

Alice Cooper pioneered a grandly theatrical brand of hard rock that was designed to shock.  Drawing equally from horror movies, vaudeville, and garage rock, the group created a stage show that featured electric chairs, guillotines, fake blood and boa constrictors. He continues to tour regularly, performing shows worldwide with the dark and horror-themed theatrics that he's best known for.

With a schedule that includes six months each year on the road, Alice Cooper brings his own brand of rock psycho-drama to fans both old and new, enjoying it as much as the audience does. Known as the architect of shock-rock, Cooper (in both the original Alice Cooper band and as a solo artist) has rattled the cages and undermined the authority of generations of guardians of the status quo, continuing to surprise fans and exude danger at every turn, like a great horror movie, even in an era where CNN can present real life shocking images.

Cooper was born in Detroit Michigan, and moved to Phoenix with his family.  The Alice Cooper band formed while they were all in high school in Phoenix, and was discovered in 1969 by Frank Zappa in Los Angeles, where he signed them to his record label.  Their collaboration with young record producer Bob Ezrin led to the break-through third album "Love It to Death" which hit the charts in 1971, followed by "Killer," "School's Out," "Billion Dollar Babies," and "Muscle of Love."  Each new album release was accompanied by a bigger and more elaborate touring stage show.  1974 saw the release of a "Greatest Hits" album, and then Cooper, in 1975, released his first solo album, "Welcome to My Nightmare" in 1975, accompanied by the legendary groundbreaking theatrical Welcome to My Nightmare concert tour.

Associated with that album and  tour was the ground-breaking network TV special Alice Cooper: The Nightmare.  Other film and television appearances include The Muppet Show, Mae West's last film Sextette, Roadie, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearst Club Bandand appearances on The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson and  Tom Snyder's Tomorrow Show.  The original band also made an appearance in the movie Diary of a Mad Housewife in 1979, filmed the full-length feature film Good To See You Again Alice Cooper, and Alice appeared in a 1972 episode of The Snoop Sisters. 

Alice's solo career skyrocketed in the late 1970′s, with a succession of hit singles, including "You & Me," and classic albums, including "Lace And Whiskey" and "From The Inside," and bigger and even more elaborate concert tours.

In the ‘80's Cooper explored different sounds, highlighted by the new wavish album "Flush The Fashion,"  the heavy metal "Constrictor" and "Raise Your Fist And Yell," and then 1989's  melodic hard rock album "Trash," which featured the massive hit single "Poison" and became his biggest selling album and single worldwide.  During this period Alice also appeared in the horror films Monster Dog and John Carpenter's Prince of Darkness, and recorded songs for the soundtracks to Roadie, Class of 1984, Friday the 13 Part VI:  Jason Lives and Wes Craven's Shocker.

Cooper's most memorable movie appearance was as himself in Wayne's World in 1991.  He also played (fittingly) Freddy Krueger's wicked step-father in Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare, and appeared on Gene Wilder's TV series Something Wilder as well as on That ‘70's Show.  The 90's also saw the release of the albums "Hey Stoopid," "The Last Temptation," and "Fistful of Alice," a live album.

1999 saw the release of the definitive historical 4 CD box set "The Life & Crimes of Alice Cooper," from Rhino/Warners.

In the new millenium, Cooper has been very productive and busy, writing, recording and releasing the albums "Brutal Planet," "Dragon Town," "The Eyes of Alice Cooper," "Dirty Diamonds," "Along Came a Spider,"  and 2011′s "Welcome 2 My Nightmare," plus "Old School 1964-1974," a box set celebrating the original band.

He also wrote and published a memoir, "Golf Monster," in 2007, which tracked his life from childhood to rock stardom, and his journey from alcoholic to golf addict, and was = featured in the Tim Burton film "Dark Shadows" in 2012.

Alice, Dennis, Neal, Michael, and Glen (posthumously) were inducted into the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame in March, 2011.

With his influence on rock & roll long since acknowledged, there is little that Alice

Cooper hasn't achieved in his remarkable career, including platinum albums, sold-out tours and any number of honors and career achievement awards.

As he heads back out on the concert trail each year, Cooper insists he's still motivated to continue touring and recording albums, as well as making time for such side projects as Cooper'stown (his Phoenix-based restaurant/sports bar) and his Nights With Alice Cooper nightly radio show, syndicated domestically and worldwide on over 100 stations.

Most recently, the critically-acclaimed New York-based production company Giants Are Small and the world's foremost classical record label Deutsche Grammophon released - Peter and the Wolf in Hollywood, an unforgettable journey of classical music, visual wonder, and digital play, giving an invigorating new perspective on Prokofiev's classic. 

What do Sabine Meyer, Christian Tetzlaff, Tabea Zimmermann and Alban Gerhardt have in common? They are not only internationally successful soloists, they are all also former members of the National Youth Orchestra of Germany. Since 1969, this orchestra has offered young instrumentalists between the ages of 14 and 19 – most of them winners of the German national "Jugend musiziert" competition – the opportunity to gain their first experiences of a symphony orchestra at a professional standard. The admission procedure is already like the professionals, and only those who pass the audition can become members. Three times a year the young people come together to rehearse a concert programme which they subsequently take on tour under the leadership of experienced orchestral musicians and conductors such as Gerd Albrecht, Heinz Holliger or Kurt Masur.

In 2008 the National Youth Orchestra of Germany made their first appearance in Scharounʼs temple of the muses, the Philharmonie, at the invitation of the Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation together with Sabine Meyer as the soloist and Michael Boder as the conductor. Since then, they have come to Berlin every year, the young members always impressing audiences with their sheer joy of music-making. In 2011, Sir Simon Rattle was the conductor and said enthusiastically:, "What a pleasure it is to meet this wonderful new generation of musical colleagues." The National Youth Orchestra of Germany gives about 25 concerts every year, and not only in Germany but all over the world. As musical ambassadors for Germany they have performed in countries such as Venezuela, the USA and Poland. On 8 April 2013 they make their next appearance at the Philharmonie – with a programme in which the music of the Orient and Occident meet. There are, incidentally, 18 former members of the National Youth Orchestra of Germany among the Berliner Philharmoniker.

While their experience in the National Youth Orchestra of Germany often contributes to the young musicians deciding on a musical career, the first step on the career ladder has already been taken by members of the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie. These instrumentalists, aged between 18 and 28, are already studying at German music colleges and are amongst the best in their field. They want to be orchestral musicians and are preparing themselves in the best way possible for their future careers through their involvement in this orchestra. And not only that: The Junge Deutsche Philharmonie is an orchestra in which the members participate democratically in the planning of the programme as well as in the choice of conductors and soloists. Contemporary music is an important focus of their repertoire and is included in almost every concert programme.

The concerts which the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie have given in the Philharmonie have also demonstrated this special programming concept. For their first appearance at the invitation of the Berliner Philharmonker Foundation in 2002, the programme, in addition to Joseph Haydnʼs Symphony No. 45 and excerpts from Richard Wagnerʼs Tristan und Isolde, also included Hans Werner Henze's Tristan Préludes. Last year, under the direction of Kristjan Järvi, the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie performed Olivier Messiaen's Turangalîla-Symphonie in Berlin, which they played – according to the critic of the Tagesspiegel – "with energy and effervescence". For their next concert in Berlin on 19 March, they will perform Gustav Mahlerʼs Ninth Symphony. This time, Jonathan Nott is at the helm, principal conductor of the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra. What attracts him to working with this student orchestra? "The young musicians always have a very special energy, and it is a particular responsibility for a conductor to give structure to this energy," he revealed in an interview.

Alice Cooper | National Youth Orchestra of Germany

Peter and the Wolf in Hollywood

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1 Peter Arrives and Settles in Los Angeles  
2 Peter's Birthday  
3 The Wolf Hunt Begins  
4 Peter Builds the Robot  
5 The Hunt Continues  
6 Back at Grandfather's Home  
7 Peter is Greeted By the Bird  
8 The Ducks Waddles Over  
9 Peter Notices the Cat  
10 Grandfather Warns Peter  
11 The Wold Reappears  
12 The Duck is Caught  
13 The Wolf Stalks the Bird and the Cat  
14 Peter Prepares to Catch the Wolf  
15 The Bird Diverts the Wolf  
16 Peter Catches the Wolf  
17 The Paparazzi Arrive  
18 The Procession to the Zoo  

New York production company Giants Are Small and Deutsche Grammophon/UMC proudly present Peter and the Wolf in Hollywood -- an unforgettable journey of classical music, visual wonder, and digital play that bring aninvigorating new perspective to Prokofiev's classic. Audiences of all ages will be able to experience the beloved story of the resourceful Russian boy in multiple complementary formats: digital album, CD, and the richly immersive, interactive experience of an iPad app designed especially for children (age 5-8).   All will be available on November 13.

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