The North Door
"...And the same goes for Beethoven, Brahms, Haydn, Mendelssohn, Schubert, and those other slackers in the Dead Composers Society. Fortunately, the Golden Hornet Project is around to pick up the slack, giving us regular infusions of new chamber music by local composers..."
"...So you know how Tom Hulce is all sweaty and coughing and writing like mad to finish that awesome Requiem Mass before he keels over from the poison F. Murray Abraham gave him? But he doesn't, and isn't that a shame? Peter Stopschniski thought so and decided the Golden Hornet Project should finish what Mozart couldn't...."
"...Looking for a little mid-autumn elimination tournament to tide you over until March Madness rolls around? Golden Hornet Project has some serious – okay, maybe not so serious – face-off action on tap in its String Quartet Smackdown, set for this coming Saturday at Scottish Rite Theater. Now, you won't see any cellists nailing three-pointers from midcourt or violinists taking it to the hole, but you'll hear hot, new melodies racing up and down the scale, charging rhythms, and all manner of compositional layups, hooks, and fast breaks as string quartets go toe-to-toe in this one-of-a-kind new music competition – and, best of all, the decision as to who wins any level of the contest is made by you...."
"...Case in point: This weekend, the Austin Symphony premieres Dan Welcher's new symphony, while the Fusebox Festival premieres a site-specific chamber work by the Golden Hornet Project team of Reynolds and Stopschinski. And in two weeks, the Austin Chamber Ensemble will premiere Pulitzer Prize nominee Waddle's latest opus..."
"...Symphonies require a bunch of musicians loyal to the composer, dedicated to doing what's been instructed. Peter's symphonies have been performed by the Golden Hornet Project, which is as good a place as any to enter Peter's catalog..."
"...Given the amount of work they've done in all corners of Austin's creative scene, Graham Reynolds and Peter Stopschinski probably need no introduction, but let's introduce them anyway: leaders of their own bands over the last decade (Golden Arm Trio and Brown Whörnet, respectively); composers for films, dances, theatre productions, and a plethora of musical ensembles; and performers who have recorded music together and separately. In February of this year, the two men, under the banner of their Golden Hornet Project, debuted their separate sixth symphonies in consecutive performances on the same program, which won the award for Outstanding Symphonic Performance from the Austin Critics Table..."
"...Golden Hornet Project Percussion VII..."
"...For its 22nd presentation of awards for notable artistic achievements, the Critics Table welcomed three groups into the Austin Arts Hall of Fame (Big Medium, Blue Genie Art Industries, and the Rude Mechanicals) and distributed honors in 42 categories. Trouble Puppet Theatre's The Crapstall Street Boys earned three awards, and 10 projects won two each: Rude Mechs' Fixing King John; Theatre En Bloc's Fat Pig; Texas State University Department of Theatre and Dance's Anything Goes; Zach Theatre's Les Misérables; Breaking String Theater's Three, or The Sound of the Great Existential Nothingness; KDH Dance's The Big Small; Julie Nathanielsz and Heloise Gold's Gold Show|Rose Show; Ariel Dance Theatre's Heart; the Golden Hornet Project/Texas Choral Consort/Texas Performing Arts collaboration Mozart Requiem Undead; and the Women & Their Work project Thirst...."
"...Those who grew up on it say radio was magic. The first medium to bring adventure, comedy, and romance into your home, it let you cozy up to Don Ameche, Kate Smith, and Jack Benny in your own den and seek danger in exotic locales with Captain Midnight, the Green Hornet, or Sergeant Preston without leaving your chair..."
"...The kickoff with Mother Falcon and 100 string players inside the Seaholm Power Plant has passed, but you can still catch Portland, Ore., jazz quintet Blue Cranes performing at one of the "Play Me, I'm Yours" public piano project sites. Golden Hornet Project masterminds Peter Stopschinski and Graham Reynolds will bring "Play Me, I'm Yours" to a close with a Free Range concert involving five pianos positioned on the spiral ramp at the north end of the Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge...."
"... Golden Hornet Project tackles Shostakovich, with composers Graham Reynolds (Golden Arm Trio) and Peter Stopschinski (Brown Whornet) leading Chuck Fischer (percussion), John Dexter (cello), Bruce Colson (violin), Jerome Smith (trombone), and Erik Grostic (bass) in two sets of excerpts from/improvisations on the composer's music, including the Violin Concerto, Cello Concerto, Aphorisms for solo piano, Preludes for solo piano, Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, and more. Fri., Feb..."
"...Golden Hornet ProjectCD-R Series Austin's Golden Hornet Project is actually a hybrid of other groups, namely Graham Reynolds from the Golden Arm Trio and Peter Stopschinski of Brown Whörnet. Hybrid is an excellent concept given that GHP has one foot in the halls of classical music and another firmly planted at the bar in a nightclub..."
"...Some Fusebox projects achieve this by virtue of their settings. The Free Range Music series debuting this year (see "Fusebox Music") creates what Berry calls "a different interface to hear the music" by locating bands in nontraditional settings: Mother Falcon inside the Seaholm Power Plant, Golden Hornet Project on the ramp of the Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge..."
"...Golden Hornet Project: Symphony IIIThe Off Center, Oct. 11 As Peter Stopschinski awoke from ambitious dreams, he found himself transformed in his bed into a composer of symphonies..."
"...3) MOZART REQUIEM UNDEAD (Panoramic Voices/Golden Hornet/Convergence) The much-anticipated return of this contemporary spin on Wolfgang Amadeus' Requiem was as thrilling as at its Fusebox Festival debut, with the bonus that in Bass Concert Hall, the softer movements could be heard and relished...."
"...Fast-forward to 2009 and the start of a different kind of collaboration. Composer-bandleader and Golden Hornet Project co-founder Peter Stopschinski had discovered a scholarly work in which the sheet music for the Mozart Requiem had been edited so that only the notes written by Mozart remained..."
"...1) MOZART REQUIEM UNDEAD (Golden Hornet Project/Texas Choral Consort/Texas Performing Arts/Fusebox Festival) An overflow crowd at the French Legation witnessed Wolfgang Amadeus' final work given spectacular new life by 33 musicians and 150 voices fusing Mozart with music by 10 contemporary composers. As wildly diverse as the pieces were – here ominous, there glorious, jazzy, rocking, discordant, delicate – they all seemed in dialogue with Mozart and with one another..."
"..."But all of that money didn't flow through us. Golden Hornet Project, Texas Performing Arts, Texas Choral Consort, the French Legation, [and Fusebox] were collaborating for years to make that project happen, pooling all these resources and sharing fundraising opportunities."..."
"...That's the kind of mental image conjured by Mozart Requiem Undead, the "reanimation" of that choral masterwork with all the parts not written by Mozart himself before his death being completed by 10 contemporary composers and stitched together into a single work. The first full performance of this Frankensteinian mass – masterminded by Golden Hornet Project leaders Peter Stopschinski and Graham Reynolds – will kick off the 2014 Fusebox Festival, and it's precisely the kind of project that makes this hybrid arts festival such a thrilling part of Austin's cultural landscape..."