The Anthem welcomes “To Shiver the Sky” from the first composer to win a Grammy for video games

This Sunday, Christopher Tin performs “To Shiver the Sky” live at The Anthem in DC

WTOP’s Jason Fraley Introduces Christopher Tin at The Anthem (Part 1)

He will go down in history as the first composer to win a Grammy for scoring a video game.

This Sunday, Christopher Tin performs “To Shiver the Sky” live at The Anthem in DC



“It was an album released in 2020, but unfortunately due to the pandemic we had to postpone the world premiere,” Tin told OMCP. “It’s finally happening. The orchestra is the US Air Force Band. … The vocal parts are sung by their singing sergeants as well as the Choral Arts Society of Washington with special guests Modern Medieval.

The 90-minute concert is free but please reserve your tickets through Washington Performing Arts.

“That’s one of the benefits of working with the US Air Force Band,” Tin said. “Part of their mandate is that all events they host should be free to the paying public.”

As the title suggests, “To Shiver the Sky” charts humanity’s journey in flight.

“‘To Shiver the Sky’ is an 11-movement piece about the history of aviation,” Tin said. “What I did was take the words of 11 of aviation’s great pioneers, visionaries, scientists and astronomers and put them to music, so we have words from people like Leonardo da Vinci, Yuri Gagarin, Amelia Earhart, Jules Verne, Copernicus and many other seminal figures.

Not only are the pieces roughly chronological, but they are presented in each figure’s original language, from Leonardo da Vinci’s Italian to Copernicus’ Polish.

“It weaves the story of humanity’s desire to conquer the stars from our early days of gazing up at the sky and imagining ourselves up there, to the climactic finale which is actually a setting for ‘We Choose to Go’. to the “by John F. Kennedy. Moon speech,” Tin said.

Each movement is accompanied by corresponding images on a giant screen.

“There’s a big projection screen behind you that will show the performers as the concert goes on, but there’s footage from the era of that particular move or emphasizing what that move is,” Tin said.

“During the Jules Verne movement, there is a lot of footage from early cinema, especially from French filmmaker Georges Méliès.”

Tin will also perform “Baba Yetu” from his Grammy-winning video game “Civilization IV”.

“’Baba Yetu’ is actually a Swahili version of the Lord’s Prayer for choir and orchestra, plus some soloists. It is a stimulating, robust and inspiring framework for prayer. It’s very rhythmic, it has a kind of African flavor. It should be a lot of fun.

It might even tempt you to go back and play the hit video game from 2011.

“‘Civilization IV’ is a turn-based strategy game where you found a civilization from the earliest days as settlers, hunters and gatherers until you reach the modern era where your civilization flourishes, hopefully as a modern civilization in your own right and you’ll reach one of the game’s possible endings, which includes putting a man on the moon,” Tin said.

To this day, it remains his favorite video game of all time.

“I certainly played all of Nintendo’s early titles when the console came out, but ‘Civilization’ is honestly the game I probably spent the most hours playing,” Tin said. “It’s incredibly addictive. Once you enter this world, you find yourself staying up all night obsessively playing the game. It’s a really good game and very addictive.

WTOP’s Jason Fraley Introduces Christopher Tin at The Anthem (Part 2)

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