Mary Chapin Carpenter Plans Orchestral CD, New Tour

Mary Chapin Carpenter

Mary Chapin Carpenter. Photo: Russ Harrington

Mary Chapin Carpenter’s debut orchestral record, Songs From The Movie, will be released Jan. 14 on Zoë/Rounder Records. Recorded at Air Studios in London, the album was arranged and conducted by six-time Grammy Award winner Vince Mendoza (Sting, Diana Krall, Chris Botti, Elvis Costello, Björk, Joni Mitchell) and was produced by Carpenter and Mendoza along with Matt Rollings (Keith Urban, Lyle Lovett). Featured on the album are new interpretations of ten beloved songs by Carpenter, including “Between Here and Gone” and “Come On Come On.” See below for complete track-listing.

In celebration of the album, Carpenter is set to embark on her first tour with a live orchestral backing. The tour will run throughout 2014 and includes a special debut performance at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra on Jan. 24 as well as a date at L.A.’s Disney Concert Hall with L.A. Philharmonic on Feb. 8. See below for complete details.

Songs From The Movie pairs Carpenter’s songbook with an ensemble of London’s finest orchestral musicians and features Peter Erskine (Weather Report, John Abercrombie, Rod Stewart, Michael Bublé, Joni Mitchell, Diana Krall) on drums. Of the recording process, Carpenter comments, “Working with Vince Mendoza was incredibly inspiring. His arrangements gave these existing songs new meanings, new colors, new feelings, new destinations. To hear them played by the world class orchestra assembled at Air Studios was beyond any artistic experience that I could have imagined.”

Songs From The Movie track-listing

1. On and On It Goes
2. I Am A Town
3. Between Here and Gone
4. Ideas Are Like Stars
5. The Dreaming Road
6. Only A Dream
7. Come On Come On
8. Mrs. Hemingway
9. Where Time Stands Still
10. Goodnight America

November 1 // Wichita, KS // The Orpheum Theatre*
November 2 // Springfield, MO // Gillioz Theatre*
November 3 // Columbia, MO // Missouri Theater*
November 4 // Dallas, TX // Majestic Theatre*
November 6 // Austin, TX // The Paramount Theatre*
November 7 // The Woodlands, TX // The Big Barn*
November 8 // Baton Rouge, LA // Manship Theatre*
November 9 // Pensacola, FL // Saenger Theatre*
November 10 // Oxford, MS // Gertrude C. Ford Center*
January 24 // Glasgow, Scotland // Glasgow Royal Concert Hall†
February 8 // Los Angeles, CA // Walt Disney Concert Hall‡
April 4 // Scottsdale, AZ // Scottsdale Center for the Arts**

*with Shawn Colvin
†with BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Vince Mendoza
‡with the L.A. Philharmonic and Vince Mendoza
**with the Phoenix Symphony


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