In 2006, I was commissioned by Major League Baseball to create an Olympian, symphonic theme for their new quadrennial, international tournament, the “World Baseball Classic.” That theme not only was played during tournament broadcasts but, for each of the three World Baseball Classic championships since the event’s inception, it has been performed by symphony orchestra’s live in stadium as part of the pre-game ceremony for those events. Most recently, in March, 2013, preceding the championship game between Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic at ATT Park, San Francisco. This photo shows me with the Oakland Symphony at the Championship of the 2013 World Baseball Classic.
Here is my symphonic arrangement of the American National Anthem which was performed at the 2009 World Baseball Classic championship at Dodger Stadium, LA:
The NYC millennium celebration, “Times Square 2000” attracted a crowd estimated to exceed 2 million. It featured music which I composed and produced. The score, for orchestra, electronics, world music percussion, electric guitars and women’s choir featured solos by the Brazilian vocalist, Marianne Ebert. For the event, Times Square was set up as a surround-sound auditorium, and my music took full advantage, with music and SFX moving between the southern end of the Square at 42nd street to its 49th street border.
here is a piece from my “Times Square 2000” score:
the premier of my orchestral score for FW Murnau’s “Nosferatu,” at the National Concert Hall, Dublin, Ireland. Writing in Dublin’s “Sunday Press,” critic Dermot Murphy said:
“The Dracula tale is impressively underlined in John Califra’s 60 minute score. Dark Brazen tones carry the orchestra to a powerful conclusion but even in lighter moments Califra’s themes are as well turned as his handling of orchestral forces is adroit”
Here is “The Castle,” an excerpt from that live performance featuring members of Ireland’s RTE orchestra under Luc Brewaeys: