Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater) recommends the album!: HERE!
Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater) also recommends the album!!!: HERE!
Symphonic Theater Of Dreams is a tribute to Dream Theater. A band highly
acclaimed in the progressive metal scene for more than two decades,
Dream Theater has a huge following all across the globe. Michal
Mierzejewski, a dedicated Dream Theater fan, had the idea in summer 2010
that he wanted to arrange Dream Theater songs in a 'classical'
environment that had never been done before.
Of course, most fans know that Dream Theater performed a one-off live
show at the famous Radio City Music Hall in New York back in 2006 with a
full orchestra, but this is something else...
Also in 2010, Michal posted a short teaser on YouTube and posted it on
all the Dream Theater related forums (with short snippets of "The Count
of Tuscany" and "The Best of Times"). This immediately caught the eye of
Mike Portnoy (former drummer of the band) and he was very pleasantly
surprised by this project. Quote: "This looks like it's gonna be an EPIC
symphonic tribute to DT". Michal was very honored by this.
All the fans around the world were very excited by this short clip and
the reactions were beyond Michal's expectations. There was no turning
back now. Michal had to go through with this project. So in the months
to come he contacted other people who wanted to be part of this special
Most hardcore Dream Theater fans will recognize the name, Stephen van
Baalen from Holland (aka SteveTheater / www.steve-art.net). He is known
for numerous pieces of unofficial DT art which he posts on many DT
related forums beginning two years ago. He also won a big competition on
Mike Portnoy's forum two years ago: a contest to come up with a new look
for the site. Steve won this hands down.
Michal contacted Steve and asked if he was interested in making artwork
for STOD. But with a zero budget the odds where slim. His first reaction
was "Now with my own business going skyrocket these last few months I
can't make artwork anymore without getting paid for my work". But for
Michal he made an exception, "Michal, it would be an honor to be part of
this project, I will make all artwork and a website for free, consider
Later on Michal also posted a contest on the forums where the fans could
choose what songs they wanted to hear on the upcoming CD. Now, almost a
year later here we are... the website is finished, all the artwork is
done, and we all wait for what Michal has prepared with the orchestra
After many years of preparations, many months of composition and
transcription, huge amount of hours spent in the rehearsal rooms and
recording studios, and countless time devoted to caress the material and
We give to your hands, the result of our long-standing, very
demanding, but how fruitful work. I got to know the work of Dream
Theater when I went to second grade school (2003). And I fell in love
with their creativity, passion and virtuosity. Even then, I dreamed to
shake musicians’ hands and thank them for their work. For me, it was a
dream that would never come true.
After many years, living with the thought that the meeting with the
band is virtually impossible, I decided to thank them – using my love
for composition and arrangement – and create a symphonic tribute to the
group. In 2010, I wanted to realize my idea of creating a short audio,
created with the help of artificial orchestra (VST plug-ins).
Knowing the costs of recording the real orchestra, I had to forget
about a professional recording session.
I published my work on YouTube and made the links available on Dream
Theater members’ forums. SToD was received very warmly by the fans, but
subsequent events exceeded my wildest expectations. Mike Portnoy noticed
the movies and published one of them on his social network profiles.
"This looks like it’s gonna be an EPIC symphonic tribute to DT".
After these words, there was no turning back, but I still could not
believe that the idea and this project actually make sense. I created a
survey to let the fans choose the songs they would like to hear on the
record. I made a selection from between the votes and at the request of
Jordan Rudess I sent him the whole idea of the project and plans for the
months to come.
I invited to the project two incredible men - graphic designer
Stephen van Baalen and the amazing French horn player Marc Papeghin.
Together we created the first demo (Sacrificed Sons released in
September 11th, 2011). The demo was recorded by several orchestral
musicians and VST plug-ins. The number of downloads was so big that I
saw no other way: I wanted to fulfill my dream - a professional record
by the entire symphonic orchestra, a tribute to the icons of progressive
rock. In the second half of September 2011, I chose a manager of the
project - Ms. Wioletta Jedynak.
We knew very well that this would not be an easy project. Costs and
difficulty of the material implied a huge risk. After many discussions,
we decided that our project must be completed, professionally recorded
In November 2011, we began auditions and preparations for incredibly
demanding recording sessions. Auditions were held in three concert halls
in Gdansk and lasted two months. Recording sessions began in January and
ended in August 2012 (the work was divided into 4 sessions spread out in
time). The recordings took place in three studios and the realization
was overseen by three sound designers. The team of Symphonic Theater of
Dreams consists of about 80 people. Special guests from the USA, France,
Germany and the Netherlands are involved in our project.
We would like to thank you for all the years of incredible support
and your patience. We appreciate very much the fact that you are with us
for so long, and you believe in us and the success of our crazy idea.
Our project is no ordinary instrumentation, rewriting note to note,
and mapping perfectly the original idea of Dream Theater. SToD is a
project that is limited only by imagination.
It’s our passion, our unique interpretation and love for music, which
in our case is classical music progressive rock/metal synesthesia. The
result of this merger is left to your opinion...
We invite you to listen to an extremely complex tribute to Dream
Theater - beautiful themes, powerful guitar riffs, "impossible" solos
presented by the symphonic orchestra Sinfonietta Consonus under the
direction of Ariel Ludwiczak and me.
With huge thanks,
Born on December 17th, 1989 in Olsztyn.
Composer, arranger, conductor, founder of the orchestra Sinfonietta
Consonus. In 2010, he started his studies at the Academy of Music in
Gdansk (major - composition).
Michal Mierzejewski actively participates in various international music
projects. He works with many artists from around the world. He
specializes in contemporary music, film and chamber music,
orchestrations and elaborations. In field of pop music he works with
bands like Affector or Bad Salad.
His major works include: Requiem for a Friend for symphony orchestra and
choir (10-piece tribute to a deceased friend), the orchestral suite
"Love", Guitar Concerto No. 1, Piano Concerto No. 1, Violin Concerto No.
1, Cello Concerto No. 1 (all are 3-piece), Concertino for soprano
saxophone and orchestra, Action Score pieces - "Tribute", "Honor",
"Adventure", "Important Dreams" and many other pieces and elaborations
for symphony orchestras, chamber orchestras and chamber ensembles. He is
the founder of the symphonic orchestra Sinfonietta Consonus. On January
23rd, 2009 in a concert hall "Auditorium Musicum", the Feliks
Nowowiejski OSM I and II degree in Gdansk, he - accompanied by the
orchestra - held his first concert as a composer.
In October 2009, during the Janina Garścia Contest for Young Composers
in Kraków, he received an award for composition "Schizophrenia" for
string orchestra. Michal’s work has been noticed and appreciated by
artists such as Mike Portnoy, Neal Morse, Jordan Rudess, and many others.
The founder of the orchestra is Michal Mierzejewski. The orchestra was
founded in October 2008. The orchestra consists mainly of students of
the Academy of Music in Gdansk. The orchestra takes part in projects
organized by Michal Mierzejewski, Ariel Ludwiczak and Wioletta Jedynak.