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    Post 2013-14 Program Music & Choreographer news & info known to date

    Confirmed so far with source links included for these USA skaters:

    Jeremy Abbott revealed at his post-WTT fan meeting in Tokyo that Robin Cousins will choreograph his new SP (music TBD) and that he will revisit his 2011-12 Muse "Exogenesis" program next season - originally posted here: http://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/show...=1#post3900900

    Caydee Denney & John Coughlin revealed their programs -- music from the animated film Anastasia (SP) and from Casablanca (FS) -- and new choreographer Julie Marcotte in an article posted in this thread: http://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/show...Julie-Marcotte

    Madison Chock & Evan Bates announced following their WTT FD that they will skate their 2013-14 free dance to music from “Les Miserables.” http://skatingmagazineblog.com/2013/...-trophy-day-2/

    Agnes Zawadzki from a Sports Illustrated article (April 10) excerpt and link posted here:
    "She has decided to keep her existing short program, choreographed by David Wilson and skated to music from Sex in the City. Her long program will have a decidedly different look, a tango, though she won't reveal more details yet." http://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/show...=1#post3898345

    Adam Rippon debuted his 2013-14 FS at Gardena Spring Trophy earlier this month: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FCTyBccNC1w
    His coach Rafael Arutunian "selected Debussy's Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun and Tom Dickson to choreograph it": http://www.figureskatersonline.com/a...-20130330.html

    Alex Johnson mentioned near the end of his TSL podcast interview (April 7) that he and Tom Dickson are working on his new short program to "Stairway to Heaven" by Rodrigo y Gabriela (here's the studio version of the piece) and a new free skate that he describes as "parts of it are Nightmare on Elm Street, mixed with a waltz... I'm not so sold on it yet... it's kind of a dark piece... totally different than anything I've ever done before."
    Originally posted in his cheer thread: http://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/show...=1#post3894948

    Kiri Baga/Taylor Toth had their short program choreographed by Rohene Ward, according to Toth's March 29th tweeted photo: http://pic.twitter.com/ZJkScCtluU

    2013 U. S. Junior champion Polina Edmunds (expected to make her JGP debut for the USA and move up to Senior in the U.S.) debuted a new Junior FS at Gardena Spring Trophy to Edvard Grieg's Peer Gynt Suite - the 2 pieces are "Solveig's Song" and "Morning Mood": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HqJKpEQwWOs
    "Her short program is to a selection of latin music" according to this Gardena article: http://fskating.com/2013/04/gardena-...new-faces.html

    Ashley Cain will keep her "Ave Maria" FS and has a new flamenco SP (her interview link is posted here): http://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/show...=1#post3882452
    I will be keeping "Ave Maria" for my long program this season. I really love this piece of music and me, Scott [Brown, choreographer], and my coaches decided that it would be nice to keep this program and really grow with it. I have picked a flamenco piece for my short, and I am so excited to start on the choreography. It is a really fun and upbeat piece of music. I always like having a contrast between the two programs, each program tells a different story.
    Please contribute other confirmed and/or reliable hearsay news and include links, if possible.
    Last edited by Sylvia; 04-16-2013 at 02:21 AM.
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    Patrick Chan spoke to Pj Kwong on March 18 and told her that he plans to keep his SP ("Elegie in E-Flat Minor" by Sergei Rachmaninov, choreographed by Jeffrey Buttle) for next season and his new FS is "a favorite piece of mine": http://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/show...=1#post3879954

    News posted in the Canadian Pairs thread re. Meagan Duhamel/Eric Radford's SP (music composed by Radford) and Paige Lawrence/Rudi Swiegers working with Lance Vipond (Kaetlyn Osmond's long-time choreographer): http://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/show...=1#post3893679
    "Randy [Starkman (1960-April 16, 2012)] lived by the same motto as the rest of us. The Olympics isn’t every four years, it’s every single day. He just got it." --Canadian Olympic kayaker Adam van Koeverden

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    Artur Gachinski posted excerpts on his vk account from his new long program, Anna Karenina, choreographed by Yuri Smekalov (who also did his "Narcissus" and Plushenko's "Nijinsky"). No word on the short yet. Tumblr post with the videos embedded.

    Evgeni Plushenko tweeted that he was enjoying hanging out with Yanni (the artist who did his "Storm" SP music) and working on new music, but nothing confirmed yet.

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    Program & choreographer news for a U.S. lady and a pair team was published in today's (4/16/13) edition of the Inside Edge blog (link posted in this thread):

    Madeline Aaron & Max Settlage - staying junior internationally and nationally:
    Aaron and Settlage will be skating to "Smile," in a version by Itzhak Perlman, for their short program next season. Caterina Lindgren choreographed the program. Julie Marcotte is going to choreograph their free skate in a couple of weeks.
    Angela Wang, who will continue to skate senior nationally and junior internationally next season, is also getting two new programs. Tom Dickson is choreographing the short to "A Beautiful Storm" by Jennifer Thomas. Wang couldn't quite remember the name of her free skate music; Lindgren is the choreographer.

    "The long is more Spanish, I think," she said. "We just started it, and I haven't really listened to it a lot yet."
    ETA link to ""A Beautiful Storm" by Jennifer Thomas (piano piece): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dUKcPqPaCu0
    Last edited by Sylvia; 04-16-2013 at 10:42 PM.
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    This is the type of music you'd expect Adam to skate to...and that's not a bad thing. Looks like his coaches are working on his stroking. Blades not very noiseless but stroking is quicker and looks less labored. He got through that program easily even though he looks in more off-season shape.
    Some delicious moments in the program and totally floored by the layback at the end. Wheretheheck has that element been all his career??? I know he has given us peaks but not like that.

    Keep an eye on skaters who did not go to 4CC, Euros or Worlds this year. A few just may be ready to bring it next year. MT/M are an example from this past year. They looked ready for worlds at summer comps.

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    Not sure if this is news ... but Brian Joubert said in a recent TV interview (after Worlds ... I can't find the link) that he really likes the "Gladiator" programme and wants to keep it for Sochi .... but that he'll be "in discussion" with the French Federation.

    I can personally see why he likes the programme ... all the times he skated it this season (Challenge Cup, Euros, Worlds, WTT), he did so with conviction. The trouble is that the judges don't seem to approve of it v. much. Then on the other hand, if medals are sort of out of the question anyway, I hope very much that he can just skate a clean or clean-ish long programme in the Olympics (unlike those nervy performances he displayed in Salt Lake, Torino and Vancouver) and finish his career on a high note.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kelvster View Post
    Not sure if this is news ... but Brian Joubert said in a recent TV interview (after Worlds ... I can't find the link) that he really likes the "Gladiator" programme and wants to keep it for Sochi .... but that he'll be "in discussion" with the French Federation.

    I can personally see why he likes the programme ... all the times he skated it this season (Challenge Cup, Euros, Worlds, WTT), he did so with conviction. The trouble is that the judges don't seem to approve of it v. much. Then on the other hand, if medals are sort of out of the question anyway, I hope very much that he can just skate a clean or clean-ish long programme in the Olympics (unlike those nervy performances he displayed in Salt Lake, Torino and Vancouver) and finish his career on a high note.
    Come on Brian! Skate to Matrix one last time. You know you want it so bad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kelvster View Post
    Not sure if this is news ... but Brian Joubert said in a recent TV interview (after Worlds ... I can't find the link) that he really likes the "Gladiator" programme and wants to keep it for Sochi .... but that he'll be "in discussion" with the French Federation.

    I can personally see why he likes the programme ... all the times he skated it this season (Challenge Cup, Euros, Worlds, WTT), he did so with conviction. The trouble is that the judges don't seem to approve of it v. much. Then on the other hand, if medals are sort of out of the question anyway, I hope very much that he can just skate a clean or clean-ish long programme in the Olympics (unlike those nervy performances he displayed in Salt Lake, Torino and Vancouver) and finish his career on a high note.
    Actually, the judges seem to approve in terms of PCS but not TES. Joubert and Katia Krier need to work on a better jump layout and other details; if he can skate it well with stronger content, it should score well overall and give him an outside shot at a medal.

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    Alexander Majorov's summer plans as of April 17, 2013: http://alexandermajorov.com/news/12_...3_04_17_2.html
    Excerpt:
    His summer training will look something like this: "I am leaving for Colorado Springs around June 6 and will stay there for 2-3 weeks to train at the club where Catarina Lindgren, one of my choreographers works. Then I will go back home and train at our Luleå camp around July 1-13. I will also train with the Russians when they come to Luleå for their 3 weeks summer camp. We (Irina and Alexander senior) will make the new programs this weekend, together with Catarina (Lindgren) in Luleå."
    ETA:
    Misha Ge (UZB) tweeted in the first week of April:
    Every year in season i'm doing something different,something challenging,something creative,something new.And next year i will do it as well
    This year on competition you watched "Funny Misha" ,next year you will see "Serious Misha" , but it will be in my own way . #MGStyle
    But im happy to to say that with My Choreographer (Misha Ge) and my coaches Larisa and Jun Ge (My Parents) help we done good job on programs
    In these days we've done and make 80% of our both SP and FP for 13-14 Season,and also also ive make two new Gala Show Program #WorkDone !
    Re-posting from the Patrick Chan Über thread (SOI article link is posted there):
    The skater will keep this year’s short program, Elegie in E Flat Minor by Sergei Rachmaninoff, that was choreographed by 2008 world champion Jeffrey Buttle, also part of this year’s Stars On Ice tour.

    In Toronto, he will work with [David] Wilson on creating a new long program.
    Last edited by Sylvia; 04-17-2013 at 10:32 PM.
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    Excited by the new collaboration of Robin Cousin and Jeremy Abbott. I expect another classic mens program from these two although I predict it might be more experimental and unconventional/contemporary than classic. Really looking forward to it. Robin has a way of making programs that doesn't feel too COP if that makes sense. Love his work for Cheltzie Lee.

    Not so excited about Patrick keep his Elegie for the 3rd year. Love the program since its inception at the Gala, but if Patrick really want to expand his artistry, he really need NEW programs and take some risks. Go for glory, not safe and tested. Decisions like this makes him terribly unexciting and I actually want to root for him.

    Hope Dai stay away from Meister Morozov, stay far farrrrrr away plzzz .
    Last edited by os168; 04-18-2013 at 05:41 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by os168 View Post
    Not so excited about Patrick keep his Elegie for the 3rd year. Love the program since its inception at the Gala, but if Patrick really want to expand his artistry, he really need NEW programs and take some risks. Go for glory, not safe and tested. Decisions like this makes him terribly unexciting and I actually want to root for him.
    He's bringing it back as a competitive program for the second year, not third. I don't count a single gala performance as a season. It's a good program, so I don't mind him recycling.

    Chan has always kept programs for two seasons, last season was an exception and I wonder if he feels that some of his technical struggles had to do with having two new programs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sylvia View Post
    Patrick Chan spoke to Pj Kwong on March 18 and told her that he plans to keep his SP ("Elegie in E-Flat Minor" by Sergei Rachmaninov, choreographed by Jeffrey Buttle) for next season and his new FS is "a favorite piece of mine": http://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/show...=1#post3879954

    News posted in the Canadian Pairs thread re. Meagan Duhamel/Eric Radford's SP (music composed by Radford) and Paige Lawrence/Rudi Swiegers working with Lance Vipond (Kaetlyn Osmond's long-time choreographer): http://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/show...=1#post3893679
    I loved Patrick's SP and thought that Jeff really worked wonders with him. I kind of wish Jeff was doing his LP as well, but oh well. And I'm impressed that Radford is composing D/R's SP. Major props for that.

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    https://twitter.com/PiperGilles/stat...65146148687873

    Gilles & Poirier will be skating to a Caro Emerald medley for their SD. Off the top of my head, the songs that best fit the Finnstep are That Man and Doctor Wanna do.

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    Davis & White are working with Derek Hough of DWTS on one of their programs, according to his TV Guide blog.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TanithandBenFan View Post
    Davis & White are working with Derek Hough of DWTS on one of their programs, according to his TV Guide blog.
    Oh my goodness! How exciting. I'm a huge fan of Derek Hough's work on DWTS. My 2 favourite programs:
    Rhumba to Titanic with Shawn Johnson (chills!)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W6S-CL-gjtM

    Quickstep with Nicole Scherzinger
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tBiu1Rb0tGg

    I enjoy Zoueva's work but am excited to see this collaboration.

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    Do you pronounce his last name "ho"? Be gentle, I don't get out much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by siouxdonym View Post
    Do you pronounce his last name "ho"? Be gentle, I don't get out much.
    I'm pretty sure it's pronounced "huff."
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    Thanks everyone for all the info. Can't wait to see what the other skaters come up with.
    I am glad Jeremy is going back to his Muse FP. I hope he can skate it to its full potential, it's a glorious program!

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    As per this IN article, linked in the French news thread:

    * Joubert is keeping his Gladiator LP and will have a new SP; he says in the article that he's never done two new programs in a season, which is, of course, incorrect.
    * Yretha Silete will use the programs she had prepared for the 2012-13 season. Does anyone know what those were? I can't remember if they were ever announced.
    * Pechalat/Bourzat are working with Laurie May and Julien Cottereau, and will provide details about their programs in late June. That Cottereau is involved again suggests that they will buck the usual Olympic trend of a heavy, dramatic program.

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    I'd love to see Pechalat and Bourzat go with something period and beautiful... like "Legends Of The Fall" or something. They could pull it off and they really need that kind of a program to get back up there and stay up there in medal contention. Loved the Rolling Stones program personally, but after what happened at Worlds, I think it's a sign they need to go with the status quo to get the results. It worked for Rakhamo and Kokko and Drobiazko and Vanagas back in the day.

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