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With a little help from arts community, Young Composers shine

Music in the Mountains presents its annual favorite “New Songs for Midwinter,” featuring 25 brand new works by student composers at 11 a.m. Saturday at Peace Lutheran Church in Grass Valley.

The Young Composers program teaches talented young Nevada County musicians, from junior high through college, to study music software notation, melodic and rhythmic dictation, music theory and harmony, music history, conducting, public speaking and composition.

The first concert of the season explores the connection between words and music, resulting in a work composed for single voice and instrument.

“Students really start thinking about the meaning of the words, and then wonder how that translates to music,” said Mark Vance, MIM education coordinator. “A lot of time is spent discussing the poetic line and how it’s spoken that helps dictate the rhythm of the work. For example, strong words need strong beats, and articles/prepositions, such as ‘and,’ ‘the,’ ‘by,’ ‘of,’ etc. generally need to fall on weaker beats.”

Lyrics may come from a favorite poet, such as Robert Frost, and sometimes students chose to write their own poems. Some lyrics have come from the most unlikely of places. Last year’s Young Composer alum Phil DiLeo wrote “Catalogue Rights” with lyrics straight from the Sierra College admissions catalogue. These original songs will be performed by some of the finest singers and instrumentalists in Nevada County, all of whom volunteer their time and talent.

Tickets are $10 for adults and free to students. For information, call 530-265-6173.