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WHAT: Young Composers Project Summer Concert

WHERE: Peace Lutheran Church, 828 West Main Street, Grass Valley

WHEN: June 15, 7 p.m.

TICKETS: $10 at the door

INFO: http://www.musicinthemountains.org

Mussorgsky’s masterwork, Pictures at an Exhibition (1874) was inspired by an exhibition of his friend, Viktor Hartmann’s paintings. Shakespeare’s play, Romeo and Juliet, has inspired countless artists, dancers, writers and composers including a Berlioz Symphony (1839) a Tchaikovsky Overture-Fantasy (1880) and a Prokofiev ballet (1935). Pop artist, Roy Lichtenstein (1923-1997), converted cartoon panels into his famous paintings. It turns out there are countless examples of art inspiring art.

This school year, Music in the Mountains’ Young Composers toured the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento hunting for inspiration. Each student was assigned to find one piece of artwork that spoke to them.

“This wasn’t easy with so many stunning artworks to choose from,” said teacher Mark Vance, “but with several museum tours under their belts, students were finally able to make a decision.”

The next step was to research their chosen artist/artwork journaling about both. With this legwork completed, students settled into composition.

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“They are all writing for different combinations of instruments including winds, brass, percussion, piano and strings that best describe their chosen artwork,” Vance said. “It’s been an exciting opportunity to be able to use the Crocker Museum as a creative source of inspiration. We are fortunate to have great art in our backyard.”

These brand new compositions will be premiered by professional musicians Saturday, June 15, 7:00 p.m. at Peace Lutheran Church in Grass Valley. For more information and/or tickets please call Music in the Mountains’ box office at 530-265-6124.

Young Composers Project, taught by composer/teacher Mark Vance, is an award winning music education program and the subject of several Public Broadcasting Service documentaries.


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