‘Made in America’ concert benefits Young Composers Program | TheUnion.com

‘Made in America’ concert benefits Young Composers Program

This year's group from the Music in the Moutain's Young Composer's Program.
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Nevada City pianist Lynn Schugren will present “Made in America,” a concert devoted to the music of American composers at 2 p.m. on Sunday at St. Joseph’s Cultural Center in Grass Valley.

The program will include works by Bruce Nalezny, Miriam Gideon, Samuel Barber, and will feature the premiere of a work by Mark Vance, which Schugren commissioned for this event. Admission is $20 general, $15 seniors, and under 18 free.

Proceeds will benefit the Young Composers Project, part of the Music in the Mountains educational outreach. Music in the Mountain’s Young Composers Program is a music education program that has been the subject of two PBS specials.

The program is a school-year-long program with a curriculum including composition, notation software, conducting, melodic and rhythmic dictation, theory, harmony, music history, ear training, solfege, rehearsal/performance techniques, resume writing and public speaking.

During the school year students will compose two new compositions: one for voice and one instrument and one instrumental piece, both works are premiered by professional musicians. The plan for the current year is to raise enough funds to purchase both hardware and software for multiple digital audio workstations. With these new tools, Young Composers Program students can begin a new curriculum: composing for film, TV and games.

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