Day 5: Thanks to You

The composers are busily getting final preparations ready for tonight’s concert – at 8pm at the Ethical Society in Rittenhouse Square! The Philly concert has been almost a year in the making. It’s taken countless hours of composing, grant-writing, logistical preparation, mailing of press kits, and countless other steps to the process  — all a coordinated effort between composers in three different time zones!

And yet, as hard as we’ve worked to make this a reality, we could never have done it alone. This week, and the concert tonight that it’s been leading to, are the product of not only our elbow grease, but the generosity, support, and efforts of countless friends and colleagues who helped us make this happen. As we get ready to do our part for new music in Philadelphia and in America, we need to say a few words of thanks:

– First of all, thanks to the wonderful performers at ensemble39, whose hours spent rehearsing, practicing and recording are the only reason this concert can happen at all.

– Thanks to the First Friday Philadelphia Series and its art galleries for giving us a chance to preview some of these works, and generate a buzz among people who may never have found us otherwise.

– A special thanks to the Curtis Institute of Music, for allowing us the generous use of their rehearsal spaces this week.

– Thanks to the American Composers Forum, the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, the UMKC Conservatory of Music, the Boyer College of Music at Temple University, and many others for their financial support in making this concert a reality.

– Thanks to Bob Aldridge, the School of Music at Rutgers University, and their wonderful composers for being so hospitable for our workshop yesterday.

– And, perhaps most importantly, thank you to all of the individuals who donated so generously to our Fractured Atlas Campaign. The individual donations aren’t just vital to the financial success of small projects like ours, they are the surest vote of confidence in our work, in the power and importance of new music, and in its ability to make an impact in communities. You are the reason, in so many ways, that we worked to make this concert a reality, and we are tremendously grateful.

And now, one final reminder: Tonight, 8pm, at the Ethical Society in Rittenhouse Square, in Philadelphia, PA. $15 GA, $10 students. Reception to follow. Come hear the wonderful performers of ensemble39 lend their talents and sensibilities to an up-and-coming generation of composers. We’ll look forward to seeing you there!


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