Engage with Young Composers on March 20 – YubaNet

Grass Valley, Calif. – Young composers could hold the key to the future of classical music. Seventeen young composers from the “InConcert Sierra Composers Project with Mark Vance” will present their original first-semester compositions in “Poetry in Song” at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 20 at Grass Valley.

“Poetry in Song” features new creative works for voice and instrument using a poem of the composer’s choice set to music. ICS Director of Education, Composer and Instructor Mark Vance asks students to select a poem of their choice, analyze the text and identify a natural musical rhythm that is set to music. “A lot harder than it looks,” Vance said.

Photo of Young Composers 2022 by Annette Dunklin

In January, the students had the opportunity to meet via Zoom Kory Reid, singer of the famous male choir Chanticleer. “They are truly brilliant students. So smart and full of passion for writing music. They impressed me with deep questions,” Reid said.

All the pieces were composed by young locals, aged 14 to 18. Selected poetry includes works by Edgar Allen Poe, Robert Frost, ee cummings, CK Williams, Edgar Albert Guest and others.

Their finished works will be performed by accomplished singers and professional musicians. The singers are Beth Gillogy, Rebekah Freeman, Robbie Merchant, Janet Rossman, Alison Skinner, Toby Thomas-Rose, Jamie Tomas-Rose, Stan Thomas-Rose, Erin Thomas-Rose. The professional musicians will be James May, guitar; Elizabeth McAllister, clarinet; Sage Po, harp; Ken Hardin & Lynn Schugren, piano; including student composer Egan Rogers on bass.

A delightful surprise for many will be hearing Alison Skinner, Musical Director and Conductor of InConcert Sierra’s Sierra Master Chorale.

The Composers Project is a nine-month program that explores all aspects of composition, including music theory, notation, finding inspiration, music history, writing for instrument families and public speaking. Students meet and work with guest musicians, artists and composers. Their original works are performed by professional musicians.

Reid commented on Mark Vance’s tutelage “…an amazing program. You (Mark) are a wonderful light to these students. What an incredible opportunity for them!

The concert will take place at the Lutheran Church of Peace in Grass Valley on Sunday, March 20 at 3 p.m. InConcert Sierra’s Covid audience restrictions include a vaccinated-only attendance policy with mandatory masks indoors.

InConcert Sierra is a Nevada County non-profit organization that showcases classical music stars of today’s international scene, as well as emerging young artists and local and regional professional musicians. Its robust “Bach to the Future” music education offerings provide immersive experiences for all ages. Founded in 1946, ICS celebrates 75 years as an integral part of the Nevada County arts community.

For more information, please visit www.inconcertsierra.org or call 530-273-3990.

What: InConcert Sierra Educational Programs “Bach into the Future”

Project of composers “Poetry in song”

When: Sunday March 20, 2022 • 3 p.m.

Where: Lutheran Church of Peace

828 Main Street West, Grass Valley

Tickets: $20 general; youth 5-17 free with adult (tickets required)

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