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Berkeley Symphony is unique among Bay Area and American orchestras for its commitment to innovation and community engagement. Founded in 1971 in the intellectual and artistic nexus of Berkeley, California, the Symphony is committed to performing and commissioning new music with special emphasis on the work of women and ethnically diverse composers. As an organization Berkeley Symphony is attuned to the culturally diverse people and the vibrant creative climate of its home city.
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The State of California and the Bay Area itself has a unique ecosystem all its own with not only famous living composers residing and working here but their students tend to stay in the area and become well known which has led to generations of California taught and residing fabulous composers. They often use subject matter and musical inspirations are taken from their lives here, including the environment and nature which leave enough of a mark on them that when they leave they still paint the picture of what it is like to live in this great state. The piece we are featuring on this program by composer Ben Shirley does exactly that. Ben Shirley was a student of Gabriela Lena Frank at the GLF Creative Academy of Music in Boonville, CA and his work High Sierra Sonata evokes the Eastern Sierra Mountains and the perseverance of runners who participate in high altitude running. Ben is also a participant in the GLF "Composing Earth" project dedicated to the study of climate change, was a student at the San Francisco Conservatory of music and is a marathon runner featured in the film "Skid Row Marathon".
KANTO KECHUA NO. 2
Gabriela Lena Frank
HIGH SIERRA SONATA (2020)
CASCADES AND CANYONS
SELECTIONS FROM BOOK OF ALLEGED DANCES